Ancient methods of toilet training/potty training

Ancient methods of potty training
Let me say up front I am not endorsing any particular approach but find it fascinating that the way we westerners toilet train our toddlers is not accepted all over the world. As a matter of fact, 50 percent of the world's children are toilet trained by the time they turn 1, according to Contemporary Pediatrics magazine!

In many cultures toilet training is started very early, when babies are just a few months old and can hold their heads up.

In China and India, children don’t typically wear nappies. Parents use a method of elimination communication. It is based on timing, intuition and body language. The parents take the child to the bathroom, and make a sound that the child then associates with going to the toilet. 

In western countries, it is mainly accepted that children are ready to participate in toilet training at around 18 months of age and will be trained by 2 or 3 years old. Many think that trying to toilet train before this age could be psychologically damaging.

Further reading: 
Toilet training2 differing styles of toilet training, research and handy hints when toilet training
Potty-Training Infants: An “Ancient Chinese Secret”by Fay Chou
Potty Training  by 2 adoptive mums of chinese toddlers, Kathleen Chin and Laurie Boucke, Adoptive Moms.


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Always remember that potty training, the parent must
give undivided attention to the task

Good said...

I agree - attention is what is needed, no matter what way you choose

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