Baby’s Cues and Signals

Some babies are obvious, some are discreet. Regardless of your baby’s style, there are some general things to watch for that might help you get an idea of your particular baby’s routines and rhythms. If you can give your baby some diaper free time occasionally and pay attention to when s/he likes to eliminate – you are giving yourself information that you can put to good use later!

Some common clues to watch for are:

* Baby suddenly becoming vocal when having otherwise been quiet.

* Baby suddenly being quiet when previously having been noisy!

* Baby making the classic “diaper” face

* Baby becoming motionless and still

* Baby getting very wiggly (especially while being carried in a baby carrier or carseat)

* Baby crawling toward potty (this one obviously happens in later stages, with the ability to crawl and the knowledge of what the potty is for)

* Baby wanting to be held

* Baby getting fussy

* Baby wanting down (when being held or carried)

* Baby “popping” off the breast when nursing

* Baby being fidgety while eating/nursing

* Baby suddenly being crabby in the car (especially longer rides)

… the list is endless (but these are the common ones) because each baby is different, so now feel free to add your baby’s cues in the comments!! :)

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  7. Guillaume says:

    The Harrisons – Give him the Pull-Ups. First, you are right, they are the same as a diaper and they aren’t going to help him with potty trianing at ALL . BUT, it will help you because he can take himself to the potty 1000 times every day if he wants without any help from you and that will encourage him. Also, it will keep you from discouraging him to run to the potty for the umpteenth time today, which in the end is the goal anyway. I agree, a move would send him into regression anyway, so why bother doing the real potty trianing stuff yet. But the Pull-Up might buy you a little sanity and him a little independence/confidence, neither of which are overpriced when you consider the difference you’d pay between a pull up and a diaper. How’s that for ten cents worth (I can never keep it to just two cents! :)As a mom, I’ve learned that there are alot of gimmicky things that don’t work but are well worth the money if it helps me or my kids get through the day with a little less hassle.

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