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1, 2, 3, ahhhh. Yes, I am trying to make my baby poop. This is the most important habit that you should inculcate in your child as soon as possible.
As far as I can remember, my son was 8 months old when I started working on this habit. Every half-hour, I used to take him to the washroom, and on the way to the washroom I used to explain to him that this is where you come if you want to do su-su or potty; all you have to do is say ‘Mumma, washroom’ or ‘Papa, washroom’.
Eeshan was a C-section baby. My back used to ache every time I would sit to make him pee, but I didn’t give up. I remember, at night too before sleeping, I used to ask him to pee. And, as soon as he used to wake up, I would to rush him to the washroom like a habit. At first, he used to get irritated, but now it’s a habit. He is 21 months old now; whenever he wants to poop, he rushes to the washroom and says ‘Mummaa, potty’ or he grabs my hand and takes me towards the washroom. There are times when he is busy playing and suddenly he leaves everything and gives me that look; it’s for me to understand that we need to rush to the washroom.
He sits calmly, finishes his business and then smiles, giving me a sign, ‘Mumma, I am done’.
He takes about 10 – 15 minutes, and I patiently let him have his time.
And, in this journey of motherhood, I have realised that a happy poop gives a happy baby.
So ladies, don’t stress yourself, motherhood is a journey, you will learn as it comes.
It’s not rocket science; you are learning as a mother, and so are they as babies. Give them time, and you take yours.
Enjoy this learning phase with your baby!