Infant Potty Training

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Nerdy_Girl_10242006 - January 19

I heard someone mention infant potty training, when do you start that and how? I am very curious to know about this...aslo I see alot of people saying KWIM? What does that stand for? lol

 

DDT - January 19

Infant potty training can be started whenever your lo is able to sit by himself/herself...which is usually around 6 months old. There are lots of different versions of infant potty training. Some say to start even younger while others say to start from 9 months on. A good idea would be to browse through your book store and see which applies better to you, your lo and your lifestyle. I went with "The Baby Whisperer" (3rd series) technique. I started my ds at 9 months old. Keep in mind it is a lot of work but very rewarding. We did it for a month and then because of all the travelling we did over the holidays I have put it on hold, and now that I'm starting work in 2 wks I will start the process over when I am on mat leave for the 2nd time...my ds will be 16 months old. We had a lot of success in that month though. The way I did it was that 20-30mins after every meal and bottle I would put him on the potty for about 5 mins. It's all about timing and kids generally tend to "go" at the same time intervals after a bottle or sippy of water. For my ds it was 25mins and I could catch his pee in the loo almost every time. Starting early also gets your lo used to the potty seat and toliet in essence. Some advise to start with a free-standing potty while others advise a potty that attaches to the "big" toliet. I used the latter's advice because it will cut out an extra transition I need to make further along the line. I hope this helps a little.

 

DDT - January 19

sorry, I don't know what KWIM stands for...

 

Bellas Mom - January 19

You'll find lots of info on diaperfreebaby.org I started my dd at 6 mo and she was diaper free by 12 months (before that too, but we still had a few misses) And at 18 months she was fully potty trained. I started with ds earlier though.

 

Bellas Mom - January 19

the potty whispering book is really good too. BUT there is a Potty Whispering dvd and it covers everything too but you just get to watch it rather than reading.

 

Bellas Mom - January 19

Oh yeah and congrats to both of you on your 2nd pregnancies!

 

Nerdy_Girl_10242006 - January 19

Ok I will look into that...we think it would be great if we got my daughter potty trained by 12 months since the 2nd baby will be coming then. Thanks Bellas Mom

 

Terio - January 19

KWIM = know what I mean.

 

britt_m - January 20

Yea my dd was infant potty trained around 6 months, but of course not fully potty trained. They do have really good control of their bladders before we think they do. Folks in those underdeveloped countries do this from newborn, and its been done for hundreds of years. Its just another one of those odd things to us as were all about convienence here. It does take a lot of persistance at first, and it helps to make it fun, like a game. My dd claps almost every time she tinkles, its so cute. Like today (shes almost 8 months) we were out all day, when we got home she was really giddery and fussy and I took her potty right away she took a big poo! Haha! I'd say I go through far less diapers a day than the average, she does have a few accidents, but she's not mobile yet so they are my fault and she does try to tell me. Sometimes if I'm trying to get things done, I'll miss her que, she does great on telling me. It beats poo smeared all over her booty, I just do a quick wipe and shes good. I'd love to have her out of diapers by a year and I know its completely possible. Definately look into it more and figure out what ways work best for you and give it a try. I know some ppl use the sink, I bought a little potty. Some actually put panties on them and I use either cloth or disposables so I don't have a mess if she has an accident. I started out using a "SSSSS" noise when she tinkled and then praised her and clapped, and thats how she figured it out. For the first few days its all about timing, and catching them before they go, so you can praise. Now she goes after I set her on there. Good luck, I'd love to hear how it goes, but give a a week or so and your lo should catch on!

 

Nerdy_Girl_10242006 - January 21

What is the best potty chair for an infant...I see there is a few online, but I would rather have a little one that she can use instead of one the sits on the toilet

 

newbabyras - January 21

the site bellasmom recommended is great, i also subscribe to a few yahoo groups - one for latestarters and one in my area that meets once a month. I started ds at 9 months and have only had a few misses with poos in the last two months. Pees are harder for us, but I work fulltime and so we have a part time, low stress approach. My mom watches him during the day, and i only recently found out she's not fully "On board" so I don't think she's working on it during the day when she has him. We've been working on signing and he will usually sign "potty," but so far it's only for poos. I did get him to sign on our last road trip - which was a HUGE milestone for us - he had a poo in a gas station bathroom (yuck, but yea!) Like ddt says, it's a lot of work, but very rewarding - and even if it takes another year before he's diaper free, every poo in the toilet is one less in a diaper and all over his bum. I like the safety 1st potty because it can either stand alone or go on the big potty. (ds switches back and forth from sitting on the potty (bum dangling in the toilet) or the safety first on the big potty) we haven't used the little potty as he's just now mobile. good luck!!

 

Nerdy_Girl_10242006 - January 21

OK, and I am a full time stay at home mom, and since i found out I was pregnant and heard about the infant potty training, I was all in and want to do this with all my children. I looked into the website and it was great, I will look into the potty chair.

 

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