Infancy is a powerful time of growth and learning. Brains are built on what gets used. The human body, in its wisdom, does not expend energy on developing what does not get used. Helping your baby develop awareness and encouraging control of its waste elimination is a rewarding and healthy approach that sets up a life of good toilet habits.
Elimination Communication begins with observation of what is happening with the infant’s pees and poos, pairing cues sounds such as “psss”, for pees, or a grunting noise, for poos. This draws attention to what is happening to the infants and lets them know this sensation is something to which we need to pay attention.
The process evolves from here…
Over the last 8 years, I have used a system that is easy to implement, customizable, gentle, responsive, non-coercive, and effective. The process has allowed my family to avoid diaper rashes, minimize our contribution of diapers to the landfill, teach our babies to communicate their needs and trust that we will understand and assist them, and shorten the time to self-initiated potty/toilet use.
Now THAT sounds like something worth giving a try, doesn’t it?
Along the way I have learned many techniques and ideas from books and other parents. I would like to extend heart-felt thanks to Ingrid Bauer (author of Diaper Free: The Gentle Wisdom of Natural Infant Hygiene) and Laurie Boucke (author of Infant Potty Training: A Gentle and Primeval Method Adapted to Modern Living), whose books I read before the birth of my first child. Their works gave me both instructions and inspiration. I recommend you read their books too!