Change Habits, Not Diapers
Potty Training at Six Months!


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The Mongolian Method is not just a potty training program. It is a shift in thinking, a step toward a greener earth, better health and a mode of saving money.

When I first told my husband about the Mongolians way of potty training, he laughed and said, "Death, taxes and diapers: three things you can't avoid." After I trained our second child he was convinced. 

I started to dig deeper into the world of diapers and was stunned at the energy needed, resources used and unforeseen health hazards involved. It's quite simple really; The Mongolian Method starts potty training at six months of age- that's right, six months old! The sooner your baby is out of diapers, the less money you spend on them, the fewer trees that need to be cut down to make the diapers, fewer diapers made, fewer diapers in the landfill. The sooner your baby is out of diapers the lesser chance diaper related illnesses.

Mongolia has one of the worldís harshest climates. With the fall of communism in 1990, modern conveniences became available to them for the first time. Things we take for granted, like washers and dryers, and color TVs. Everything was done by hand: making bread, sewing, even collecting dried cow dung to burn for heat. Certainly no one wanted to wash babyís dirty clothes by hand especially during the winter where temperatures can reach 30 to 50 degrees below zero.

No one knows when this method came about; some Mongolians attribute this method to Chingis Kahn, but there is no evidence to back that claim. We do know it was developed many centuries ago, and it has been handed down through the generations and has been proven over time.

I have adapted this old traditional method into an easily achieved way to free yourself from: the hassle, expense, and overall ickiness of changing dirty diapers.


100,000 tons of plastic and 800,000 tons of tree pulp are used per year in diaper manufacturing.

250,000 trees are consumed by the  U.S. and 1,000,000,000  (1 billion ) are consumed world wide.

And un-told cost of manufacturing emissions, delivery trucks and trash trucks.

Many low-income families have to choose between diapers and food, resulting in malnourishment for the kids in those families. - NBC News  July, 2013

The U.S. alone  uses 467 diapers a second. Every second! At the average cost of 24 cents per diaper thatís  $9,683,712 spent daily on diapers!  

Globally, we use 18,238 per second, every second.

The average child will use between 5,500 to 7,500 diapers before becoming potty trained. Thatís around  $1,600 per child ( not including wipes, diaper rash cream, and other  diaper  related products).

The American diaper industry is a $3,534,554,880 a year business.

Thatís $3.5 trillion world wide.

Americans alone throw away 3,622,500 tons of diapers a year.

Thatís 9924 tons per day, 413 tons an hour, 6.9 tons a minute, making up 3.5 % of all landfills. Diapers thrown away today will still be in land fills in the year 2363, 350 years from now!

Diapers raise the temperature of the babies covered areas from 5 to 10 degrees.

Here's a few of the numerous chemicals in disposable diapers:

- Sodium polyacrylate - super absorbent gel in diapers have been found in the urinary tract of Infants.

- Organ chlorines - a chlorine based toxin

- Polyvinyl chloride - (PVC) a chemical that gives off a gas recognized to be a health hazard.

There are more than 100 different enteric viruses, including polio and hepatitis 6 that are known to be excreted in human feces and these viruses can live for months after stool has passed from the body.

These chemicals and viruses can harm sanitation workers as well as make their way into ground water.



One of lifeís greatest rewards is having children. Watching a newborn infant grow into a little kid, seeing them change day to day, their personality developing, first steps, first words and first teeth, the way they recognize people and places and things, truly an amazing experience. One of the hardest things about this grand adventure is the dreaded potty training.

The words "potty training" alone are akin to disaster and war. It is a problem that has plagued parents for centuries. But not all parents.

In fact, there is a country where people have little to no trouble getting their young ones to embrace potty training. It comes so easily to them that they donít even have a word for it. The people of this landlocked nation have been doing things in their own unique way for thousands of years. Most of the them have only seen a diaper after they have traveled out of their home country.

This amazing country is Mongolia and this is the method they use.


About the Author:

Bulgan (Betty) Stafford was born and raised in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. When she was a little girl she attended circus school and later became a dancer for the Mongolian Folk Song and Dance Ensemble.

Ever since she was a little girl, she wanted to live in America. When her dance troupe went to South Korea to perform, she seized the opportunity and defected and eventually made her way to America. Today she lives in Utah with her husband and two children. She is currently working on her second book about her life growing up in Mongolia and struggle making it to America.

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My Grandmother used to say, "You cannot change the river and the way in which it flows through the land. You must let nature take the lead." This is true when using the Mongolian Method to train your child. It is not about forcing or changing the child. It is about working with your babyís natural motions to help them make the turns and bends easier. Taking your time and having patience will make this lesson easy as well as solidify the "Habits" in your child.

I hope you find this as rewarding as most do, and I wish you good luck and happy days to you and your growing family.



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