1- 2 years old is too late for introducing the potty… try 6 months old!

Years ago I met a woman, who I believe was from Sweden. We had an interesting conversation about children and the differences between how kids were raised in our respective countries. She said in her beautiful accent, “take potty training for instance. We begin potty training in our country as soon as the baby can sit up and is on solid food!” I was so confused, but I knew when I had kids, I had to try it! And it worked!

The key is to have your child understand where to go when they have to go. I started both of my kids at 6 months old with a small travel potty I took with me everywhere. By paying attention to their bowel movements, I was able to pinpoint when my babies had to go. When they did use the potty, I celebrated those wins with praise so they understood they did a good thing. I understand that some moms do not have the time to start their kids off this young, but trust me, you’ll save a lot of money on weekly diaper runs to the store. For older children, I recommend putting them in underwear so they recognize that they wet themselves. When you make this early introduction, it’s not meant for perfection, but just as an introduction. Some children catch on faster than others, but the key is they are familiar with the potty and it’s purpose. After all, what infant, child or adult wants to sit in mess? This is all about embracing the natural desire to be clean.

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Monique Samuels

Monique Samuels

When I was a little girl, my aunt introduced me to her holistic approach for healthy living. Whenever I was sick, she always had a natural remedy. When I became a mom, I remembered my aunt’s recipes, and sought out to find additional solutions. I soon discovered essential oils and began creating my own natural remedies for everything from the common cold, nasal congestion and earaches, to helping my children get a good night’s sleep. I started sharing these discoveries with friends, and before long I was receiving calls, emails and texts every day from friends who were searching for help, which led me to creating this site.

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