Infant Potty Training 101

Join Vivian Rider, MD, pediatrician — and grandmother of an infant in potty training — as she discusses how to identify your baby’s body signals and nonverbal cues for elimination.


Where: Stellis Health-Albertville-St. Michael Clinic

When: Saturday, Sept. 23 at 10 a.m.

A Q&A and open discussion will follow the presentation. This is a free event but space is limited so please reserve your spot by calling 763.684.3600 today.

Infant potty training begins at a very early age, typically between birth and four months. Benefits include eliminating diaper rash and diaper-related infections, and reducing the use of disposable or cloth diapers. It’s also known as elimination communication because parents become sensitive to the nonverbal signs that their baby is on the verge of voiding.

Why potty train your infant?

It’s a natural process that promotes baby-parent bonding and brings you closer to your child. Observing your baby’s signals before voiding becomes part of your routine, just like signs that your baby is hungry or tired.

It’s the norm in much of the non-Western world where most infants are potty trained within six to 12 months.

How to potty train

  1. Observe what your baby does before voiding, e.g. squirm, make faces, breathing pattern changes.
  2. When you recognize your baby’s signal, hold them over a receptacle while they eliminate.
  3. Teach your baby to associate cues or specific sounds and gestures with elimination.