A new/old way to toilet-train baby

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  • Lisa B ATLANTA, GA
    June 25, 2011 8:01 a.m.

    Also, it's very much possible to practice EC part time. You don't have to do it 24/7 or carry your baby all the time. You can offer the potty once a day, first thing in the morning (you're changing the diaper anyway!), and then not think about it the rest of the day. And do it on the weekends if you feel like it. There haven't been a lot of studies on this, but there's tons of anecdotal evidence that babies who have this introduction to the toilet from a young age have a much easier transition to full potty training than they would if it were introduced as something totally new after age two. A baby who pees on the toilet once a day knows that it's possible to go outside of a diaper, and he has more awareness and muscle ability than a baby who only ever uses a diaper. And I know parents who taught their nannies to do EC! Some childcare centers are open to it too (I had my daughter in a Montessori toddler program that did EC).

  • dustyroth
    May 28, 2010 10:16 p.m.

    I have experience with early potty training. I started potty training each of my 4 kids between 2-6 months old. My son trained by 14 months, the girls by 18 months. Nights were the easiest for them to complete. It didn't matter if I was working or a stay-at-home, the training still worked. My grandson is two and is potty trained except for rare accidents.

    Babies wake up because their bladder is uncomfortable. All we have to do is "listen."

  • ivy
    Feb. 28, 2010 11:06 p.m.

    Where are the arguments against EC? That parents must work is not saying that EC is damaging to the child. Why not look at EC as another reason why parents must spend time parenting their children instead of saving for another big screen TV in the year-long-empty guest room? I know many parents who could afford to stop working for a short period of time, but don't. A simpler lifestyle in return for a happy child and wonderful parenting years is rarely contemplated. Usually, the choice to stay home with the kids is driven by cost savings, not kids' best interests. And if you were to ask the kids, they'd also prefer more time with their parents rather than a room of their own, toys, and gear. I grew up in such an environment - crib in parent's room, one toy a year - but had the happiest childhood ever. Both of my parents scaled back their work and did stuff with us kids every day (play, read, picnics, etc.) No, they did not EC, but they could communicate with us verbally and non-verbally from very early on. We're all accomplished professionals today.