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    I realize all babies develop different skills at different ages. But today, the baby I nanny for (I affectionately call her "my baby.") pooped in the potty - twice. And she is seven months old.

    I know the parents had been using the potty chair when she appeared to be preparing to poop. Well today, she was "tooting" and squirming like she usually does before she poops. So for fun I decided I put her on - she still can't even sit without a little support. And sure enough she poops. After she went the second time, I'm convinced she knows what she's doing. I'm absolutely amazed. I thought the dad was a little bit nuts when he told me he bought her the potty chair... I've never even heard of trying to potty train a child until at least 18 months for the most mature.

    Do you know of other babies that potty train so early, or is my family just full of slow developers?

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    My daughter started pulling off her diaper at 9 months to use the potty chair. She watched her older sister and she just had to copy her. Worked for me!!!!

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    Mom had all of us potty trained by the time we could say "Potty" which was around a year old. It's my own opinion that it's not so much potty training the child as it is training the adult to keep and eye on things and actually get up to do something about it. But, whatever works. I also think that some of today's mothers are too busy to deal with potty training---especially with all the so-called experts saying to wait.
    My daughter was humming recognizable tunes before she could talk. If she was humming Old MacDonald and you asked if it was Twinkle Twinkle Little Star she'd frown but if you named it right she'd smile. Babies can learn a lot more than what we give them credit for. BTW, DD sings very well for an 11 yr old.

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    my daughter is almost 2, but she started pulling her diaper off and wanting to go on the "big girl" potty around 11 months (that's when she was walking) I didn't attempt to put her on a potty before that. She's still not 100% potty trained, but we're working on it.

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    I think your baby sounds like a potty prodigy!! That's really early!

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    I was potty trained at 9 months and my kids, I also was watching an older child and showed an interest so Mom started training me.
    I started training my kids as soon as they started walking... they were all fully potty trained by 14-16 months :D:D:D

    I am old school, and think we are waiting too long now to start them too.

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    when my oldest dd was 6 months old, she would make a funny noise when she needed to go potty... we would put her (holding her) on the toilet and she'd do her job... had her day potty trained by 18 months.
    When DGD was 12month old she would be dry in the mornings so we'd sit her on the potty chair and she'd pee and then we'd put her diaper on. She was completely day trained and mostly night trained before she was 2 till the daycare she was attending fired her teacher... she reverted back and it took us till she was almost 4 to get her completely trained... Yes, they know more than we give them credit for and things affect them more than we realize.

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    don't be surprised if they slip back. Everything in it's own time.

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    I teach at a pre school and we have so many children that want to come but can't because they are not potty trained. We are not equipped for diapers. Some of these children are 3 and 4. I think it is rediculous.

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    I think the baby has the parents very well trained.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hannajo
    I realize all babies develop different skills at different ages. But today, the baby I nanny for (I affectionately call her "my baby.") pooped in the potty - twice. And she is seven months old.

    I know the parents had been using the potty chair when she appeared to be preparing to poop. Well today, she was "tooting" and squirming like she usually does before she poops. So for fun I decided I put her on - she still can't even sit without a little support. And sure enough she poops. After she went the second time, I'm convinced she knows what she's doing. I'm absolutely amazed. I thought the dad was a little bit nuts when he told me he bought her the potty chair... I've never even heard of trying to potty train a child until at least 18 months for the most mature.

    Do you know of other babies that potty train so early, or is my family just full of slow developers?
    My son pooped at the same time every day, and I would put him on the potty and he would poop for me. He was about the same age as "your baby". Believe me, I have had 4 kids and 6 grandkids I helped potty train. It's the parents that are trained, not the baby.

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    My sister never wet another diaper from time she was 6 months old. My mom took time with her as she did with each of us. Some children are ready before others.

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    Check out this site on “elimination communication.” We had many parents using this technique with their babies 6 years ago in Austin. It’s known all over the world; the US is one of the few countries that teaches it infants to ignore the call of nature and go in their pants/diapers. Then we turn around about two years later and demand the babies stop “messing” and get “trained.”
    It’s a fascinating subject actually, LOL!

    http://www.tribalbaby.org/ECindex.html

    Jan in VA

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    Wow! That's pretty amazing. I thought my kids were good being trained by 12 months. I agree with the other "old schoolers" that the parents today wait too long. When I spent a weekend with my 2 1/2 yr old grandson he didn't pee or poop in his diapers once during the day. Daughter & SIL are too "busy" (translate that to lazy) to keep it up and at over 3 yrs he's still in diapers. They said he'll go when he's ready. Well, he was ready that weekend back in May!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jan in VA
    Check out this site on “elimination communication.” We had many parents using this technique with their babies 6 years ago in Austin. It’s known all over the world; the US is one of the few countries that teaches it infants to ignore the call of nature and go in their pants/diapers. Then we turn around about two years later and demand the babies stop “messing” and get “trained.”
    It’s a fascinating subject actually, LOL!

    http://www.tribalbaby.org/ECindex.html

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    Jan - interesting that you should mention U.S. vs. other countries. The baby's parents are both from Russia. I was wondering if this was a cultural thing. Today I was looking for a sign in the baby sign language book for "I need to use the potty." As it turns out, the book doesn't even give one. It just gives the sign for "I need a change." I guess this book was published in America.

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    I came across an old (1940's ) parenting book - they talked about this technique as if it were commonplace. Even recommended, be sure to support the baby's head while you have them sitting on the potty as people were doing it when the baby was very young.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    I am old school, and think we are waiting too long now to start them too.

    I agree. I was talking to someone else who says she doesn't even try to potty train until her kids are 3 years old (She has 3 kids.). All I could think about was the financial cost of all those diapers for all those years.

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    lol at language for " I have to poop" ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by ptquilts
    I came across an old (1940's ) parenting book - they talked about this technique as if it were commonplace. Even recommended, be sure to support the baby's head while you have them sitting on the potty as people were doing it when the baby was very young.
    I can't for the life of me figure out why this practice was ever abandoned. I've seen the struggles my cousins have faced training their 2 and 3-year-olds. But to a 7 or 9-month-old, everything new is fun, not scary or annoying as things tend to be for the older ones. With "my baby," she loves the potty chair because it's something new and interesting, and it's a unique sensory experience.

    p.s. Sorry if I'm posting too much on this thread. My whole outlook on potty training majorly changed today. I never thought I would be writing so much about pooping!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hannajo
    Quote Originally Posted by ptquilts
    I came across an old (1940's ) parenting book - they talked about this technique as if it were commonplace. Even recommended, be sure to support the baby's head while you have them sitting on the potty as people were doing it when the baby was very young.
    I can't for the life of me figure out why this practice was ever abandoned. I've seen the struggles my cousins have faced training their 2 and 3-year-olds. But to a 7 or 9-month-old, everything new is fun, not scary or annoying as things tend to be for the older ones. With "my baby," she loves the potty chair because it's something new and interesting, and it's a unique sensory experience.

    p.s. Sorry if I'm posting too much on this thread. My whole outlook on potty training majorly changed today. I never thought I would be writing so much about pooping!
    I get what you are saying. So glad I am not there anymore. Wait, will this work for senior citizens?

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    I 'spose the old methods were abandoned because it appeared to "pressure" the child and let's face it....it means parents/carers have to be vigilant and get off their behinds. Toilet training like teaching manners, setting limits and organising a routine, takes time, energy, patience and maturity. Many (not all) are just not prepared to put in the effort.

    Now this grumpy, middle-aged old bat is going to hop off her soapbox.

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    A friend of ours years ago was amazed to see our grandson talking, not wearing a diaper, etc and less than 2 years - his son was over 4 still wearing a diaper, still carrying a bottle, barely able to communicate (no he was not handicapped)....
    Kids are like computers - they only send out what they get - if they get ignored they sure don't learn very much...
    It really bugs me to see 'grown kids' walking around with pacifiers in their mouths - If they are old enough to walk, they are old enough to leave the binky behind!!

    another grumpy, old bat... LOL

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    why is it you can house-break a puppy in a week or two, but to train a kid takes months or years?

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    If you watch the movie Babies in africa they don't use diapers the baby and mom are in tune with each other. I agree it has to be a commitment to the Potty training I for one was not ready for my son to potty train so it did take him a while 3.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ptquilts
    why is it you can house-break a puppy in a week or two, but to train a kid takes months or years?
    lol, do you swat it with a newspaper? ;-)....joking.

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