(Closed) Elimination Communication (aka infant potty training)

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

Fun!  Mr. DG was interested in doing this, but never got it together to try.  Since he’s the one at home with her, I’m going with the flow of what he wants.  Thus, cloth diapers (which has worked out great), but no EC.  It sounds like fun though!

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

This is insane to me (in the best possible way).  A 7-month-old using the potty?!  Before crawling?!  That’s awesome!  Thanks for the update on it.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2000

Nice job, Addie! That’s really encouraging.  We’re totally going to do this and have read up on it. We don’t know anyone personallly who has done this and don’t bring it up to other people b/c they will give us the weird looks..probably worst than cloth diapering backlash I got. Any reason why you started at 3 months and don’t make the sound? Thanks for sharing your experiences…if all goes as intended, I’ll be reporting here one day in the next few months!

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2007

I look forward to hearing more….. I’m def intrigued by it – but haven’t really done any research πŸ™‚

I was imagining holding Warren over the toilet and thinking about how tired my arms would get! And wondering how much pee I’d be cleaning up! πŸ™‚ (boys!)

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2007

One of my sorority sisters does it with a boy. That was actually where I first heard about it – but I just read her FB comments.  Haven’t really talked to her about it. I think she’s the one that says she ‘holds him over the potty’ though which is what kinda freaked me out!

We just got a toys r us gift card in the mail today and I TOTALLY want to run out and buy the potty tomorrow – too bad it’s 45 min away πŸ™‚

Can you describe what you mean by cueing or not cueing?

What is the potty sign?

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2009

Anything to get rid of the diapers, I am on board for! Its not going to hurt my infant to learn what a potty is at a young age! I’m totally taking notes on this…..

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

This is the craziest thing I’ve ever heard of! But I love the idea of it. I wonder if there are cons to it?

Post # 14
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Sugar bee

Great to know it’s working out for you!  I think we might try something like this.  I was talking to my mom about when we were potty trained and she said she started taking us to the bathroom around 6-7 months and that it took awhile since we were young, especially since she worked part time and my dad worked full time and the baby sitter wasn’t a part of it. But in the meantime it was less diapers and the latest any of us were fully potty trained was a year and a half (there were 4 of us).  Apparently in the books she was reading at the time they recommended this method of potty training and she was happy with it. 

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@Mrs. Spring: I’m just curious as to why you’re using this method? I’ve never known anyone personally who has used it, so I’d love to hear your reasoning! πŸ™‚ Same goes for any other mothers who are doing it.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2000

@ Mrs. Spring  Thanks for all the helpful info. Truly! I told Darling Husband I had to go to the restroom at the store yesterday and he flashed the ‘potty’ sign at me since we just learned it yesterday. πŸ™‚ I am glad I’m not the only one who is relying on online support. Hope you do get a response from Craiglist ad.

@ Troubled Your personal story is encouraging. Thank you!

@hilsy85: By The Way, I am planning to do infant potty training to teach good habits/associations from the get-go and b/c the kids are very capable of doing it in other nations. To me, it seems the compassionate thing to do to help children/babies understand/respond to their internal needs with action at a young age. According to the books, we have been customarily been delaying the potty-training unnecessarily with the advent of superduty disposable diapers.

@BRee  It seems like the major challenge is that it’s a lot of observation and easier for stay at home moms/dads. It helps if all caretakers are on board with consistency and that will be challenging if your baby is primarily in daycare. Darling Husband and I will trade off care, except for 1 day a week where we still have to figure something out for about 5 hours and I’ll be home for the first 6 months so I’m thinking we may have a good shot at it.

 

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