A few weeks ago, Kandi Burruss-Tucker shared a video on Instagram of her 4‑month-old son, Ace, using the potty. Kandi encouraged all parents to start potty training their kids early so that they can get used to using the toilet. Kandi’s video and advice were met with shock and disapproval.
Some time later Kandi posted another photo showing then 9‑month-old daughter Riley using the potty to show that it is something she had done before successfully.
Still, fans weren’t convinced. But the reality is that they are simply ignorant on the subject. Here are 5 reasons why Kandi isn’t strange for teaching her children to use the potty at an early age.
1. Early Potty Training is Common in Other Cultures
According to an article written by Gwen Dewar for ParentingScience.com, in many non-Western cultures, infant potty training is the norm. India, China, and some parts of Africa leave their infants bottoms uncovered so that they may relieve themselves. Conversely, Western culture relies heavily on diapers. Some cultures consider diapers to be unsanitary and a hindrance. When babies need to go, parents simply hold them over a toilet or let them go right there on the ground. How do parents know when their babies need to go? Since it’s common practice to carry your infant constantly in these cultures, they simply read their infant’s cues.
2. Potty Training from Birth is Becoming Popular in America
Elimination communication, also known as early potty training, is becoming increasingly popular in the United States. It doesn’t have a name in other cultures because they don’t know any other way. In America, the average child doesn’t learn to independently use the potty until he/she is 3 years old. In other cultures, infants are completely trained to independently use the toilet at as young as 6 months old. Diaper free babies may be considered a “hipster” trend in the United States, but there is an entire movement surrounding the topic with the current generation. Much like breast feeding, moms have meetings, Facebook groups, and clubs where they can encourage one another in their elimination communication efforts.
3. There are Many Benefits to Early Potty Training
According to MamaNatural.com, there are tons of benefits to potty training your infant.
4. Early Potty Training Saves Money
I don’t know if any of you have noticed the price of diapers these days, but they can really hurt your wallet when you need to buy them constantly. In an article written by Paula Pant for Aol.com, the average American spends around $30 to $85 per month on diapers. But if you potty train during the newborn/infant stage, you would save roughly $360 to $1,020 per year. Baby elimination communication is starting to sound very appealing.
5. It’s None of Our Business
Although Kandi put it out there by sharing a fun moment with her son Ace, it really is no one’s business when it comes to whether or not she should potty train Ace early. Kandi is the mother and we’re just looking in from the outside. Deciding when to potty train a child is a personal decision and Kandi shouldn’t be reprimanded for doing something that isn’t harmful, unusual or dangerous at all.
Ladies, what are your thoughts on infant potty training?