How Young is Too Young to Start Potty Training?

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Here at CF we’ve heard our fair share of stories of advanced babes doing extraordinary things but we’re wondering if this one might be going too far?

In the first article of a three-part series written for the Toronto Star’s Parent Central, writer Daphne Gordon discusses the possibility of beginning the grueling task of potty training your tot as early as three months old. This feat is made possible through a training technique called Elimination Communication, “where parents learn the baby’s approximate elimination body clock as well as the subtle signals that indicate a spontaneous need to go.”

Some parents and experts claim that a child as young as three months can be trained to recognize the feeling of being dry. In turn, parents will be trained to recognize those signals and change their baby or support them on the potty accordingly. In comparison, children are typically ready for the potty between the ages of 18 and 24 months, although they may not finish until age four.

While we believe that this technique is great in theory, could it really be all that effective in practice? Are you in love with the idea of early potty training or would you rather forego saving the environment and wait a bit longer to train? We’d love to hear your thoughts! 

Looking for a little potty training advice? Check this out:

• How to Prep Your Toddler for Potty Training

• 11 Must-Have Potty Training Tips

• Benefits of Summertime Potty Training

 Quiz: All About Poop


One response to “How Young is Too Young to Start Potty Training?”

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