Thursday, August 26, 2010

Does Infant Potty Training Cause Any Harm?

I think one reason why some parents are afraid to try infant potty training is because they are afraid IPT might have some sort of adverse side effects. Some might worry that babies who are trained from birth might exhibit pottying problems down the road, like wetting the bed, or withholding poop.

We're parents. We worry. We look around and see what other parents are doing, and we're pretty much loathe to deviate too much from the norm. Chances are, your parents didn't do infant potty training with you, and none of your friends are doing it either. It's hard to try something when you don't see other people's results from doing the same thing.

That's why I created this blog. I wanted to show step by step how to do this, and to assure others that your babies will turn out just fine when you do infant potty training with them. Both my babies, ages 1 1/2 and 4 are doing spectacularly with pottying. My 4 year old is obviously independent now. He's been able to go by himself and wipe since he was about 2 1/2. My 1 1/2 year old tells us when she needs to go, can make it clear to us when she doesn't need to go, but she can't wipe. We don't have night-time wetting issues with either kid.

So, if you're scared to try IPT because you think that in the future it might cause more harm than good, rest assured it won't. You just won't have to deal with all those expensive diapers for older babies and toddlers, or that horrible stinkiness that is toddler poop. :)

Monday, August 16, 2010

Shopping List For Infant Potty Training

Infant potty training is cheap. You really don't *have* to buy any products. But as with anything, there are some tools of the trade that make infant potty training much easier, and so I thought I'd make a list of the things that are smart buys for those of you who are just starting out in your IPT adventure:




1. A Baby Bjorn Little Potty is a must have. Do yourself a favor and buy one. They're great because your baby can balance on them from a pretty young age with little assistance, and the wide bottom makes them nice and sturdy. You don't have to worry about spills like you do with some other potties that are more top-heavy.















2. BumGenius 3.0 One Size Cloth Diapers. I love these. I'd love them even if I didn't potty train my infants. They're great because they keep your baby aware of going potty. But, they fasten easily like disposables, they're high quality, and they grow with your baby. We only bought a few and did laundry more frequently, and they held up spectacularly.









3. Gerber Cloth Training Pants. The quicker you introduce these to your baby, the better. It gives your baby even more awareness than the BumGenius 3.0s, but it takes some confidence to move up to these. Once you've started consistently keeping your baby dry, try the training pants. You might just be surprised. Size 18 months can fit on a several month old baby. I like to buy them right off the bat, and then just try them on the baby periodically to see if they fit.








4. The Sign With Your Baby Book by Joseph Garcia. It is awesome. We were noticing our baby signing "poop" at 6 weeks. It happened way too often for it to be a coincidence. Infant Potty Training is so much easier when you incorporate sign language into it! And to be able to communicate with your pre-verbal baby is magical.










5. The potty on the go is awesome. Awesome I tell you! It is so handy to have in case your baby needs to go potty and there's just not a bathroom in sight, or if the bathroom in sight is disgustingly dirty. Don't leave home without it!











With all that said, here are some things I suggest NOT buying:
1. Cloth prefolds
2. Diaper pins
3. Plastic pants
4. Split crotch pants (I haven't tried them, but they're pricey, and you can IPT easily without them.)
5. Lots of disposables.

Disposables have their place with IPT. I like to use them if we're in a situation where a bathroom isn't readily available and doing laundry isn't feasible, like when you're on vacation. Also, during times of sickness, disposables can be really nice, although they proved unnecessary when the stomach flu went through our house this past winter.

So there you have it, 5 things to buy, and 5 things to skip when you're gearing up for infant potty training. Enjoy!