Brittney - posted on 03/05/2012 ( 76 moms have responded )
To start off, I found this article on baby center's website, full link here:
What is infant potty training?
Also called "elimination communication" or "natural infant hygiene," infant potty training is the practice of introducing your baby to the toilet or potty at a very early age – usually between birth and 4 months.
Some parents who do this avoid diapers completely by racing their baby to the nearest bathroom whenever they anticipate a poop or pee. Others use diapers on and off. By 18 months, in most cases, their children have "graduated" – that is, they know when they have to use the toilet and get themselves there successfully.
In contrast, studies show the average baby boy in the United States can stay dry during the day and use the bathroom reliably at 39 months and the average girl at 35 months. (It typically takes eight to ten months for a child to go from complete reliance on diapers to being fully potty trained, the study found.)
While the notion of potty training a very young infant seems radical to many American parents, it's not a new idea. Before 1950, most children in the United States were toilet trained by 18 months. And today, most African, Asian, and European babies are trained well before their second birthday.
So why are American babies and their parents so attached to their diapers? Many think it's due in part to the changing views of experts about toilet training, as well as the invention of disposable diapers.
In the 1950s, pediatrician Benjamin Spock and other experts began advocating a more relaxed approach to toilet training. Then, in the 1960s, pediatrician and parenting expert T. Berry Brazelton advocated an even gentler, more "child-centered" philosophy: He encouraged parents to allow children to follow their own timetable when it came to giving up diapers.
Brazelton's view caught on around the same time as disposable diapers, which tend to be more comfortable for babies (they're so absorbent that babies don't feel wet) and easier for parents to deal with. Against this backdrop, it's no surprise that the average age of toilet training crept up.
*So basically what this debate is about...would you try to potty train before 3 years?
My mom had all 3 of her kids potty trained a little after they turned one, my friend's mom had her 5 kids potty trained at 18 months, and I had my daughter trained at 15 months...would you do it? If so, why? If not, why not?