How to Potty Train your Child for Daycare + Preschool
Of all the potty training problems I hear as an Oh Crap Potty Training consultant, one of the toughest challenges for parents is potty training for daycare and making sure a child is considered potty trained for preschool.
When I'm working with parents about to begin potty training, here are some common worries I hear about daycare or preschool:
What to do when your toddler is holding pee at daycare
How to work with the daycare potty training policy
What if your toddler refuses to sit on the potty
There are a thousand possiblities for how things can look depending on your child, the toddler preschool or daycare rules, and how much time you have to work with your child to begin potty training at home first. So here's your go-to guide to potty training with daycare and preschool!
What to do for Potty Training at Toddler Daycare and Preschool
Golden Reminder for toddlers
who won't go to the potty at daycare
If your child is NOT solid with potty training at home:
Don't have the expectation that your toddler will be instantly solid at daycare.
When there's potty resistance, often toddlers need to first feel comfortable at home BEFORE feeling okay with using daycare's bathrooms. Especially when it comes to potty training and poop anxiety.
Let's Look at Why Potty Training May Not Be Working at Daycare or Preschool
It all starts with understanding the toddler brain!
Check out these episodes listed below from Jamie Glowacki's podcast. Jamie has a parenting book out, Oh Crap I Have a Toddler that shares how to be a more conscious parent to toddlers, dealing with all the challenging behavior that comes up at this age.
What we know: When you understand your toddler's behavior, it's easier to prep your child for being back at preschool or toddler daycare, diaper-free.
Good Reads for Toddlers in Preschool
If you just began potty training and it's looking like a mess (and you're thinking about your potty training schedule to get back to daycare in a matter of days!), keep in mind this tip about how it looks when potty training clicks.
The ultimate list of children's books for kids potty training and heading back to toddler daycare or preschool.
Seeing Pee Accidents at Daycare?
If your toddler won't tell the teacher when they need to potty, or your toddler is refusing to sit on the daycare potty to pee, here's one trick we found can be helpful.