Baby Potty Training-Elimination Cues

How Early Can You Start?

How early can you start to potty train your child? In this informative video, Teeny Teh explains how in Malaysia it is very common for children to be potty trained as soon as parents start to observe “elimination cues” from their infants. As early as 2 months old, children are being potty trained. It takes more time for the parents though to observe the elimination communication being put out by their children and then for them to carry the child to the elimination station.

What is an Elimination Station?

Here in the video, the elimination station is a bathroom sink for the 2 month old and a portable potty bucket for older children. Coming from my occupational background in dealing with minimizing the spreading of germs, I would recommend using a utility sink used only for potty training or holding the child over the toilet and then when he is done, washing them in a sink marked for baby’s bathing. You can then sanitize these areas daily.

Do Babies Want to be Clean?

What is really interesting is the concept that babies really want to be clean in their diapers. We can surmise this from the fuss they put up when they have soiled diapers and how happy they are when they have just been rescued from a dirty diaper. If you try Teeny’s method, your child is trained from early age to let you know when he has to eliminate. You just have to make the transition to going to the toilet on his own to do the eliminating when he is able to walk well on his own. The down side to Teeny’s method is that not many single working mothers which is these days more the norm that not, will have time to do this. Most of them will only have their six week maternity leave and if even if they started using elimination cues this early to begin potty training, it would take someone with dedication to take over after single moms returned to work and continue this method for months until the child was able to make it to the toilet or potty on his own motor ability .

My children are all adults now and potty trained. LOL. I wish I knew about this method when they were infants and toddlers. I think I would have given it a try, at least with one of them. 🙂
Learn more about elimination cues and going diaper free.

What Do You Think?

Would you give Teeny’s method a try? Let us know below in my comments section.

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Delois McKay

Which Potty Chair to Buy?


(From Howcast.com)

What Potty Chair is Best?

When it is time to potty train, many parents ponder over which potty chair to purchase. Some potties play songs and have stickers. Some have cute little animal faces and are different bright colors of the rainbow. When my kids were potty training, they didn’t have the cute music coming out of the potty and wipe-able story books to read while on the potty chair. Now there is even a talking potty that you can record your voice on to encourage your child while on the potty. The video above suggested some tips like decorating the potty.

But what I found with my children was when I bought the cute little blue potty chair with a puppy face design on it for my oldest son, he though it was a toy. Even when I pulled down his training pants and sat him down on it. He would think it was a new place to play. I even put it in the bathroom next to the grown-up toilet and told him to “wee wee” every few hours when we were getting our “training schedule” down and he still thought it was a play time thing. So I tried a potty seat that looked like a tiny toilet without designs or colors.


That worked a bit better but the thing that worked the best was a toilet seat adapter that fit on the real toilet. To my son, this meant seriously time to potty. He knew what everyone did on the grown-up toilet and now he could sit on it with the toilet insert and do the same thing. It takes more time from the adult potty training the child because you accompany him to the bathroom and make sure he gets up his step stool to the potty or place him on the potty yourself. 

What to Look For in a Potty Chair

When purchasing your potty trainer/adapter seat, make sure it fits securely so it doesn’t slide around.Stability is very important for safety and for your toddler to feel secure and comfortable on the toilet. Some trainer seats today have a dial that adjusts to any type of toilet seat. The best feature, though, is the dial that adjusts the toiler trainer to any type of toilet seat. They usually all have splash guards which is a helpful feature especially for boys to prevent “spray accidents.”

Here is a very good video on YouTube from a parent potty training his child explaining the potty chair he chose and why. He goes over many of the things I mentioned here from my experience with potty training and I believe he is on the right track with his choice of potty seat.

Serious Potty Chair

Needless to say we all learn with the first child, the “trial and error” method. So with all three of my oldest son’s siblings, I used the straight to the toilet with a toilet adapter/trainer seat method for our potty training— no bells, bright colors, designs, no whistles, songs or wipe-able books. My kids wanted none of that…serious toilet boot camp for them is what they liked and what made them feel “grown-up” when using the bathroom like “big boys and girls.” An occasional comic book perusing while sitting on the “pot” awaiting the arrival of the “package,” however was acceptable.

Please share your choices for the potty training chair with us. See ya next time. 😉

Delois McKay

How to Start Potty Training

Potty training is a major developmental task for your child. The key to success is good, reliable information from parents with experience, patience and observation on your part to adjust and adapt your approach for your individual child. You may even find that what worked for one of your children may not work for the others. Get the facts on timing, potty training techniques and coping with the inevitable accidents.

Is It Time?

 

Potty-training success depends upon physical and emotional readiness of your child and not a set age. Many children are curious about using the bathroom on their own around age 2. The “I can do it.” stage. This is when the toddler of 2 is trying out his new found independence because he is able to do some things on his own. Some children may not be ready until age 2 1/2 or even older — and that’s ok. If you start potty training too early, it might take longer to train your child.

Is He Ready?

To check on the readiness of your child, ask yourself these questions:

Does your child seem interested in using the toilet like the mommy or daddy?
Is he interest in wearing underwear?
Can your child understand and follow basic directions?
Can  your child tell you through words, facial expressions or posture that needs to use the bathroom?
Does your child stay dry for periods of two hours or longer during the day?
Does your child dislike being wet or soiled in his diapers?
Can your child pull down his or her pants and pull them up again?
Can your child sit on and get off a potty chair?

If you answered yes to most of these questions, your child may be ready for potty training. If you answered mostly no, you might want to wait awhile.

The Key to Success

The key to success is patience and observation. Watch your child during the potty training process and see what seems to work best for him. You can also use guides from other successful parents for potty training but remember each child is different and you may have to adapt and tweek your approach for your child.
A great resource for techniques to potty train your child can be found in this helpful, informative guide by mother and successful day care owner Click Here!

How did you know it was time to potty train your child?
What was the funniest potty training incident for your child? Please share in the comments…
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 Delois McKay