Infant Potty Training

Infant Potty Training IPT or Natural Infant Hygiene NIH
are an early potty training method aka elimination communication.

Most families get started with infant potty training when their little darling is around 3 to 8 months. This is a perfect time to start - it won't get easier then now. Your baby has now gained some neck control and is easier to potty and can stay still for a few minutes while being entertained. Once our little darling started cruising it became increasingly a challenge to keep him on the potty.

What makes 3 to 8 months the optimal time to start infant potty training?

  • It's easier to tune into the signals: you little darling is more aware and more responsive to you.
  • Your little darling has more neck control and is easier to maneuver on the potty.
  • You LO is stronger: maybe can sit up on the potty

Also, you baby is not too mobile yet

  • He does not intend to go off cruising the second you put him on the potty.
  • Is not as distractible as he will soon become.

Just as you know when your baby is hungry, now you’ll be teaching yourself to know when they need to eliminate.

If you are just getting started with infant potty training you might also find newborn potty training an interesting read. Or just read step one and two to get a quick idea on how to get started with early potty training.

Step 1. Observation & Cues or Developing Association Between Cueing and Going.

Watch your baby; low long after nursing does your baby pee or poo? Does she squirm just before urinating or grunt before having a bowl movement?

If your child is about 3-8 months of age, they might:

  • Stick out his tongue and produce a rasping sound (blow raspberries)
  • Pass gas
  • Make a unique and consistent vocalization
  • Start to cry
  • Look intent

These are her "elimination communication". When you catch your baby starting to pee - cue her with "pass", "pee pee", "tsss" or "pst pst pst" or another sound that comes naturally to you. A modified grunting noise is a common cue for a bowel movement. Whatever you choose - use it each time your child eliminates. Over time the baby will recognize that sound or word, and associate that with the sensation of elimination. Pretty soon all you have to do is cue and your baby will automatically start eliminating - if she has anything to eliminate.

One thing that helps initially is placing the child on a waterproof surface without a diaper. This will allow you to SEE exactly what precedes her elimination and cue.

Step 2. Offer a Potty

Put your little darling on the potty / or in elimination position around the time she normally eliminates and prompt her with the sound you have been using. When you cue your baby around the time she needs to go - your little darling will make a connection between going and the sound you are making.

Observe your baby's habits and routines - it is very likely that your baby needs to go potty around the same time every day. Once you identify those times you can make a potty opportunity a part of your normal feeding routine. One of the easiest catches is when your baby wakes-up in the morning or after naps.

Step 3. More Information

Fine tune your infant potty training by reviewing early potty training. It covers all the basics of elimination communication from newborn to 18 months+ and answers some common questions about potty training baby and about difficulties in baby potty training.

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