Answers to Common Elimination Communication and Early Potty Training Questions

What are the arguments for infant toilet training?

The obvious arguments for infant toilet training are that it will save you money and cause less harm to the environment than the use of disposable or cloth diapers. What you may not be aware of are the many health benefits. Delayed toilet training past the age of two has been linked to increased bladder control problems and bed-wetting in older children. Early toilet training also reduces the spread of fecal related diseases, especially in daycare settings, eliminates diaper rash, and is considered a more natural way to care for a baby by many.

How to potty train a baby at early age?

To toilet train a baby before the age of 12 months, you’ll want to learn elimination communication techniques. The basics include getting to know your child and learning what signs tell you she is about to poop or pee, such as a grunting noise. You then hold her over a bowl or potty. With an older baby, (about 6 to 12 months) you can work on teaching a hand sign that means potty and the word “potty” so that she will learn to tell you she needs to go.

What is the harm of early potty training?

By American standards, early potty training tends to refer to toilet training infants and toddlers before the age of 24 to 30 months of age. Based on scientific studies, many expert opinions, early potty training authors, and the millions of children around the world that are potty train early, there is no harm physically or psychologically in toilet training early. In fact there are many health benefits and financial ones as well.

Does it take longer to potty train a younger child?

Although every child, and potty trainer, is different, it does not necessarily take longer in potty train a younger child. Many report that it takes less time because infants and young toddlers do not resist potty training. Research has also shown that younger children often potty train in less time, with infants potty training in 4 to 5 months in two separate studies and children 2 and older taking 6 to 14 months in other studies.

What are some easy to read elimination communication books?

There are several easy to read books on elimination communication or infant toilet training. These include “Early-Start Potty Training” by Linda Sonna, Ph.D., “Diaper-Free Before 3” by Jill M. Lekovic, M.D., “Diaper Free” by Ingrid Bauer, and “The Diaper-Free Baby” by Christine Gross-Loh, Ph.D.

When can babies use the toilet?

Newborns can use a toilet with a comfortable hold. This involves the parent sitting on the toilet facing the back of the toilet and holding their baby also facing the back of the toilet. The parent holds that baby’s legs and thighs and supports the baby’s back up against their stomach. Children that sit up can use a child’s potty or potty seat that provides enough support to comfortable keep your child upright.

Potty training before the age of two is considered normal in most of the world. Learn about these potty training methods at