Everything You Need to Know About Toddler Daycare + Potty Training
Of all the potty training problems I hear as an Oh Crap Potty Training consultant, one of the toughest challenges for parents is setting up for potty training at daycare or toddler 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 potty training is not working in the preschool bathroom
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
Using the Toilet 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 resistance to using any potty, 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
It all starts with understanding the toddler brain!
Check out these episodes from Jamie Glowacki's podcast. Jamie has a new 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.