Friday, October 8, 2010

Elimination Communication

I came across this concept through a fellow blogger.  She featured it a few months ago.  I was really excited when I read her piece about Elimination Communication and am very determined to learn about it, and apply it to my little one. The goal is to have him potty trained early and be accepted in preschool by 2 year of age. Read: Say goodbye to diapers!

Elimination Communication is a toilet training practice in which a caregiver uses timing, signals, cues, and intuition to address an infant's need to eliminate waste. I read this book by Laurie Boucke entitled "Infant Potty Basics: With or Without Diapers... the Natural Way before giving birth and have decided, after discussing it with the hubby, to try it with our little boy.  

When Renzo was about 2 weeks old, we started him with sound association with the elimination act.  We say "pee-pee" or "wee-wee"  when he urinates and "poo-poo" when he passes out stool. It was easy to know when he passes stool since he makes this grunting sound and his face contorts in this sort of funny way.  However, finding out when he pees is more difficult since he pees all the time!  As a new parent, I've been peed on and pooped on... And since Renzo pees almost all the time while we're changing him, we just signal to him the sound of "wee-wee" whenever he does the deed.

This is a long process and results are not expected over night.  I am going out this weekend to purchase a nice little potty chair for Renzo.

I'll keep you posted about our progress.  We'll continue doing this, in addition to bringing him to his potty chair every day. The main goal is to be potty trained by a year, at least! I know it's a long shot, but it has been done based on what I've read.  If it doesn't happen, no worries!  At least we have another mommy-baby bonding moment to share and this time, it's in the toilet we go!

Photo Credits: Google Photos

1 comment:

Mama Hauck said...

Wowza! Good luck to you! Anthony was potty trained by 2 1/2 years. It was a long,hard process! I learned no matter how much work I did and how consistent we were with him, it just wasn't going to happen until he decided he was ready. lol It will be interesting to see if I have an easier time with molly. And I'm looking forward to following you and Renzo! :)