How to use the Baby Throne


The Baby Throne has 3 parts; the seat, the base and the lid.  It can be assembled in three different ways to suit the three different stages; Beginner (seat), Intermediate (potty) and the Advanced (on toilet with a step-up).  The step-up can also be used by adults to put their feet on whilst on the toilet (as a squat-step); sharing is caring!

The Baby Throne itself holds baby in that optimal squat position that triggers the instinct to push and empty the bowels.  Baby simply does what naturally happens.  Easy!

The Baby Throne Technique focuses initially on emptying the bowels (number 2s) and then later voiding the bladder (number 1s).  Focusing on number 1s is done when baby's bladder is bigger and contains the urine for longer, which is at about 14 months; or if they are already toddlers after you have mastered the number 2s.  The last diaper to go tends to be the night-time diaper and everyone is different with that one.

The Baby Throne Technique is the use of physiology, reward and routine.   

The manual and video that comes with the Baby Throne describes the Baby Throne Technique in detail. The secret is routine. No more than twice a day and for never more than 10 minutes. Perhaps use the Throne after a nap if you choose.

Once familiar, they are generally done in 90 seconds! Don't forget to celebrate. In our house the celebration was clapping or flushing, which was very exciting.


Baby Throne

Instructional Video
Extract from Hector Durbach’s manual:

The Beginner Baby Throne: Your first stage or when you are still very small and can hold your head up comfortably. I was 4 months old. Wearing my nappy, my bottom was close to the floor of the base, with no hole to worry about.

The Intermediate Baby Throne: The base is turned up the other way and the floor of the base is farther away from your bottom. With no diaper on you can feel the air on your bottom and can get used to it. I was 7 months old when I tried this and as I was quite happy after a few minutes, I moved onto the Advanced Baby Throne.

The Advanced Baby Throne: Used without the base. The seat is  simply placed on top of the toilet (it fits square toilets as well!). Toddlers can also use these gentle and progressive stages to get onto the Advanced stage quickly without getting a fright.

Three stage seat

Baby Throne Advantages

  • The specific squatting angle of the Baby Throne may help babies and toddlers with constipation, cramping and bloating.
  • Avoiding long term diaper wearing may help avoid issues such as infections, testicular cancer and infertility.
  • Saves money on diapers. Between 0 and 2 years, each baby could save over 2000 diapers!
  • Saves time by changing fewer or no diapers!
  • Reduces environmental damage with reduced or no diaper usage!
  • Starts early and continues to toddler age. Can be used from as early as 4 months old depending upon baby’s physical development and when they can hold their head up and sit alone comfortably.
  • Toddlers' hips tend to become too wide to comfortably fit in the Baby Throne at approximately 20Kgs (average 4 or 5 year old).
  • Minimises the fear some children have of the toilet and ‘letting go’ with early and gentle introduction.
  • Uses optimal and natural position to release and empty bowel. Instinctively triggering the instinct to push!
  • Hygienic: Prevents nappy (diaper) rash and reduces risk of urinary tract infections.
  • Focuses on comfort and safety. Made from comfortable, soft and easy-to-clean material allowing baby to enjoy the experience feeling safe and secure.
  • Starts training before the ‘terrible 2s’ and while baby still wants to ‘please’!


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

I am a top paediatric surgeon; I do not want to be doing evacuations on babies suffering from constipation. This is a temporary solution to a symptom. The Baby Throne not only helps constipation but also trains the parent to allow baby to have a moment for nature to take its course. The Baby Throne is much safer and healthier for babies than medication and surgical procedures.

R Brown Professor

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