The practice of elimination communication (or baby potty training) with your infant is a surprisingly simple process. The theory held by many parents who choose the diaper-free way is that when you never teach your baby to soil in his or her clothing (diaper), it is much easier to transition to using a potty at a much earlier age. No actual "potty training" is ever really required, since, if you start early enough, your infant will have always used a potty for elimination.
Elimination communication (EC) involves some dedication and time, particularly in the beginning. The process is not difficult but does take some commitment and a lot of patience. And it may not be for every parent.
Learning to use EC is simple. Start with your child as early as possible. It's very straightforward and easiest to begin with a newborn, but early potty training may also be implemented with an older infant.
Use a notebook and mark down feeding times, nap times, wake times, and elimination times. Try to keep your child diaper-free as much as possible by using a waterproof pad, pee pad, or thick towel to protect yourself, your floor or couch. Note when your infant urinates and defecates, and any cues she gives beforehand – a particular face or noise, such as a grunt, sigh, or gurgle. Mark down anything that might be an indicator of an impending elimination. When she pees, make a "sssss" sound the entire time while she voids her bladder. Soon she will associate that sound with peeing. When she poops, make a grunting sound.
At first, put your child on the potty (or hold him over a bowl) frequently. When she is sitting on the potty, make a "sssss" sound to cue her to go pee. If you feel she is about to poop, make the grunting sound. This will soon become the sign that she will recognize and she will know that it is the appropriate time for her to void her bladder or bowels.
If you "miss" a pee or poop, don't despair. This is a learning process, and it does take time. Also, be aware that disruptions in daily life (teething, illness, and other stressors) will affect the elimination communication process. Some children will go through a potty pause during these times and will tend to have more "accidents". Do not let this discourage you; push through and you will experience the rewards of perseverance.
The ultimate outcome of the elimination communication practice is a toilet trained child, but the real reward is the closeness you will experience with your child. The knowledge that you offer your child a comfortable, stress-free way to stay clean and dry (and relief from a full bladder or bowels) will make all of the work worth the time you put in. Even better, when your child is potty trained and completely out of diapers long before the age of 2 years, maybe even before she is 1 year old, you will feel immensely satisfied to know you've done the best you can when it comes to your child's potty habits.
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