I have been wanting to share our love for Baby-led Potty Training with you for a while, and what better time to do this than the EC Awareness week (28th April to 4th May)?
I first found out about Elimination Communication (EC) on this website well before Finn was even conceived. I became fascinated by it and I was lucky that I didn't need to convince my partner to give it a try as he saw it as the most natural way, just like I did.
Two weeks after Finn was born, I removed his trousers and nappy and laid him on a towel on the floor. I sat with him and observed. A minute later, he started wriggling and making "eh eh" sounds. Then he did a wee. That was all I needed to do to know that when I heard that sound, he was about to wee! We also noticed that, from birth, he would always grunt while passing faeces. So naturally, when we heard him grunting, his nappy came off and he was held over a potty.
In the next months, most of his poos and half his wees went into the potty. I really felt like my baby could communicate with me and I was able to respond to him. I felt empowered as a mother and ecstatic that my baby did not have to soil himself.
When Finn was about 7 months, we started going to the wonderful Nappy Free baby workshops where we met like minded parents. Finally, I wasn't the only one!
|Have you ever dressed your baby with a nappy OVER their trousers? I cut the crotch off of the trousers so we didn't have to take them off to use the potty and put the nappy on top for backup and warmth!|
We decided to switch to training pants when Finn was 15 months old. By the time he was 19 months, he was always able to communicate his needs with us and never had an accident.
Have you tried Baby-Led Potty Training (EC) with your child? How did it work for you? Please share!