Montessori Inspired Ideas for kids and parrents from Lillian Ralston

Bathroom learning – three stages

There’s a great feeling you get when your child does the right thing at the perfect time. It makes you feel proud, makes you feel like a fantastic parent. Then there are times when your child repeatedly makes errors, messes or does the wrong thing and you feel like a failure. Bathroom learning can be tough like that. Wrecks are frequently made by Otis or has injuries but it’s more public than others or worse, some days. This morning it absolutely was on my bed, last week it was three puddles at our parent-toddler course. Mainly I just get on with things, I don’t make a fuss. He’s getting it. Where are we at? Otis has been using the potty at home for a lot of months now. At home he will generally go without trousers or have under-pants on. If we are going to go out, have just been somewhere or have guests over, Otis will wear trousers/shorts. Remember the summer of it’s here. At home he will generally make it to the potty however there is at least one injury a day, sometimes more.
Beware of the under-pant fixation. Should it not have a car on it – it won’t be worn by Otis.
Emptying the potty is a huge deal. Otis takes great pride and care in wiping it clean, emptying it and taking the potty that is used to the toilet. Subsequently the fun of flushing the toilet the same as a big boy. He’s super inquisitive about other family members using the toilet. I believe most toddlers are like this, investigating what goes on around them. Toileting at home – Phase One complete! We are now working on Phase Two – toileting away from home. Training slacks are usually worn by Otis when we go out. The only time Otis wears a nappy is at nighttime. As Otis doesn’t consistently makes it to the toilet while we are out the training trousers catch most of the mess. I ‘ll have Otis sit on the potty, before we go out. Often he just gets up and walks away. I am going to give him a drink of water while he sits on the potty, if I understand he really must go. This is the sole means I’ve really been able to get him to make use of the potty on clue. There is some thing about having. It is working. I keep a potty in the vehicle and I will frequently ask him to use the potty while we are outside if I feel like he must go. He never has. This mightn’t work for him. If we are at a friends house or at school I will take Otis to the toilet on coming (if it’s been some time since he has been) or when he gives me the sign which he must go (generally achieving/touching his pants). So we have some success while we are outside but it’s definitely demanding attention and work.
Phase Three is at nighttime. Otis wears a nappy at night but frequently he takes it away. On his bed he’s the puddle pad under his sheet. During the day he require to visit the potty straight away and will generally awaken. I think the usage of the potty increases and night time toileting will happen soon and as Otis begins taking his nappy.
Toilet learning is a place where we haven’t done it by the book. We’ve struggled at times and I’m simply explaining how it’s working for us not how I would recommend it to others. We are finding our way. In the event you are searching for thoughts or recommendations the way to approach toilet are a few of the finest tricks I Have ever read. We’ll be travelling this summer but I am not feeling hesitant. There is going to be times when Otis will want help/a change of clothes but I’m really feeling confident. The red turtle potty was picked up during our last travels and it has become the favourite of Otis. It may be travelling with us. How are you going with toilet learning? I really don’t actually know of anyone at the same stage as us. Most children we know have successfully learned toileting at a younger age or the parents decided to wait until a later age before they begin. People think we’ve began late or are shocked because we have started so early.

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Toilet Learning Pants

Along with shoes we also ordered these toilet learning trousers from Michael Olaf.
Although as it is possible to see they’re bulky and consume much just like a nappy Otis or I could tell he was wet Otis has been wearing training pants for some time just like the red ones in this post. I had been searching for trousers that were;
Absorbent enough there is no pool but the child feels wet
Easy to view the kid is wet
Slimline, not at all bulky
Simple to get off and on, even for a really young kid
Created from natural fibers
These trousers are perfect for people. They have been generated from organic cotton and so far no puddles. Not even a wet bed. Although I do not intentionally have him sleep in them. I typically shift him before bed, sometimes I actually don’t get a chance.
When we’re at home, Otis just wears them. I’m in a position to find out when he’s wet and have worked out a small routine when he is in training trousers. Otis is also quite aware of when he must make use of the toilet (potty) but occasionally we don’t make it in time. The slacks also help with self confidence. We’ll go put on a dry pair no problem in the event the pants get wet.
Otis wearing his training pants climbing into his walker wagon

Montessori Potty Toilet Learning

With a potty is not necessarily a part of the Montessori approach to toilet learning. It might work to make the toilet reachable by using steps or alternative adaptions. If you’re interested in toilet learning the Montessori way I urge Toilet Leaning and Toilet Knowledge – The Montessori Approach. In addition, I urge articles at Support to Life and Michael Olaf.
Toilet Learning – Our Journey in Summary It’s likely this will be our last toilet learning place. Otis has slipped seamlessly (and without fault) into night time toileting. We’re at the end of our toilet learning journey. I ‘ve a few thoughts and suggestions in the event that you are at the beginning of your journey. Certainly every kid is different so we have to be adaptable nonetheless your disposition along with your strategy are most important. It’s not luck that Otis is toilet trained. We’re very fortunate that he is healthy and that I am able to stay at home with him which helps. But what got him ‘trained’ was determination, patience and consistency. Our first step in Otis toilet learning was to get him out of a nappy. Training trousers were critical in this process. Otis toilet learned in this and steps is a brief overview.
1. DAY: TRAINING TROUSERS (AT HOME) NAPPY (WHEN OUT) NIGHTTIME: NAPPY During the day at home Otis consistently wore training slacks. When we left the house during the day and at night he wore a nappy. While at home we offered him the potty and if he seemed like he needed to go (we recognised the signals – largely holding his trousers) we took him to the potty.
2. DAY: TRAINING PANTS NIGHTTIME: NAPPY We transitioned to Otis wearing training pants during the day. The training trousers he wore at this stage (from Michael Olaf but now discontinued) held so there were no pools but Otis desired tending to instantaneously. At this stage he was still wearing a nappy through the night.
3. DAY: PANTIES (AT HOME) TRAINING PANTS (WHEN OUT) NIGHTTIME: NAPPY Slowly we transitioned Otis to when we left the house wearing training pants and just wearing panties at home. The training pants gave us confidence that if Otis had an injury most of it’d be got – no pools on the shop floor, but Otis and his clothes would be wet. Otis was wearing Under the Nile Baby Training Pants (12-24 months). At this period he was still wearing a nappy during the night. This was the longest interval of a few months.
4. DAY: PANTIES NIGHTTIME: NAPPY As Otis became routine and more assured at utilizing the potty he transitioned to wearing panties all of the time during the day and wore a nappy during the night.
5. DAY: UNDERWEAR NIGHTTIME: KNICKERS Otis became so confident going to the potty that at night he would take his nappy away. He transitioned to wearing panties all the time. He will occasionally use the potty at night but usually waits until morning. He generally goes right to the potty when he awakens in the morning. I make an effort to limit his fluids before bed however he nurses before bed and during the night. In addition , I request him to make use of the potty before bed however he’s stubborn and usually refuses. As I mentioned we’d offer the potty when it appeared before we left the house and like he need to really go to Otis. Frequently when he wakes from his nap or returns from outings he must visit the potty straight away.
It was significant to us that we stayed (as much as possible) emotionally detached from the process. It was significant to us not to praise or punish when we had success while I appeared pleased. We additionally never pressured Otis. If he seemed like he needed to utilize the potty but refused to do so, I’d get his hand and try to lead him to the potty, generally he’d wet his pants and if he refused I’d leave him. Then he’d come to the potty to get changed with me. We never compelled him to use the potty, we never used harsh words, threatened or bribed. If he wet his pants – he wet his pants, we just got on with it. We have a step stool and toddler seat on our toilet which Otis has started using. He uses the potty and the toilet standing and sitting. We’ve got a potty in the car which I offered to Otis before he was able to hold for a decent interval. On every excursion I’d offer him the potty before we departed and when we arrived. It was infrequently used by him. Recently he’s shown that he is able to hold and regularly uses public toilets (school, sports stadiums, shops), although he likes to remove his knickers, pants/short, shoes and socks and I’ll hold him while he sits on the toilet. You are going to understand we have had up and downs and I’ve found travelling and locating us out of routine especially hard, if you read through our Toilet Learning Posts. There has been wreck and lots of cleaning up. But now we are done at 22 months, it’s totally worth it. If you are at the beginning or in the center of bathroom learning, whichever method you are using – I wish you the absolute best. P.S. I have had some vital appearances when Otis has had an injury in public. No matter the age of the kid – old or young, please be kind to other parents.

When to begin toileting

Between eighteen and twelve months is for starting toilet recognition, the sensitive period. It could start later or sooner, determined by the kid. Look for signals of preparation: An interest in cycles (bib now goes in the hamper, hamper goes to the cellar, in the device, etc. Child watches with interest and also follows along).
Child is walking. Child touches her/his genitals are noticed by you. Child is beginning to have bowel movements at specific times of day. Sometimes a child displays none of those signals but will become interested the moment you start to draw her attention to toileting, so we still advocate starting before 18 months. Equip for toileting success! To begin, buy as many as 30 pairs of thick underpants. We recommend Gerber training slacks which come 3 in a pack for about 5 dollars at Target (US). They may be expensive and the most absorbent, but long-lasting. For success, the leg holes the underwear loose that it may be pulled up and down without extraneous attempt on the child’s part and should be big enough. To get a young child between 18 and 12 months, Gerber training trousers, size two, is advocated. As the child approaches or if she’s large for her age, she’s going to want size three. Place an item of rubberized flannel and buy several sheets of it for the bed. Make sure to have many pairs of pull-on pants to your son or daughter, as he may have to change frequently.
Have loads of bed sheets so you could change them frequently.
Pull up carpets that are nice. Discover “Nature’s Wonder” at a pet shop, to fast and effectively clean carpets or the flooring when necessary. This product is safe for carpets that are nice, removes not just the spot, but the scent, and can just be left on the carpet.
Set out a variety if necessary, small potties, and encourage the little one to sit on them, praising when she or he does. Our favorite is the really little Baby Bjorn potty, costing about $10 in catalogs. There are two sizes, both useful, instead of the actual toilet, helps the child in two ways: he can be more independent and feel more safe; and he can clearly see his results-waste in the potty-after. Set a potty in every toilet using a small bucket to the left and modest basket of clean knickers on the right. A folded towel or bath mat under the three items creates a non slip surface and an appearance that is arranges. When you start toileting Since they need to do with attracting your child’s focus to the element of our everyday lives, these first three points will be the most crucial: Let her see other family members and you sitting on the toilet just as much as possible. Initially, take your son or daughter to the toilet every half hour or so and motivate her to sit on it while you sit on the adult toilet ( only for a moment, as would be natural). Carrying this out helps your kid to learn through the experience of using the toilet, which works much much better than asking your kid,” Do you have to head to the restroom ?” Which usually gets a “No!” even when they do need to really go! It’s extremely important your child change into dry panties instantly after wetting it. We would like her to be accustomed to the feeling of dryness, and to react immediately to wetness.
In the early phases, your son or daughter could wear only her panties from the waist down, so that shifting and using the potty is uncomplicated and doesn’t take long. Timing is key with getting bowel movements to the toilets! Make it a routine time to go the toilet, in the event you discover that the child has a bowel movement around exactly the same time each day and sit on the toilets. Observe him attentively and take him to the toilet instantly if he went in his underpants, to help you help him change, observe the BM go to the bathroom and flush it down, if your kid is unusual in his timing. Continue your attempt to get him to sit and “hang out” around the bathroom when you think a bowel movement might be on its way – you can even read books together to pass the time if that works. Continue to try and involve the little one in dressing and undressing. If the child urinates in her toilet, show her that you are placing the urine to the bigger toilet and flushing. In redressing her, giving particular awareness of helping her learn to put her panties that is dry on alone subsequently collaborate.
It helps in the early stages to really have a potty in whatever room he is playing in so he can see it and get to it in time. He should just wear trousers which are simple to pull himself up and down, and may be naked or in underwear from the waist down when reasonable with this stage.
Throw out all diapers when you begin this toiling period. Feel our assurance that, eventually, he will have the capacity to make use of the toilet each time and you child must be set up for success. Many youngsters make use of the toilet till they’re mature and sleep too greatly to awaken. There are other ways to manage this, depending on your child, her age, and the stage you’ve reached in toileting. Confer with your kid’s manager. Through the initial phases of toilet training, bring a potty with you (to use at your destination) when you take your kid out in the car. Put it in the bathroom of the home you might be visiting, even if it’s only a short stay. This helps set the routine of going to the bathroom upon arriving at destinations and upon leaving your house. Upon returning frequently, before leaving the home and when out and around, take your child to public toilets. We advocate making it a custom, and matter-of-factly saying, “We all sit on the toilet to get a minute before going out and upon coming home”. (Only get them to sit for a moment – if they pop back up or do not urinate, simply dismiss it and move on. Finally, they will select to make use of this chance.)
For special occasions or plane rides, we encourage you never to put your child back into a diaper, but alternatively, set an Nikki diaper wrap over her panties. Manufactured from waterproof fabric that is soft this diaper cover permits you to still check for wetness, so your training period is not interrupted. That is a pleasant ” safety net” for you in certain public situations. Always keep a few changes of knickers and trousers in the car, so you can come back to the car for a quick change as soon as your kid is wet, and after that restart your shopping. For me the best advice is the way to handle toileting when away from home. Caspar grabbed toileting before he was two I had him in nappies when we were out because I used to be scared of making a wreck. Our lovely Montessori parent- toddler teacher gave me the push I needed and without her encouragement I would have kept Caspar in nappies for much longer. This time with Otis I’ll feel more confident leaving the house nappy-less and will probably use many of the suggestions. Actually I am away now to purchase more loo learning trousers after which to set up another toileting area in my bathroom.

Toilet learning – two steps forward, one step back

Thank you in the bottom of my heart of all your kind remarks, hints, ideas, humorous stories and words of encouragement and warmth regarding my post on travelling with a toilet learning toddle.
As I mentioned we weren’t just travelling, we were travelling last minute, I was travelling with the boys without my husband (so feeling extra exposed) and we were also grieving for member of the family who is no longer with us. Gosh, I’m having trouble holding back the tears . Just how did we go?
We left home at about 4.30am. I consider this to be nighttime so I kept Otis in a nappy. But into the vehicle we went directly from the plane and that I made the decision to keep a nappy on. Although he might make use of the potty at home he wouldn’t signify in time for us to stop the automobile. It was well to the afternoon until he was out of a nappy. During our stay Otis in was in a mixture of knickers training pants and nappies. He scarcely made it. We did not make much advancement. Now we are home the nappies are gone again (except for nighttime). During our journeys I learnt several things whom I wish to remember. You don’t have to be a great or even a good parent all of the time. Uniformity is essential. Kids need uniformity to act consistently. Kids should understand (quite clearly) what’s expected of these.
A flexible and comfortable approach will help to keep you calm.. I am hoping my next toilet learning post is full of success and high fives. It can be a while. But I am not putting pressure on myself or Otis. Now we’re back to our own home environment along with a routine that is common toilet learning with that highly sought after consistency can be continued by us.
Travelling using a toilet learning toddler – give strength to me. We know the sensitive period for toilet learning is 12-18 months. Eek, Otis is now 17 months and although we’ve been doing nicely (by our standards) things are still a bit hit and miss.
Otis wears training pants or underpants in the home. Training trousers are typically worn by Otis when we’re out of the house. For his nighttime slumber he wears a nappy. He occasionally makes it. He understands when he needs to go. Occasionally he will look at me and next thing and sometimes the potty will be looked at by him we understand there exists a pool on the ground. But progress is being made by him and we have been happy with where we’re at. We received some awful news last night. First thing tomorrow we shall be flying out to be with family. Together with all the craziness of unexpectedly packing and making arrangements I almost gave myself permission to return back full time. We now have a flight longs drives ahead of us. Many hours will likely be spent in the homes of family. I will be scared while we’re away, that Otis WOn’t make use of the potty. The preparation, cleaning and washing will be a waste of time. But if we go back? I am aware a toilet learning toddle is nothing. However, as we are toilet learning earlier than others it feels like we’ve a point to show (and that we shall fail miserably). My family are totally realizing, I understand there’s absolutely no shame in having a toddler not allow it to be to the potty. There’s no shame in wet pants. I am aware I will be supported by my family and Otis.

Toilet Learning Suggestions

The aforementioned picture is of Otis’s toilet learning place. We are utilizing a cube chair here (the other is in his dressing/care of self place) as Otis wants support when standing. The pail is for clothes that is soiled. You will read a signal of readiness is walking. Otis isn’t walking but clearly knows when he needs to use the toilet. I didn’t need to waste this chance so have commenced toilet learning and miss his apparent sensitive period.
Camilla (mother of two) recently sent me these toileting hints. I found them so useful I desired to tell you. Maybe you will find them useful also? These suggestions happen to be supplied by the Managers at Forest Bluff School and that I truly thank them for allowing me to print here.
Indirect groundwork for toileting From birth, change your youngster ‘s diaper when she is wet to give plenty of indirect preparation (this can sometimes mean as frequently as every hour).
Using cloth diapers from the start helps immensely in developing knowledge only because they feel wet instantaneously. This instantaneous feedback helps the child make the link between the impulse to urinate and the result of releasing her muscles. Toilet training thus happens gradually, over time. When your kid is at the age of pulling up to standing, let her stand while her changes about what you’re doing, even involving the child where you’re able to and talk. In this way, she is able to see what’s occurring and take an interest. In the event that you’ve not done so already, transfer the diaper changing to the bathroom when your kid begins to stand and walk. It will help them make the right organizations between location and activity.

DIY Wool Puddle Pad

What exactly is a Puddle Pad?
A pad that functions much just like a mattress protector. Additionally, it may be used as a change mat or to take care of your car seat. Great for ECers, babies that are leaky nappies, leaky and for toilet learning toddlers.
Why now? With his toilet learning slacks on Otis will commonly take a nap during the day. Some moisture is absorbed by the trousers but I don’t want to risk a mattress that is yucky. Until I realised how simple it truly is to make one yourself, I nearly purchased a puddle pad.
Why wool?
I truly dislike the mattress protectors I’ve seen in our stores – artificial, sticky and crinkly. Cotton pads offer some protection but not as much as wool. I really love wool plus it is:
Breathable, really helps to maintain a body temperature that is comfortable Comfy
Natural Antibacterial and antifungal Uncomplicated to wash, with little leaks a great airing is all that’s needed odour repellent, just atmosphere frequently
How? Locate or parsimony a 100% wool blanket, preferably one that is certainly soft and fine. I came across this blanket. You may want a plain or neutral coloured blanket, in case you are placing the blanket under a pale or white sheet.
Felt the wool in a hot wash. I utilized the hot water setting on my washing machine and followed with a hot dry cycle.
Cut the blanket to size. I cut two pieces the same size for extra depth, I also ironed the blanket therefore it would lie flat.
Sew the two pieces together. I utilized a simple stitch round the edge merely to keep the bits together. It will not fray as the wool is felted. In the event that you don’t sew you could simply use one layer or fold one layer in half.
Trim the edges to neaten up.
To lanolise?
I ‘ven’t lanolised. As Otis is sleeping with his pants on I anticipate the puddle pad to just ever get damp not absolutely soaked. Additionally I suppose it’d need a lot of lanolin which can be not cheap so I am giving it a go unlanolised. Fingers crossed!
I’ll set the pad underneath the sheet it is kept by it . He doesn’t move much in his sleep so hopefully I’ve made it large enough. I ‘ve heaps of the felted blanket remaining, I am thinking of cutting it into squares for polishing or cleaning??

Toilet trained by two?

I adore having a toilet trained toddle. Life is really so much easier. All pain and the perseverance was worth it.
At 22 months I feel like I can finally say that Otis is trained – daytime only. We haven’t approached night toileting but I must get to that soon. It has been distressing. For about three months his toilet learning only plateaued. For three months I mean one or two injuries everyday – by plateaued. I cannot recall his last accident. He sometimes makes a wreck but that is related to tricky garments or dare I say being a lad. He still wants help with his clothing. He also will not go anywhere other when compared to a toilet or a potty. His preferable place is a real toilet. He uses a step stool plus a toddler seat when needed. Otis does not have injuries during his daytime naps once he awakens, but he’ll usually go. Same with auto trips, once we return home he will usually go right to the toilet.
Amongst his peers he is neither late nor early. I personally do not feel there is an age whereby a kid should be trained but I believe that once a child understands (when they need to go) and have control (over their bodily functions) they should be given the chance (to use the potty/toilet). Once a child may use the potty I believe it’s disrespectful to put them in a nappy (thus my wake up call to start nighttime toileting). Also it is summer here and summer is so much more easy than winter. I’ve consistently had two years as an expectation for my own children. Caspar was entirely trained by two. Somehow he nighttime toileted easily. I am hoping the same with Otis. Yay to Otis and wish me luck with the nights.


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