When to start Elimination Communication, Potty Training or Toilet Training?

When to start Elimination Communication, potty training or toilet training is a personal question.  Each community is different when it comes to Elimination Communication, potty training, or toilet training. For example, in South Africa, the black communities tend to start potty training or toilet training at the age of three, whereas in the white communities training tends to begin at the age of two.

In the UK, teachers have recently reported that children are starting school still wearing diapers at age 5! Worldwide, the diaper companies have seen their market grow from the under 3’s to the under 5’s age groups, just to cater to this prolonged use of diapers. At the end of the day, when you decide to start training your baby is a personal choice. However, it stands to reason that the earlier you start, the better it is for baby, the better it is for the environment, and the easier it is for the parent.

It is easier and kinder to train a baby than to wait until they are toddlers, at which point they are well trained to go in their diapers and you have waited until their independent years where you have to “un-train” them from using diapers in order to train them to use the toilet.  There is no magic solution to potty training, but we would like to share our simple Baby Throne logic.

The Baby Throne is a tool. It comfortably holds your baby in the right position to trigger the instinct to push, and the three steps are a gradual progression onto the toilet. The main concept behind Baby Throne Technique is the use of physiology, gravity, familiarity, and routine (Our QR code takes you to the instructional video).

The Baby Throne should only be used when baby is strong enough to sit up unaided, which is generally at around four months for most babies. Babies begin with the Beginner Baby Throne – remember the diaper is on so you are  helping them to learn to empty their bowels in the right position. Then as baby grows bigger, stronger, and more robust (generally at about six months), you can start moving through the Intermediate stage of the Baby Throne.

You really want to start moving through the Intermediate stage and on to the Advanced stage by the time baby is starting solids, which is at about six months.  At about this time, you may also start having constipation issues, which the Baby Throne helps with and that is why pediatricians and pediatric surgeons especially like it.  It stands to reason – solids are harder to move than milk.


Finally, you can move onto the Advanced stage of the Baby Throne

Which is on the toilet. The Advanced stage is usually for babies of six months (when they are eating solids). It is an ideal time for baby to learn the different stages and they are keen to learn!

Training a toddler is definitely more challenging than training a six month old baby. Babies are always learning; they learn very quickly that if they are hungry and they cry they will get fed. It is the same principle if they have a dirty diaper and cry, it will get changed. Babies are keen to please.

Elimination Communication babies can easily start with the Advanced stage as they are used to air on their bottoms, but be kind and let them start with the Beginner and Intermediate stage for a few minutes to get used to it.  Start using the Baby Throne when they can hold their heads up unaided, which is at about 4 months (some may be younger).


Toddlers are trickier!

I cannot imagine anything more challenging than trying to train my two year old to do something differently. He has a mind of his own, he is exploring his independence and, quite frankly is more likely to say “no” and run off.  I have also been informed that the more intelligent the toddler, the more difficult it is to teach them something new if they think they already know how to do something and want to do it their way.

Start younger, use fewer diapers by being efficient with them, and drop the diaper when it is always kept dry. Remember, we have proven that by using the Baby Throne, you can save over 2,200 diapers before your baby reaches two years of age. Good for baby, good for you and good for the environment! Why wait until baby is two? Help decrease the billions of diapers used worldwide each year and make your life easier at the same time!

An average baby uses 5 diapers a day. In South Africa, 26 million diapers are used each day. In the UK, 20 million diapers are used each day and in the USA, 100 million diapers are used each day. That is a total of 146 million diapers each day in just these 3 countries. That is a lot of diapers! Huggies started the Pull-Up diaper in the USA in 1991, but only in limited areas. By the time the competition caught up, Huggies were selling $400 million worth of Pull-Ups a year.

Just in the UK alone the diaper market is worth £400 million – can you imagine what this equates to worldwide? We have proven that you can save over 2,200 diapers for one child before the age of 2. Assuming all children have stopped wearing diapers by the age of 2, we can reduce the worldwide diaper wastage by at least half by using the Baby Throne and the Baby Throne Technique.

Imagine reducing diaper wastage in just South Africa, the UK and the USA by 73 million diapers each day with such a small effort! The increase in diaper use has sparked worldwide concern about diaper mountains (nappy mountains) and parents are finding that they are under greater pressure to potty train (or toilet train) their children but do not receive sufficient help or guidance in doing so. Before the invention of the disposable diaper, 95% of all American babies were potty (or toilet) trained by 18 months; that is totally diaper free.

Today most people do not train until the toddlers are 3 years old and 25% are still not dry at 4. Babies are being trained to fill their diapers, and then parents have to train them to use the toilet. Wouldn’t it be easier to start training when baby can sit on the Baby Throne (approx 4 months)?


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