Montessori potty training method

When to start toileting

Between twelve and eighteen months is the sensitive period for starting toilet knowledge. It might begin later or sooner, determined by the kid. Look for signals of readiness: An interest in cycles (bib now goes in the hamper, hamper goes to the cellar, into the machine, etc. Kid watches with interest and also follows along).
Child is walking. Child touches are noticed by you. Child is beginning to have bowel movements at certain times of day. Although a kid exhibits none of these hints but will become interested the moment you start to attract her focus on toileting, so we still advocate starting before 18 months. For toileting success equip! To begin, purchase as many as 30 pairs of underpants that were thick. We urge Gerber training slacks which come 3 in a pack for about 5 dollars at Target (US). They may be durable, although the most absorbent and expensive. For success, the leg holes the knickers loose enough that it may be pulled down and up without extraneous attempt on the child’s part as well as should be large enough. To get a young child between 12 and 18 months, Gerber training pants, size two, is advocated. As the child approaches or if she is large for her age, size three will be needed by her. Put an item of flannel that is rubberized in the car seat and purchase several sheets of it. Make sure you have many pairs of pull-on pants for the child, as he may need certainly to change often.
Have lots of bed sheets so you could change them often.
Pull up nice carpets. Find “Nature’s Miracle” at a pet shop, to immediately and effectively clean rugs or the floor when necessary. The product is safe for nice rugs, removes not just the spot, but the odor, and may just be left on the rug.
Set out a variety if needed, little potties, and support the child to take a seat to them, when he or she does praising. Our favorite is the quite little Baby Bjorn potty, costing about $10 in catalogues. There are two sizes, both useful, instead of the toilet that is real, helps the kid in two ways: he can be more independent and feel more protected; and he can more clearly see his results-waste in the potty-later. Put a potty in every toilet having a tiny bucket to the left and small basket of clean underwear on the right. A folded towel or bath mat beneath the three items creates a non-slip surface and a look that is arranges. When you start toileting Because they need to do with bringing your kid’s focus to the element of our daily lives, these first three points would be the most crucial: Let her see other family members and you sitting on the bathroom just as much as you can. Initially, 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 a minute, as would be natural). Carrying this out helps your child to understand through the experience of using the toilet, and also this works far much better than requesting your child,” Do you need to visit the lavatory ?” Which usually gets a “No!” even when they do have to go! It’s extremely important your kid change into dry underwear promptly after wetting it. We would like her to be used to the feeling of dryness, and to react immediately to wetness.
In the initial phases, your child could wear only her panties in the waist down, so that using the potty and changing is straightforward and does not take long. Time is key with getting bowel movements to the toilets! Make it a routine time to go the toilet together, if you find that the child has a bowel movement around the exact same time every day and sit on the toilets. Watch him carefully and take him to the toilet immediately if he went in his underpants, so you can help him change, observe the BM go into the toilet and flush it down, if your kid is unusual in his timing. Continue your effort to get him to sit and “hang out” around the bathroom when you believe a bowel movement could be on its way – you can even read novels together to pass the time if that works. Continue to try and involve the little one in dressing and undressing. If the kid urinates in her toilet, show her that you’re placing the pee to the larger toilet and flushing. Afterward collaborate in redressing her, giving particular focus on helping her learn to put her panties that is dry on alone.
It will help in the first phases to really have a potty in whatever room he’s playing in so he is able to see it and get to it. He should only wear trousers that could be nude or in panties from your waist down when practical, and are a cinch to pull himself up and down with this phase.
Throw out all diapers when you begin this toiling period. Feel our assurance that, eventually, he will have the capacity to utilize the toilet each time and you child must be set up for success. Many kids sleep too greatly to wake and apply the toilet till they are mature. There are different methods to manage this, depending on the stage, her age, and your child you have reached in toileting. Talk to your child’s manager. Through the first stages of toilet training, bring a potty with you (to use at your destination) when you take your child out in the car. Stick it in the toilet of the house you happen to be visiting, even if it’s just a short stay. This helps establish the routine of going to the restroom upon leaving your house and upon arriving at destinations. Toilets often, before leaving the house and upon returning, when out and about, take your kid to public. We recommend making it a custom, and matter-of-factly saying, “We all sit on the toilet to get a moment before going out and upon coming home”. (Only get them to sit for a minute – if they pop back up or don’t urinate, only dismiss it and move on. Finally, they will choose to work with this chance.)
For plane rides or special events, we encourage you never to put your child back into a diaper, but alternatively, set an Nikki diaper wrap over her knickers. Made from soft waterproof fabric this diaper cover lets you still check for wetness, so your training period is not interrupted. It is a nice ” safety net” for you in certain public situations. Constantly keep a few changes of trousers and panties in the car, so that you resume your shopping, then can go back to the auto for an instant change as soon as your child is wet. For me the best guidance is how to handle toileting when far from home. Caspar taken before he was two I ‘d him in nappies when we were outside because I was frightened of creating a mess, toileting. Our lovely Montessori parent- without her encouragement I would have kept Caspar in nappies for much more and toddler teacher gave me the push I needed. This time with Otis I am going to feel more confident leaving the house nappy-less and will be using many of these hints. Really I am off now to purchase more loo learning trousers and then to set up another toileting area in my bathroom.

Toilet trained by two?

I love having a toilet trained toddle. Life is so simpler. All of pain and the perseverance was worth it.
At 22 months I feel like I can say that Otis is toilet trained – 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. By plateaued I mean one or two injuries everyday – for three months. I cannot remember his last accident. He occasionally makes a wreck but that is associated with garments that is catchy or dare I say being a lad. He still needs help with his clothes. He also will not go anywhere other than a toilet or a potty. His preferable place is a real toilet. He uses a toddler seat plus a step stool when necessary. Otis doesn’t have accidents during his daytime naps once he wakes, but he will generally go. Same with automobile excursions, once we return home he’ll generally go direct to the toilet.
Amongst his peers he is neither late nor early. Personally, I don’t feel there is an age whereby a child should be trained but I feel that once a kid knows (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 kid can use the potty I feel it is disrespectful to put them in a nappy (therefore my wake up call to start night toileting). Additionally it’s summer here and summer is so much more easy than winter. I’ve consistently had as an anticipation for my own children. Two fully coached Caspar. He nighttime toileted readily. I’m hoping the same with Otis. Yay to Otis and wish me luck with the nights.

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DIY Wool Puddle Pad

What’s a Puddle Pad?
A pad that functions much just like a mattress protector. It may also be utilized as a change mat or to protect your car seat. Amazing for ECers, babies that are leaky nappies, leaky and for toilet learning toddles.
Why now? With his toilet learning on slacks Otis will generally take a nap during the day. I do not want to risk a yucky mattress although the trousers consume some moisture. Until I realised how easy it is to make one yourself, I nearly purchased a puddle pad.
Why wool?
I really dislike the mattress protectors I’ve seen in our shops – faux, sticky and crinkly. Cotton pads offer some protection but not as much as wool. I really love wool plus it’s:
Breathable, helps you to maintain a body temperature that is comfortable Comfy
All natural anti-bacterial and anti fungal Simple to clean, with little flows a great airing is all that is required odour repellent, merely atmosphere frequently
How? Rather one that is certainly pleasant and soft, find or thrift a 100% wool blanket. I found this blanket for $15. You might want to have a plain or neutral coloured blanket, in the event you are putting the blanket under a light or white sheet.
Felt the wool in a hot wash. I followed using a hot dry cycle and utilized the hot water setting.
Cut the blanket to size. Therefore it would lie flat, I cut two pieces the same size for additional thickness, I also ironed the blanket.
Sew the two pieces together. I used a simple stitch around the edge just to keep the bits together. As the wool is felted it doesn’t fray. In the event that you don’t sew one layer could be simply used by you or fold one layer in half.
Trim the edges to neaten up.
To lanolise?
I haven’t lanolised. As Otis is sleeping with his trousers on I expect the puddle pad to just ever get moist not completely soaked. Additionally I guess it’d demand lots of lanolin which can be not cheap so I am giving it a go unlanolised. Fingers crossed!
I’ll put the pad underneath the sheet it is kept by it in place. So hopefully I’ve made it large enough, he really doesn’t go much in his slumber. I ‘ve heaps of the felted blanket left over, I’m thinking of cutting it into squares for cleaning or polishing??

Montessori Potty Toilet Learning

With a potty is not always a part of the Montessori approach to toilet learning. By using measures or other adaptions, it may work to make the toilet accessible. If you are interested in toilet learning the Montessori manner I recommend Toilet Leaning and Toilet Consciousness – The Montessori Strategy. I also recommend articles at Aid to Michael and Life Olaf.
Toilet Learning – Our Journey in Outline It’s likely this will be our last toilet learning post. Otis has slipped seamlessly (and without error) into night time toileting. We’re at the end of our toilet learning journey. I have a few ideas and propositions in the event that you are at the start of your journey. Absolutely every kid is different so we must be adaptable nevertheless your strategy as well as your attitude are most significant. It’s not chance that Otis is toilet trained. We’re extremely lucky that I am able to stay at home with him which helps and that he is healthy. But what got him ‘trained’ was patience, perseverance and consistency. Our very first step in Otis toilet learning was to get him out of a nappy. Training pants were vital in this process. Otis toilet learned in this and measures is a simple overview.
1. DAY: TRAINING TROUSERS (AT HOME) NAPPY (WHEN OUTSIDE) NIGHT: NAPPY During the day at home Otis consistently wore training slacks. 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 looked like he needed to go (we recognised the signals – mostly holding his trousers) we took him to the potty.
2. DAY: TRAINING TROUSERS NIGHTTIME: NAPPY Slowly we transitioned to Otis wearing training pants during the day. The training slacks he wore at this stage (from Michael Olaf but now discontinued) held so there were no puddles but Otis needed tending to instantly. At this stage he was still wearing a nappy through the night.
3. DAY: UNDERWEAR (AT HOME) TRAINING TROUSERS (WHEN OUT) NIGHT: 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 assurance that if Otis had an injury most of it would be captured – no puddles on the shop floor, but his clothes and Otis would still be wet. Otis was wearing Under the Nile Infant Training Pants (12-24 months). At this period he was wearing a nappy during the night. This was the longest period of three to four months.
4. DAY: UNDERWEAR NIGHT: NAPPY He transitioned to wearing panties constantly during the day and wore a nappy during the night as Otis became regular and more confident at utilizing the potty.
5. DAY: KNICKERS NIGHTTIME: KNICKERS Otis became confident going to the potty that at night he would take away his nappy. He transitioned to wearing panties all the time. He will occasionally make use of the potty at night but generally waits until morning. He normally goes right to the potty when he awakens in the morning. I try and limit his fluids before bed however he nurses before bed and during the nighttime. I also request him to utilize the potty before bed however he is stubborn and usually refuses. As I mentioned we would offer Otis the potty when it looked like he need to go and before we left the house. Frequently when he awakens from his nap or returns from appearances he has to go to the potty straight away.
It was significant to us that we remained (as much as possible) emotionally detached from the process. It absolutely was significant to us not to praise or punish when we had success while I appeared pleased. We also never forced Otis. If he seemed like he needed to utilize the potty but refused to do so, I would get his hand and attempt to lead him to the potty, if he still refused I’d leave him and normally he’d wet his pants. Afterward he’d come with me to the potty to get changed. We never compelled him to utilize 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’ve got a step stool and toddler seat on our toilet which Otis has begun using. He uses the toilet and the potty standing and sitting. We’ve got a potty in the car which I offered to Otis before he managed to hold for a decent interval. On each trip I’d offer him the potty before we departed and when we arrived. It was seldom used by him. Recently he’s shown that he can hold and often uses public toilets (school, sports stadiums, stores), although he likes to remove his knickers, pants/short, shoes and socks and I’ll hold him while he sits on the toilet. You will know we have had up and downs and I Have found travelling and finding us out of routine especially hard should you read through our Toilet Learning Posts. There’s been lots and wreck of cleaning up. But now we are done at 22 months, it’s entirely worth it. If you’re at the beginning or in the middle of bathroom learning, whichever process you are using – I wish you the absolute best. P.S. I have had some crucial appearances when Otis has had an injury in public. Regardless of the exact age of the kid – old or young, please be kind to other parents.

Toilet Learning Pants

Along with shoes we also purchased these toilet learning trousers from Michael Olaf.
Otis continues to be wearing training pants for some time such as the red ones in this post although as you’re able to see they are bulky and consume much like a nappy, neither Otis or I may tell he was wet. I used to be looking for trousers that were;
Absorbent enough there isn’t any pool but the kid still feels wet
Easy to view the child is wet
Slimline, not in any way bulky
Uncomplicated to get off and on, even for an incredibly young child
Created from natural fibers
These pants are perfect for all of us. They have been made from organic cotton and so far no puddles. Not a wet bed. Although I don’t by choice have him sleep in them. I generally shift him before bed, sometimes I don’t get a chance.
Otis just wears them when we are at home. I’m in a position to see when he is wet and have worked out a little routine, when he is in training slacks. Otis is also quite alert to when he must utilize the toilet (potty) but sometimes we don’t make it in time. The trousers also help with self confidence. We will go put on a dry pair, no issue in the event the pants get wet.


Best Montessori home activities

Geoboard – Three Ways

Otis has been home from school for the past three days, so we have pulled out a couple of new actions! Above is a typical geoboard with the extra turn of utilizing grid paper. The child draws shapes on the paper subsequently makes the shapes on the plank. When using the geoboard Otis normally makes arbitrary contours and occasionally creates a picture or minor scene. Above he’s using a transparent plank on the light table. I made Otis this natural geoboard – inspired through this post at Fairy Dust Teaching. I really like how it’s a bit rustic and makes the kid think only a little differently about making the contours. It seems somewhat more brilliant too!

Alphabet Puzzle Tote

If so, this really is a really enjoyable activity that reinforces knowledge on the contours and type of letters. I’d not do this in a way to teach children their letters or to examine them but to strengthen their knowledge. I’d comprise letters they’re confident with alongside letters they may be fighting with. This is a simple activity of putting the letters from an Alphabet Puzzle or Moveable Alphabet into a Mystery Tote and letting the youngster by making use of their hands and their sense of touch simply to identify each letter. Choose the letters from the Alphabet Puzzle (or Moveable Alphabet) and put these in the Mystery Tote without the child seeing. Invite the kid over to take a seat at a work mat or table. Invite the child to place one or both hands inside the bag and one at a time, without peeking, identify which letter they may be holding.
The idea is the fact that through touch the kid forms a picture of the letter in their own head. If they are able to remember the sound of the letter it can help increase their link between the sound and also the shape and form of the letter. As an extension, when you have comprised vowels and consonants you may also encourage the kid to make some words with the letters they’ve identified.
Above Otis puts his hand in the Puzzle Tote and feels for a letter. He has identified this as a ‘w’. He sets the letter on the mat and sets his hand back in for another letter. The Puzzle Tote is one of our favourite stuff which we’ve used many times through the years. It actually heightens their sense of touch. Our Mystery Bag is a simple silk lined, drawstring bag. I usually keep it to around five items in the tote. These posts reveal a number of the ways in which we have used the Mystery Bag (or Mystery Box). With all activities at home, I try to keep it engaging and light-hearted. In the event you give this a go I hope you enjoy!

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Montessori Sea Shell Tasks You Will Love!

My kids adore tasks that involve natural materials. Where there’s some thing for them to hold, feel, touch. Where there is something that’s interesting, with fascinating little details. Now I’m featuring some Montessori Shell Activities whom I know you will adore. The kid sorts the shells (into the big jars) into Univalve or Bivalve.
The Shell Poster (left in top image) is from Montessori Stuff and the Univalve/Bivalve sheet is from Montessori for Everybody.
Cleaning a large shell – Brosser un gros coquillage at Le blog de Sylvie d’Esclaibes. This is an incredible notion, nearly all of our shells are unclean and could do with an excellent scrub! Fitting shells to cards – Another example of fitting shells to cards can be found at Les aventures chez nounou Marie. I consider they are using the wonderful shell set and matching cards from Michael Olaf! The cards hold the name of the shell which introduces the language element and allows the parent or caregiver to supply the little one together with the proper terminology. This really is from one of my favourite nature tables (which contained tons of shells) where Otis is making imprints with the shells into sand. I recall one of Caspar’s favourite actions when he first began in his Cycle One classroom (in Canberra as a three-year-old) was a tray with all different kinds of shells and also a simple magnifying glass. There is something exceptional about sea shells!

Playdough – Four Ways

Otis is five and loves playdough now more than ever. I have written occasionally about how we use playdough, always with different items and in different colours, textures and smells. Adding essential oils to playdough is vital. Here are four ways we’re currently reveling playdough.
1. Alphabet Stamps. This is a superb early literacy action, recalling it’s best to start with lower case letters.
2. Other Stamps. We’ve got lots of stamps at home so there is always lots for the boys to pick from. I have also wiped down our Melissa and Doug postages and these work really nicely with the playdough too!
3. Gumnuts and Sticks. I really like combining natural materials with playdough. Feathers, shells and pinecones may also lead to creative play with playdough.
4. Galaxy Dough!! I first read about Galaxy Dough at Fairy Dust Teaching. It is only black playdough with plenty of glitter blended through. It ends up all dark and sparkly – just such as the galaxy. Otis was amazed! It is entertaining to play with as it’s so different to our other playdough. Limelight (a craft shop in Australia) and cake decorating speciality shops have black food colouring including in a powder form. They often have a lot of distinct shades of food colouring which may make a pleasant change from the conventional colours you see in playdough. We could make a set of playdough all in precisely the same colour but in different colours – wonderful! We use playdough and Alphabet Stamps from Joyful Hands Joyful Heart. I am hoping you have enjoyed this small peek into our playdough play!

Geometry Love- Montessori Stuff for Geometric Form Work

You might have estimated following yesterday’s post, that we’ve been doing a lot of geometric contour work around here! We have been using the Geo Strips (number 3.) and I’m often asked about them. So I Have compiled a quick list of some other geometric shape building sticks and bits that may be helpful for a Montessori house or classroom!
1. Learning Edge Connecting GeoStix (Australia here).
2. Learning Resources Geometric Shapes Construction Set (similar Australia here).
3. Geo Strips (Australia here) (you can see Otis using the Geo Strips in this post).
4. Wikki Stix Basic Contours Creative Entertaining Kit.
5. Learning Resources Transparent Anglegs (the Anglegs come in different sizes too!).
6. Montessori Geometric Stick Stuff (Australia here) (I adore this picture from Westside Montessori School of the Montessori Geometric Stick work, with a simple description).

Using Scales and Balance Buckets

Yesterday I wrote about one of our task trays with scales (balance pail) and some coloured glass beads, shells and wood pieces. Here are some other Montessori and Inquiry-Based learning thoughts that I love. These actions are also extremely simple to put together. Our scales were around $15, or you can use kitchen scales, and we only use stuff we already have at home! I adore the sensory table for younger children (#6). I think I’m going to attempt a set up like #3 next, where the child has a variety of substances to consider and record – it seems fabulous for some additional math and literacy skills!
1. Equilibrium bucket with loose parts at How we Montessori (on our shelves here).
2. Maths In the Resort Area with An notion on Tuesday.
3. Magnet Trays and Scale Weighing at Learning Cente of Dundee Omaha, Nebraska
4. Fall Inspired Weighing Action with Balance Scales at Montessori from the Heart.
5. General Mathematics Provocations at Welcome to Primary.
6. Balance Scales in the Sensory Table at An Everyday Story.
7. Equilibrium scales at How we Montessori.
8. Exploring Measurement Through Play – Mass at Suzie’s Home Education Notions.

Montessori 2 year old curriculum

The terrible twos as they’re called daybreak in! But you will not need to dread this transitional change for your child, it may be managed. There are strategies that may help this interval to be a smooth transition. This is achieved by giving choices to avoid power struggles to children and giving them chance to do the tasks proposed and permitting them to accomplish things independently. At this phase, as they grow up, kids must be given more independence. This can be shown in the surroundings. How one arranges it such that the kid can alone accomplish things for himself. This then gives him/her the sense of achievement and in turn develops a high self esteem. The key would be to set up the environment in which he can triumph to be able to do things by himself safely. For young kid things might need to be set up step by step, which may be tedious and slow for adults but is essential for a child who’s learning.

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Bedroom Setup

The kid at this age can have their own bed. You are frightened they may fall and if it’s too high, a mattress can nevertheless be put on the flooring for if when the child falls, but you may discover that when this happens once the little one will learn from that experience. Toys can each be distinguished by its kind in a basket which will comprise all its parts. Permit your son or daughter in order to see what they’re selecting to play with without actually making a wreck. Kids at this age need outside order in order to acquire their very own awareness of order that is internal. If they choose to, have his toys in a low shelf where they’re able to access it readily. At this stage teach your kid to put things away when they’re ended. This also lets them lead to the order in their surroundings. Make cleaning up a custom as early as now as these are good habits to be kept for life. Have a little drawer for your kid’s garments. This will definitely let them to choose what they want to wear for the day as they might begin to show their taste. Give your son or daughter small options so that they will still dress appropriately for the weather. For example give them a choice between a blue or red jumper for winter. If they’re unable to select then simply pick for them.

Apple Slicing

This includes using an apple slicer which can be located in shops. We need a sharp knife for the mature, a cutting board, tongs and also a tiny bowl. Cut it in half horizontally and take the apple, this will definitely make the apple be on the board for the child laid on a stable level side. Lay the apple on the level side and take the apple corer on the apple, push on the corer a bit to reveal your child how to push down. Start it for them and let them continue. You may help by putting your hands over theirs. Use the tongs to take the core out to be thrown and also the rest of the apple in the bowl once it’s cut all the way through.

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Care for the surroundings

As mentioned before, have child sized sweepers, mops materials (for wiping the table) and sponges to permit the child to clean like they grownups do. A tiny watering can that the child can take himself can likewise be used. Where they can get water for themselves, instruct the kid and to walk quite attentively when carrying the watering can water. You may have a little sponge which goes on the point of the spout to stop this from happening with younger children. The plants to be watered can be potted indoor plants or in the backyard garden.

Spreading jam/butter on crackers or toast

Have little knife, a tiny plate and small container the jam will be set in. Place a little jam that will be enough for one piece of toast or cracker on the container that is tiny. This can guarantee that there will not be any waste of food if the child decides to use all that is available. Always show the child slowly the best way to disperse it on the jam highlighting small details for example making certain, and getting a little bit of spread the whole of the toast is covered.

TOP Principles of practical life exercises in Montessori

Here are my top Montessori principles that may be used whether or not you own conventional Montessori stuff. These principles are important for practically any preschooler. To me, they fit with natural learning because they fulfill without requiring a special substance, natural needs are ’sed by young children.

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In the event you follow Montessori principles, you will help your child naturally acquire characteristics and many positive abilities that offer a strong foundation in life – abilities and characteristics for example autonomy, self-discipline, and love of education.

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Care of the environment, practical life activities for care of self, control of movement, and grace and courtesy help your child develop coordination, concentration, arrangement, and freedom. Tasks to refine the perceptions give indirect preparation for later academic learning.


Autonomy and self directed learning are significant concepts/goals of Montessori education.