Do toddlers in Preschool/Daycare have an easier time potty training?

Gina - posted on 07/21/2012 ( 4 moms have responded )

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Hello, I have a 2.5 year old toddler boy. I have tried introducing him to the potty but he seems resistant and takes it as if it is a game (a game consisting of him running away from me!) anyway some people have mentioned that if I enroll him in a daycare or Preschool where they offer potty training he will pick up the habit in no-time. My friend told me that her daughter refused to let her potty train her but as soon as she began attending a daycare, she became interested in the process and mastered potty training within 2 weeks. The explanation would be that kids learn by watching their peers and want to imitate them, apparently her daughter didn't want to be the only one in diapers and decided to embrace the potty.

My fear is that my son may react differently and run from the Daycare staff when they try to teach him, I fear that he will be resistant and that he may feel too pressured, and have a stressful /traumatic experience. My husband said that I should think positive and give it a try, so we are enrolling him at a Preschool/Daycare where they offer potty training. Any thoughts or experiences on this issue? Please share!

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Gina - posted on 08/16/2012

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Hi I have an update on this...I was able to potty train my child at home, I did it, exactly one week before his first day of Preschool/Daycare, and guess what! I feel that attending Preschool has re-enforced his potty training habits, he has not had a single accident since he started there. The teachers take the kids on restroom breaks every 20 minutes and doing their business around other kids serves as motivation & incentive to continue perfecting their newfound skills. I taught my boy to pee sitting down and now he is asking me to let him do it standing (he's seen the boys do it that way at Preschool), so I do strongly agree with my friend now in regards to the Preschool/Daycare experience having a positive impact.

Kim - posted on 07/27/2012

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Check carefully on the center's procedures and processes for potty training - sounds like you already have. I babysit for a friend occasionally, her two kids go to the local community college child care center, and I watch them when the school is out. The school was not supportive at all of her attempts to potty train her daughter, who was 3 1/2. It was frustrating for both of us; I would just suggest making sure they will support your efforts and help you be consistent between home and daycare. Consistency is really the key with potty training. Good luck!!

Ebony - posted on 07/22/2012

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NO! Or to be fair, it depends on daycare/teachers and child... I find that my son will pick up things from day care, however, it's not the best things... But I'll have my son going in the potty and he'll return to daycare after the weekend and he'll be back go potty in the pull ups... The teachers won't take the time I (you) would or patience.
GOOD LUCK

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