Questions about potty training!

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I have an 8 month old son, I have heard from lots of people that there are benefits of beginning potty training at this age, a friend of my husband said his daughter was trained by 13 mos. Wondering if anyone on here has done early potty training, or have advice on how to go about this??


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Sarah - posted on 01/21/2015




I find that waiting until your child has developed the muscles to hold pee is more beneficial than taking them every 15 mins. or running after then cleaning carpets. I find that a child will show you when they are ready and if you given encouragement and allowed to lead the process they train much faster with less mess and no frustration. Usually those holding muscles develop between the ages of 2 and 3 yrs. Which also coincidence with when a child starts to show interest.

Jodi - posted on 01/21/2015




It isn't called potty training at this age because you aren't actually training your child to go to the potty at all. It is called elimination communication and it is a method by which a parent learns to read the signs that a baby needs to pee or poop. It is also a method that is recommended to be started prior to 6 months old or you may not have much success. Personally I have never done it, but I do know a couple of people who have. For me, it's just WAY too much investment of time but each to their own.

Here is an article that may help you understand. However, your child may be too old now to start on this method.

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