Helping Hands - Volume 1Thursday, May 25, 2006
As a new mom, I often find it very discouraging when I read articles on parenting that are limited to one viewpoint or advocate a particular parenting style as the "right" one. It is easy to become bombarded with the latest research that claims our mothers and fathers reared their children incorrectly. While there has been much progress in understanding how babies grow, learn, eat and sleep, it seems to me that the tried and true methods of our predecessors are often placed on the backburner, or even disregarded completely. I have decided to begin a regular post entitled "Helping Hands" with the aim of compiling tips of the mothering trade. Readers are invited to share their opinions on the selected topic and impart some wisdom on motherhood and parenting. Let us begin the first volume with a topic that currently holds much interest for me.
My daughter is now 10 months old and I finally have a good idea of when she usually goes to the bathroom. She has started to walk with minimal assistance and has taken a keen interest in anything she can touch, which includes the toilet.
I've read stories of babies who have been toilet trained at a very early age. One such story talked about a woman who spent three months in India visiting with her family and discovered that diapers were not used. In fact, the grandmother was shocked to learn of our "fancy Western" ways. She insisted that her grandson experience the freedom and "if he pees, we'll wash it off the floor. If he poops, the dog will eat it." They could easily identify his elimination routine, used sound effects while he was on the "potty"(a virtual whole in the ground) and were very patient. The mother did her best to continue the potty training upon returning home but experienced difficulty seeing as we live in a completely different culture. Though there were more accidents, she stuck to it and at 13 months of age, her son was able to indicate when he needed to use the washroom. He is now 18 months old and is completely trained to go on his own. Pretty amazing, isn't it?
So my question is, what are some ways you've tried to train your child to use the potty? What type of potty should you buy or should you just stick with a regular toilet? Do you have any helpful tips? Use your helping hands and type them in the comments section. If you have a suggestion for our next topic, please feel free to let me know. I will be conducting a poll shortly on how early parents (plan to) start potty training. Keep your eyes peeled! And thanks for your help and advice!