Monday, January 4, 2010

Progress at 10 Months

It's hard to believe, but our daughter is now 10 months old. I know when I was researching infant potty training / elimination communication, I wanted to know how quick the progress would be. When would a baby who does this be potty trained? I got so frustrated when I would read things like "every baby is different" or "it depends on how you define 'potty-trained.'" So, at 10 months old, here is our baby girl's progress!

At night: we rarely ever have a miss. She wakes up sometimes at 6 or 7 to go pee, and then she goes back to sleep and wakes up dry. (Note: babies don't pee in their sleep, they rouse up to pee. So, if you notice her moving around in her sleep, it's a good sign she needs to pee. Take her, and she'll be able to sleep peacefully afterward.) Also, she never poops at night. This has gone on since she was a week or so old.

Potty places: She loves going on the toilet while sitting on her cushy potty seat:

At night I use her Bebe Jou potty, which she still enjoys. At this point, she prefers going to the public bathrooms over using the Potty On-The-Go:

We wish she still preferred the potty on-the-go, since it's way more sanitary, and easier than public bathrooms.

Diapers: We're free from diapers at this point. Okay, almost free. Very very rarely we will put her in a diaper if we're going to be a situation where we might not be supervising her at all times, and people who don't know her signs will be holding her or playing with her, like when visiting relatives on Christmas. At this point she's actually in regular girl's underwear, and the occasional cloth training pants.

Signs: She still does the "poop" sign, which she has been doing since she was 6 weeks old, I swear. She also will start grunting if she needs to go. Sometimes it's hard to know if she needs to go, or she's just excited.

Cues: We still cue her by making a hissing noise or a grunt, but usually she does it all without the need for cuing. The ASL sign for poop does help remind her why she's on the potty if she gets distracted.

Tricks: If she gets upset when put on the potty, she likes to play peek a boo and patty cake. She also likes it when we flush the toilet, or if we turn on the air vent. All these things help her go.

Misses: The misses have become so rare that yesterday my husband said, you know, I think she's potty trained now. And then we had 2 misses that evening. But, she's teething and that's normal. Even "potty-trained" kids have an occasional miss, so you could call our baby potty-trained.

Frequency: At this age, our daughter will wake up, go potty, then about 15 minutes later needs the potty again. Then, she needs it about 10-15 minutes after each time she nurses. We always take her right before going to bed, leaving in the car somewhere, and after arriving at our destination, unless it's a short ride. In general, she needs the potty maybe once an hour or so. But that's just a general rule. If she's teething, or if it's really hot or cold, the potty visits might need to be spaced closer together or further apart.

Independence: My goal now is to help her become more independent. I am going to try to start doing things like encouraging her to crawl to the toilet or potty. I'm also going to encourage her to try to get on her Bebe Jou potty with little or no help from me.


  1. I think that potty training a 10 month old is too early. I have a 10 month old baby girl, and she isn't potty trained. I think it is amazing that your little 10 month old is potty trained.

  2. Hi Anonymous,
    It's really never too early to start potty training. People around the world start potty training on the first day of a baby's life. In fact, this was the norm worldwide in the past, but as diapers became more convenient, the training age has been pushed later and later. It's certainly up to the parents, as far as when to start, but it is definitely not harmful to start at birth.