Is it too early to start potty training? I don’t think so!


Every time I mention potty training on Twitter or on my blog, many people get involved into the discussion, which is great. The main reason often is they are surprised that I start potty training my children at a very young age. My first born daughter Isabelle was without nappies during the day at the age of 1, and by the time she turned 15 months we also stopped using nappies at bedtime or nap time. All my English mummy friends were amazed as their children were still in nappies till 3 or 4 years… some of them had nappies at bedtime when they started reception last year.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t judge anyone, but on the other hand I know it is possible and not unusual for children in the Czech Republic where I am originally from. All my friends’ children were potty trained by the time they turned 1 or 15 months, and they were very surprised it wasn’t common here in the UK.

I think the main reason is the way I look at things, it might be cultural, but I also agree that starting at a very young age is much more difficult as it takes months, not just days or weeks like when you start potty training 2 or 3 year olds.

Olivia is 10 months old, and I have started putting her on her new potty for the past few days. At first she didn’t want to sit on it at all and was just climbing off it. Thanks to being patient, it didn’t take long and last two days she was sitting on it nicely for a few minutes at a time while playing with her toys. This morning I put her on her potty and she made a wee. I and Isabelle started clapping our hands in appreciation as we were so happy and proud of Olivia. She looked very pleased with what she made in her potty, and I just hope she will be making many more on it soon!

One of the main reasons for potty training my girls at this very young age is as I use disposable nappies and don’t want to be wasting too many of them. This is my part of helping to save the nature. I know you might say I should give them up all together and go for the cloth nappies, but I have tried and Isabelle had a very bad nappy rash, so I decided not to go for them at the end.

When choosing Olivia’s potty, I was making sure it was the type of potty that has a removable top part for easier emptying. Also don’t forget to have one upstairs and one downstairs. When Olivia is a bit older and without nappies, I will be getting her a potty chair, which is much more comfortable than a normal potty. After your little one learns to use the toilet you can then change it into a stool. Isn’t that clever?

There are many different types of potties, but I quite like the look of Baby Bjorn Potty Chair. Once your little starts using normal toilet, they will need some trainer seat and I will never forget the travel potty I still have after Isabelle. That was one of the best investments. The only downside was the prize of the travel potty liners. If you add up all the things you will need for potty training, you might finish up spending a few hundred pounds.

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  1. Wow, I am impressed Mirka! I have not heard of it happening so early before! We are having major potty issues and Lily is over 2 1/2 and totally not interested. We are trying everything but I guess she is not ready yet. With Sam he was potty trained by this time. I guess by starting so early, you avoid them being able to say no and have a tantrum! I look forward to seeing how she gets on. Keira x

  2. Hi
    As a grandmother (aged 60) with two young grand children, I have mentioned this early potty training method which can be started a soon as the child can sit on the potty and which most people did in the UK 50 years ago. But my kids think I’m potty (LOL)

    I have emailed the link to this blog to my daughter her baby is just 3 months old (I have just planted the seed re early potty training)

    I enjoy reading your emails thank you

    • Hi Christine, thank you for your lovely comment. I am so glad that you have commented. I think the problem is that is takes loads of time and effort to do it at very young age. As you said, it was usual even here 50 years ago, back then there were no disposable nappies, and am sure that was the same reason even for Czech parents to get rid off nappies ASAP. These days children don’t get very bad nappy rashes from the disposable nappies, and that means no presure to get them outr of nappies. I might be wrong, but that is the way I see it. I am 100% sure it isn’t a unique thing to do as it is done on a regular basis with babies in the Czech Republic.

  3. i think its a great idea :) my son who is now 15 was also potty trained by 1 1/2 years by doing the same thing i used to sit him on the potty as soon as he was old enough to sit up properly by himself.i used to stick on the cartoons and give him a biscut and just let him sit for as long as he wanted no peepees first couple of tries but with in a week or two it was a great success and i only ever had one wet bed.My mums friend used to hold her babies over newspapers after every feed from really young and she was able to potty train all hers by the age of 1 lucky woman as she had 8 kids :)

  4. I’m not surprised at all as cultural differences make such an impact on parenting styles. There’s a big ‘natural’ movement towards teaching kids to potty train under the age of one… some babies never even wear any type of nappy at all which I find extreme! But at the end of the day, if it works for you and baby and your lifestyle I say go for it!

    My eldest was a late bed wetter but he’s grown out of it and that’s what we remember as parents… at the end of the day they will grow out of nappies, bedwetting, fussy eating, breastfeeding etc… so we shouldn’t get our knickers in such a twist over these issues!

    Good luck with the potty training. Olivia is too yummy x

    • Ha ha ha, as I have said everybody needs to find what is the best for them and their children. On the other hand, I think it is good to get the idea about early potty training out more as we all could save tons of dirty nappies… ;)

  5. I think it is great you are potty training young and interesting about the cultural aspect. My Mum had me potty trained (in the night too) by 1 but I said my first word at 6 months and 30 by 9 months so she said it was easy to communicate with me. Oliver took his merry old time but we got there in the end. I’d love to not have him wear them at night though. My Auntie said maybe wake him in the night and put him on the toilet…hard when I’m waking up with a teething baby though! By the way the nappy waste thing was challenged by the scientist Linda Geddes as not being worse than biodegradable ones: “”.

    • Thanks Vicki, and good luck with the nights! A very interesting article, and interesting facts. Maybe I wasn’t making myself clear, I meant the cloth nappies when I was talking about not choosing them as Isabelle had a very bad rash, and have never used biodegradable ones, but interesting to know that they aren’t any kinder to our nature ;)

  6. You already know that I share your opinion. In East Germany children were also fully potty trained by the age of 1 or 1.5 years and I do know it is possible. I have tried with Amy when she turned one, but she just wouldn’t sit still because she got too excited when a wee or pooh were coming, but now that she’s 21 months she’s getting the hang of it and I hope that were are out of nappies in a couple of weeks. Good luck with Olivia. She seems to be a pro already sitting nicely on her potty x

  7. We are about to start potty training with my son who is 20 months so it is good to know if can be done even earlier as a few people have told me they think it is too early. Lovely to find your blog from Mummy’s Little Monkey’s ‘Blow Your Own Blog Horn’ linky x

  8. Great post, I know lots of people who have potty trained their children by 15 months, in some ways I wish I had tried to do it earlier with my little man but my daughter potty trained so quickly when she was 2 I think she gave me false hope. he doesn’t seem as keen.

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