What is fully potty trained? - FamilyEducation
What is fully potty trained?
07/10/2008 at 10:34 AM

I have a two year old who is going on three in september. He knows when to go potty and lets me know and is going to be attending preschool in september. My question is what is fully potty trained? Does it mean that they dont need any assistance with pulling down pants and wiping their bottom on their own?

I think "potty trained" refers to being able to make it to the potty, so it sounds like your son is fully potty trained. However, depending on the preschool, the may not be able to spare someone to do all the other stuff for him, so you may want to work on that for the next few months. Good luck!

I often wondered this myself. I have a 3 and 4 yr old that are "potty trained", but at night they still need a diaper. Does this mean their not "fully potty trained" yet? I'm in the same boat as you when it comes to pre-school. My 3 yr old goes to the bathrm on his own, but still needs assistance w/ wiping. From my experience w/ pre-school, the teacher, unless a certified nurse or in a special ed setting or a daycare facility, by law can't assist a child w/ their potty needs. I'm sure, though, in the teachers' experiences, that it's not uncommon for some children to still need help. In these case, often the parents are asked to come in. I wldn't worry about it too much b/c the teachers will most often work w/ you. One suggestion I have is to dress your child in pants that are easy for him to pull up and down. Avoid belts, buttons and snaps. You can prcatice w/ these at home. Elastic waist pants have worked well w/ my son. Good luck!