A woman who potty trained her daughter when she was only eight weeks old has revealed trolls call her ‘abusive’ for it – but has insisted its a better way of life, for both her and her daughter.
Alexis Abdelaziz, 26, from California, began toilet training her tot Aya, now five months old, when she was just two months old and has praised the parenting technique.
After seeing other parents potty training their babies on social media, Alexis decided to give it a go.
Alexis Abdelaziz, 26, from California, ditched the diapers and potty trained her daughter Aya when she was only eight weeks old
The mom-of-one used the elimination communication method, which is based on the idea that children will sign when they need to use the restroom
Aya, who is now five months old, has been consistently waving her hand to her mom to indicate she needs to use the restroom
Most children begin toilet training between ages 18 and 24 months, however, many can start as late as three years old in some cases.
According to Mayo Clinic, if parents begin teaching their children to use a toilet too early, it could result in it taking longer to train.
Despite the recommended age to toss the diapers, Alexis has sworn by her parenting technique.
She used something called the elimination communication technique, which is based on the idea that children will use sign language to tell parents when they need to use the restroom.
The mom-of-one has consistently and successfully been training her tot, who now uses baby sign language to signal when she needs to go to the toilet.
Alexis, who is a physical therapy assistant, said in an essay for Newsweek: ‘I had seen parents try toilet training from a very young age even before I was pregnant and I always wanted to try it.
‘When I got pregnant I had totally forgotten about it and 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.’
Alexis decided to test the technique by placing Aya over a bucket.
Although she first thought the process would be overwhelming, she soon found it was much more simple than she initially thought
Most children begin toilet training between ages 18 and 24 months. According to Mayo Clinic, if parents began training their children too early it could longer to train
Alexis said she was nervous when first trying out the technique, but her nerves soon slipped away when Aya used the toilet the first time Alexis tried it with her
And when her tot peed over the bucket, Alexis was shocked and knew she had to dive into the training method.
Although she first thought the process would be overwhelming, she soon found it was much more simple than she initially thought.
The elimination communication involves finding a child’s cue, which could be a showing a card, making a symbol or making a noise.
Parents can then position their babies over the toilet and the baby will use the toilet.
Alexis said she was nervous when first trying out the technique.
But her nerves soon slipped away when Aya used the toilet the first time Alexis tried it with her.
And since then, the mom-of-one has been consistently training her tot.
Alexis even said she ‘hasn’t stopped once.’
‘Every day she gets more consistent with it and understands it better,’ she said.
Alexis takes her daughter to the toilet four times a day; when she wakes up, after she feeds her, before they leave the house and before she goes to bed.
To pick up on Aya’s cues, Alexis taught her to signal physically by waving her hand to indicate when she needs to use the restroom.
Alexis even said Aya has used the signal on her own before, but usually signals to her mom once Alexis waves her hand.
the mom-of-one has been consistently training her tot and ‘hasn’t stopped once,’ she added, ‘Every day she gets more consistent with it and understands it better’
Although Alexis (pictured with her husband Adnan) has hailed the elimination communication a miracle, trolls have slammed the mom-of-one for the technique calling it ‘abusive’
The mom-of-one frequently posts ‘potty training vlogs’ to her over 24,000 followers on TikTok and wants to prove that Aya is happier when isn’t ‘sitting around in poop’
‘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,’ she said.
Although Alexis has hailed the elimination communication a miracle, trolls have slammed the mom-of-one for the technique, with some calling it ‘abusive’ and saying that she is pushing for her daughter to grow up quickly and calling the method ‘unsanitary.’
Despite the hate comments, Alexis is still using the technique to raise Aya and said the key to training her tot has been 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 added.
‘Just because she is so little, consistency is the most important thing.’
The mom-of-one frequently posts ‘potty training vlogs’ to her over 24,000 followers on TikTok, and wants people to understand that she isn’t using the communication method to save money on diapers or make sure her baby is trained before others, but to prove that Aya is happier when she isn’t ‘sitting around in poop.’