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02:37 PM on 04/10/2012
This only really works if the child can walk, and at 6 months, many children still have trouble sitting up properly, especially on a toilet. I think 8-10 months is more plausable. And noght time would still be a while.
02:15 PM on 04/10/2012
My family's philosophy is: if they can walk, they can walk to the bathroom. Both my kids were walking, talking and potty trained well before they were one year old. So were several of their cousins. We never spoke baby talk either. When my youngest was three years old, she asked me to teach her to spell. We started off with on/off, stop/go,etc. On the third day she asked how to spell universe. Kids are smarter than parents think they are. It's lazy parents who keep their children developemental behind.
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01:21 PM on 04/10/2012
I started training my daughter at eight months. By ten months she stopped using her diapers altogether because she prefered her potty chair. All I had to do was take her every half an hour (and I do mean every) she was awake. And I also had to make a big production every time she got it right.

Once she saw me use the rest room she figured out what she was supposed to do and she did it. I don't assume every child works like that, I just know she did.
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02:44 PM on 04/10/2012
And how did this make her a better child ..Or was it so you could brag.. That your child was potty trained by 10 months...Big deal...
02:48 PM on 04/10/2012
If she had to take her every half hour, the girl wasn't trained. Mom was.
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03:20 PM on 04/10/2012
Oh dear, another sad person on HP. Feel better?
02:46 PM on 04/10/2012
I see your point. The best way to train is to be a role model. Most kids want to be just like their parents, so if they see you using the toilet, they're going to want to also.
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03:25 PM on 04/10/2012
Thank you for getting my point! Fanned and faved!
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01:19 PM on 04/10/2012
Many 6 month old babies don't have the ability to sit up without falling backwards yet, so its not feasable to make them sit on a potty at that age, unless you tie them on.
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01:22 PM on 04/10/2012
I too worried about that.
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01:54 PM on 04/10/2012
That's how my grandmother trained all six of her kids. Tied them to the potty chair and they couldn't get up until they'd done their business.

Nowadays, she'd be in hot water with Children & Family Services.
02:16 PM on 04/10/2012
because that's child abuse and your grandmother is evil.
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02:43 PM on 04/10/2012
That is horrible.
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01:17 PM on 04/10/2012
The potty training that happens when a child is that age is parental training. The parent is in tune with their child's sounds and faces (all our kids make that poopoo face just before it happens) and some parents would rather have their child void in a potty than a diaper. We parents of boys know that we have to open the diaper and then close it because boys will fountain a moment after the cool air hits them. If we were so inclined, we could set him on a potty and beam as he performed on cue instead of going in the diaper.
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01:54 PM on 04/10/2012
I'm inclined to agree with you. It's the parents who are trained to pick up on cues from the baby be it facial signals or a goo-goo sound. My son was easiest to train to wee-wee. Little boys strain so hard the expell air in the process. When he did, I'd fall down and say 'Oh, you shot me'. Talk about an incentive to pee in the comode!
02:34 PM on 04/10/2012
That is exactly what my kids' pediatrician told my mother when she insisted that she had me potty trained by one year. He said that she saw signs that I had to go potty and put me there; therefore, she was trained, not me. A friend's child still was not trained by 3 years old. She took the child to a specialist who told her that all children train when they are ready, that a certain maturity in the body, not related to chronological age, is in charge.
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03:05 PM on 04/10/2012
So it has to do with very attentive parents vs those who are - well, not so attentive. I can definitely agree with that.
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01:10 PM on 04/10/2012
Yeah a 6 month old potty trained, and I'm the queen of sheba. Babies that young do not even know what the urge is. Therefore they don't know how to ask , that is if they can talk. The only one who is potty trained is the mom who puts the baby on the pot every half hour or so.. I wuold rather change a diaper than heft the kid and annoy him every half hour.
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01:01 PM on 04/10/2012
Seems like the only ones who are trained are the parents.
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01:00 PM on 04/10/2012
I was walking by 5 1/2 months and talking soon after (8 months). I also had very sensitive skin and would scream when I would wet or dirty my diaper (1966 - cloth diapers). I never sat in a wet or dirty diaper because I would scream my head off when urine or feces touched my skin (even at night). My mom potty trained me early so that I'd stop getting blisters on my bum. Guess what? I took to it quickly and it hasn't harmed me in the least. I know it's not for all children but a very few are ready for it.
My boys potty trained in a normal fashion and my daughter was adopted as a teenager so that was not an issue.
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sylvia arotin
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01:21 PM on 04/10/2012
IF you walked at 5 and a half you should be in the Guinnes book of wonders.
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01:26 PM on 04/10/2012
No, my mom says I really ran most places and fell a lot. She said a child of that age should not be walking (not cognitively aware enough to sense dangerous situations) and she kept trying to teach me to crawl (which I skipped).
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01:58 PM on 04/10/2012
No, I know a child who did. The thing is, he never crawled. His mom would set him upright on the floor and he'd take off. As long as he kept his balance he was fine. If he fell, he looked like a wind-up toy. Legs moving and didn't have a clue as to how to get up. Eventually he learned but it was long after learning to walk.
12:52 PM on 04/10/2012
A child should not be potty trained until he or she is old enough to: 1) Show interest in the process; 2) talk; and 3) walk. They do not have sphincter control at six months, otherwise they would not have continuous accidents at night. I speak from experience on many fronts. I have masters degrees in both early childhood and special education, and, my mother potty trained me at six months because she was expecting another baby, and she didn't want two babies in diapers. I was talking at six months but didn't walk until 15 months. I have had kidney problems ever since because I had to train myself to hold in urine when I didn't have the muscle control. A lifetime of a misshapen bladder, kidney infections and stones were the result of my potty training at six months. Potty training a child at six months is not a wonderful accomplishment; it is child abuse.
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12:52 PM on 04/10/2012
That baby is at least a year old. I have three of my own, and there is NO six-month old that looks like that!!!
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12:47 PM on 04/10/2012
All these negative comments on here regarding the fact that people dont believe that she is potty trained is ridiculous. I actually think its cool that she is trained at 6 months! Nothing wrong with getting the ball rolling early.. and what a adorable baby!
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01:00 PM on 04/10/2012
Exactly! Sounds like people are jealous. I was walking at 9 months and potty trained by the time I was a year old.
02:44 PM on 04/10/2012
my son also was walking by the time he was 9 months, and I always never spoke to him in baby language. He was just very smart for his age. Sorry there was no internet back then to brag about it,,,,,,,,,,LOL lots of kids are same as my son,
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12:44 PM on 04/10/2012
I totally agree - the parents are trained! Really don't think a child that young has the capabilities physically or mentally to know that they have to go potty.
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12:38 PM on 04/10/2012
Looks like little Izabella has her parents trained pretty well! This isn't a new idea, it can also be found in old child-rearing books from the 30's and 40's. The idea was based on being able to read a baby's cues as to when he/she was ready to"go", and getting him/her to the pot on time.

Saved on washing a diaper or two, back when all they had were cloth diapers.
12:27 PM on 04/10/2012
We did a modified version of this with our kids, and it spared me the chore of cleaning poopy butts for months on end. Whoever is getting trained, the parent or the child, it saved us a lot of diaper laundry was worth it to me to offer chances to potty first thing in the morning, after naps, before leaving the house, and before bedtime. I would say that it is a process of learning and communication that goes both ways. We offer or notice when they need to go, or they ask or initiate the pottying on their own, but either way, they are eliminating in a toilet instead of their pants (which, personally, I think is uber-disgusting).

But, I can tell you that individual results vary. We had one water-rat of a kid who cared not a whit if he was covered head to to in cold water, sand, or mud, so if he was deep in play, a tablespoon of pee in his pants wasn't enough to motivate him to go use a toilet. He wasn't "potty trained" until well after 3 and STILL has accidents if he's distracted. His younger brother, with whom we were more lackadaisical, started running to the potty and pulling his pants down on his own at about 15 months of age, but he's a) got the example of a big brother who does all the 'big kid' stuff, and b) he's a more independent-minded kid in many regards.
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sylvia arotin
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01:14 PM on 04/10/2012
Nowadays nobody has diaper laundry because of disposable diapers. That is unless they opt for cloth. However its no big deal to change diapers. Its what parents to with babies.
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01:31 PM on 04/10/2012
There are plenty of kids out there allergic or sensitive to disposable diapers. My sisters 4 kids all had to use cloth. My youngest two sisters were allergic to them as well. My mom didn't have a choice for the oldest three of us because they weren't available.
02:41 PM on 04/10/2012
I do cloth for how much money it saves me. About 20% of people use cloth. Go onto youtube and type in cloth diapers.. you'll be surprised
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12:03 PM on 04/10/2012
The parents are trained not the child. I think 1 1/2 yrs. is a good time to introduce potty training but you should not force the issue at this stage. Some kids are ready, some aren't. However waiting until 3 yrs. is ridiculous. That is just lazy parenting IMO.
12:36 PM on 04/10/2012
Do you work full time and have your child go to three different houses? I started 'introducing' at 18 months, but when there's no consistency, it's a little hard to force it. I'll drop my kids off at your house for a week, you can do it.
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12:43 PM on 04/10/2012
I can see that would be a problem if one of your caregivers doesn't want to deal with potty training and insists the kid just wear diapers when he/she is there. But just an idea, if you took a week off work, and concentrated on the potty training, your kids might get there too. That's what I did, and it worked just fine.....
12:47 PM on 04/10/2012
I started at 18 months with my son and he is almost 3 and is not fully trained. I do not force him but yet encourage him to use the potty. I work full time so its a little harder for me to run around following him 24 hours a day. He is about 90% trained.
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01:01 PM on 04/10/2012
I was walking at 9 months and potty trained by the time I was a year old. There is nothing wrong with that. Some kids are just advanced.
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01:46 PM on 04/10/2012
There is certainly nothing wrong with that. My kids all walked between 8 and 9 months. I chose the age based on my experience that it is an age when many children evidence a willingness to train. Some kids aren't ready but the trend seems to be that many parents are not stepping up. 30 years ago parents trained their kids before 2 yrs. old, a child who was not potty trained by 3 yrs. old was definitely behind the curve. This definitely a recent development in child development.