Potty training: 7 things you should know

Young Parents Team

1. Can babies be trained?

Advocates of the elimination communication technique believe even young infants can go diaper-less, as long as parents learn to identify their babies’ bowel and bladder cues, and then bring them to the potty.

Our experts, however, say this is hardly practical in the Singapore context.

Babies under 12 months have no control over their bladder or bowel movements, so it can be frustrating for parents to constantly watch out for signals, says paediatrician Dr Wong Chin Khoon of SBCC Baby and Child Clinic.

“It cannot be easily done part-time and must be taught to anyone caring for the baby. It’s almost impossible for a working mum, maid or grandparents, who have other responsibilities. It’s also impossible to be…

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