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How to you train a human infant to poop somewhere other than in their pants in a disgusting fashion?


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Yeah, that is what I told RW!


So what is the first step?


Tell her to let you know when she needs to go and then put her on the toilet.  Leave her there a reasonable length of time.  Give her something to read.  Repeat as necessary.



Okay, I was kidding about the reading thing, but the other stuff works.  Eventually.

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Is she ready?


Here is a checklist that I often share with parents.  Readiness is not indicated by age.

Physical signs

Is coordinated enough to walk, and even run, steadily.

Urinates a fair amount at one time.

Has regular, well-formed bowel movements at relatively predictable times.

Has "dry" periods of at least two hours or during naps, which shows that his bladder muscles are developed enough to hold urine.

Behavioral signs

Can sit down quietly in one position for two to five minutes.

Can pull his pants up and down.

Dislikes the feeling of wearing a wet or dirty diaper.

Shows interest in others' bathroom habits (wants to watch you go to the bathroom or wear underwear).

Gives a physical or verbal sign when he's having a bowel movement such as grunting, squatting, or telling you.

Demonstrates a desire for independence.

Takes pride in his accomplishments.

Isn't resistant to learning to use the toilet.

Is in a generally cooperative stage, not a negative or contrary one.


Cognitive signs

Understands the physical signals that mean he has to go and can tell you before it happens or even hold it until he has time to get to the potty.

Can follow simple instructions, such as "go get the toy."

Understands the value of putting things where they belong.

Has words for urine and stool.

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What RR and Chris said, plus, I believe there's some form of torture involved that includes giving said infant lots of ice tea or some other form of diuretic beverage to actually stimulate said peeing/pooping behavior for even more training opportunities.

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