Toilet Learning Trousers
Along with shoes we also purchased these toilet learning trousers from Michael Olaf.
Although as it is possible to see they have been bulky and absorb much just like a nappy, neither Otis or I might tell he was wet, Otis has been wearing training pants for a while like the reddish ones in this post. I had been looking for trousers that were;
Absorbent enough there is no puddle but the child still feels wet
Easy to see the child is wet
Slimline, not in any way bulky
Uncomplicated to get off and on, even to get an extremely young kid
Generated from natural fibers
These slacks are ideal for people. They have been produced from organic cotton and so far no puddles. Not a wet bed. Although I do not deliberately have him sleep in them. I usually alter him before bed, sometimes I don't get a chance.
They are just worn by Otis when we're at home. I am able to find out when he is wet and have worked out a little pattern when he's in training slacks. Otis is also very alert to when he needs to work with the toilet (potty) but occasionally we do not make it in time. The pants also help with self confidence. No issue if the pants get wet, we will go put on a dry pair.
Otis wearing his training pants climbing into his walker wagon
Toilet learning - two steps forward, one step backThank you from the base of my soul of all of amusing stories, hints, ideas, your kind remarks and words of warmth and encouragement regarding my post on travelling with a toilet learning toddle.
As I mentioned we were not merely travelling, we were travelling last minute, I was travelling with the boys without my husband (hence feeling extra exposed) and we were also grieving for member of the family who is no longer with us. Gosh, I am having trouble holding back the tears now. So just how did we go?
We left home at about 4.30am. I consider this to be night , and so I kept Otis. But from the airplane we went direct into the car and I made the decision to keep a nappy on. Although he might utilize the potty at home he wouldn't indicate 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 blend of panties, training pants and nappies. He seldom made it. Overall we didn't make much progress. Now we're home the nappies are gone again (except for nighttime). During our journeys I learnt several things that I wish to remember. You don't have to be a great or even a good parent all of the time. Uniformity is vital. Kids need consistency to behave consistently. Kids need to understand (quite clearly) what is asked of them.
A flexible and relaxed approach will keep you composed.. I am hoping my next toilet learning post is saturated in success and high fives. It may be a while coming. But I am not putting pressure on myself or Otis. Now we are back to a routine that is familiar and also our home surroundings toilet learning with that highly popular uniformity can be continued by us.
Travelling with a toilet learning toddle - give me strength. We all 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) matters are still a bit hit and miss.
Otis wears underpants or training trousers at home. Training trousers are typically worn by Otis when we're from the house. For his nighttime sleep he wears a nappy. To the potty it is sometimes made by him at home. He understands when he needs to go. Occasionally he'll look at me and next thing and occasionally the potty will be looked at by him we understand there exists a pool on the floor. But he could be making progress and we're happy with where we're at. We received some tragic news last night. We'll be flying out to be with family, first thing tomorrow. Together with all the craziness of abruptly packing and making organizations I almost gave myself permission to return full time. We've got a flight longs drives ahead of us. Many hours will likely be spent in the houses of family. I am scared that Otis is not going to use the potty while we're away. The planning, cleaning and washing will be a waste of time. But if we go back to nappies what message does that send to Otis? I understand that the toilet learning toddler is nothing. However, as we are toilet learning before than others it feels like we possess a point to show (and that we shall fail miserably). My family are fully realizing, I understand there's absolutely no shame in having a toddler not allow it to be to the potty. There isn't any shame in wet pants. I am aware my family Otis and will support me.
Montessori Potty Toilet Learning
Using a potty isn't always a part of the Montessori approach to toilet learning. It may work to make the toilet accessible by using alternative adaptions or steps. If you're interested in toilet learning the Montessori way I urge Toilet Leaning and Toilet Recognition - The Montessori Strategy. I also recommend posts at Assistance to Life and Michael Olaf.
Toilet Learning - Our Journey in Outline It's likely this will be our last toilet learning post. Otis has stolen seamlessly (and without fault) into night time toileting. We're at the end of our toilet learning journey. I 've a couple thoughts and propositions, in the event you are at the start of your journey. Absolutely every kid is different so we need to be flexible yet your approach along with your attitude are most significant. It is not luck that Otis is toilet trained. We are extremely lucky he is healthy and that I'm able to stay at home with him which helps. But what got him 'trained' was patience, persistence and consistency. Our first step in Otis toilet learning was to get him out of a nappy. Training slacks were critical in this process. Otis toilet learned in this and measures is a simple overview.
1. DAY: TRAINING PANTS (AT HOME) NAPPY (WHEN OUT) NIGHT: NAPPY During the day at home Otis wore training trousers. At night and when we left the house during the day he wore a nappy. While at home we offered him the potty and when he seemed like he needed to go (we recognised the signs - chiefly holding his pants) we took him to the potty.
2. DAY: TRAINING PANTS NIGHTTIME: NAPPY Slowly 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 puddles but Otis wanted tending to promptly. At this stage he was still wearing a nappy through the night.
3. DAY: PANTIES (AT HOME) TRAINING TROUSERS (WHEN OUTSIDE) NIGHT: NAPPY Slowly we transitioned Otis to when we left the house, wearing training pants and only wearing panties at home. The training pants gave us confidence that if Otis had an accident most of it'd be captured - no puddles on the shop floor, but his clothes and Otis would be wet. Otis was wearing Under the Nile Baby Training Trousers (12-24 months). At this stage he was still wearing a nappy at night. This was the longest period of three to four months.
4. DAY: UNDERWEAR NIGHT: NAPPY As Otis became routine and more confident at using the potty he transitioned to wearing panties all the time during the day and wore a nappy during the night.
5. DAY: PANTIES NIGHT: PANTIES 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 sometimes make use of the potty at night but generally waits until morning. He generally goes straight to the potty when he wakes up in the morning. He still nurses before bed and during the night although I try to limit his fluids before bed. In addition , I ask him to make use of the potty before bed however he is stubborn and usually refuses. As I mentioned we'd offer the potty when it looked before we left the house and like he need to go to Otis. Frequently when he awakens from his nap or returns from appearances he must visit the potty straight away.
It was significant to us that we remained (as much as possible) emotionally detached from the process. While I looked pleased when we'd success it was important to us not to punish or praise. We also never demanded Otis. If he seemed like he needed to make use of the potty but refused to do so, I'd take his hand and try to lead him to the potty, usually he would wet his pants and if he refused I would leave him. Then he would come with me to the potty to get changed/cleaned up. We never driven him to make use of the potty, we never used harsh words, threatened or bribed. If he wet his pants - he wet his trousers, we only got on with it. We have toddler seat and a step stool on our toilet which Otis has started using. He uses the potty and also the toilet standing and sitting. We've got a potty in the car that I offered to Otis before he managed to hold for an adequate interval. On every trip I'd offer him the potty when we arrived and before we departed. He seldom used it. Recently he has shown that he is able to hold and regularly uses public toilets (school, sports stadiums, stores), although he likes to remove his underwear, trousers/short, shoes and socks and I will hold him while he sits on the bathroom. You are going to know we have had up and downs and I've found travelling and finding us out of routine especially difficult, in the event that you read through our Bathroom Learning Posts. There's been lots and mess of cleaning up. But now we are done at 22 months, it's entirely worth it. If you are at the beginning or in the center of bathroom learning, no matter which method you are using - I wish you the absolute best. P.S. I've had some crucial appearances when Otis has had an injury in public. Irrespective of the exact age of the child - old or young, please be kind to other parents.
Bathroom learning - three phasesThere is an excellent feeling you get when your child does the right thing at the most suitable time. It makes you feel proud, makes you feel like an excellent parent. There are times when your kid repeatedly makes mistakes, messes or does the wrong thing and you also feel like a failure. Bathroom learning may be rough like that. Otis has accidents or commonly makes messes but some days it's more public than others or worse. It was on my bed, last week it was three pools within our parent-toddler course. Mainly I simply get on with things, I never make a fuss. He's getting it. Where are we at? Otis has been using the potty at home for several months. At home he'll generally go without trousers or have underpants on. If we've merely been someplace, are about to go out or have guests over, Otis will wear slacks/shorts. Recall it is summer here. At home he'll normally make it to the potty however there is at least one injury a day, sometimes more.
Beware of the under-pant fixation. If it doesn't have a car on it - it won't be worn by Otis.
Emptying the potty is a huge deal. Otis takes care and great pride in wiping it clean, emptying it and taking the used potty to the toilet. Subsequently the entertaining of flushing the toilet the same as a big lad. He's super inquisitive about other family members utilizing the toilet. I think most toddlers are like this, investigating what goes on around them. Toileting at home - Phase One whole! We are now working on Phase Two - toileting away from house. Training trousers are normally worn by Otis when we go out. The only time Otis wears a nappy is at night. As Otis doesn't consistently makes it to the toilet while we are out the training trousers get most of the mess. Before we go out I 'll have Otis sit on the potty. Often he just gets up and walks away. I'll give him a drink of water while he sits on the potty if I know he actually needs to go. This really is the only method I've been able to get him to use the potty on cue. There's something about having. It's working. I keep a potty in the vehicle and if I still feel like he needs to go I shall frequently ask him to make use of the potty while we are out. He never has. This mightn't work for him. If we are at a friends house or at school I'll take Otis to the toilet on arrival ( in case that it is been some time since he's been) or when he gives me the sign which he needs to go (usually attaining/touching his trousers). So we've some success while we're out but it is undoubtedly requiring attention and work.
Phase Three is at night. Otis wears a nappy at night but often he takes it off. On his bed he has the puddle pad under his sheet. During the day he'll normally wake up and need to visit the potty straight away. I believe night time toileting will occur shortly and as Otis starts taking his nappy and the usage of the potty increases.
Toilet learning is a location where we haven't done it by the book. We've struggled at times and I'm just explaining the way that it's working for us not how I'd recommend it to others. We are finding our way. In the event that you're looking for ideas or recommendations how to approach toilet learning here are some of the finest suggestions I Have ever read. This summer we'll be travelling again but I'm not feeling hesitant. There is going to be times when Otis will want help/a change of clothes but I am really feeling confident. The reddish turtle was picked up during our last travels and it's become Otis's favourite. It may be travelling with us. How are you going with toilet learning? I don't actually know of anyone at the same stage as us. Before they begin, most children we know have learned toileting at a younger age or the parents decided to wait until a later age. Folks think we have started late or are shocked because we have began early.
When to begin toiletingBetween twelve and eighteen months is the sensitive period for beginning toilet comprehension. It can begin later or sooner, depending on the kid. Look for signals of readiness: An interest in cycles (bib now goes in the hamper, hamper goes to the basement, in the machine, etc. Kid watches with interest and even follows along).
Kid is walking. You find kid touches her/his genitals. Child is starting to have bowel movements at certain times of day. Although a kid shows none of those indications but will become interested when you start to bring her awareness of toileting, so we still recommend beginning before 18 months. Equip for toileting success! To begin, buy as many as 30 pairs of underpants that were thick. We urge Gerber training pants which come 3 in a pack for about 5 dollars at Target (US). They can be least expensive and the most absorbent, but long-lasting. For success, the leg holes the underwear loose that it may be pulled down and up without extraneous effort on the child's part and also have to be big enough. To get a child between 18 and 12 months, Gerber training trousers, size two, is advocated. If she's big for her age, or as the child approaches 18 months, she is going to desire size three. Put an item of rubberized flannel in the car seat and purchase several sheets of it for the bed. Be certain you have many pairs of pull-on trousers for your own child, as he can must alter often.
Have a lot of bed sheets so you could alter them frequently.
Pull up fine carpets. Discover "Nature's Wonder" at a pet shop, to immediately and effectively clean rugs or the floor when needed. The product is safe for nice rugs removes not only the blot, but the smell, and may simply be left on the rug.
Set out little potties, a variety if necessary, and encourage the little one to take a seat on them, when he/she does commending. Our favorite is the very modest Baby Bjorn potty, costing about $10 in catalogs. There are just two sizes, both useful, as opposed to the toilet that is real, helps the little one in two ways: he can be more independent and feel more safe; and he can clearly see his results-waste in the potty-after. Place a potty in every bathroom having a tiny bucket to the left and modest basket of clean knickers on the right. A folded towel or bath mat beneath the three things creates a non slip surface and a arranges appearance. Once you begin toileting Since they have to do with attracting your kid's focus to the section of our everyday lives, these first three points would be the most important: Let her see you and other family members sitting on the bathroom as much as you can. In the beginning, take your son or daughter to the toilet every half-hour or so and encourage her to sit on it while you sit on the adult toilet ( only for an instant, as would be natural). Carrying this out helps your child to learn through the experience of utilizing the toilet, and this works far better than asking your kid," Do you need to visit the restroom ?" Which generally gets a "No!" even when they do need to go! It is very important that the child change into dry panties promptly after wetting it. We would like her to be accustomed to the feeling of dryness, and to react right away to wetness.
In the first stages, your son or daughter could wear just her underwear from the waist down, so that shifting and using the potty is simple and doesn't take long. Time is key with getting bowel movements to the toilets! Make it a routine time to go the toilet together, in the event you become aware of your child has a bowel movement around the exact same time every day and sit on the toilets. Observe him carefully and take him to the bathroom instantly if he went in his underpants, so you can help him change, observe the BM go to the bathroom and flush it down if your kid is unusual in his time. 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 may even read books together to pass the time if this works. Continue to try to involve the kid in undressing and dressing. Show her that you are placing the urine in the toilet that is larger and flushing in case the child urinates in her toilet. Afterward collaborate in redressing her, giving special attention to helping her learn to place her panties that is dry on alone.
It will help in the first stages to really have a potty in whatever room he is playing in so it can be seen by him and get in time to it. He should only wear pants that will be nude or in panties from your waist down when reasonable, and are a cinch to pull up and down himself during this phase.
Throw out all diapers when you start this toiling period. Feel our assurance that, eventually, he'll have the ability to work with the toilet each and every time and you kid must be set up for success. Many children make use of the toilet till they're old and sleep too deeply to awaken. There are other methods to manage this, depending on her age, your kid, and the stage you have reached in toileting. Talk to your kid's director. During the first stages 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 toilet of your home you happen to be seeing, even if it's merely a short stay. This helps establish the routine of going to the bathroom upon leaving the house and upon arriving at destinations. Upon returning generally, before leaving the home and when out and about, take your child to public toilets. We advocate making it a habit, and matter-of-factly saying, "We all sit on the bathroom to get a minute before venturing out and upon coming home". (Just get them to sit for a minute - if they pop back up or don't urinate, only ignore it and move on. Finally, they'll pick to work with this opportunity.)
For plane rides or special occasions, we encourage you never to place your child back right into a diaper, but instead, set an Nikki diaper wrap over her knickers. Manufactured from waterproof fabric that is soft this diaper cover permits you to still check for wetness, so your training period isn't interrupted. This can be a fine " safety net" for you in certain public situations. Constantly keep a few changes of knickers and pants in the automobile, so that you restart your shopping, and then can return to the vehicle to get an instant change as soon as your child is wet. For me the best guidance is the way to handle toileting when far from home. Caspar taken before he was two I had him in nappies when we were out because I was scared of making a wreck, toileting. 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 more. This time with Otis I'll feel more assured leaving the house nappy-less and will undoubtedly use many of these suggestions. Truly I am away now to set up another toileting space within my bathroom and then to purchase more lavatory learning trousers.