BABY LED POTTY AND TOILET TRAINING

Summary:

  • Babies don’t love sitting in their own mess.  

  • Baby toilet training is about meeting baby’s needs.

  • Babies have different communications styles and preferences.

  • Talk to your baby about what you are doing and name body parts.

  • Do not be cross with your baby if they have accidents.  It is what is expected from babies.

  • A ‘psss’ sound can be used when you hold you baby.

  • At first it’s more work, but it soon becomes less work. 

Activity:

  • Think about how you will keep yourself calm around your baby, and how your own upbringing may unconsciously influence your behaviors.

 
 

KNOW THE BENEFITS OF EC

Introduction

 

I started toilet training my child when they were two months old.  This course is based on my own experience.  It explains the techniques Baby and I used to facilitate family toilet breaks. 

 

Baby led potty training is a system for recognising and responding to a baby’s needs, rather than training.  It should not be coercive; ‘gentleness, communication and fun are the order of the day’.    

 

When we started toilet training, there was usually a little bit of wee in Baby’s nappy.  The system was working, it was just that Baby didn’t hold everything. 

 

The benefits 

 

  • It is quicker to clean Baby's bum when they poo in a bucket or toilet than in a nappy. This way the poo does not stay on their skin, and spread across their back and into their clothes.  

  • You save money and the environment by buying or washing less nappies.  In the long run you save time on nappy changes, (but in the short run you spend more time).

  • Connect and communicating about toilet needs, remove the mystique of the toilet, and start training before your baby is a distractible toddler.

  • Improve health through drier, cleaner nappies.  There is also an increased risk of urinary tract infection for children who still wear nappies at age 3 or 4.     

 

Other names:

 

The practice of starting toilet training early has various names: Elimination communication, EC, natural infant hygiene.  The most popular is probably elimination communication, but I tend to say ‘potty training’ as it is a concept we are all family with.  I had never heard the word ‘elimination’ usef for going to the toilet before.  Some people do not like the word ‘training’ as it sounds more didactic.  

 

Other resources

 

I also recommend a simple infographics on when and how by ecpeesy.

You can find infographics on the benefits of enabling babies to use the toilet here and here, and a blog addressing concerns here.

 

Click here to play all the videos in the course playlist at once.

Introduction

 

I started toilet training my child when they were two months old.  This course is based on my own experience.  It explains the techniques Baby and I used to facilitate family toilet breaks. 

 

Baby led potty training is a system for recognising and responding to a baby’s needs, rather than training.  It should not be coercive; ‘gentleness, communication and fun are the order of the day’.    

 

When we started toilet training, there was usually a little bit of wee in Baby’s nappy.  The system was working, it was just that Baby didn’t hold everything. 

 

The benefits 

 

  • It is quicker to clean Baby's bum when they poo in a bucket or toilet than in a nappy. This way the poo does not stay on their skin, and spread across their back and into their clothes.  

  • You save money and the environment by buying or washing less nappies.  In the long run you save time on nappy changes, (but in the short run you spend more time).

  • Connect and communicating about toilet needs, remove the mystique of the toilet, and start training before your baby is a distractible toddler.

  • Improve health through drier, cleaner nappies.  There is also an increased risk of urinary tract infection for children who still wear nappies at age 3 or 4.     

 

Other names:

 

The practice of starting toilet training early has various names: Elimination communication, EC, natural infant hygiene.  The most popular is probably elimination communication, but I tend to say ‘potty training’ as it is a concept we are all family with.  I had never heard the word ‘elimination’ usef for going to the toilet before.  Some people do not like the word ‘training’ as it sounds more didactic.  

 

Other resources

 

I also recommend a simple infographics on when and how by ecpeesy.

You can find infographics on the benefits of enabling babies to use the toilet here and here, and a blog addressing concerns here.

 

Click here to play all the videos in the course playlist at once.