Monday, May 30, 2011

Easing into Toilet Training

Potty? Check!
Toilet seat adaptor? Check!
The famous Israeli potty book by Alona Frankel, the girl's anatomy edition? Check!
Non wobbly step-stool? Not yet, d'oh!

Raphaela seems very receptive to the idea, she has made the association between what sits in her diaper and what should be in the potty or the toilet.  She has tried sitting on the potty, clothed, to see how it feels.  We have read the Alona Frankel book at least ten times in the last 24 hours.  I have also pointed out to Raphaela that in the Maisy book, "Maisy's Bedtime," Maisy the Mouse sits on the toilet, and her stuffed animal/best friend Panda sits on the potty.

Her nursery teacher suggested that since Raphaela is the youngest child in the Gan, she does not need to rush into toilet training, because the stress of the expectations of performance could turn this seminal transition into a negative experience.  I have introduced the concepts, and will let it ride according to Raphaela's motivation, though the heat of the Summer here creates an excellent excuse to go naked.  (And it would be wonderful to stop buying diapers on a regular basis!)

1 comment:

koshergourmetmart said...

why rush her growing up? enjoy her when she is little. She will grow up in time and you will long for the days when the biggest issue was toilet training