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. :)

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