In American culture, toilet training is often a scary process for parents—and often, children in our culture don’t become fully toilet trained until well after their 3rd birthdays.
At AIM, we work together with parents to make toilet training a much easier experience, to help your child master this important independent skill during the toddler years, when he is most eager to "do things by myself." Learning to use the toilet is a natural process, just like learning to walk and talk, and we approach it in the same simple, non-judgmental way.
When you place your baby on our waiting list, we will help you get ready for toilet learning by providing you with a detailed description of the toilet learning process, including ideas on how to prepare for toilet learning (e.g., by always changing your baby as soon as he wets himself, so he never gets used to the feeling of being wet or dirty.)
Once your child joins AIM, we begin toilet training, even if your child is only 18 months old. We ask that you stop using diapers, even at home, throughout the day, and that you change the child into cloth training pants instead.
At schools, we’ll help your child to use the toilet at regular intervals. We will help him learn to take off his clothes after a wet event, to clean himself up, to use the toilet, wash hands and get himself dressed again. Our whole approach is supportive and matter-of-fact: as the child starts the process, he will have wet events frequently. There are no reasons for concern! Instead, they are just part of the daily routine—an opportunity to learn a new skill, a natural part of growing up.
You can help your child by providing a similarly supportive environment at home. Buy clothes that are easy to pull up and down. Have an ample supply of training pants and socks. Bring multiple sets of house shoes to school. Never ask whether your child needs to go potty: just state, "it’s time to go potty", and make potty trips a regular part of the day.
Our AIM parents regularly comment how quick and painless toilet learning can be—a far cry from the challenge it threatens to be when we wait too long, past the sensitive period, and confuse the child with diapers, threats and bribes!