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When we prepared for our trip to China last September to pick up 8-month-old Kelli, the thought of toilet training never even crossed my mind. I learned many things about Kelli during my time in the hotel, including that she knew how to potty in the toilet. After four days with Kelli, she was terribly constipated. We gave her lots of liquids and rubbed her tummy, but nothing worked. By the end of day four, I noticed she kept grunting like she had to poop. I thought, “If she can potty in the toilet, why not let her try to poop there too?” Sure enough, that’s exactly what she wanted to do! She wasn't used to pooping in a diaper. What an exciting breakthrough!
The Western world has been indoctrinated to reject any form of early toilet learning. Our doubts stem from maturational readiness theories based on opinion and commercialism rather than scientific proof. Millions of happy babies in China can’t be wrong! By changing our attitude from skepticism to recognizing our babies’ amazing abilities, we open new doors. With infant pottying, timing is based on baby’s natural rhythms and on spontaneous and learned communication between mother and baby. There is no punishment, anger or coercion involved.
Originally posted by brooklyn87
early is one thing but 8 months old!!! they are still on the bottle!! it just seems to much way too soon, 18 months is early and appropriate in a way
My only problem is trying to imagine an infant who can't walk, and possibly not even crawl (some babies just don't crawl that young) being able to effectively communicate that they need to use the potty let alone what the parent or caregiver would have to do in order to allow them to use the toilet. Do you just hold them over the seat? I don't know, it does seem weird to me.