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My 5-month-old Baby Uses the Potty

Happy Earth Day last Sunday!

For 4 of the last 5 days, I have put my 5-month-old baby on the potty first thing in the morning. And all 4 times she has both peed and pooped (sometimes an incredible amount). Of course I make my "pssss" and "uh uh uh" cue sounds when she does. So we are having some success. I'm smart enough to know that it won't necessarily be smooth sailing from here out. I'm just trying to be happy that wiping her bottom has been so very simple during this past week.

The one day she didn't use the potty was the one day I didn't put her on the potty. I was just too tired and lazy to get up and put her on the potty that day, even though I was pretty sure she needed to poop. And sure enough, she pooped in her diaper not long after waking up.

She is often dry when she wakes up from a nap or when I take her out of the baby carrier, but since I have to hold her on the potty (she cannot sit up unassisted), I don't really want to put her on the potty any more often yet. But holding her on the potty for 5 to 10 minutes each morning to give her the chance to pee and poop, that I can do. And she seems to like it.

First thing in the morning is a really good time to put a child of any age on the potty, but is an especially good idea for a baby that nurses a lot at night.

And I continue to let my baby go diaper-free several times a day. I figure this is the easiest time to do that, before she becomes more mobile. By putting her on the potty each day, using my cue sounds, and letting her pee multiple times each day with her diaper off, I'm hoping that when I'm good and ready to kick it up a notch, she'll be more than happy to use the potty instead of her diaper. Stay tuned...

For more tips, tricks, and tales from early potty training, visit my Early Potty Training page.