Do not think you are alone in your potty training confusion or roadblocks. Here are some answers to your common toilet training questions. Although, you will find that many of these are not the standard answers found elsewhere.

My son is asking to use the toilet, but there are no other readiness signs.

The invention of the readiness signs, popularized by a Pampers spokesperson in the 1960s, has forced toddlers to take control of their own elimination habits. It’s now considered normal for a child to have to tell a parent it’s time to toilet train by completing a checklist of readiness signs. You do not have to take the child-led approach. You can take a parent-led approach and teach your child hygienic elimination habits at any age you want.

My friend says her 3-month-old baby is potty trained, is this possible?

Not only is having a 3-month-old toilet trained or almost toilet trained possible, its considered normal in many cultures. It's done using the concepts of elimination communication.

How harmful is early toilet training?

It is no more harmful than any other care you give your children such as brushing their teeth daily or giving them a bath. Keep it positive, a routine, and have age appropriate expectations and early toilet training will only benefit you and your child.

I've started toilet training too early, should I stop?

"Too early" for toilet training is a cultural perception. In the U.S., a child is considered "too early"  by many if said child cannot walk, unbutton buttons, unzip zippers, climb a stool, use specific words (such as potty), and take the initiative to toilet train. In other cultures, newborns are not too early.

If you feel you should stop and take a break, then do so. But don’t expect waiting to be the solution to problems you are experiencing. Effective solutions to potty training problems include becoming a teacher and leader, (rather than expecting your child to teach himself), understanding that potty training normally takes weeks to months, and not putting your child in diapers or disposable training pants while awake.

Why are we potty training later?

In all honesty, because Pampers told you to. With the introduction of disposable diapers, Pampers hired Dr. Brazleton who promoted child-led potty training and late potty training as better for the child. This concept quickly caught on with expert pediatricians and parents. It also conveniently increased the profits for diaper companies, and continues to do so, as children spend most of their life before age five in diapers. However at the time, Brazleton was not promoting waiting until age 3 to potty train. During Brazleton's time 12 to 18 months would have been late potty training.

Is it ok to potty train for only part of the day?

Absolutely if this will be easiest for you. Just know that that part-time potty training will take longer than the average of 4 to 5 five months for infants or 6 to 14 months for the over 2 crowd. However, you should also consider just making putting your child on the toilet a part of the daily potty training routine, which doesn't take any more time or effort than a diaper changing routine.

Is 27 months too young to potty train?

At almost 2 ½  years old, you are about 1 ½  years late  compared to 50 percent of the world's population. If you are living in the U.S. then you are considered 6 months early. Whether potty training at 27 months of age is too young or rather old is a cultural perception and your decision to make.

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