Need potty training & Bottle feeding advice please!!

Melissa - posted on 01/22/2015 ( 7 moms have responded )

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Hi,
My son is 8 months old and I am considering beginning potty training as my husbands friends son was totally potty trained at 13 mos and they started at 7 mos. Looking for advice on whether this is a good ideas, tips on how to begin potty training at a young age etc............. Also, looking for help as my son also doesn't hold his own bottles yet & I was wondering if he should be or what?
Thanks.

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Sarah - posted on 01/22/2015

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Potty training at this age or anytime before a child can communicate voluntarily, is not potty training it is parent training. You watch your child for cues (involuntary communication) and react to the child by holding them over the toilet. You also time your visits to the potty for after meals when peristalsis is increased and the odds of a successful poop are greater. I personally found many other things to do with my kids then try to figure out if/when they had to go. There are not many things that a toddler has control over, but using the potty is one of them.

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Sarah - posted on 01/22/2015

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Is he teething and chewing on the bottle because it feels good? Do you think he can hold his bottle, just doesn't want too? Maybe he enjoys being held by you and fed?

Melissa - posted on 01/22/2015

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I guess general consensus is not to potty train early and that works for me too, I had just heard there were benefits to starting early.. and no he has been on bottle since birth as I didn't have enough milk production. Also, like I said he holds it chews on it etc just wont drink from it

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 01/22/2015

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Well, I guess, if you want to invoke possible potty issues, go ahead and force train your 8 month old...but generally, it's better to wait until they give you signs that they are ready to train.

Bottle, he should already be holding. Did you start by breastfeeding, and just recently try to get him on a bottle? That would be the only reason that I could think of that he wouldn't be doing so naturally...but never know...

Melissa - posted on 01/22/2015

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My son does hold all kinds of baby toys, and he also will take his sippy cup in his hands and chew on it never drink from it. Also, as far as his bottle goes he will take it and suck or chew on the side of it but will never physically drink from it himself. The odd time if hes laying down he will hold it himself but thats as close as he gets.

Trisha - posted on 01/22/2015

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One of my friends said that his children were generally potty trained at 12 months.
I will be trying this myself. There are a lot of resources online to give you ideas how to do infant potty training.
I like the idea of not having to change diapers. It is also much more environmentally friendly.
The infant potty training is not so much about training your child to hold it, but to communicate when they are ready to go. Some people start infant-potty training at birth, watching for the child's 'signs' that they have to go to the washroom.
I AM pregnant with my first, so do not have any first hand experience, but I am eager to give this a shot, and see if I am successful.

Ev - posted on 01/22/2015

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For the bottles he should be holding them. Does he hold other things like small baby toys?

As for potty training a child this young, it is not going to be advised. Their bodies are not capable of control as yet and the organs that are used for pottying have not fully developed. Most children train closer to 2 and 3 years of age.

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