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    New to potty training - Help please

    Hello,
    I have recently opened my home daycare. I don't have any experience potty training. I have yet to potty train my 2 year old son. I have a 3 year old toddler coming to the daycare and he has been potty training at home for a few weeks. He seems like he is ready to potty trained at the daycare as well if that makes sense. And I have another 2.5 year old who will be starting next week and also has started potty training at home. I have questions on just the basic. They may seem like common sense questions. Again I have never done this before. Apoligies in advance.

    Do I take them to the potty every hour even if they don't need to go?
    Do you use 1 potty for multiple kids?
    How do you clean it (I'm literally asking the step by step process because I can't imagine washing it in my tiny sink near the daycare. So I'm wondering how you clean the poo off)?
    At what point are they ready to start using the toilet?

    If anyone is willing to tell me the step by step process on how to potty train my daycare kids, I would greatly appreciate it. Of course I will use some tips for my son. Most information I found online is for parents rather than daycare workers. Seems like it would be different for daycare kids. TIA.

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    Get them off the potty and on the regular toilet (with a seat) ASAP! The only real benefit to a small potty is you can have it close at hand which can be handy for the little one's who aren't always the best at going before the last second. In a daycare setting having a potty in the middle of the playroom isn't really ideal or sanitary.

    Even the smallest of kids can manage on a toilet with a step stool and a potty seat.

    I pour the pee into the toilet, wipe with toilet paper, flush then wipe with lysol wipe.
    For poop try and dump it in the toilet, scrap with toilet paper if needed, then lysol wipe.

    Again, did I mention, get them on the toilet ASAP!!

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    I don’t use a potty due to sanitary issues. Big toilet only with hard plastic ring seat that is easy to disinfect. I don’t run kids to the toilet every hour. That sounds like training the adult not the child. I have 5 scheduled toileting times in my day, and any other time they tell me they need to go. Children need to be able to pull their own pants up& down/wash hands etc/need to be able to tell me they need to go or have gone.
    I require pull-ups to be worn and need to be accident free for 2 weeks of consecutive days before we do underwear here. One month of dry nap times with pull-ups then we do underwear.
    I don’t start toilet training until the parents have done it for 5-7 days straight at home first. I will assist after they have established the routine at home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bonnie View Post
    Hello,
    I have recently opened my home daycare. I don't have any experience potty training. I have yet to potty train my 2 year old son. I have a 3 year old toddler coming to the daycare and he has been potty training at home for a few weeks. He seems like he is ready to potty trained at the daycare as well if that makes sense. And I have another 2.5 year old who will be starting next week and also has started potty training at home. I have questions on just the basic. They may seem like common sense questions. Again I have never done this before. Apoligies in advance.

    Do I take them to the potty every hour even if they don't need to go?
    Do you use 1 potty for multiple kids?
    How do you clean it (I'm literally asking the step by step process because I can't imagine washing it in my tiny sink near the daycare. So I'm wondering how you clean the poo off)?
    At what point are they ready to start using the toilet?

    If anyone is willing to tell me the step by step process on how to potty train my daycare kids, I would greatly appreciate it. Of course I will use some tips for my son. Most information I found online is for parents rather than daycare workers. Seems like it would be different for daycare kids. TIA.
    I do have a potty but it's only for if a toilet training child needs to go now and the toilet is already in use. I purchased one of those toilet seats that has a toddler seat built in for my daycare washroom and have a stepping stool.

    Hourly isn't going to be frequent enough for the first few days. More like every 20 mins. I also require real underwear. Some daycares want pull ups due to hygiene issues but I have found real underwear shortens the learning process as a little bit of pee running down their leg is a real lesson in reconsigning the need to go.

    If the potty has been used, I dump into the toilet, swirl with water from the sink, then wipe out with lysol wipes and dry with toilet tissue.

    I tend to begin toilet training the first business day after their 2nd birthday. It normally takes a good two weeks of real underwear and 20 mins reminders and sticker charts. But before I train a child, at around 18 months, they are pulling their own pants up and down for each diaper change. I will not toilet train a child who is unable to dress and undress their lower half because taking a child to a potty/toilet, pulling their pants down, sitting them down and then wiping them and redressing them is not independent toileting on any level.

    A child needs to be able to just be verbally reminded to go and try, they need to be able to undress their lower half themselves and they need to be able to sit on the potty or toilet themselves. I teach the child to wipe themselves from the get go and I just double check they are clean before the child redresses themselves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee-Bee View Post
    Get them off the potty and on the regular toilet (with a seat) ASAP! The only real benefit to a small potty is you can have it close at hand which can be handy for the little one's who aren't always the best at going before the last second. In a daycare setting having a potty in the middle of the playroom isn't really ideal or sanitary.

    Even the smallest of kids can manage on a toilet with a step stool and a potty seat.

    I pour the pee into the toilet, wipe with toilet paper, flush then wipe with lysol wipe.
    For poop try and dump it in the toilet, scrap with toilet paper if needed, then lysol wipe.

    Again, did I mention, get them on the toilet ASAP!!
    Thank you so much for your advice. Makes more sense to use a toilet seat. Easier to clean. I wasn't sure if I can go straight to a toilet seat and skip the potty or not. But that's exactly what I will do. Thanks again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Busy ECE mommy View Post
    I don’t use a potty due to sanitary issues. Big toilet only with hard plastic ring seat that is easy to disinfect. I don’t run kids to the toilet every hour. That sounds like training the adult not the child. I have 5 scheduled toileting times in my day, and any other time they tell me they need to go. Children need to be able to pull their own pants up& down/wash hands etc/need to be able to tell me they need to go or have gone.
    I require pull-ups to be worn and need to be accident free for 2 weeks of consecutive days before we do underwear here. One month of dry nap times with pull-ups then we do underwear.
    I don’t start toilet training until the parents have done it for 5-7 days straight at home first. I will assist after they have established the routine at home.
    Thank you so much for your advise. I have my policy to start potty training here after they have been potty trained at home for 4 weeks. I got this policy from an RECE who mentored me awhile ago. After the 4 weeks, I think I should be able to get away with scheduled bathroom breaks throughout the day instead of every hour. I was just guessing every hour because I read it somewhere. I usually have my diaper change times set to once in the morning, after lunch, after nap, and once in the early evenings. I think I will start off by offering washroom breaks to the toddlers around the same time as my diaper change times. Maybe even add an extra one before lunch. Thanks so much for your advise again!
    Last edited by bonnie; 12-05-2017 at 02:58 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Suzie_Homemaker View Post
    I do have a potty but it's only for if a toilet training child needs to go now and the toilet is already in use. I purchased one of those toilet seats that has a toddler seat built in for my daycare washroom and have a stepping stool.

    Hourly isn't going to be frequent enough for the first few days. More like every 20 mins. I also require real underwear. Some daycares want pull ups due to hygiene issues but I have found real underwear shortens the learning process as a little bit of pee running down their leg is a real lesson in reconsigning the need to go.

    If the potty has been used, I dump into the toilet, swirl with water from the sink, then wipe out with lysol wipes and dry with toilet tissue.

    I tend to begin toilet training the first business day after their 2nd birthday. It normally takes a good two weeks of real underwear and 20 mins reminders and sticker charts. But before I train a child, at around 18 months, they are pulling their own pants up and down for each diaper change. I will not toilet train a child who is unable to dress and undress their lower half because taking a child to a potty/toilet, pulling their pants down, sitting them down and then wiping them and redressing them is not independent toileting on any level.

    A child needs to be able to just be verbally reminded to go and try, they need to be able to undress their lower half themselves and they need to be able to sit on the potty or toilet themselves. I teach the child to wipe themselves from the get go and I just double check they are clean before the child redresses themselves.
    Thank you. I like the idea of them being in underwear. I have read that it does make the learning process quicker. And since my kids will have been trained at home for 4 weeks, I think underwear should work out. Or at least, I can try it from the start. Thanks again.
    Last edited by bonnie; 12-05-2017 at 02:59 PM.

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    Thanks so much for all the advise and for not judging me I felt very self conscious about asking these questions. But you all were great!

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    I do start the potty training here. My thoughts are: a child spends most of the day here so it is easy for me to start them sooner. Children are fully trained by two and two and a half. I only use diapers not cloth diapers or training pants that look and are diapers and i use ikea potties.

    My approach is same as in a centre we do it as a routine. I have 5 potties and the toilet with the child seat included. Everyone sits at the same time even babies (only if they want to) I keep a stash of bathroom books; we sing at least three songs there wash hands etc. (Creating a positive experience helps to potty train sooner) I had children potty trained by routine at 16 months and as soon as they develop language and fine motor skills they're fully trained and transitioned to cloth training undies (Walmart). My children love our bathroom time.

    I know, many think it is training the adult but, in my case it makes my days go absolutely smooth when I only have to deal with one or max two babies in diapers and the rest is trained.

    Parents are very appreciative and they follow the lead. Also I had clients coming here with older children that didn't get potty trained in other daycares I do not promise anything but in a matter of three days their children were trained. No rewards, no celebrations just love and patience. Now, I absolutely do not advertise my services as potty trainer because every child is different and every body functions differently, I only create a pleasant experience and that's it. And parents can not believe on how easy it gets for them when their young children are trained earlier (thats another reason I also do not sell the idea of cloth diapers, in my group all get trained sooner). During summer I just carry one or two potties and still continue with our busy days.
    Last edited by Peacefulbird; 12-07-2017 at 07:38 PM.

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