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ShaModd and Me Daycare, LLC

Child Care News

Toilet Training

Successful toilet training involves recognizing the signs that a child needs to use the toilet. Most children will grunt, squat, show strained facial expressions, or stop moving. When this happens, ask the child if he/she needs to use the toilet and help him/her understand the connection between the feeling and having to go. Helping children learn early to identify the feeling they are about to eliminate will help you get them to the toilet in time.

The potty chair or potty attachment seat must be comfortable. If using a potty attachment seat, choose one with a footrest that allows children to sit comfortably on the toilet and push during bowel movements. Avoid urine deflectors. They can cause injury to children when they climb on and off the potty. Have children practice getting on and off potty chairs or toilet attachment seats with their clothes on before they use either device unclothed.

Toilet training books can be used to help children understand the toilet training process. These books also help children realize that everyone had to learn how to use the toilet at one time or another.

Getting children to the toilet in time is no easy task, and it should not be further complicated by having to take a lot of time getting clothes off. Encourage parents to dress their children in pants that can be easily pulled down. It is better if they avoid clothing with snaps, buttons, zippers, or belts. During the initial toilet training phase, it is wise to use disposable training pants or diapers. After children have successfully used the potty consistently suggest the parents switch their child to cloth training pants.

Getting on and off a potty chair or potty attachment seat can be frightening for children. Be there to help them, and stay with them while they are trying to go. Reading to them can remove some of the pressure of "having to perform."

Bowel movements usually occur once a day, often 15 to 30 minutes after eating or taking a bath. Ask children several times during the day if they have to go, but do not pressure them. Take them to the potty chair or toilet seat often during the day and have them sit there for a short time, but not for long. After five minutes, help them down and reward them if they were successful. If they were not successful, tell them that they can try again later. It is common for children to have accidents immediately after leaving the toilet. If this happens, try not to show disappointment, and never show anger.

Start children out with proper toilet hygiene by teaching them how to correctly wipe, flush, dress, and wash their hands. Girls should be taught to wipe from front to back to prevent bladder infections. Always have children wash their hands with soap and water even if the toilet experience was not successful. Doing so reinforces the hand-washing habit.

 Understand the Weather



Child Care Weather Watch

30 uncomfortable

Wind-Chill Factor Chart (in Fahrenheit)

is chilly and generally




with a significant risk of frostbite

Wind Speed in mph

to 30 to 15

is cold

is very cold

Tips for Parents Educational Things

Here's a tip for parents as you drive, play the game we use to play as a kid, "Drivetime fun time".

This is the game where you count the cars, colors etc. This challenges your child mine with remembering, math and language.