Saturday, March 13, 2010

Infant Potty Training: Sometimes, a bit frustrating

Lest I mislead anyone, there are times when infant potty training is less convenient than traditionally diapering a baby. Well, maybe.

Take last night for example. We went out to eat with some friends, and our girl kept acting like she needed to poop, but wouldn't. I took her to the restaurant's bathroom, and she pooped a tiny bit. Normally that means she needs to do a lot more, but for some reason, she wouldn't. After getting back to the table, she continued to fuss, so I ended up taking her out to the van to give her an opportunity to use the Potty On-the-Go. She refused to go, but did nurse a whole lot. Usually when we are going out, I nurse her right before we leave, take her to the potty when we get to our destination, and then we don't have to think about a pottytunity until we are done with eating and heading home. However, during a growth spurt like the one she's going through now, potty breaks are a little more frequent, and it can seem like infant potty training is more of a burden than traditional pottying...

But then I consider that with a traditionally diapered would be "going" just as often as a baby who does IPT. Thus, then there would be just as many "interruptions" since you should ALWAYS change your baby after she wets/soils her diaper. (Though some parents don't. Ew.)

It's tempting when you're doing something different (like practicing infant potty training) to think that the grass is greener on the other side, that traditional diapering is so much easier. But then I think about that short period of time when we took a break from IPT with my son when he was 6 weeks old. That's when I remember that infant potty training is much much more convenient (and so much more hygienic!) than traditional diapering.

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