Thursday, October 29, 2009

Elimination Communication

We decided before Ada was born that we wanted to try Elimination Communication. We went into it with no expectation of catching all or even some of Ada's pees and poops. It's fun to try, and it's far less stressful to try this out now than potty training will be a year or two from now. There's no notion of success or failure, and there's no pressure on Ada to perform.

We've recently seen some unexpected results. In the past couple of days, Ada has pooped/peed in the potty 3 times. She has also been staying dry while sleeping.

We haven't noticed any visual cues for when she needs to go, we just take her and hold her over the potty after the following situations
  • When we change her diaper. Babies sometimes don't like go in a diaper that's already messy, so they hold it until they encounter the fresh air.
  • When she wakes up. The need to poop can wake a baby up, so we take her to the potty when she wakes up.
I say "we", but really Erinne has done everything and I just write about it.

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  1. Is Ada about 3 months old? That's the age we started with our third son. We enjoyed it very much, were delighted to start and finish sooner than we had with traditional delayed toilet learning. We also wanted to do our bit for the environment.

    And now 30 years later our new grandson is using infant potty training (another term for it).

    Here are a few more links:

  2. This strikes me as similar to house-training a dog. I was constantly looking for signals. I'm still very aware of his timing or awaking from a nap. Unfortunately, this process never ends with dogs :)