Potty Learning Tips

Potty Learning Tips

Hey everyone! We are back from winter break and many student in our little community used the break to do some potty learning. Potty learning is naturally a huge area of question for parents and caregivers. So, we thought anyone who is embarking upon this adventure might appreciate some encouragement, and maybe a little advice.

First, you will want to look for signs of readiness. You’ll want to ask yourself, is my child:
1. Demonstrating increased language skills.
2. Beginning to imitate my behavior.
3. Beginning to urinate and have bowel movements at predictable times.
4. Becoming more aware of his or her body and/or asking to be changed.
5. Showing signs that they are about to urinate and/or have a bowel movement (facial expressions, hides behind sofa, etc.)
6. Wanting to get dressed and undressed all by himself/herself.

7. Saying things like, “I do it!”
8. Staying dry longer and/or through nap
9. Showing interest in the potty or “big-kid” underwear.


If your answer is yes to a majority of these questions, then it is probably time to start! Here are some tips that will hopefully make this time a little more simple and enjoyable.
1. Attempt to change your child standing up. Encourage their participation in getting dressed. (Ex. pulling up their own pants)
2. If your child shows interest in the potty, have them sit and “practice” without expectations of a specific result.
3. Buy multiple special potties (you’ll want one in the bathroom, and at least one more to carry from room to room with you, we also recommend one for the car) and/or a special stool which will help them feel more stable on the “big potty”.
4. Create a routine which includes hand washing with a song. Many parents have their child sit just before bath time at night, or in the morning upon waking.
5. Make potty time fun and relaxing; read stories or sing songs with your child.
6. When your child has bowel movements, have the child assist you in dumping the BM in the potty and practice flushing.
7. Remain calm, positive, and encouraging. Give big cheers when they go in the potty and a calm response when they go in their pants (“Oh, I see you had a pee in your pants, no big deal).

Remember, much like most things in life, potty learning is about the process more than the outcome. Be willing to let go of your expectations as you guide your child through this milestone.

Looking for some books you can read to you children? Here are some that we recommend.
“Everyone Poops” by Taro Gomi
“The Potty Book for Girls/The Potty Book for Boys” by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
“A Potty for Me” by Karen Katz
“My Big Boy Potty” by Joanna Cole
“Once Upon a Potty for Girls/Boys” by Alona Frankel
“Big Girls/Big Boys Use the Potty” by Andrea Pinnington
“Even Firefighters Go to the Potty” by Wendy Wax, Naomi Wax, Stephen Gilpin

What about some books for me, you say? Here you go!
“Toilet Training: The Brazelton Way” by T. Berry Brazelton & Joshua D. Sparrow
“Oh, Crap! Potty Training” by Jamie Glowacki