Friday, 9 March 2018

Potty Learning with Montessori | Signs of Readiness

As we are in the thick of Benedict's potty learning journey, I thought I would start a new series on how Montessori potty learning is going the second time around. To read my entire journey with Jerome, read our first potty learning series.

Gradual and Peaceful (!) Potty Training

It has been my experience that potty training, or rather learning, with Montessori principles, has been gradual and peaceful, two words you would not generally hear in regards to toileting.

I want to preface this by saying that you need to follow your child's natural cues and not place expectations on them based on an age or timeline you would like to see them trained by. 

The peacefulness of Montessori toilet learning is largely due to the no pressure attitude of it, respecting that this is a bodily awareness only your child can accomplish, (with much more success if you give them freedom and autonomy.)

My attitude as we started potty learning with Benedict was very much "lets see how this goes" with no pressure at all.

He started showing signs of readiness, which are pretty obvious, and I will mainly focus on that today.

Three Noticeable Signs of Readiness for Potty Learning
  1. He protested diaper changes and hated me putting a diaper on him. 
We did standing diaper changes, baths whenever he was dirty, and would sometimes have to just hold him down and clean him as quickly as possible. No matter what, he would scream, run from me when he had done his business, and otherwise avoid having his diaper changed.  

      2. He showed a lot of interest, especially when his brother would go to the bathroom. 
He began wanting to be in the bathroom when Jerome was using the toilet and would watch everything he did with fascination. At this point, I put the learning potty in the bathroom and we would casually talk about it and he would choose to sit on it every once in a while before going in the bath.

      3. He started telling me when he would go pee in his diaper.
We would be sitting together and he would suddenly announce, "I pee!" or even "yucky" when he would go in his diaper. This was a lot different than when we started with Jerome, as Benedict has had such an extensive vocabulary for such a little child.

So there we have it, three of the first signs of readiness we experienced with Benedict. I want to mention that we had the learning potty in the bathroom for months before we even approached putting Benedict in underwear, as I wanted to be sure he had had a lot of exposure and was not intimidated or scared of the process before we started.

Thank you for reading this first post in my second series on Montessori toilet learning.

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me. I would also love to hear any suggestions for posts you would like me to write about. And if you are interested in following along in our daily adventures, follow us on Instagram where I post daily.

God bless,
Olivia Fischer

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