June is National Potty Training Awareness Month, as if we need a special month to remind us of our inabilities to get our child to poop on a potty. Most of us were told by a pediatrician or grandparent that we can't even start getting our children to use the potty until after they turn two because they "just aren't ready."
But there's an entire movement of parents who are successfully toilet training their babies starting as early as birth. It's called Infant Potty Training or Elimination Communication, and supporters believe it creates a stronger parent-child bond, it's more comfortable for your baby, and it reduces diaper waste. They also believe that we can do it too.
Use Cloth Diapers
Cloth diapers are less absorbent than disposable diapers and therefore your child will know the difference between being dry and being wet. This will help your child associate the feeling of having to go potty with the act, and allow her to understand her own body's signals.
Change Her Right Away
According to The Infant Potty Training Site, whether your child is in cloth or disposable, be sure to change her diaper immediately after she pees or poops. Otherwise, she will be okay with having pee in her diaper and won't understand the importance of going to the potty when she recognizes the urge to go. She will also associate peeing or pooping in her diaper with getting a clean diaper, which signifies to her that poop and pee don't belong in our underwear.
Pay Attention to Her Signals
This is where the baby-parent bonding comes in. Pay attention to how your baby acts when she is peeing or pooping. When you know what signs to look for, you'll know when it's time to get her to the potty. Look for a scrunchy face or even a grunting noise. Every child is different, so being attentive is important. When you notice one of her signals, hold her over the potty. Some parents make their own noise at this point so the baby associates that parental sound with the act of going potty; in the future, the combination of putting your child on the potty and making that same noise will get her to go.
Be Patient and Consistent
It certainly is not an easy process, and it will take your patience and determination to be successful. If you miss an opportunity, don't sweat it. Just try again next time. Follow your intuition, trust your instincts, and have fun.
If anything, potty training your infant is a great way to save money on diapers and wipes. If you decide to go for it, it can also be a great opportunity to bond with baby and have fun. There's a wealth of information and tips available online to help you and your baby succeed.