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Beginning Toilet Learning -- Montessori Young Toddler Week 30

This post week has taken a new turn around here - undies! Gus has shown some interest in getting the toilet learning process underway and we are following his lead. Unlike more traditional potty training where the process happens (usually a bit later) and is supposed to be a quick transition, toilet learning is a longer term shift. It's about creating a new routine around toileting and letting that process unfold naturally. 

Starting the Montessori toilet learning, Montessori's answer to potty training, process with our toddler

The preparation for this kind of learning starts at birth with talking through diaper changes, preparing an environment that allows independent self-care, and changing my own expectations around what "potty training" should look like. 



Starting the Montessori toilet learning, Montessori's answer to potty training, process with our toddler

Some things that we looked for in preparation for toilet learning included:
  • an interest in his body 
  • the ability to pull down a basic pair of undies or pants 
  • for Gus, steady on his feet without his braces on 
  • notices bodily functions 
  • initiating interest in sitting on the small potty or toilet 
Starting the Montessori toilet learning, Montessori's answer to potty training, process with our toddler

This is certainly going to be a process that we will be working on for awhile. I'm not looking for an overnight success. Just creating some new routine and opportunities for independence! I'll be sure to write more about the process as we move through. 

Have you used a toilet learning method? 

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Comments

Natacha Vieira said…
Hi.
My son is about your's son age and he for awile sat in his potty when he saw me doing the same. So I began the learning toilet but now he doesn't want to sit in his potty anymore. What do you recomend? Sorry for my spelling but I'm Portuguese...

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