​Mom Claims 3-Week-Old Baby Is Already Potty Trained

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Potty training is a triumph typically reserved for the toddler years... which is why moms may be intrigued by Katy Chatel, a single mom in New Hampshire who recently trumpeted in The Washington Post that she'd successfully potty trained her 3-week-old infant Jessey.


For your natural parenting neophytes, this practice is called "elimination communication" or EC, which Katy learned from a neighbor. At first, Katy just held her son over the toilet, but by 15 months, Jessey was sitting on the toilet himself -- saving her a bundle on diapers along the way. 

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EC is a topic that typically dredges up strong emotions in moms. Some get anxious, thinking "OMG, if this mom can potty train by three weeks why can't I?", while others blast it: "Babies peeing on the streets, gross! And totally impossible to achieve unless you watch your baby like a hawk every minute. Who has time for that?"

Well, I'm here to say: stop freaking out and fighting with each other! EC tends to divides moms, but why should it? It worked for Katy -- great. Doesn't work for you? No problem! There's no reason for moms to go to war or stress themselves out about it.

Potty training, like all things parenting, is a very personal, individual thing. Comparisons are bound to get you in trouble. So let's try to avoid getting sucked into a polarized argument about the "right" age or way to potty train and consider EC one more option among many and leave it at that, alright?

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