Your Two-Year-Old Knows Squatting is Better

This post is brought to us by Aly Brooks and Squatty Potty

I have kids. I have been on more late-night diaper runs than I care to count. I have wiped more runny noses and bums than I care to remember. Fortunately, my kids are all old enough to use the toilet these days. While on rare occasion I still hear, “somebody wipe my bum!” coming from the bathroom, I’m pretty much in the clear, thank goodness. But those diaper days are not that far gone. I just recently potty trained my youngest.

If you don’t have kids you might not appreciate the exhilaration that accompanies searching for a potty-training child while they hide and poop in their diaper rather than on their very own potty. Oh, the effort we moms go to to make that mini toilet seem appealing, just so we can rinse it out afterwords (there’s really no good way). All moms know that when you find your child hiding behind the curtains for privacy, they won’t be standing upright. No. Every mom knows that when you find that discretely defecating child, he or she will most certainly be squatting.

I don’t know about you, but I never once saw my 2-year-old pull up a chair, take a seat, and then poop. You know how they do it, without fail; legs spread, deep squat. And while a child running off to a secluded corner to squat while you’re trying to potty train them might just be the most frustrating thing on earth, our precious little ones are really onto something. They just might have something to teach us.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m all for the modern-day toilet. In fact, I’m a huge fan! But it does have one flaw (two if you count my husband leaving the seat up): you must sit. Ever wonder why your little kiddo chooses to squat rather than to sit while he/she does their business? Instinct. For millennia, humans have been squatting to poop. But now with the advent of the toilet (again, huge fan) we are in a completely different body position. A position that quite frankly, nature hadn’t intended. So what are we to do? Throw out our toilets? Just chuck them out on the front lawn? Ii would be like that scene in “The Help” — love that film/novel. I don’t know about you, but I am not willing to part with my toilet or my microwave oven. Given a choice between the two, I’d still keep the toilet.


-Dr. Siddoway, MD, FACG

Luckily for you and me we don’t have to sacrifice comfort and cleanliness. Thanks to Squatty Potty. What is Squatty Potty, you ask? What does it do? It’s a simple device that makes squatting on your toilet, safe, effective and convenient. Also, I’ll tell you the same thing I tell my friends when they see it in my bathroom and inquire: “it will change your life.” You can quote me on that. Oh, and I only mention safely because I have actually heard of people standing on their toilet seats to get into the squatting position. Um, don’t do that.

You see, it really all comes down to anatomy. There is a muscle in our digestive system that creates a sort of “lasso effect” and keeps us in “continence mode.” While we can seriously thank our lucky stars for this muscle (when we don’t want to poop) it can put a kink in our plans when we do want to.

As moms, we have to make good use out of every moment of the day. We don’t have time to deal with issues like constipation and hemorrhoids. Yep, I just said the H-word. Using the Squatty Potty makes elimination quicker and easier. It helps avoid things like the H-word. Using the Squatty Potty gets you into the same position as your 2-year-old, and you still get to use your sparkling clean toilet. No hiding behind curtains for you!

About Aly Brooks

Aly holds a B.S. degree in Human Development. She blogs at Entirely Eventful Day where she writes about everything from parenting advice to interior design. She has three children and is married to her best friend.

3 thoughts on “Your Two-Year-Old Knows Squatting is Better”

  1. It depends a lot on your leg proportions and length of legs in proportion to torso (essentially, your biomechanics and center of gravity), whether squatting is easy, or can only be achieved by going up on the toes (which raises the low center of gravity along the slant, to place it farther from the edge, so as to prevent the person from rolling backward).

  2. Our baby actually prefers pooping standing almost straight up, legs barely bent if at all. I have no idea what potty training is going to look like.

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