Well, I guess I DO mean to brag…Because, let’s face it, if YOUR baby pooped on the potty, wouldn’t you be bragging, too?
Ethan has been using the potty since he was just a few months old, and he is quite happy doing it! And I am quite happy that I rarely have to wipe a poopy bum!
As it turns out, there is a growing community of people who practice “Elimination Communication”, which is the art of learning to read your child’s cues, and communicating with them when it is appropriate to use the potty. “EC” people refuse to call it potty-training. But let’s get real…it basically is. When your child is young, you hold them over a potty, make a hissing sound when they pee (or a grunt sound when they poop), and they learn to make the association of where/when to go to the bathroom. They know the sounds, they know the positions, and they go without a fight.
After learning that my Brother-in-Law’s sister does EC, I got curious one day, and looked it up online. After watching a video of a mother EC her 3 DAY old baby…I decided it was worth a try. I took Ethan over to the potty, and sat down. He peed and pooped almost immediately!
Uh. SWEET. That was one less diaper for me to change!
So…it became a fun challenge. Sometimes it required a longer wait sitting on the potty with him, and sometimes he’d go almost immediately. I discovered he would typically do his business right after a feeding. So, I would nurse him, and take him to the bathroom.
Now, there are some EC fanatics that don’t put their babies in diapers, and let them run around naked, etc…until they are fully “diaper free” (without the need for one at all)! I am classified as a “part time EC’er”…which works just great for us. It means that I practice it regularly, but don’t insist on every drop landing in the potty. He was in diapers all day, but I offered him the potty after every feeding (at least). If he went on the potty–great! One less diaper change!
So…back in the days when I was preparing to have my first baby…I wandered across a website about EC. I didn’t give it the time of day. I saw a hippie looking Mom holding her baby over a bowl, and I laughed, pointed it out to a co-worker, and moved on. Seriously…who wants to walk around with a naked baby and a bowl all the time? Oh…how misinformed and judgemental I was! Now, 6 years later, here I am–having become one of those hippies! 😉
At 10 1/2 months old now, he is doing pretty great. He happily pees when offered a toilet, and he always makes an effort to poop, as well (sometimes he doesn’t need to–but he knows to check!). We do not have to hang out on the potty for a long time. We sit, he does his business, and we are done. Many of his diapers in-between these potty moments are turning up completely dry, too…which is pretty sweet! It means that he is learning to “hold” it between being offered the potty! And did I mention that when a baby poops on the potty, there is almost no cleanup?!
Who would have thought pooping could be so cool?!
After he poops…I let him watch it swirl down the toilet drain, so both of us can cheer on his super-power baby abilities.
You should try it 😉