Today I received a remarkable message. It is possible to get your child potty trained before the age of nine months. But how? Just with a simple trick: whistling! Swedish researchers from the Sahlgrenska Academy monitored 47 Vietnamese babies and their mothers for two years. In Vietnam people start potty training their babies a lot earlier; directly after birth. From nine months old, diapers aren’t needed anymore. How different that is from the West where our children are only potty trained at an age of three or four. Our children are used to super absorbing diapers in which they do not feel it when they wet themselves and therefore do not feel the need to go potty. Score for the disposable diapers producers! Actually I visited two ladies of Kaatje Katoen for an interview, earlier today. They have been doing the promotion for trendy and washable diaper systems for years in The Netherlands. Children are potty trained faster with these, which saves a lot of money and it is better for the environment too, as research proves. They told me that sometimes parents do not even know how to get their children potty trained. It used to be more natural and easier to get your child potty trained… The consequences are evident in education; instead of teaching, teachers are walking up and down the toilets continuously to change toddlers. Absolutely ridiculous, right? In England and Belgium these washable diapers by Tots Bots are very trendy! So where are The Netherlands in this trend?
Did you know that potty training nowadays starts at a much later age than about 40 years ago? Nowadays children go potty at an average age of 2.5 years, while in the past this was already the case on an age of 18 months. This has to do with more tolerant parents, among other things, but also with the longer use of disposable diapers, according to experts. These diapers are so absorbing that children don’t even notice anymore that they wet their pants. Good business for the manufacturers of disposable diapers! Perhaps this ‘intelligent potty’ can help with getting your child potty trained faster. It’s a potty that makes the sound of flowing water when you’re peeing, so your child is more motivated to pee everything out. And when your child is done, there is a positive reinforcement by means of a message from mom or dad! On a potty like this, it should be easy to get your child potty trained faster. By the way, I do not fit in the target group. No matter what I suggested, my children just skipped the entire potty phase. They didn’t want to go potty, but just on the toilet for ‘big people’ instead!