Has anyone tried to potty train at 2.5 months? My son has gotten into the habit of pooping only in the washroom while laying on the counter. I say

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Kristi - posted on 02/13/2009

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I started practicing natural infant hygiene (ie. diaper free, infant potty training, or elimination communication) with my babe at 3 weeks old. She is 1 month and 2 weeks now and It has been working great. We use cloth diapers w/out covers most of the time so she doesn't spend much time sitting in dirty diapers. She certainly communicates when she needs to go with grunts, leg kicking and sometimes a short cry. Just the other day, we only had 4 'misses' or dirty diapers. We have two Baby Bjorn potties. One for the living room and one at the changing table. I've even had some success when out either holding her over public restroom sinks or toilets (the family restrooms work best so you don't get walked in on). Anyway, I would recommend the books 'Diaper Free' by Ingrid Bauer and 'Infant Potty Training' by Laurie Boucke. There is also an EC'ers Corner group on Facebook and a podcast called 'Potty Mouths' on iTunes. There are lots of great resources. It has been a very fun and exciting experience for our family. Our babe has even started smiling at us right after we 'potty' her.

Liz - posted on 02/08/2009

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So, I thought I'd post a little bit more about infant potty training. First of all, babies sphincter muscles do work well, they just have tiny bladders and bowels and can't "hold it" for very long. But they would be leaking pee and poop if their sphincters didn't work! The natural infant hygiene method basically says that continence relies on two things: 1.) being able to hold waste until at the proper place to dispose of it and 2.) being able to relax the pelvic floor muscles on command. When potty training an infant the parent is helping them to learn how to voluntarily relax those sphincter muscles. It also is about helping them to stay in touch with their digestive sensations (by around 6 months  most babies in diapers disassociate from their feelings of needing to go).  The idea with diaper free is that you are providing your infant with the tools to be toilet independent and as they grow they will be more and more independent. Most diaper free babies are not considered truly continent until they can walk to the toilet. I guess it makes more sense to me to teach them where to go when they're young rather than teaching them to go in their pants first and then re-teaching them not to. In my own experience, I've been taking my two month old to the potty for a week now - I've had to change a total of five diapers, none of them messy. Seeing as the average parent spend 2000-4000 dollars on diapers, you don't have anything to lose by reading diaper free.

Alison - posted on 02/05/2009

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My 3 month old son LOVED to poop all over the changing table when we brought him home from the hospital and it lasted up until three weeks ago. My husband and I really kinda thought it was hilarious because he'd poop in his diaper, but then he'd let loose once the diaper was off. Almost like he knew what he was doing! I haven't heard of potty-training an infant. I don't think I will until he starts showing signs of toilet training readiness, but we do talk to him about peeing and pooping in the "big boy toilet" even though he doesn't understand what we're talking about. :)

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wow! that's incredible.. sounds like you are onto something. .. i have been trying SO hard with my daughter about potty-training, and she's so-so on it. She'll go sometimes (if we ask her!) but other times she wants nothing to do with it... i also have to just go out and buy knickers. I was using pullups but a lot of the other moms on here have opinions that pullups dont work (cuz they're too absorbant and the child can't really feel being wet, they confuse the child cuz they are too much like diapers, etcetc)... i think that they are right! what they have said seems to make sense to me, anyway. we still have to go to the store and get some more.. i have a few, but i want the ones that have the rubber/plastic outer in it (to spare my furniture LoL) . maybe she wont like the way it feels to have pee/poop in her pants and down her legs, and she'll start to hit the can more often. hopefully we get through this soon (i think i hate the potty-training the most!) LoL

Maria - posted on 02/04/2009

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I have held him over the toilet twice he did poop but then he also peed and it went everywhere. LOL He started it one night he was just fussy and i placed him on the bathroom counter and took his diaper off and he pooped and from then on he wanted it that way.  Although sometimes I have worn it. LOL He also had a rash at the time that he started doing this.

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from what i heard...the optimal time to start potty training is 18 months...something to do with the way babies sphinkters work. But i do remember seeing something on the news once about diaper free babies...and holding the baby over the toilet and stuff. I couldnt imagine!!! Hope you figure out something that works for you!!

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wow. i've never heard of that (infant potty training). but what's interesting is how you said "he made it a habit of pooping only laying on the nathroom counter". was just curious... how did this habit come about?



i'd love to hear more from you and Liz Slyh about this training... my daughter turned 3 on Jan 28th, and still resists the training. ................. (and everyone says that boys are supposed to be worse to train :S  )

Liz - posted on 02/03/2009

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Hi Maria! You might want to check out the book "Diaper Free" by Ingrid Bauer. It's all about infant potty training and "elimination communication". I'm practicing going Diaper Free with my two month old daughter now and it's working great! If your son is already showing an aversion to pooping in his diaper, I'd try sticking him on the toilet and seeing if he goes. Bjorn also makes a tiny potty just for young babies.

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