An interesting topic that has come up is babies being potty trained at 3 months. Apparently there is a method called elimination communication to achieve this.
I often post questions on my Facebook page for moms to chat and share information. A popular topic is potty training. About a year ago I asked my fans at what age their babies were fully potty trained and one mom said 3 months. I have to admit I had a good laugh at this, I had a vision of a 3 month old being able to ask to go to the toilet or dragging himself there and pulling himself up onto the toilet, even wiping his own bum. Yes I’m sorry, I have a wicked sense of humour.
When in my ignorance I made a comment a few days later on our page about babies being potty trained at 3 months old I was (much to my horror) shot down by some moms! Turns out there is something called Elimination Communication and it is possible.
According to Wikipedia Elimination Technique is described as follows:
“Elimination communication (EC) is a practice in which a caregiver uses timing, signals, cues, and intuition to address an infant’s need to eliminate waste. Caregivers try to recognize and respond to babies’ bodily needs and enable them to urinate and defecate in an appropriate place (e.g. a toilet). Caregivers may use diapers as a back-up in case of misses some or all of the time, or not at all. EC emphasizes communication between the caregiver and child, helping them both become more attuned to the child’s innate rhythms and control of urination and defecation. The term “elimination communication” was inspired by traditional practices of diaper-less baby in less industrialized countries and hunter-gatherer cultures. Some practitioners of EC begin soon after birth, the optimum window being zero to four months, although it can be started with babies of any age. The practice can be done full-time, part-time, or just occasionally.”
To follow this form of potty training you put your baby on the toilet at certain times (such as 20 minutes after a meal) and when he or she shows signs of needing to go to the toilet. I am not sure this would work for most moms and it would also surely be very intensive during that time!
According to Zoe from Baby Throne (who I met at the Baba Indaba in Cape Town recently) babies are quite sharp and catch on very quickly which is astounding to me. I have personally not tried this method and don’t plan to with my hectic lifestyle as I can barely get my 3 year old to the toilet on time, never mind my 9 month old baby. However for those that don’t want to pay the expense of nappies and/or save the environment from all these disposable nappies without washing cloth nappies it could be something to look into.
What do you think of babies being potty trained at 3 months old?