Alexis Abdelaziz started toilet training her baby daughter Aya at just eight weeks. Here’s why

A mum who toilet trained her baby at just eight weeks has hailed the breakthrough “a miracle”.

Alexis Abdelaziz, 26, skipped the potty and started toilet training her tot, Aya, now four months, after seeing other parents on social media giving it a go.

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The new mum said she saw other parents use “elimination communication” – based on the idea that babies will naturally sign when they need to go to the loo – before trying it with her daughter.

Alexis has been consistent in her toilet training and says Aya can now signal when she needs to go – using sign language.

“I had seen parents try toilet training from a very young age even before I was pregnant and I always wanted to try it,” said Alexis, a physical therapy assistant, from Rancho Cucamonga in California.

Alexis, Adanaz and Aya Abdelaziz. Credit: Alexis Abdelaziz /SWNS

“When I got pregnant I had totally forgotten about it.

“Then a couple of months after I had her, I randomly remembered it and I started doing research, and everything aligned with the method – it just made sense.”

The elimination communication method is based on the idea that babies will naturally sign when they need to go to the loo.

Byron Bay parents say their baby was toilet trained at two weeks old

Byron Bay parents say their baby was toilet trained at two weeks old

Once parents have figured out their child’s cue – this could be showing a card or making a symbol – parents can position them over a potty or toilet, make a sound and then the child will use the toilet.

Alexis said she was nervous when first trying the technique – but she says Aya used the toilet on that initial attempt.

Alexis and Aya potty training at home in California. Credit: Alexis Abdelaziz /SWNS

“Ever since then we have not stopped once,” the mother of one said.

“Every day she gets more consistent with it and understands it better.”

Aya, who is now five months old, “did sign language” at four-and-a-half months, “without me asking her if she needed to go”, Alexis said.

“Typically, I will ask her if she needs to go to the toilet and show her a card of a toilet and then I will take her to the toilet.”

Alexis is also teaching her daughter sign language.

“There are a lot of benefits to children knowing how to communicate before they are verbally able,” she said.

“Mainly, they are (able) to demonstrate their needs and they are emotionally aware – meaning they are less likely to throw a tantrum or feel emotionally misunderstood.

“Obviously Aya isn’t able to talk yet but she is able to understand, and it can teach her how to use her voice.”

Consistency the key

Alexis said the techniques she is using to raise Aya are working out “really well” – but the key is consistency.

“If I am taking her to the toilet for a full day and not showing her the card or signing to her, I am sure it would throw it off her schedule and understanding,” she said.

“Just because she is so little, consistency is the most important thing.

“I carry the card wherever we go and show it to her.

Alexis and Adanaz with Aya. Credit: Alexis Abdelaziz /SWNS

“The main thing I try to explain to people is that it is not about diapers and my baby being potty trained before other babies – because a lot of people are asking about this, and asking why I would even do this.

“She is so much more content and happier because babies sitting around in poop is something they do not enjoy.

“They cry, they scream and it smells – and you can tell by how they are crying.

“But when Aya goes on the toilet, she is smiling and content.

“And after she is done on the toilet, she is so calm, there is no crying involved.”

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