Recently I took part in a discussion about American children being behind in terms of potty training. Apparently, there was a recent article/news story about children around the world being potty trained by 3 months. My face is generally very expressive before any words come out of my mouth, so my eyebrows lifted and my mouth formed a sarcastic smirk. “That’s really hard to believe,” I said. Thinking back to my 3 month old twins, they were so helpless I could not imagine them being able to go to the potty.
Well I was informed, they wouldn’t crawl to the potty; instead, they would cry in a way that I would be able recognize their cues and take them to the potty. I think I became a little defensive at first, but there maybe some truth to this. Since the conversation, I have made up my mind to see if it is the norm around the world for three month old children to signal to their parents their need to go potty.
Once I wrapped my mind around the possibility of potty training early, I must admit that it is totally possible to be in tune with your child so much you know when to place him or her on the potty at 3 months. It also dawned on me that people in the developing world are not going broke spending their hard earned income on diapers so they must be doing something to keep their children dry.
EC Video explaining the process
In addition, I found a post about a Mom that potty trained her 3 month old, please click here to check it out. The process is called “elimination communication” (EC) or “natural infant hygiene,” which encourages parents to sit their children on a potty at a very early age usually between birth and 4 months old. Click here to read another article that outlines EC. To find out more information I recommend looking it up in the library and also talking to your pediatrician about EC.
Additionally, I thought about one of my friends who potty trained her daughter at one years old and by 18 months she was an old pro. One years old isn’t three months, but if they can do it at 1 they can probably learn even earlier. Here is another article about a mom who did the same: click here.
Before I’m done, I must let my readers know that potty training early is all well and beautiful, but in a system that hates to gives mothers longer than a couple of months for maternity leave American children will probably be in diapers until American Moms can devote more time and attention to their babies at home.
Starting today, I will no longer buy any diapers for my children. They are smart and I am home so together will will make it work. I believe that if you start early potty training can be easier. Moms share your thoughts on the subject.