Diapers. Everyone knows about them. Changing diapers is often seen as one of the least glamorous parts of becoming a parent. Diapers have become such a huge part of our culture that we fail to realize there is an alternative. What if your child could be potty trained by the time they walk? What if your child could tell you they need to go before they even start talking? Many people refer to this as “Elimination Communication.” I hate this. It sounds gross and confusing. I prefer to say early potty training, because that’s what it is.

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 Early Potty Training: My Experience

My first baby took to early potty training flawlessly. We started when he was 4.5 months old and by his half birthday, he was consistently using the potty for 9/10 poops. He was diaper free 90% of the time before 18 months and diaper free completely just before his second birthday. 
My second baby humbled my husband and me. We totally thought we were early potty training geniuses and baby whisperers. However, this routine did not work with my second and unfortunately he is 2 years old and still not at all interested in potty training. So this method definitely will not work for all babies, but I’m still confident it could work with a lot of babies and it is worth trying!

Our Early Potty Training Routine

Give him/her the opportunity to use the potty when he/she wakes up in the morning, from naps, and before bed. 
Your baby will also have their own cues that you will learn over time. 
For my first baby, it was grunting. 
My second baby wasn’t so obvious, but a lot of the time he farts before he needs to go (TMI sorry!).
Take off his/her pants and diaper.
Sit baby on the potty or if they are younger/smaller, hold them in a seated position on the potty. 
Say “go potty” and we would sign it as well (optional but i’m a HUGE fan of baby sign language).
After the deed is done, get excited, praise him/her, and sign potty again. This reinforces that they did what you wanted them to do.
If it doesn’t seem like they are interested in going, take him/her off the potty before they get too fussy. You want to avoid having negative emotions associated with the potty. 

Every baby is different and you have to learn your baby’s signals. It’s really easier than it seems! It’s all about patience, consistency, and repetition. It was all worth it to have my son out of diapers so early!

Supplies I Use

Arm & Hammer Potty – I love this potty. It’s cute, it has a lid, it can be used as a step stool and the seat part can come off to be used as a transition seat on the toilet.
Kandoo Flushable Biodegradable Wipes – Flushable wipes are a must! Their poop is still messy and even though its not ALL OVER the way it would be in a diaper, but having the wet wipe is essential to keeping a baby’s bum clean.
Kids Potty Seat – I can not tell you how great this seat is, especially now that I have a toddler who can go to the bathroom on his own. I love that it snaps into the lid when you’re done with it. All of my mom friends comment on it when they take their littles to the bathroom at my house. They have round and elongated so get the right one!
Graco Step Stool – Again, with a toddler who can go to the bathroom on his own, a stool is a must. I also really liked having the stool during training to sit on so I’m not sitting directly on the bathroom floor.

if you try potty training your baby, I’d love to hear your experience!

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