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Nappy & Toilet Training Policy

I am happy to accept babies and children in nappies including real/cloth nappies.

 

If your child is wearing nappies, please could you provide these together with wipes.  I have found that some children can have a reaction to wipes and therefore feel it is better for the parents to provide these. 

 

I provide a changing mat, which will be wiped over with disinfectant between each use; and nappy sacks for the disposal of used nappies. I will use plastic gloves when changing your child’s nappy to reduce risk. If your child is allergic to these please let me know.

 

I will change your child regularly and immediately if they have soiled a nappy. I believe that changing a nappy should provide lots of opportunity to communicate with your child and as their understanding grows provide time to discuss basic hygiene issues, preparing them for potty training.


Potty Training

 

It is unusual for a child to be ready to be potty trained much before their second birthday and for some children it can be a lot later. Please do not be concerned if your child shows no signs of being ready yet.

 

When your child starts to show signs that they are becoming aware of their bodily functions please arrange a convenient time to meet with me and we can discuss your plans on potty/toilet training your child.

 

When you are ready to start toilet training choose a time when you can be at home and things will be calm and relaxed. If you have a busy few weeks ahead of you, or other pressures to contend with, it might be worth waiting until you can give toilet training your full attention, rather than trying to ‘slot it in’ to a busy schedule. Starting toilet training during the summer months can help to minimise stress and frustration for both you and your child. There are fewer clothes for your child to take off and it’s easier to dry clothes when your child has the inevitable accidents.


Consistency is vital so it’s a good idea to have a few quiet days at home in the early days of toilet training. If you do have to go out, take the potty with you as it’s important to keep the momentum going. Your child will become confused if you put them in a nappy for convenience, sending a mixed message that it’s okay to ‘wee’ or ‘poo’ in their nappy sometimes.


I am happy to support you with toilet training when you feel your child is ready and once you have been potty training for at least a week.  It is very important that we work together to potty train your child and pick a suitable time to do it, when we can both dedicate time. If we start the training and your child is not ready, then we can stop and start again when they are.

 

Some children take to potty training overnight, for some it is a longer process.  The most important thing is that we work together to give your child the support and reassurance they need during this period.

 

I would be grateful if you could please provide lots of changes of clothes as I don’t keep any spares.

 

I will provide you with daily feedback on how we are progressing with the training.




Information taken from https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/potty-training-tips/ and https://ihv.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/PT_Toilet-Training_V5-updated-link.pdf