It’s often one of the most fraught and time-consuming stages of toddlerhood, but what if a simple whistle was the answer to parents toilet training problems.
In Vietnam parents “rarely” use diapers and kids are toilet-trained by the time they are 9 months old.
A study addressing mothers' experiences with potty training in a Vietnamese population, published in the Journal of Pediatric Urology explains how.
Swedish researchers said Vietnamese mothers pay close attention to signs their baby needs to go to the toilet and would then whistle.
Over time the baby learns to associate going to the toilet with the whistling sound.
Professor Anna-Lena Hellström said: "The woman then makes a special whistling sound to remind her baby."
Researchers concluded, “With this process, all children used the potty by the age of 9 months."
“At the age of 24 months the potty training was completed, and most of the children managed the whole process independent of help.”
Not only do parents save money on nappies but the baby’s bladder improves its efficiency.
While this idea is great in theory, it requires parents being present all the time, which might not always be possible.