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Adventures, Advice and Questions from a group of Mormon women who met in Queens, NY and have now scattered all over the place.
Friday, September 29, 2006
I have watched The View, probably 3 times this past year. Every time I watch I listen to Elisabeth Hasselback talk about her baby (who is the same age as my baby). She almost always tells tales about her baby and her bodily functions. Recently she spoke about how she is starting to train her baby to go to the bathroom...you know she's potty training.
The baby is 17 months old. Now, zinone claims she was potty-trained at 18 months old...and is quick to say that diapers back then were not as absorbent, and she wanted out of her wet diapers. My husband wasn't even walking until he was 19 months old, so I doubt he was anywhere near being potty trained at that age. Maybe z's mom was just trying to give her a little confidence when she was 4: "you know, you were potty trained at 18 months honey...." ; )
My little poopy likes to poop in the tub, and I have gotten good at seeing the look on her face right when she is going to do it, so a few times, I have grabbed her out and put her on the toilet and she has had a successful poop, but she doesn't like it, and she doesn't indicate to me with word or gesture that she would like to poop on the toilet please. (How's that for a run-on sentence?)
I just don't think that potty-training before 2 years old makes much sense. My fear, after putting poopy on the toilet those few times, is that it was a little uncomfortable (cold, wet, grabbed quickly out of the tub), and perhaps traumatic, and she won't ever want to do it for real.
I started training Pukey at 2 years old. About 3 months later, she was officially trained. It was hard to do because I am always running around, and I didn't have day after day to dedicate to the effort. Instead, I would choose an hour a day to put her in panties and talk about it, try it, clean it up (if necessary), and train her. I would add a little time each day so that we could ease into it, and that seemed to work.
I KNOW we all have experience with this...so squeeze it out ya'll.
PS The photo is from my cousin's blog.