The challenge of starting at preschool brings with it plenty of changes, not least of which are new surroundings and new routines. In light of this, it’s hardly surprising that some toddlers experience a few setbacks when it comes to potty training.
Accidents can happen because of:
With so much to learn and get used to, pre-schoolers might get a bit flustered when they feel the urge to go. They might become distracted, be unsure about who to ask or feel a bit nervous about using the toilets at nursery. With a little time and practise they will soon adapt to their new setting.
The first few days and weeks of preschool leave kids feeling understandably exhausted - and it's when they're tired that accidents are more likely to happen. Try introducing a new routine that includes visiting the loo before you leave for preschool and as soon as you get home, or even just before you leave preschool if this is convenient.
For various reasons, some children simply don’t like using unfamiliar facilities and choose to 'hold on' until they get home, which can result in accidents. Try to understand what it might be about the toilets at nursery that your child doesn’t like and work on building their confidence with help from staff.
Top tips for starting preschool and staying dry:
- Show your little one the toilet facilities at their preschool and explain how everything works.
- Help them understand what to do if they need a wee at nursery.
- Ensure their teacher understands what stage they are at and what their needs are, making them aware of cues your toddler gives when she needs to go if necessary.
- If you’re concerned, Huggies® Pull-Ups® will help avoid embarrassing accidents in the early days.
- Remember to dress your toddler in clothes that are easy for them to pull up and down - read our What to wear article for more tips.
- Pack spare clothes and Huggies® Pull-Ups® just in case.
Remember that nursery staff often have a lot of potty training experience and can be a great asset in the transition.