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Infant Potty Training- Debunking the Myth of the ‘Right Age’

September 1, 2009 by  
Filed under Child Development

Baby Potty TrainingInfant potty training is a hotly debated subject chiefly in relation to the right age in which it should begin. Let’s be clear at the outset that there is no such thing as the ‘perfect age’ to begin toilet training for babies. Some infants can be more receptive even at a very small age of 9-12 months old while others may not be potty trained even by the age of three or four.

The point which is being made here is that don’t get stuck on the ‘age number’; just because your infant is not ready to be potty trained at a certain period of age does not mean that there is something wrong with him/her. It just means that you have to defer the potty training till your baby shows signs of being ready for it.

Perhaps, nothing can cause a new mother more dread than the question of ‘when should I potty train my baby’? Relax; as mentioned earlier, how to start potty training should be dependent on the factor of when your baby shows signs of being receptive to the idea. This is the first step in a good infant potty training method and an excellent way to begin the whole process.

Though there is no fixed age, it has been seen that most infants are ready for sitting on the potty by the time they are about two years old. Some may begin much earlier while others start a bit later. The actions of the infant will show more than its age of when you should begin the toilet training.

Some of the indications of receptiveness are when the child begins to be aware of being wet or soiled and wanting to be changed. When your infant becomes capable of staying dry for a couple of hours and shows interest in being led to the bathroom, it indicates a willingness on his/her part to sit on the potty.

One of the best time to begin toilet training is in the summer when the child is not encumbered by too many clothes As a child has only a few seconds to go to the bathroom before it is too late, at least in the initial stages of toilet training, this will make the taking off/putting on pants faster and easier and less stressful for him.

Praise him as this will encourage him to continue. Rushing the child or reprimanding him will only shake his confidence and make him more nervous the next time he has an urge to go to the toilet. Making infant potty training a fun time ensures that the child does not feel any pressure and is led into the process naturally.


One Response to “Infant Potty Training- Debunking the Myth of the ‘Right Age’”
  1. Laurie says:

    Helpful article for toddlers, and with respect to toddlers, I agree with what you wrote . . . but why call it infant potty training? I coined this term to refer to the practice of starting in true infancy, usually before a child can sit. Instead, you hold the baby in-arms over a basin or other receptacle and make a cue sound such as “sssss” to signal it’s time to “go”. The baby associates your sound and the in-arms cuddle with “going” and learns to respond to your cues. Infant potty training can also be used with toddlers.

    The term is also the title of my book “Infant Potty Training: A Gentle and Primeval Method Adapted to Modern Living”, in print since 2000.

    There is also an Infant Potty Training webring

    Other names for this are elimination communication and potty whispering.

    I thought you and your readers might be interested to know about this other option.


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