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.


  1. I think this is so neat! When I had my baby girl only 5 years ago (!) disposable diapers were making a big comeback and having a little one go on the potty was viewed as quite alternative - lol. I half-heartedly tried disposables (G-Diapers) but did not have much success so did end up using conventional "regular" ones. I wish I had been more aware of this type of potty training - I think I would have tried it - why not, right?
    I do feel successful, though, b/c both of my kids trained out of diapers at 2.5 years - my son completely trained in 3 days (night-time, too!) and my daughter in one week.
    And now we are a 100% diaper-free home - forever!

  2. We started using the potty (same one) as soon as my son could sit unassisted. He really took to it and we had a really good success rate. At a year and a half we're trying to get back into it after some laziness but still doing well catching morning and after-nap pees especially, and almost all poops. Now it's just about making the transition to him leading the way, asking to go more (he does sometimes ask to go, usually when he wakes up, by tapping on his diaper) and being able to get himself undressed.


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