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As a stay-at-home dad, I have a few hours each day when I can jump online and connect with the world. One of my favorite spots, including this site, is AtHomeDad.org. Here I am able to discuss issues relavent to parenting (e.g., dynamics of play dates, eating (or not)), or issues relevant to stay-at-home dads. Well, I happened to come across a posting last week entitled, "distress on the changing table." Essentially, dad was having a hard time with a rambunctious child. Many of us chimed in with advice; yet, one post struck me the most. There was one dad who decided to give potty training a try for a child that was roughly less than 1 year (I think...).
Anyway, I was quite skeptical since most children are potty trained between the ages of 18 mos and 3 years of age. Besides, at our 12-month ped visit, our ped suggested that we try when our son reaches 18 months. Yet, I couldn't get this notion out of my head. Is it possible to train a child so young to use the toilet? Hmmm. I was intrigued.
After coming back from breakfast yesterday, our son appeared to be having a BM as we were getting him out of the car. I checked his diaper, but it was clean. Just for the heck of it, I took the diaper off and placed my boy on the toilet. After about 15 to 20 seconds, he pooped! I couldn't believe it...
I haven't had an opportunity to place him on the toilet again. After yesterday's "event," we were either too busy or he was too tired. Today, I plan to place him on the toilet for a few minutes every couple of hours to see if he gets the idea.
I will keep you posted on our progress.