Montessori School Offers Helpful Tips on Potty Training
Bed-wetting is a common problem and can continue deep into preschool. La Jolla Montessori School attempts to solve this problem from the get-go.
By: La Jolla Montessori School
Managing Potty Training
During the school day, all Montessori school students wear underwear—not diapers. At naptime, children change into diapers until they are potty trained. Following naptime, they change back into underwear. Later, at home, they continue wearing underwear. Finally, they return to wearing diapers for bedtime. Within a short while, diapers are gone.
Why? Children develop self-confidence and independence by taking ownership of the issue.
Patience is a Virtue
Sometimes, our children will achieve daytime control early but it may take extra time for them to remain dry overnight. One parental strategy is to schedule extra bathroom visits with their child prior to bedtime. This tactic may ease the transition from diapers or Pull-Ups to underwear.
No Water Before Bedtime
Of course, liquids before bedtime are a no-no. After the extra bathroom stop prior to bedtime, the child is less likely to wet if he or she has an empty bladder. Consider having a 'last call' about an hour before bedtime.
Early Morning Bathroom Call
Some children may stay dry overnight but wake up and use their diaper instead of the potty. In that case, it's recommended to get them up out of bed a few minutes earlier each day.
Children must recognize it is time to get up and go—not lie in bed and go.
"It takes time and patience, but together all three parties can learn from these helpful tips on potty training and bed-wetting quickly," McFarland says. "Scolding or cajoling will not work. Just be positive with your child. The result: self-confidence and independence all the way around—our Montessori school desire."
La Jolla Montessori School is located at 8745 La Jolla Scenic Drive North, about two minutes from the intersection of I-5 and La Jolla Village Drive. Visit: https://lajollamontessorischool.com/