Interview the adult.
Ask the parent about the time between toileting needs.
Typically, the child establishes a pattern urinating every two or three hours, or even longer.
Early childhood educators and parents do not always pay close attention to the child’s toileting patterns. They may, for example, only change the diaper at times of convenience. Encourage them to watch for the child’s toileting cues and check the child frequently. Once the pattern is established, early childhood educators and parents should put the child on the potty within the timeframe of the pattern and prior to the need being expressed. Praise every effort and do not be critical of lack of success. In fact, say nothing. Do not give eye contact, communicate, or play with the child during diapering. Just change the diaper and return the child to activities. This removes any reinforcing aspect of diapering. Picking out “big girl” underwear with favorite characters on them is a big motivator. Avoid pull-ups, as the child does not feel the irritating wetness.
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015
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