Don’t Follow Blossom’s Lead: What Mayim Bialik Doesn’t Realize

Blossom, aka Mayim Bialik, advocates infant potty training. Don't try this at home!

By Dr. Hodges

I’ll admit it: I liked “Blossom.” I liked Six and I liked Joey, especially his “Whoa.” I liked the guest appearances by Mr. T and Alf. But Blossom, or Mayim Bialik, has a new book out called Beyond the Sling, and I have a one problem with it.

I am not against any mother who wants to dote on her child as much as possible and has the resources to do so, but I do have a big problem with the idea of skipping diapers and potty training infants.

For Mayim this has appeared to work out, but — unlike most parents — she monitors her children’s needs virtually every minute of every day, she home schools them, and she feeds them a vegan diet.

What I fear is that others will try to follow her lead — but will also feed their kids the typical Western diet and send them to school, where nobody is intently watching for signs that they need to pee or poop and where, later on, they may be too intimidated or grossed out to use the bathroom and where their bathroom privileges may be restricted.

As we detail in It’s No Accident, that is a recipe for disaster. I see the results every day in my practice.

Children need years of uninhibited voiding to allow for maximum bladder growth, and if they train before age 3, they are more likely than older kids to develop the habit of holding pee, poop or both.

In the book we, we explain the many ways that early toilet training can harm a child’s bladder, but I’ll leave you with just one. Do you know how many urinary tract infections I’ve seen in healthy girls who have not yet been toilet trained?

None. That’s right, not one.

Know how many I’ve seen in girls right who have recently trained?

About a million.

Why is that? Because children in diapers are uninhibited. They pee and poop whenever and wherever they want. Kids out of diapers are the opposite: They hold their pee and poop as long as they can. Chronically holding pee and poop is the single greatest risk factor on urinary tract infection and can lead to a whole other slew of potty problems that I haven’t evened mentioned here.

Unless you have your child on a vegan diet and watch her literally 24/7 for signs she needs to pee or poop, forget about what Mayim Bialik did. Don’t take your baby out of diapers.

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12 Responses to Don’t Follow Blossom’s Lead: What Mayim Bialik Doesn’t Realize

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  5. Susan says:

    I just want to say that what Mayim advocates is NOT “infant potty training” (although it is sometimes referred to as such, even in some books). Elimination communication (EC) is NOT training and when babies are loved and supported in this way will not suffer any negative consequences. They will not “hold” their pee or poop and will still go freely when they need to. Also it does not have to be “all or nothing”. I used diapers (cloth and disposable) and part-time EC with my son in a way that worked for both of us. He is using the potty over 99% of the time and we started going out without diapers when he was exactly 2 1/2. (My daughter was in cloth diapers most of the and potty trained before 2 1/2 – also with no problems because I didn’t really “train” her – she was just ready) It does work, it is a perfectly healthy wonderful option, and you are correct – it is NOT for everyone. It is a commitment that requires a different mindset about our children’s elimination needs.

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  11. Zoe says:

    I get the feeling some parents want to use early toilet training as badge of honor distinguishing them as superior parents and their children as developmentally advanced. When I point put that American children toilet train at 3 years old, on average, they then arrogantly tell me how other, unspecified cultures in what must be much more advanced civilizations don’t use diapers, ever. Funny how no one can tell me which culture these are and why they don’t use diapers (perhaps they can’t afford them and/or use shrubs as toilets?) I bet, given the chance, theses mothers in these unidentified cultures would gladly accept the opportunity to try diapers.

    As for the actress with all the answers, I don’t take medical or child-rearing advice from people with no formal education in child development and little or no practical experience. One or two kiddos doesn’t qualify one as an expert. Neither does a Screen Actors Guild card.

    My daughter is nearly four. She uses the toilet like a champ during the day and spends most nights in a diaper, but we’ve recently started nighttime training and she’s doing very well. My son is 2 1/2 and has little interest in using the toilet. I’m sure he will try the toilet when he’s ready, in his time. So far, his ‘elimination communication’ has been “NO”. Fine with me.

    Lastly, I’m a social worker having worked with people ranging in age from 16 months to 104 years old. I can tell you with some certainty that many of us will end up in diapers again before we die. I pray that no one advised me to use ‘elimination communication’ techniques on an 80 year old with dementia, but I’m sure someone will. Jackasses.

    • Jessica says:

      I’m not a hard core attachment parent but I did want to point out that Mayim Bialik isn’t just a “Hollywood star”. Her “credentials” are usually listed with her role as Blossom listed first but she actually has a PhD in neuroscience from UCLA specifically studying behavior in children. You may not agree with her ideas and theories but the truth is she more an expert in children’s behavior than most pediatricians.

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