Does Your Baby Still Use the Potty?

Originally posted in June, 2012

Question: I saw your post a few months ago about how your infant uses the potty. Are you still doing it?

Answer: We get this question quite a bit! And the answer is yes, our baby still uses the potty for poop. Baby Matthew (or Matty J, as we call him now) is five months old (actually, TODAY he turned 5 months!), and now he sits on his own potty chair. My arms are relieved! LOL We use the Baby Bjorn Potty. The high back makes it perfect for infants who are just learning how to sit up independently.

He’s on a counter in this picture, but typically, he sits on the floor, on his potty, next to the grown up potty. For the most part, he’s on a good schedule now, pooping when he wakes up in the morning at 6:30, like clockwork. That’s usually it for the day, but every once in a while, he makes the telltale grunt, and we know it’s time for a potty visit!

We don’t focus much on pee — as we said from the beginning, we’re part time ECers (check out the post to find out what EC means). For that we use cloth diapers. If anyone is looking for an EXCELLENT cloth diaper resource, check out Everyday Baby. The owner, is precious! And she ships all over the country. You can also like her page on Facebook.

October, 2013 Update

Many people wondered if we ever made the switch to cloth, and we did. But after he was about a year old and began having poop misses, we reverted back to disposable. Even after six kids, I’m still pretty poop-phobic. But we won’t be using diapers for much longer.

Matty Jay gearing up for full-time diaper free living! As of now, he tells us when he has to poop (although since he started walking at about 11 months, he often tells us just after he pooped). He pees on the potty when he gets up, before a bath and before bed.

At about a year old, he didn’t like his regular potty, so we got this great potty seat for the big toilet. It’s contoured so that even little ones can sit securely. But since he has trouble getting on and off by himself, we’re bring back the Baby Bjorn chair when training starts in a few weeks.

Stay tuned for more info on our journey to a diaper free baby!

Jenni Stahlmann

Jenni Stahlmann is the mom of seven kids (ages 1 to 20) including one on the autism spectrum. She and her husband Matthew homeschool the whole brood. Jenni has been a journalist for more than 20 years, having covered government, business and family issues for a wide range of magazines and newspapers. Currently, she and Jody co-host a weekly syndicated radio show, write a weekly newspaper column and freelance articles and speak at churches, political groups and homeschool conventions about parenting on purpose.

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Jenni Stahlmann is the mom of seven kids (ages 1 to 20) including one on the autism spectrum. She and her husband Matthew homeschool the whole brood. Jenni has been a journalist for more than 20 years, having covered government, business and family issues for a wide range of magazines and newspapers. Currently, she and Jody co-host a weekly syndicated radio show, write a weekly newspaper column and freelance articles and speak at churches, political groups and homeschool conventions about parenting on purpose.

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