Potty training is a process that creates a lot of anxiety and stress for both parent and child. It usually starts at around 3 or 4 years old, I think, and takes many months for success. Many accidents happen and there are feelings of failure, again for the parent and child. Mostly for the child.
We have been potty training Kendi since she could sit unassisted, at about 4 months old. Yes, we know we are very early. But, apparently, you can never be too early for potty training. Every morning when she wakes up, the first thing we do is put her on her potty.
In the beginning, we would put on the tap and make swooshing sounds to encourage her to use the potty. After she’d use it, we would celebrate and laugh and clap and make a very big deal. We were successful on 5 days out of the week. Today, that number has gone up to almost every day. She might not do anything on 2 or 3 days out of the month. We also don’t have to put on the tap any more, she knows exactly what’s going on. And, we still celebrate like it’s her birthday.
Now, we will start putting her on it, twice or three times a day. We intend to develop a sound or a symbol (children with deaf parents start communicating, using sign language, much earlier than children with hearing parents) for her need to go. We think that by the time she is 1 year old, we will be out of diapers completely. Our hope is that since we’ve been doing it so long, we will have created a painless routine.
I shall keep you posted on how it goes. For now, fingers crossed.