Yesterday I wrote about how early potty training turned out with my second child, now 2 1/2 years old. I first put her on the potty around 9 months. Today, I'm writing about how I'm starting even earlier with my third baby.
What does early potty training (or elimination communication) look like with a 4-month-old baby? Some folks try to "catch" a newborn's pee by holding a bowl between their knees or holding the baby over the sink or toilet when she needs to pee. I tried that once and decided it wasn't for me. I decided to wait until my baby could pretty comfortably sit on a Baby Bjorn little potty before I would try any pee/poop catching.
- Using cue words/sounds when the baby goes pee or poop. I say "pssss" whenever I catch her peeing with her diaper off. And whenever I see my baby straining or hear her pooping, I make an "uh uh uh" kind of groaning sound. Since infants are really dramatic poopers, I often have the chance use this pooping cue even though when she's wearing a diaper. (I usually don't notice when she's peeing unless her diaper is off.)
- Letting the baby go diaper-free when practical so that I get to know when she tends to pee and any signals she gives that she is going to pee, and so that I can make my cue sound while she is peeing to build that connection. This also keeps my baby from always and exclusively peeing in a diaper.
For more tips, tricks, and tales from early potty training, visit my Early Potty Training page.
If you have tried early potty training, I'd love to hear about your experiences (good or bad)!