How do I know if we are ready to start toilet training?
This is different for every child, but usually we recommend between 2-2.5 years old. It is important to look for signs of readiness! The following are some signs that you might observe in your child:
Pulling at a wet or dirty diaper.
Hiding to pee or poop.
Interest in others' use of the potty, or copying their behavior.
Having a dry diaper for a longer-than-usual time.
Awakening dry from a nap.
Telling you that they're about to go, are going or have just gone in their diaper.
It is important to note that parents/caregivers must also be ready for toilet training. Success is most likely to happen when strategies are followed through consistently. It is important for parents/caregivers to be prepared to commit to toilet training so that the child can gain confidence and not be confused with changing/inconsistent expectations.
How do we meet virtually? I have never done an online meeting!
We will send you a link to an online meeting forum with specific instructions. You will need a computer or other appropriate technology with internet access.
How quickly are you able to get started? I picked a package and paid for it!
We are typically able to get started within 2 weeks unless you have a specific timeline request. The follow up appointments with the toilet training consultant can be scheduled within a week of getting started with toilet training and then a few weeks later based on needs. All services must be utilized within 6 months of purchase.
What about my child’s babysitter or daycare?
Everyone is welcome to participate in consultations at your discretion. We encourage consistency and collaboration.
Do you recommend specific products or toileting chairs?
In general, we recommend using the regular toilet and potentially adding a smaller seat on top such as this. For most children, adding potty chairs all around the house just adds another step to cleaning up messes.
What about pull-ups?
Pull-ups are just another form of diapers and can prolong the toileting process. For most situations, our recommendation is to remove diapers altogether to make expectations clear. Wearing diapers at nighttime may be an exception for some children.
There are so many toilet training methods. Which will work for my child?
The best approach to toilet training will be developed based on your child’s needs. Every child is different.
My child has special needs. Can you still work with us?
YES! Actually, most of our professional experience has been with toilet training children with special needs. We recommend ruling out any medical issues which would contribute to incontinence. Once medical issues are ruled out, we are happy to provide you with individualized keys to toileting success. If you aren’t sure on your needs or may want a customized package, please contact us. Thirty minute phone consultations will be billed at a rate of $55. During this consultation, we can determine next steps.
What about nighttime training? My child still wets the bed but has been dry during the day.
Bedwetting is completely normal for toddlers and staying dry at night is not likely to happen at the start of toilet training. When toilet training starts for toddlers, the focus should be getting rid of diapers during the day. At age four, 25% of children still wet the bed; at age five, 20%; at age six, 15%; at age ten, 8%; at age fourteen, 4%; and at age eighteen and over, 2% of the population are still bedwetters. There are some pretty amazing products out there to assist with toilet training such as this. Our consultant would also be happy to talk to you more and help you problem solve your unique child’s needs.
My Mom’s group may be interested in the group training. How many people can we have in attendance?
As many as you want! We charge for the time, not per participant. A potty training consultant will meet with your group virtually to do a presentation about strategies. While there will be a time for questions, this presentation will not be tailored for unique needs or customized to specific children. This presentation is apprx. 1-1.25 hours which includes time for questions/answers.