Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Infant Potty Training: Our Progress at 2 Weeks Old

Our son was born in late July, and we started infant potty training as soon as we got home from the hospital, when he was 1 day old. It's been neat to get started with IPT again. My husband and I take turns taking our son to the potty. I'm amazed at the progress we've made at only 2 weeks old.

What the baby is wearing:

We have been using disposables these first few weeks. We have cloth diapers that we will use more as he gets older. Disposables are nice for the first weeks for several reasons: I'm healing from delivery, my baby is healing from the circumcision and his umbilical cord stump had to heal also. Plus, my baby is still a little bit small for the cloth diapers we have, and they still leak somewhat. Also, at this point getting as much sleep as possible is very important, so disposables at night help with that. We are beginning to transition into cloth. We do use the cheapest disposables we can find, because they feel wet when the baby pees. We still want him to get the connection between going pee, and feeling wet.

What his schedule has been/some cues we have seen:

We have found that when our baby starts grunting when he's waking up, he needs to go potty. When he's been happy and then all of a sudden gets fussy, that's another sign he needs to go. When he's acting like he wants to nurse, but won't latch on, or if he is constantly popping off and on the breast, that's a sure sign he needs to go. 

Current Potty Place/Cuing:

Right now we use a sink, and we hold him in the classic hold. (see photo of this hold here: Classic Hold) We could certainly be using a little potty, but we find the sink to be most convenient. When we take him, we hold him over the sink, and then start talking to him. We make the ssss sound for pee, and a grunting noise for poop. At this point, the sss sound seems to be the most effective. We have also noticed that he appears to already understand the phrase "Are you all done?" Many times when he's been at the sink for a minute or two, but hasn't gone, we will ask him if he's done, and then he goes into the action. Right now he generally lets us know he's all done by starting to fuss. He seems to love being held in that position. 

Our Success So Far:

At this point, about 95% of the poop goes into the potty. This has been what we have seen with our other kids: within a couple of weeks, poop misses are very rare. Pee misses are a different story. We still have a lot of pee misses every day. This is normal, especially considering how often babies this young nurse. 

So there you have it: a look at IPT at 2 weeks.