At least once a week, I find myself saying something along the lines of, "I really miss when my son was a baby." And I do, I truly do. I miss his chubby little cheeks. I miss rocking him to sleep at night. And I miss spending my days cuddling him and playing with him.
But there's one thing I definitely don't miss -- diapers. I don't care who you are, changing diapers is really a huge pain in the butt sometimes. And I'm guessing that's why so many moms from other cultures potty train their babies before they turn a year old -- because it's cheaper and a lot less messy than diapers.
Yes, it's true -- it is possible to have your baby potty trained before their first birthday, if you follow the traditional method used by Vietnamese mothers.
Believe it or not, Vietnamese moms start potty training their infants at birth (?!?) -- and by the age of 9 months, their babies are out of diapers. So, how do they accomplish this crazy feat? Well, it's pretty simple actually -- they whistle.
Basically, when the baby shows signs of needing to pee, the mom starts to whistle, and eventually the babies learn to associate the whistling with needing to go. (Like Pavlov's dog.)
Huh. Sure sounds easy enough.
But for the life of me, I just can't understand why moms anywhere would want to go this route, because forcing your baby to potty train at such a young age really seems like pressuring them to grow up. They're little for such a short time, so we should spend our days savoring the moments while they're babies instead of trying to turn them into little adults. And in addition to not wanting them to grow up too fast, we already have enough challenges as parents without introducing something as major as early potty training into the mix.
Of course, maybe I'd feel differently about potty training a baby if I were transported back to the baby stage. My son is almost 7 years old, so our diaper days are long gone. It's quite possible if I were still dealing with explosive diaper blowouts on a regular basis, I'd be all for sticking him on the toilet and giving it a go.
Have you considered potty training your baby?
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