Potty training before age two?
I don't know how it started. It just happened. Sage peed in the potty one day and the next day she peed and pooped in the potty. Suddenly, she is peeing once to twice a day in the potty for a week straight as well as staying dry most nights and most naps.
Sage, let me remind you, is only eighteen months old.
Of all my many parenting friends, I have only known of two children that were pretty much done potty training by their second birthdays.
Every time I plop my undersized (only 20lbs) little girl who barely fits in 18 month size clothes and still wear a lot of 12 month items, on the little red Ikea potty and she leans forward and pees, I feel like I just saw a pink elephant fly through the air on the back of a unicorn. My delight is such that dumping pee into the toilet is as lovely as a foot massage.
Have you heard of Elimination Control (EC)? Well I had and I thought, "That sounds like a fucking mountain I don't feel like climbing." I'd heard of it when River was little and I just didn't see myself having the sanity to go there. Now, I'm pretty sure, if I was insane enough to have a number three, I just might be insane enough to try EC out from the get-go. Frankly, it makes a lot of sense. Now, I am basing my opinions of a blog I read. One solitary little overview of EC and what I know from a friend having read about it.
Here's what makes sense:
1. infants don't want to lay around in their own waste (this is why newborns tend to squirt you when you open their diapers)
2. most animals prefer not to soil their beds
So it stand to reason that you can help even a newborn learn to eliminate outside of a diaper. Lots of people in countries without diapers do just that. Since the invention of the modern diaper, children have been taking longer to potty train.
I combined this bit of learning with Sage being somewhat potty curious. As in she understood the other members of her family pee in the toilet and she wanted to try too.
My last nudge was Sage's personality. She's far more curious than River though far less communicative. River was a talker and listener. Sage is an observer and doer. She's my child that went right to standing and took steps, crawled three days and then walked fully, she's my child that climbed early, jumps already, knows how to open the door to the porch already, colors already, attempts to dress herself already. (all things River didn't do nearly as quickly). In fact, I took her to the playground and she could climb everything and went down the slide head first. When River was her age, he couldn't handle that playground. He fell off the bridge. I had to teach him how to cross in a step by step manner. He was scared and timid. Sage pushes my hands away. She figured it out on her own. River knew most of his ABCs and colors. Not Sage, but she can pick out her own clothes!
And now she has begun to be potty trained. The very tip of the potty ice burg. And their is no pressure to rush it. First, she is very young and second, she's so very young!
I have heard that children cloth diapered from day one tend to potty train earlier. River was only cloth diapered from nine months on. Correlation? I don't know.
Also, I'm not afraid to try this. I was, frankly, quite intimidated to start potty training River. It seemed like such a hassle and I had no idea where to start. Well, been there, done that.
So how does this all work?
For now I simply sit her on the potty when she wakes up in the morning and after nap. Sometimes she pees and sometimes she doesn't. If she does, I praise and clap. She likes to help me dump the pee in the toilet, shut the lid and flush. Sometimes she asks to sit on the potty throughout the day. There hasn't been anything created from her efforts, but I humor her. For now, I'm content to leave it at that.
I thought it would be stressful, but it's becoming routine. Routine that is 95% of the time, having results.
When we are ready to ditch the diapers, she'll have a better understanding about what is coming and what I expect of her.
I have day dreams of the fall meaning an end to diapers.
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