I read about Infant Potty Training in "To Train a Child" by Michael Pearl. Missed the boat since I read it and she was 6 months already. But I started.
Before 18 months:
- observe personal cues that indicate he is ready to urinate or have a bowel movement. This can be different for each child, but common signs include becoming very still, turning red in the face or grunting.
- put on toilet every 2 hours for a minute or two, say pee pee or poo poo to correspond
- Take your little one to the bathroom at regular intervals whether she is showing cues or not. This helps her to get accustomed to a routine.
- talk to your child about the potty and to start using potty words when they have a wet or dirty diaper.
- Also taking them to the potty chair after they have started going or they have a wet or dirty diaper can help reiterate things with them
- Explain what is happening when you flush the toilet, and invite your child to help you push the flush handle.
A look at IPT at 2 weeks:
we started infant potty training as soon as we got home from the hospital, when he was 1 day old.....
at this point getting as much sleep as possible is very important, so disposables at night help with that. We are beginning to transition into cloth. We do use the cheapest disposables we can find, because they feel wet when the baby pees. We still want him to get the connection between going pee, and feeling wet.
What his schedule has been/some cues we have seen:
We have found that when our baby starts grunting when he's waking up, he needs to go potty. When he's been happy and then all of a sudden gets fussy, that's another sign he needs to go. When he's acting like he wants to nurse, but won't latch on, or if he is constantly popping off and on the breast, that's a sure sign he needs to go.
Current Potty Place/Cuing:
Right now we use a sink, and we hold him in the classic hold. (see photo of this hold here: Classic Hold) We could certainly be using a little potty, but we find the sink to be most convenient. When we take him, we hold him over the sink, and then start talking to him. We make the ssss sound for pee, and a grunting noise for poop. At this point, the sss sound seems to be the most effective. We have also noticed that he appears to already understand the phrase "Are you all done?" Many times when he's been at the sink for a minute or two, but hasn't gone, we will ask him if he's done, and then he goes into the action. Right now he generally lets us know he's all done by starting to fuss. He seems to love being held in that position.At this point, about 95% of the poop goes into the potty. This has been what we have seen with our other kids: within a couple of weeks, poop misses are very rare.