When to start Potty or Toilet Training?

Understanding what is best for baby...

When to start Elimination Communication, potty or toilet training is a personal question.  Each community is different.  The choice is yours to decide.

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.

Remember when you decide to start using the Baby Throne is a personal choice.  However, the earlier you start the healthier it is for baby, the better it is for the environment, and the easier it is for you and baby.  Plus it is paediatrician endorsed!

Baby Throne Family

The Baby Throne

Comfortably holds your baby in the optimal squat position triggering the instinct to push & empty the bowels completely. It is the puborectalis muscle that constricts the rectum in a standing or sitting position.  It is this muscle that fully relaxes in the squat position and assists with complete elimination.

The Baby Throne should only be used when baby is strong enough to sit up and hold their heads up unaided, which is generally at around four months old.  You begin with the Beginner (seat) Baby Throne with the diaper on to get familiar with the structure.

You really want to start moving through the Intermediate (potty) stage and on to the Advanced (on toilet) stage by the time baby is starting solids, which is at about 6 months.  At about this time baby may also start having constipation issues.  It stands to reason as solids are harder to move than liquids.  Constipation is a very common, painful and serious problem for babies (even for adults).  Most cases of encopresis are the result of chronic constipation.  The longer the stool remains in the colon, the more difficult it is to push out.

The Baby Throne helps constipation and this is why paediatricians and paediatric surgeons especially like the Baby Throne!


The Baby Throne

The 3 stages are a gradual progression onto the toilet.  The main concept behind the Baby Throne Technique is the use of physiology, reward & routine.

One size fits all!  Suitable for ages up to about 4 years old (approx. 20kgs/44lbs) when the seat starts to become too tight.

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!

Starting early is best for baby and you

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.

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)?


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 'viola'! 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