Getting your June baby FAMILIER with Potty

Lyla - posted on 04/02/2010 ( 72 moms have responded )

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My son is almost 10 mnths , last week i got a potty for him, i keep it in the bathroom , and i put him on his potty every chance, after he eats when he wakes up from sleep/naps . He loves it cause he has acually gone in it each time i put him on it , i get really excited after and he looks at the potty after ... would love to hear if other babies know what to do when put on their pottys

its a excellent beginning to familerize your baby to easy potty training later

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Mazy - posted on 04/06/2010

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That's what I mean about the negative feedback. It's not exactly potty training, it's more like parent training. Mom's these days call it "Elimination Communication" where you get cues from your little one & basically hold them over a bowl, sink or potty (and when they can, they sit on their own), so that there are fewer messy diapers. What do you think they did in medieval times before diapers?

I don't think it's added stress, in fact, I feel that it is quite the opposite! Neither my son or I have to deal with diapers, and he is more comfortable since he never has a rash anymore. I see no point in simply letting the kid mess himself when you KNOW that he pooping! And it certainly does not get in the way of the rest of his development & learning...he already figured out how to walk. He is most definitely NOT growing up too fast & he is still my darling little baby.

Not all moms do things the same way, and no mom is wrong for choosing to do what they do. Some start at 18 months or later, and that's fine. Some don't. Different kids reach different milestones at different times as well. It never means that a child is better or worse, nor does it mean that a mom's choices are right or wrong.

Sandy - posted on 04/06/2010

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I think your all nuts. These children are not even a year old and you are trying to potty train. My children all have been started at around 18 months with getting familar and by 2 they were wearing regular underwear with no accidents. 8,9,and 10 months is way too young they are not even walking yet. The world today is so fast that what babies can't even be babies anymore? As for me I will train at two years old when they are walking and talking and it doesn't add more stress than nessisary to them. Right now they are learning how to use their feet and hands and stand and walk and talk they don't need to learn to pee too. Let them be babies they grow up too fast anyway.

Lauren - posted on 04/17/2010

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EC is practiced in over 75 countries and some crazy figure like 80% of the worlds children are not wearing nappies after the age of 12mths.. its only strange to people living in a western society to leave potty training until the child is 2 or 3... any other culture you would be looked at very strangely for making more work for yourself by keeping your baby in nappies for that long!

EC in the first 18 months is not about 'training' - people dont hold a newborn baby over a bowl/toilet/sink and use a cue sound in order to 'train' the baby to not have to wear a nappy. the idea is that humans are born with a instinct not to soil themselves and hence will cry if they are in a dirty nappy, or wait till the nappy is off to wee etc. They have this awareness at birth, but the longer they are kept in a nappy and the awareness isnt encouraged, the quicker they will lose the awareness which is why disposable companies are now producing pull ups for toddlers with a 'wetness indicator' so they can feel they are wet.. such a waste of money!

My 10 mth old sits on a potty 3-4 times a day, usually after every nap and after a meal. there is no pressure, i am not 'training' him to be out of nappies - (i use MCN and will be sad when he cant wear them anymore as they are quite cute) but its more to keep him aware of his own body, keep in control of his own muscles and not to lose that inborn instinct that he has. We read books and sing songs on the potty and he will hold on now until he is sitting down and i make the cue word to encourage him.

i dont plan my day around 'catching' every wee or poo... if i see him straining in his nappy and cant get him to the potty it dosent matter, as long as we do the cue noise he associates it with the feeling of needing to poo/wee.

i couldnt personally care less if my child is in standard underwear and totally toilet trained at 18 mths - what i dont want is for him to feel that its 'normal' to poo in his nappy and 'scary' to sit on a potty, or need stickers, toys and food as encouragement to do a normal bodily function outside of a nappy.

If you keep them in a nappy from birth until 2 or 3 you are effectively training them that 'this is where you go to the toilet' and then 2 years later try to force them to do it without it, (when that was their inborn instinct in the first place but you stopped it), thats just weird to me!



And i work part time, my husband works full time. its been no issue with anyone who looks after him to make it a habit of sitting him on a potty for a few minutes after each nap or meal, and using the cue word everytime they see him do something.



Edited to add: the pressure a 2 or 3 year old child must feel when their parent starts 'potty training' must be pretty scary.. no wonder lots of them have problems and issues with it and why many of them end up with long term problems. pressuring your child to not use a nappy after you have spent the last few years encouraging it, is confusing. If you start your baby sitting on the potty, do it with no pressure and no goal to have them out of a nappy and let it become a habit, and a normal thing for the child. Let them go at their own pace and do it early on so that it becomes almost normal.

NO ONE practicing EC is pressuring their child to use a potty or resorting to bribes, yet most western societies where the age is 2 + are having to do this. whats more stressful on the child i wonder?

Mazy - posted on 04/13/2010

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So, this is Mazy's husband.
I kept hearing about this post, and i would like to add that i strongly encourage my wife to practice EC. For those that are doubters, Eastern European countries DO start earlier even than 9 months. I was born in Latvia & I myself was never in any diaper and was using the toilet by 7 months and my brother here in america by 8 months using diapers. My mother tried all sorts of pottyies, the latest and the greatest, and the simplest was the best. Neither of us wet any beds. For all those that are waiting til 3-4 years old, C'mon, that just shows plain laziness.
In any case, if you wish to wait, that is your perogotive, and wish you luck. For those that wish to practice Elimination Communication, GO FOR IT!!
This link shows research from a study between early potty training and the "standard" age
http://www.parentingscience.com/potty-tr... and http://www.parentingscience.com/science-...

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Janessa - posted on 04/20/2010

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Hey Charlene, just wondering where you're from and where you go to church. It sounds all to familiar.

Charlene - posted on 04/20/2010

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My plan with my son is to wait until he is an expert walker and is helping me dress/undress himself (at least with his pants) and then I'm going to try the 'cold turkey' method for a few days and see how it goes. If he's ready, it'll all be over with within a couple of days. And if he's not ready then we'll put potty training on hold for a few more months. My personal goal is 100% completely potty trained by the time he is 18 months and goes to nursery at church but that's just a goal and we'll see how soon he is actually ready. I don't have the time or the patience personally too try before he's ready, but that's just me. That's awesome that some people have already had success at such a young age. Yay!

Caitlin - posted on 04/20/2010

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Why would anyone try before a year? It's insane. I have one child and I'm not even planning to try until she's about 18 months! Let them be babies.

Gwen - posted on 04/17/2010

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Reading many of these posts makes me sad... all of these, "Are you crazy, let them be babies posts..." From what I can gather, none of these mothers are claiming to attempt to fully potty train, nor are they being militant to the extent that their punishing their children for not complying. It's about exposure. This culture (modern, not just American) has become so sensitive to not pushing too hard... but how can it hurt to expose a child to something that is beneficial to them, though it seems early by normal convention?? By early exposure (without pressure) you give them the opportunity to surprise you (and themselves). I think we hinder our children by not giving them the opportunity to experience and try things simply b/c WE think it's too early. My son was crawling at 5.5 months, walking at 9.5... we started "acting as if" he could already do these things, and he did!

I am so sick of people waiting until their children are 2 and 3 and 4 y/o to potty train, citing that their lives' are too busy... what about the children? And even worse yet, many pediatricians validate this selfishness by saying things like, "They'll do it when they're ready?" I'm sorry, I have never known a child to go, "Ok, well, I'm tired of being changed, and man, these diapers are embarassing. Mom, can I be potty trained now? I'm ready"

WE are the parents and it is our jobs to expose and encourage our children to what's socially acceptable.

Lyla - posted on 04/16/2010

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I am the one who posted this thread i enjoying reading everyones opions i havent argued any one of these posts ....

Again I have really enjoyed what every mom has for opinion , i know everyone is differant no one raises there children the same , but from the posts i read by other moms gives me ideas or differant veiws on other ppls parrenting skills .

from Every post Thank you i have enjoyed all !

Being mom is the greastest , Enjoy .... :)

Alisha - posted on 04/16/2010

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congrats. my daughter is 9 1/2 months i def want to start. very encouraging to know there are kids under a yr that are trying!

Renee - posted on 04/16/2010

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Not here to badger or comdemn anyone! I'm entitled to my own opinion. If ppl post crap like this thread on here & don/t expect these reactions they should stay off circle of moms... My son is well adjusted & not held back, he is a baby & will be that way for as long as HE wants to be.

Fanny - posted on 04/15/2010

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when my daughter was 5 months n when i went abroad, my mom, her grams put her on the potty every time every chance, she did pee, but after i got home n turned my mom go abroad, i didn't have much time to put her on the potty becoz of my work, so until present, she doesn't want anymore...

Janessa - posted on 04/14/2010

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Laziness is not the issue, trust me on that one. But I do believe that all parents should do what they feel works best for their family. If EC works best, then EC works best, if not, don't jump to conclusions. My now 4 year old does not wet the bed either, we just did what was best for us and for her and our situation. We waited until she was ready, and having another little one at the time that was the most logical thing to do. Now we are doing the same thing with our little boy, who is almost 2 1/2, he uses it when he wants to, and he does, when he starts using it on a regular basis we'll put him in underwear and there will be no going back. EC is not logical in our home and would cause me more stress. I have 3 little ones, and I strive everyday to give them the attention they need, and having to constantly be aware of when my 10 month old is ready to go to the bathroom would not work in that situation. I want to be able to read to my children, teach them things they need to know, and give them all individual attention. So please don't jump to conclusions, or feel that EC works for everyone. It doesn't. I am not personally upset with your post, I want you to know that, I just don't want anyone to feel guilty after reading your post. You can never judge another's situation.

Mazy - posted on 04/13/2010

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I think everyone needs to take a quick glance at the title of this group/thread. It says "Getting your baby FAMILIAR with the potty". Do we all know what that means? I do not believe that it means "forcing your child into something he isn't willing or capable to do". If you don't practice it or agree, that is fine, but coming onto the board with such negative & nonconstructive comments really isn't fair to anyone. Words like unattainable, ludicrous, crazy, nuts & nonsense should not be directed at anyone...if we act like that, then WHAT are we going to be teaching our children? And those of you who claim that children aren't physically or psychologically ready for it or that we are somehow causing them harm for their futures...please show me the evidence. I would like to see one study not backed by Huggies that illustrates this. In my opinion, those mothers & fathers who are so adimately against it & fear that EC will make their children grow up too fast simply have control issues. The kid will grow up at the same rate if he poops in his pants or if he poops in a pot; the difference is the kid that poops in a pot is being given a little sense of independance & accomplishment, which I think many parents are afraid of. Bravo to the moms who are doing it, and Bravo to those who are waiting for their reasons. But shame on those who come on here just to argue, browbeat & belittle the rest of us.

Veronica - posted on 04/13/2010

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I agree with Stefanie, under 1 is way too young. They may be able to do their business in the potty, but they need to learn to wipe and boys eventually need to learn to pee standing up. Babies can't tell you when they need to go, how can you know? Stand there with him/her until they go??



When my daughter (now 12 years) learned, I used one of those little seats you put on the toilet. It was easiest and cleanest way to teach her. I didn't like cleaning out that little pot and she didn't like sitting in it. She learned quickly and never had an accident. I aim to do the same with my 9month old son too.

Ally - posted on 04/12/2010

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i like the thought of this....my lil girl is 10months and i have been wanting to but a potty for her....but my mother always says no its to early...after reading ALL of the posts...i think i will buy the potty but wait til my lil one is walking which may be one more month....thanks for all the ideas!!! Gonna use the potty song when the time comes...Dont be haters...everyone is different!!!!

Sheree - posted on 04/11/2010

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I too had not thought of potty training my daughter. I think they are way to young to be doing so at this stage and will do it when my daughter is able to walk to the potty. I also know someone that is doing it with her daughter and i truely believe it is just being done at this young age to save money on nappies? I may be wrong with this particular person but I agree with Renee above me that it is completly unattainable, and I also think Sandy Bowman's repsonse put it perfectly.

Renee - posted on 04/10/2010

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I can quite honestly tell you Saralexis that I am not jealous of you or your child cos they can use a potty! Woop-de-doo. I think it ludicrous that a child of that age IS being forced to do it at such an unattainable age. And yes it is unattainable, you or someone else said it is just so when toilet training age comes around they are familiar with it... Good luck to you. It seems you are quite happy to judge us also for quesionting you - no?

Nadine - posted on 04/10/2010

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The potty song?

I havent started my son on the potty yet. I don't think I will bother until he is abit older. From my experiences as an educator, they usually show signs when they're ready to start using the potty....

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Clearly you didnt read all of my posts, my whole main point to someone else was how as a parent the main thing you get out of EC is a huge feeling of being proud of your child. You need to reread a little more closely because I made that blatently obvious in my post about 2nd grader analogy. I never once in my life said I wasnt proud of my child for anything, I discouraged those who mislead their jealousy in an undermining manner towards other children. My "wow your kids talks congrats im jealous" comment, simply a symbol of congradulation toward another parent. Nothing wrong with showing a friendly gesture, and had nothing to do with my daughter at all what so ever. Perhaps you better analyze a little closer before creating a public misunderstanding on your own behalf. =) Good luck

Megan - posted on 04/10/2010

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And Saralexis, why can't we just be PROUD of our children for developing at their own rate? I wouldn't be envious of a parent with a child with extremely advanced skills and I wouldn't expect my daughter to live up to unrealistic expectations. I'm proud of my daughter reaching each little milestone at her own pace and would not rush home to desperately 'teach' her something that some other child can do that she can't, when she is not at that developmental stage anyway.

Megan - posted on 04/10/2010

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Well this conversation has certainly had my jaw dropped in disbelief. However, mind you, I am from Australia and I think that's what a lot of us need to keep in mind - there are different practices for different cultures etc. I worked in the Childcare industry for a decade and the age group to start toilet training was 15mnths - 2 & half years. Even then many of the children would graduate to the next age group (2.5 - 3.5yrs) not quite toilet trained, however, 99% would be well and truly trained by the time they hit pre-school. I have enjoyed reading everyone's different comments and opinions and in actual fact what originally horrified me - all this talk about taking cues from babies as young as 4 weeks that they need to go to the toilet etc - has now just perhaps broadened my mind. Having said that, I do not anticipate on beginning toiletting practices with my baby girl, who is 10months old, until she has at least passed her 1st birthday. But each to their own and whatever works for one parent and one child doesn't necessarily work for the next parent or child. We all have different beliefs. I believe that an important thing to remember is to strive for our children to be HAPPY not to strive for them to be ADVANCED. These are our babies - it is not a competition in a race! There is no prize for children who develop way before their developmental level or stage. We shouldn't be disappointed or jealous if our own child does not walk or talk or even crawl yet, when others around he/she do. I believe that is showing the competitive nature of the parent rather than the incompetence of a child.

Sandy - posted on 04/09/2010

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I would like to clarify that I think it is great that parents want to start training at this age. But, what I was thinking and did not actually point out is that if it doesn't work right away try not to get discouraged because some may not be ready.

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I don't see this a nonsense at all. Take time to reread my point of view and you can see clearly how it works from my perspective. I guess a more novice way to explain it would be... Say you have a child that is in the 2nd grade.. he happens to know how to do square roots. Does the average 2nd grader know how to do that? of course not. HOWEVER are you going to tell that childs parents that they push their kid too much and that their childs skill is nonsense? I hope not. Sounds to me as if what that parent were really thinking was "gee I wish my kid could do that" and expresses it in a lavish inappropriate way. Where I stand is that if I were that childs parent I would be very proud of my child. I would also feel proud about my parenting skills for taking the time to teach my child such a unique and advanced trick. No harm done, just a kid with a skill. If I was an onlooker parent I would think it was really cool and think to spend more time with my own child in hopes of teaching them something new. Long story short. We are the proud posters with the kid with the trick willing to share with others our success, and unfortunatly there are many of those "other" parents in here who dont seem to know how to focus their feels towards other childrens success stories in a very appropriate way. Dont be such a sore sport, you can do it too if you try =) Or teach your kid something else cool we didnt do and tell us about it, love to hear it! =)

Beth - posted on 04/09/2010

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I agree. This is crazy. Technically, kids don't even have the muscle development to hold it until after a year to 18 months. Also speech is not caught up enough to let anyone know. Unless ofcourse potty is the only word they know. Kids are being pushed too fast into growing up and then we wonder why grown ups act like kids. NONSENSE!!

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I've read yr comments and i gotta say i 2 bought a potty for my son who is 10 months old. My partner thought i was mad when i showed him but when we put our son on it, we were amazed at how relaxed he was, ok he didn't do anything but it was reassuring to know he was ok with it. I work part time and my son is cared for by my mum and by starting my son i know they will continue to be carried out for me.

This is my 1st child he walks all ready and tallks and wears clothes size 2-3 yrs in uk age so how can we class all babies in same group?? Please comment if ud like xx

p.s my son sleeps in a single bed now in own room as he has out grown his cot .

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I agree with Jennifer Roufs from yesterday. I live in Boston City in America but I am German and she is correct about other cultures finding it odd to have diapers on children as old as ours. Of course this isnt the case for all babies seeing as how each one is diffrent and has their own personality as do mothers have their own schedule which is usually the problem, no time to watch their kids and spend time long enough to begin this process, even though it will have to happen eventually. It is also a fact that just 30 years ago it was seen as odd to ALL cultures if a child wasnt potty trained by 18 months of age. The reason for the change in this is the diaper industry. This has also created a problem with children being stuck in diapers by their parents till they are 3 and even 4 years old. THIS is seen to be mentally damaging due to the fact that children that old have the ability to feel extremly jealous and behind in improvement above all other normal pased children which leads to extreme insecurity issues and even embaressment. I say shame on parents who let that happen alot more than I would ever say shame on parents who are practicing EC like myself. If anything I always want my children to be raised a step or a few ahead so as to encourage high self esteem and a personality driven towards success and early overall achievement above others. .... plus the obvious... its encouraged through my culture, its cheaper, its good mentally, its convenient, encourages sense of accomplishment. Just my take on it. I know 2 is popular now but 3 and 4 seem wrong. Back 30 years ago 2 was wrong too because of these issues.

Jessica - posted on 04/08/2010

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Thank you! I love The song, Mazy! Im gonna try it and see how it works out. :)

Jessica - posted on 04/08/2010

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Ya know, my first reaction to the title of this post was "Wth, why is she trying to potty train her nine month old?? That's way too early!" But then I realized that some people to elimination communication with much younger infants. Its an interesting idea. There's a difference between trying to "potty train" a child that young and simply getting them familiar with the potty. I haven't done anything like that with my son yet, but is something to think about!

Lyla - posted on 04/08/2010

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I dont do it to make him grow up or to save on diapers

I know he likes going on the potty rather than sitting in his poopy diaper

Its just to familierize going in the potty later to make potty training fun , i know he cant control his bladder

if he doesnt have to go when i put on his potty he tries to stand and i take him off and put his diaper on

But theres no way i am doing this to make my baby grow up

I love doing this , the look on his face is adorable (priceless)

He will be my baby as long as possible yes they do grow up to fast but this doesnt make him less baby :)

Janessa - posted on 04/08/2010

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I think that's great. I do, but just for those mother's who might feel discouraged by this post. Its okay to wait. Honestly with my daughter I didn't even try to officially potty train her until she herself wanted it. she was almost 3. She was smart enough to, she just didn't want to, and I didn't want to argue. It was just easier to wait. My son who is almost 2 1/2 has only used the potty here and there, and is still in diapers. I'm not even thinking about my 10 month old right now. I know the cost of diapers can make you want to rush, and that is understandable. Do what works for you, but please don't do it because you feel your baby is behind. Rushing a child can make it miserable for everyone.

Tania - posted on 04/08/2010

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Are you serious!!?? I haven't even thought about the potty. I'm still waiting for my girl to crawl! It definately shares a new light as to what other mums are doing with their babies but honestly I don't think I will even begin to think about it until at least 18months. Maybe I'm slow in teaching my baby new things but at least shes being a baby. They grow up too fast as it is without making them grow up. But I guess its definately something to think about.

Joannetimms - posted on 04/08/2010

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i think its far to early , puttin em on a potty, let em be babys, kids grow up too fast as it is , i have 4 boys from 13 to nearly 10 mths old i wud nt start em yet

Lyla - posted on 04/08/2010

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I too didnt think sitting my son on the potty would work but my mother in law had done so with my husband as a child as well as her other 2 children , She acually started taking my son to the bathroom and holding him over ther sink after i fed him at 2 mnths , he would go pee in the sink , so i too started him over the sink but i would only do it before bath time at first.

She bought me his potty just a simple plain cheap white one that looks like a reg toilet lol

the first time i sat him on he peed and pooped , then he smiled at me with his little haha luagh ,i do it all the time now ... my mother in law says by 18 mnths they were all able to go on their own . none of them had problems with bed wetting

i have fun doing this with my son , i give him the toilet paper roll sometimes to play with .

Good Luck to all the Moms who are going to start doing this

and i have really enjoyed all the responses

:) :) :)

Mazy - posted on 04/08/2010

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Jessica, the "potty song" that I use is to the of "Here We Go 'Round the Mulberry Bush" (you can google it if you don't know it...you'll remember!!) but with the words, "Where do we put our poops & pees, our poops & pees, our poops & pees? Where do we put our poops & pees? We put them in the potty!! The potty! The potty! We put them in the potty!" It's silly, but my song likes it. Like I said before though, he seems to really only need it if we are on a different or a big potty.

No matter what, you stay positive ALL the time. I don't let myself say "ew" or make faces or anything. 100% positivity works best. If they go in their diapers, that is ok. If they go in the toilet, that is okay too. I praise my son, but I don't give him treats or rewards like I would if I were potty training, since he's not entirely doing it on purpose. I also found that he doesn't have the attention span to stay put, so we take that moment to look through a picture book or play with a toy.

Ina - posted on 04/08/2010

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my son loves sitting op the potty and used it well.gives himself an applause when he uses it... he is 9mnts

Jennifer - posted on 04/08/2010

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To Sandy and Renee - check into Elimination Communication before you judge and/or insult us. It's not "potty training" in the traditional sense of the word. It is entirely different and practiced all over the world. We are not damaging our children or forcing them to grow up too fast. (Otherwise, you would have to argue that the children all over the world are physically and/or psychologically damaged from being "trained" this way.) This is still practiced all over Asia, Africa, India, South America, and Eastern Europe.



We are simply listening and watching for our babies' cues that they need to go to the bathroom and responding to them. We don't force them to "hold it" or get upset if they use the diaper...we are just responding to their communication to us that they need to go.



Of all the people I know that have used Elimination Communication (EC) I have never once heard of an EC baby growing up to wet the bed because they were "trained" too early. .



Side note: Despite popular "Western" medical belief, babies DO have the ability to control their sphincters..."advanced countries" have just trained their babies to not use them by ignoring the cues - usually because it is inconvenient to do so in our rushed world. Everywhere else in the world babies do it.

Renee - posted on 04/08/2010

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"Britni Basaraba
April 6, 10:53 pm .I think that is very encouraging and should make you feel like an amazing mom if you are able to accomplish this! Did you know that North Americans are one of the only cultures that DONT potty train their babies right from birth? Other cultures start right away! Now that's crazy. To each their own, if your kid likes it and takes to it, go for it! If you wanna wait til you're more comfortable then by all means! Some babies are able to walk by this age so it's no big deal, even if they're not. No one should pass judgement here, just provide positive feedback. We're all mommy's and we all love our children. :)"

What's this north americans???
we in australia don't do this so young. where are your sources to this affect?

Renee - posted on 04/08/2010

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i agree with sandy bowman from april 6th. it is recommended by child health professionals, doctors etc that you start toilet training at no earlier than 18mths. why would you start a child potty training at such a young age???? you do realise any child that starts toilet training does have a chance of reverting back to nappies... why don't you enjoy them being a baby before you MAKE them grow up. my son is nearly 10mths with another on the way in october & I haven't even given a thought to that stage in his life. i think your all nuts!

Jessica - posted on 04/07/2010

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Wow! I never even thought of Potty training that early! I mean this is my first child. Im kinda excited to try it, and see if it works. If it doesnt, then I know he is not ready and in no way will pressure him. Any tips on how I get started? I mean, do I just put him on the potty and see if he goes? And what is the Potty Song? maybe I can try singing that to him as well. My son is almost 10 months.

Michelle - posted on 04/07/2010

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I started familiarizing my daughter with the potty a few months ago. mostly for poopy cause she has never been a quiet pooper...:-). So when i noticed her in her first grunts of pushing i would ask her in a happy voice if she was pooping and she would usually smile and so we would go to the potty and she would finish there. then after we would clap our hands and say YAY!!!. she loves it. but we still only do it for pooping right now as it is harder to tell when she needs to pee. will definatly be more on top of that when she starts walking tho.

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Early potty training can cause bed wetting problems in children later. Also, proper muscles are not developed until 18 months to hold the urine in for potty training. I am not going to push it with mine until 2 years. If he shows interest before then, i may but not before 18 months.

Jennifer - posted on 04/07/2010

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Apparently in other countries, they look at you funny if your baby is wearing diapers. They have this holding the baby over the potty thing right from birth. It is common in some Eastern European countries and Asian countries. Good for you for having the patience to take this on. I tried it for a bit, but ran out of time. I am doing the cloth diaper route where the child feels the sensation of being wet/dirty and it worked well for my first who easily potty trained at 2 years old.

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Thanks for all the great advice! ... and the name compliment =) I was talking about little potties but I did hours of research lastnight and settled on the babybjorn one this morning. my daughter already used it 3 times today too, every time I put her on it=) Great idea starting at 10 months. The only problem I'm seeming to have with her is her lack of attention. She wants to cling to me and climb up on me when I put her on it. I'm trying to put little toys in her hand for now to divert her attention. Seems to work. She pulled a few fits but she did her business everytime after no more than 2 mins =)

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I did this with my older son and he did really well with it, the problem is that I wasn't consistant and forgot to do it sometimes so it didn't end up working(sadly he is nearly 3 and still refuses to use a potty. But! This I believe was my fault(laziness) and if I had stuck with it he would have potty trained long ago. Good Job! Oh and we had a baby bjorn potty that fit him really well. It was like 20 bucks.

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Saralexis (really awesome name, by the way)...as for brands on pottys: I have the Safety 1st 3 in 1 potty that has a seat, ring & bowl that can also be a step stool (about 20 bucks at Walmart). That one stays in his play room (because we can close it up & he can't play in it) & the ring comes with us on outtings. It's a good seat, but the ring leaves marks on his bum & his feet can't touch the floor yet.

I bought another one from Ikea for 3 bucks. This one stays in teh bathroom. He can reach the floor on that one & get off of it when he's done. It just don't close up & the bowl doesn't come out, but we like it!

I don't think you are going to find any that are reccommended for ten months since most don't use it that young, but that is what we use & we are happy with our choices :) I do reccommend having two potties though for convience sake. GOOD LUCK!!

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This post has encouraged me to spend more time with my son in working with the seemingly intimidating. Being a first-time mom, my personal belief previous to reading your post, was that I didn't think that this was possible at such an early age. But you have encouraged me to press on! Thank you.

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I would never have thought about potty training my son this early (9 1/2 months) but reading your comments has got me thinking about this. Even to just have the potty in view for him to get familiar to would be a good start. I must admit i thought this all sounded a bit crazy when i first started reading, because i live in New Zealand and i have never heard anyone discuss this topic so early on, but i cant judge because i haven't tried it. I do think i will give it a go. Thank you for sharing your comments, will let you know how it goes :)

Jennifer - posted on 04/07/2010

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Saralexis: a specific brand of what? Potty chairs, training pants? Not sure what you're referring to.

Jennifer - posted on 04/07/2010

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Jaclyn, I do work full time (6:30-16:00 every day), clean the house, cook supper, and all of that good stuff. Well, I do get help from my husband too, but I do not have a maid or cook. You just have to make time for what you feel is important for you and your baby. If it's not important to you, that's great...but no need to insult those of us that do make the effort. And sorry you're feeling sick - that is no fun. I hope you feel better soon!

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