Monday, October 26, 2009

Monday Moments - Training Day...

I don't know what's gotten into me today, maybe I'm crazy, or maybe it's lack of sleep. But I was up late last night catching up with some of my friends blogs. I was shocked to find out that my friend Natasha started potty training her little guy at only 9 months old. It intrigued me. I have a couple other friends that also started potty training their children at 6-12 months old. Apparently it really works. They have all had great success. So I started researching information and reading all kinds of things online; reasons, methods, and techniques. That brings me to today. I decided I'm going to go for it. What's the worst that can happen?

So first thing this morning when little "R" started making her potty face, I went and put her on the toilet. She actually went to the bathroom. I was shocked. But she didn't like sitting on the big grown-up toilet seat. I think it scared her. So we took a little field trip to Babies-R-Us and purchased her first potty chair.


The method and information my friend has used is from the book "Diaper Free Before 3: The Healthier Way to Toilet Train and Help Your Child Out of Diapers Sooner", by Jill M. Lekovic, M.D.

The basic method is:

1. Familiarize the child with the potty by building potty trips into the routine. Example: When child wakes up, take a trip to the potty. Just before child goes down for a nap, head to the potty. After a meal, go to the potty. Before leaving home on a trip, go to the potty. At first, there may be only one trip per day depending on child's willingness to sit on the potty.

2. Child begins to use potty. It may take a week or two before the child realized what the potty is for and how to use it.

3. Child wears cotton training pants for increasing amounts of time. The author says that the the more you use cotton underwear, the faster the child will potty train, since they don't like the feel of wetting themselves without it being whisked away by diapers.

4. Child can potty train as quickly as a month or it may take a few months depending on how willing and ready the child is.

There's a lot more information I've been reading, but that's the basics of this particular method.

I must say, I'm a little torn, only because I've always subscribed to the "Cold Turkey" potty training method. That was the method my sister used with all her kids and each of her children were potty trained in less than a week. That method is basically waiting until the child is about 18 months to 2 years and showing total interest in potty training. You block out a week of your life; no where to go or be. You make a big deal out of buying new underwear or panties and just go cold turkey into them. You may have several accidents, but they learn quickly.

However, everything I've read says that the "Cold Turkey" method doesn't work at this young of an age. Little "R" can't fully communicate yet and still doesn't understand what going potty is all about. Basically this would just be introducing her to the idea and seeing what she thinks. If it works, and it has for my friends, she could easily be potty trained in a couple months. Think of the money we could save on diapers! I like that thought!

Ok, so after this marathon of a post. I need the advise from all experienced mom's out there. What do you think?? What's worked for you? I really am interested in your feedback.

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Leondra said...

I have done absolutely no research, but it always seemed to me like doing it that early would just mean I had to do it again later. I used your sister's method on my three when they were between 2 and 3. My only advice is this - whatever method you choose ... don't get discouraged when it doesn't seem to be working, they will, somehow, eventually use a toilet! ;-)

Chellese said...

Good luck. I wanted to have Holden trained by 18 months, but being Holden (obstinate) it didn't happen until nearly three. I hear girls are generally easier.

Heather said...

Basically its you being potty trained not her. She doesn't tell you so you figure it out and rush her to the toilet. Its you not her. Just wait. I waited until my boys were 3 and it took them 1 day, yes 1 day. Not months. an then worring about accidents all the time. Then its them not you. Good luck though.

JR and Brynn said...

I have not started with Haley b/c I have found just from friends that it is much more the mom being trained to take the child to potty than it is the child actually being trained to recognize signs and react to them. Just my thoughts. I also have found from asking around that if you wait until between 2-3 (closer to 3 with boys) that it's a much quicker process with less accidents. My friends who have started at 18 months seem to be potty training for months and months. Not something I am interested in. :) Good luck, though, hope you figure out what works for you guys.

Melissa said...

I think it totally depends on the child. My oldest was totally interested around 18 months and it was quick and simple. I had to force the 2nd before C was born with the cold turkey method. As nice as it is not to buy the diapers - you'll miss going to the store and getting the whole job done without stopping 2 or 3 times to run to the bathroom! Personally, I'd wait... but that's just me :) Good luck!

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