Whistle to help babies toilet train by nine months: study

Kimberly Gillan
Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Whistling when your baby shows signs they need to relieve themselves could be the key to younger toilet training, according to a study into Vietnamese parenting.

Researchers from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden studied 47 mothers until their babies were two.

The mothers whistled whenever their babies appeared to need to go and by the time they were nine months, they were able to hold on until they were reminded to go to the potty.

By the time the children were two years old, they were completely toilet trained and did not need reminders from their parents.

In Vietnam, young toilet training is a source of parental pride and it also helps cut the cost of nappies. The authors suggested it may even help with urinary health.

Research is limited in Australia, but US and European research suggests most parents don't start toilet training until their children are between 21 and 36 months.

According to the Raising Children Network, most Australian children are ready for potty training when they are two years old, but some show signs from 18 months.

The study was published in the Journal of Pediatric Urology.

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