Thursday, April 1, 2010
Trialogue: Infant Potty Training
M: A few days ago, I bought a potty for my two-month-old. That's right, my two-month-old. I've decided to follow the examples of my wabisabi sisters and attempt infant potty training, also known as elimination communication, with Olive. I know I'll be encountering lots of work and probably many accidents, but the thought of having a diaper-free baby by 18 months rather than the more common three years sounds delightful!
Q: I am thrilled you're attempting this route, M. I had never heard of EC until my friend, Ginger, told me about it a few years before Mayumi was born. Then I read Diaper Free: The Gentle Wisdom of Natural Infant Hygiene by Ingrid Bauer. It was so enlightening and made the entire process much less intimidating. Because having a baby, especially your first one, can be overwhelming and I didn't want to make myself go crazy. But when Mayumi was three months old I started holding her over the toilet after she nursed and after her naps. She pooped in the toilet the very first time! She got it right away and virtually never pooped in her diaper. It was tougher "catching" all the peepees, but I didn't stress about it. She still wore a disposable diaper, but by the time Mayumi was 12 months old she was wearing panties during the day and by 18 months she was completely out of diapers.