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BIOGRAPHY: Toilet training:  Dispose of nappies (diapers) early with the Baby Throne

The cost of disposable nappies (disposable diapers) these days is enough to make any parent cry like a baby. The answer, says Zoe Durbach of Knight’s Baby Training, is toilet training your child earlier, thereby saving on the cost of diapers.

She says her goal is to make mothers’ lives easier by saving them both time and money, while also keeping babies healthier and helping the environment as well. Zoe explains that it has been proven that it is possible to toilet train babies, which is why she has developed the Baby Throne, which helps with the toilet training of babies from four months+.

This, she says, saves parents thousands of rands on nappies (diapers) that they would otherwise have used until the child was older. Moreover, some 142 million nappies are used per day across SA, the US and the UK. She believes her training solution can help to halve that amount, meaning 70 million fewer nappies going into landfills every day.

Zoe says the product is supported by the DTI (Department of Trade and Industry), patented, endorsed by paediatricians and is unique, as there is nothing else on the market designed to toilet train babies, or that is even physiologically shaped to train toddlers. The Baby Throne is patented in SA, USA, New Zealand, Australia and Europe (13 countries in Europe!).

Ultimately, she aims to break the mindset that suggests parents have to wait until their children can walk and talk before they are taught to use the toilet. Zoe adds that she wants to get parents all over to understand it is possible to begin training children from when they begin eating solids – after all, she says, one can train a puppy to do so, and children are much cleverer than puppies!

The Interview...


Out of all the baby gifts we were given, this has to be the number one item for me! A real winner.

Donna Noble Parent

The Baby Throne is an incredibly durable product with a functional design. It is easy to clean, small enough to not take up too much space and Knox loves sitting in it as it is so comfy! It is very light and easy to move from room to room. This is not a magical solution for potty training, but it does make it a hell of a lot easier. There are also so many advantages to using the Baby Throne that the price tag is definitely worth it. This product will most likely last you through all of your kids, it is pretty indestructible.

Maz Fashion Designer, Blogger

I got my Baby Throne a few weeks ago in the mail. I am in Australia! It is absolutely AMAZINNNNG!! I love it so, so, so much and even though people thought I was crazy when I did buy (including my mum and my husband) it’s worked a treat! We’ve always dealt with constipation due to him being on reflux medication and now he is going once a day! He is 8 months old and doesn’t even want to go in his nappy anymore, only once he sits on his Throne!

P.S. You’re a genius for inventing this. It’s brilliant and I wish I thought of it myself!

Jasmine Parent

The squat position is not only recommended for people with bowel or lower intestinal problems or even just constipation – it is required!

Harvard University Medical Research

Humans are designed to squat to eliminate effectively. It avoids constipation, ends haemorrhoids, prevents colon disease and addresses pelvic floor issues. Modern day living and standard ‘modern toilets’ have attributed to the increase in colitis, colon cancer, haemorrhoids, constipation, appendicitis…all lower intestinal issues. Both infants and adults can suffer from constipation. Babies especially struggle with constipation when they are transitioning from milk to solids which is usually at about 6 months. It is also very common for bottle fed babies to suffer from constipation issues.

From Squatty Potty - Testimonial & Constipation

My baby was 4 months old and holding her head up by herself and I initially thought 'it's too young' but then thought, 'why not?'. She has to empty herself properly and all she is doing is sitting in a squat position with her nappy on (Beginner Throne). She loves it and as soon as I was confident (she was already) I took her nappy off and 'voila!'. We are very happy and have the perfect routine! We discovered Elimination Communication all by ourselves!

Sandy Parent

Funny how one knows that squatting triggers the instinct to bear down but we still need to be told! Only an adult (young healthy one..) can hold that back but only for a limited period. Babies will not hold that instinct back for sure. This also explains why squatting helps constipation.

Dr Tweedle Paediatrician

Love the consideration of catching the little boy’s wee! No one likes that fountain coming at you and the way it is designed the toilet seat stays clean and dry for the girls in my house too. Elimination Communication parents know all about this!

Richard Parent

This is the only product on the market that will hold my baby and my toddler nice and safely and comfortably in the right position to go to the toilet. I want one for me! My body knows about Elimination Communication!

Gary Parent

My paediatrician held my constipated baby in a squat position on his lap to help him pass his stools. The Baby Throne saves me that cost and helps the constipation like magic. The Baby Throne is doing what my paediatrician was doing. One visit to the paediatrician costs far more than a Baby Throne!

Seth Parent

I strongly believe the Baby Throne has given my boy much greater confidence compared to his peers. Understanding elimination communication helped me to understand how to help my boy and the Baby Throne is the tool that held him in the right position.

David R. Parent