We Started Potty Training

Diana - posted on 08/15/2009 ( 17 moms have responded )

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I heard from a friend who successfully potty trained her baby by 9 months (starting at 4 months). I also lived India where they start potty training from day 1 and never put their babies in disposable diapers. So I bought a book: "Infant Potty Training" and started potty training my daughter at 7 months. It is amazing! The past three days she has gone poopy only in her potty or over the toilet. We have had a bit more trouble "catching" the signals for urination, but we are still working on it with some successes and some misses. I really feel that this has given me and my daughter more confidence and a feeling of greater connection and respect toward one another. Not to mention the fact that she seems to love her diaper-free time.

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Liz - posted on 09/01/2009

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omg this is incredible - cant believe i missed this thread for so long! my daughter has been sitting on the potty in the morning for the last week because we realised that she doesn't go through the night but in the morning within the first half an hour will soak through a fresh nappy and her clothes. not sure why she does this but i'm definitely not complaining! will definitely be getting looking into some of these books so we can have a nappy free bubs

Vicki - posted on 08/31/2009

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Quoting Zowie:

Im sorry but i dont agree with potty training this early. i think it is making our kids grow up to fast. i try and tell people to enjoy thier childs "babyhood" otherwise you will miss it and before you know it they are adults. i say enjoy your baby being a baby and wait until you know that he or she is ready. its called mother instinct. and yes we all get it.



See now I have heard this a few times. Let the baby be a baby, sure. But what part of being a baby necessitates sitting in your own waste?? What other species does this??



The baby cannot communicate this need to eliminate, so therefor people believe he is not aware of it. Baby knows. Baby doesn't know the words, but baby knows he doesn't want to be in his own mess. That is why baby cries when he is soiled. Babies will also cry BEFORE wetting themselves, as if saying, "I need to go but I don't want to on myself." He is aware, and he can control it, to an extent. Baby certainly cannot hold it for long, as his bladder is teeny tiny. He might need to pee every half an hour or every hour. It might be a small amount.



Babies are instinctually "ready" to learn where to appropriately relieve themselves. Just because it's such a hassle to show baby how to use the potty, mother will simply wrap a diaper around the kid's bum to leave it for hours. Nice. So baby gets used to being soiled. It begins to seem natural. Believe me, it's not. Natural is the instinct to eliminate away from the body.



 



It's about a month and a half now since my boy has been "pottying." He is one happy guy, I tell you. He knows exactly what to do. He will be VERY upset if he goes in his diaper. My mothers' instinct tells me this is how it should be.



Again, to reiterate as I'd really like to know- What part of potty training "steals" childhood from the baby?? How exactly is this harmful??

Zowie - posted on 08/28/2009

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Im sorry but i dont agree with potty training this early. i think it is making our kids grow up to fast. i try and tell people to enjoy thier childs "babyhood" otherwise you will miss it and before you know it they are adults. i say enjoy your baby being a baby and wait until you know that he or she is ready. its called mother instinct. and yes we all get it.

Vicki - posted on 08/27/2009

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It's a process. Part of it is instinctual. Part is timing. For instance, the reason I began was mainly due to knowing he would wet his diaper within five minutes of waking. It's much easier to just put him on the potty for that time. A baby won't always signal when he needs to go, but just as there is a tired cry and a hungry cry, there is a potty cry. Lately my son has been grabbing at his crotch. Or he will give me an urgent look and rock back and forth. I'm also using sign language with him, so I sign "potty" a number of times to him daily.

Francesca - posted on 08/27/2009

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wow potty training an 8 month old sounds hard work! and messy?! how are you ment to discover the signs?

Vicki - posted on 08/23/2009

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Quoting Megan:

Great Post...I've been going potty on the toilet in front of my daughter for a few months now so she know how big girls go potty. But I didn't know you could start training so young. I'm going to search the books recommened and start trying to teach her. Thanks again for the post. If you could name the specific book you have been using that would be really helpful.



I believe the OP says she is useing Diaper Free Baby. Here's some resources-



http://www.diaperfreebaby.org/booklinks....



Edit- Oh I just actually checked again and it's "Infant Potty Training." oops! Well I am sure it's all the same ^_^

Megan - posted on 08/23/2009

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Great Post...I've been going potty on the toilet in front of my daughter for a few months now so she know how big girls go potty. But I didn't know you could start training so young. I'm going to search the books recommened and start trying to teach her. Thanks again for the post. If you could name the specific book you have been using that would be really helpful.

Vicki - posted on 08/21/2009

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Anyone interested in this, try doing a search for "diaper free" or "elimination communication." There are a number of books available too, but I haven't bought any myself, so I cannot recommend which are good. I'm sure they all are. :)

Vicki - posted on 08/21/2009

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I started my boy on the potty exactly one month ago tomorrow. I use a cloth diaper service; they provide me with 60 diapers per week, and almost immediately I saw the usage cut in half!! I asked for only 20 this week as I had so many left over, and will only be receiving 40 from here on (to be safe!) I rarely change a poopy diaper anymore. Admittedly, I haven't been doing diaper free time... just diaper-cover free at home, so I can tell immediately when my son is wet. We're still working on getting the signals down, and he doesn't always go when on the potty, but overall, I'm VERY pleased with how this has been going so far!!



And also, LOL, when I posted something on my Facebook status about my son going potty, a number of friends requested I do the same with their toddlers who refuse to leave diapers. Haha. I just find there is something silly about teaching an infant to ignore his elimination and become comfortable sitting in his own waste, and then turn around and bribe him later to stop this behaviour that has been taught.

Ukiah - posted on 08/21/2009

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Wow interesting! I didn't realize that I could start potty training my son so young, I think we'll give it a try. It'd be great if he was trained by the time I return to work in 4 more months.

Bea - posted on 08/19/2009

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now this is a wonderful post! Thanks so much, I would have never thought about potty training at such a young age. I will deffinately try to give it a whirl since diapers aren't cheap and the sooner I can save money the better!

Lesley - posted on 08/19/2009

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I use cloth diapers so this sounds like a wonderful idea to me. I think I will get that book. Can I find it at Barnes and Noble?

Mary - posted on 08/18/2009

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wow this is amazing..i didnt know you could potty train a baby so young. now that i know, i think im going to try it. someone mentioned a book, what is the name of the book?

Bronwyn - posted on 08/16/2009

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Im currently toilet timing my 7 and a half month old daughter and havent had a poopy nappy in 5 days. Gotta love that. I havent seen any specific signs for wee's yet but i do put her on sporadically and if it happens it happens and she gets lots of praise and seems very happy.

Thereasa - posted on 08/15/2009

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A client of my husbands potty train early as while, she said they start by having the changing table in the bathroom, then went to sitting them on the potty after feedings. All three of them were potty trained by 1 year. Im thinking of starting as well

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