Mum Margaret claims she started potty training her son much earlier than most – and claims he was walking to the potty himself at just over a year old
A TikTok mum claims she has defied the odds in raising her son and had him using a potty when he was just a day old.
Mum Margaret, based in Australia, said she wanted to disprove the idea that babies can’t be potty trained when he gave birth to her son.
To provide proof of her claim she managed to get him using the potty from birth, Margaret posted a photo of her newborn being held over a plastic potty on TikTok.
She captioned the photo: “He stopped pooping at night at four weeks.”
Margaret claims she managed this by using “elimination communication.”
The technique involves parents learning what their baby’s toilet cues are, recognising when they need to go and teaching them to use the potty whenever the time comes.
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Writing on TikTok, Margaret added her son could let her know that he needed to go from five weeks old, by grunting, Kidspot reports.
At 13 months, she added he was walking himself to the potty and was wearing underwear, which stayed dry all day.
By 20 months, Margaret claims her tot was staying dry all night – meaning he was basically potty trained.
She wrote: “Our goal wasn’t to potty train him by 20 months. Our goal was to offer our son the opportunity to use the potty for those 20 months.”
Explaining why she and her husband tried elimination communication to potty train their son, Margaret said money played a big part.
“Disposable nappies are insanely expensive – that’s a lot of money to put in every single month,” she said, adding that nappies are also bad for the environment.
She said it was a commitment she and her husband weren’t sure they could keep up with.
Now the pair haven’t had to fork out on nappies, they claim to have saved tons of money.
Margaret said she’s seen parents in other countries using similar methods to get their babies toilet trained – which have been successful.
“Not all countries use disposable nappies the way that Western countries do… what was normal was watching your child and letting them go pee or poop when they showed you that they needed to,” she said.
Margaret says all parents are free to make their own decisions about how they raise their children – but toilet training their tot early worked well for them.
She said: “As long as your child is loved and looked after, that’s all that matters at the end of the day.”