A Better Potty Training Seat

 

Problems with Existing Potty Training Seats

 a typical  potty training seat

a typical  potty training seat

 

Potty training seats are not designed for the right age and not for the right purpose

There are two fundamental problems with existing potty training seats.  First problem is that the majority of the existing potty training seats are designed for toddlers who can sit upright by themselves.  This is because the recommended age to potty train babies is 2 to 3 years old.  The second problem is that potty training seats are simply cute looking miniaturized adult toilets, a chair with a hole in it.   How often do you have the urge to poop when you’re sitting in a chair?  Not counting the times that you had diarrhea, I bet the answer is zero. The ideal elimination position is squatting.

 

The ideal pooping position - babies need to squat too

When you squat, you relax your puborectalis muscle and fully open the rectum allowing feces to flow out unobstructed.  You will feel an urge to go  Try it now if you don’t believe me.  Babies will get the same sensation when they are put into the squatting position.  Couple this with some simple cues, and you will have a baby eliminating where you want them to.

 

The new recommended age to potty train – as early as possible

Potty training is really a misnomer.  “Potty training” suggests that babies and toddlers do not instinctively know not to soil themselves. In reality, it was the parents who encourage their babies to poop and pee on themselves for the first 2.5 years of their life.  Poop and pee harbor lots of bacteria that could make us really sick or could out right kill us in old times.  Consider this, babies who eliminated all over themselves and their parents would’ve been weeded out of the gene pool fairly quickly.  Potty training at a young age is simply introducing to the baby the proper place to eliminate when you think they need to go or when they tell you that they need to go.  The earlier you do this, the easier it’ll be and the less confused your baby will be because your baby won’t have to unlearn pooping and peeing in their diapers.  Ignore what they tell you about the recommended age to potty train.  Most of this expert advice is funded by mega diaper corporations anyway.  Introduce the toilet to your baby as early as possible.  This practice is more commonly known as elimination communication (EC).

 

How EC is practiced

 photo courtesy of  visernia

photo courtesy of visernia

There are many in depth guides on how to practice EC.  In the end, it really depends how comfortable you and your family personally feel about the different options.  Some parents use plastic buckets. Some use the bath sink and the kitchen sink. Some use bath tubs. Some take their babies out to the grass or parking lot. Some balance their baby on a potty seat that is much too large for the baby.  Some practice during feeding while holding the baby.  The key really is to put them in the squatting position by holding up their legs.  The second factor is to use your mommy or daddy senses to learn the subtle cues and signals that they're not that comfortable despite already having plenty of sleep and plenty of eat.  The last thing to consider is really what position you feel most comfortable with and what you don't mind getting dirty and cleaning up. 

 

 

The solution to practicing elimination communication safer, easier and more enjoyably

 6 month old on EC Seat

6 month old on EC Seat

The EC Seat was engineered to make elimination communication easier for parents.  Don't worry about dropping your baby because you placed yourself in some awkward position and don't worry about disinfecting sinks, buckets or basins.  Place your baby in the EC Seat and your baby will be securely and comfortably positioned in the perfect position for a complete bowel movement over the toilet.  Enjoy the bonding experience with your baby and lift them out when they're done.  No clean up.  Just flush when done. Or if you want to save more water, flush when you are done.

 
 
 

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