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Baby plays with potty and doesn’t sit on it

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What do you do when Baby plays with her potty but doesn’t sit on it? Do you take the potty away? Do you let Baby play with it while anxiously hovering to ensure she plays “correctly”? Do you just give up on the whole idea of Baby pottying independently? Hear four solutions to the potty play dilemma plus tips for using potty play to teach independence and make pottying more convenient for parents, too!

You will hear:

  • common misconceptions about baby playing with the potty
  • four solutions to the potty play dilemma
  • how to teach potty skills to build independence
  • tips for making potty time more convenient for parents
  • what banging on the potty could signal
  • two final tips in case all else “fails”
  • where to put your mini potty when you're not using it in the house

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Andrea Olson

About Andrea Olson

I'm Andrea and I spend most of my time with my 5 children (all under 10 yo) and the rest of my time teaching other new parents how to do Elimination Communication with their 0-18 month babies. I love what I do and try to make a difference in one baby or parent's life every single day. (And I love, love, love, mango gelato.)

4 Comments

  1. Avatar Joliane Tembwe Lofunge on February 23, 2022 at 11:24 am

    Hi Andrea! This was great, very helpful. I sorta ended up doing what you said in your podcast out of intuition when my baby (11 months) started refusing to pee in the mini potty and wanting privacy (so didn’t want to be held over the toilet to pee). I added a toilet reducer, and it solved things for a bit, but now when he’s sitting, he tries to reach in the toilet to touch the water while sitting and peeing. Also likes to touch his pee as it’s coming out. I don’t mind too much when he touches his pee as it’s sterile and I just wash his hands after, but reaching into the toilet bowl is something I want to stop him from doing! Yesterday he even tipped the seat reducer while my husband was pottying him and his leg went into the toilet! We have an elongated toilet which leaves a hole in front on the reducer which is perfect for small hands to reach into. Any tips? Right now I stand in front of him and hold his hands if I see him do it… Thanks!!

    • Andrea Olson Andrea Olson on May 3, 2022 at 5:26 pm

      You got this momma! I would recommend using a book for him to hold and look at while pottying to help keep hands out of the bowl.

  2. Avatar JThompson on February 24, 2022 at 9:07 pm

    This is so helpful, thank you. I have a slight variation to ask about – our 15mo associates the top hat for potty and plays with the mini potty. She will sit on the mini potty, but doesn’t use it yet. We have used the top hat upon waking for so long, it’s the natural receptacle and she likes the closeness of being on our lap – I think especially because she can nurse and potty when she wakes like she has her whole life… How would you shift over to using the mini potty? She’s not a fan of the switch when I try it.

    • Andrea Olson Andrea Olson on May 3, 2022 at 5:28 pm

      At this age I would separate nursing and potty time. Potty first then nurse, also I would stay consistent with offering the mini potty. She’ll be able to sit herself on it soon and that accomplishment alone could be enough to encourage the switch!

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