Potty Training or Elimination Communication
(EC) - Fact or Fiction?
Potty trained by six months? Can
it be done? Well, many families think so and are doing it
successfully. Critics say it’s just training the parents, but it’s
being done all over the world and gaining an increasing number of
adherents here in the United States. Entire web sites and online
forums are dedicated to this growingly
Why exactly would you want to potty train at such a young age?
Well, money comes
to mind: no more diapers (or a vastly reduced amount) to wash or
dispose of. It benefits the planet with far less disposable diapers
filling up our landfills and with the reduction in laundering cloth
diapers. Less diaper rash to deal with...no diapers...no rashes
right? Dad can help, too. He may not be able
to help with breastfeeding, but he can
certainly help with potty training.
Infant potty training is known by several names:
Elimination Communication, Natural Infant Hygiene, and Elimination
Timing. Proponents use timing, signals, cues and intuition to help
the child use the potty. They often start the process before six
months of age, though starting after six months is not uncommon.
help the child know when it’s time to go, parents sit the child on a
potty chair and use a sound (such as psst or a grunting sound). If
you start using the sounds when the child is already in the process
of going, they come to associate the sound and action together.
Watching the child closely also helps a parent to know when it’s
time to go as some children have visual (or auditory) cues. That is
why some say it is really parent training. Another
method is simply timing. Some children eliminate on a regular
schedule, and if you can figure it out, then getting them to the
potty on time works. And sometimes parents just rely on their
intuition, they just know it’s time to go.
Will it work for you? It’s hard to say. Is it worth the effort?
Again, it’s hard to say. You need a very committed parent or two and the
time to be with your baby to be aware of its actions. It can be hard
work, though those who do it successfully feel it’s worth it.
The only way to know for sure if EC is for
you is to try it and see. Good luck!
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