Let’s face the reality of our busy modern day lives. It can be very challenging to always be available to practice IPT. Consistency is really important when practicing IPT, but part-time IPT does work. Be consistent in offering potty opportunities at certain times of the day, such as upon awakening, after naps, and before bedtime. However, there may be times when you just will not be able to fully practice IPT or you and your child may need to take a break from it. Relax, because babies are amazing adaptable, and you may find a great solution for you and child!
IPT and Daycare/Childcare Arrangements
Ask your daycare or caregiver if they would be willing to offer potty opportunities. Some caretakers may be hesitant in initiating potty “training” so early, but it can be beneficial starting a conversation with them and explaining the philosophy and benefits of IPT. On the other hand, some may welcome it. After all, a potty trained child can be easier to take care of!
At a minimum, care givers should be quick to change wet and soiled diapers, as it’s important for children to stay in tune with their bodies and not grow accustomed to sitting in a dirty diaper. Caretakers may also be willing to potty your child at diaper changes, when a potty break is initiated by your child, or when older children are taken to the potty. Others may be willing to have your child in cloth training pants or cloth diapers, which helps children keep better awareness of their bodily functions compared with disposable diapers.
Make it as easy and convenient as possible for caregivers to provide potty opportunities. See if you can bring in a small portable potty to the classroom to leave at the changing table, or a small potty ring for a larger toilet. Let them know your child’s patterns and keep a daily dialogue with them so you can both coordinate with each other about learning the child’s habits.
If potty breaks are not possible at daycare, it does not mean that you cannot practice infant potty training/ elimination communication. Children are amazingly adaptable! However, it may take longer to reach full potty independence.
Taking breaks from IPT
Many, if not most, families that practice IPT use diapers as back-up. There may be times when you need to use diapers because it’s not manageable to offer potty breaks, such as airplane trips, car rides (although many people leave a portable potty in the car), etc. Other times, you or your child may need a temporary break after a potty pause or during an illness.