How did you decide to toilet train your little one? Did you immediately think of disposable diapers or perhaps cloth diapers…what about no diapers – at all?
A movement known as "EC" or "Elimination Communication" is sweeping the parenting community. Parents who practice EC mostly use cloth diapers in public but some allow their children to simply go bear bottomed in public. They usually start "potty training" 0-4mos of age.
While there are a few benefits to EC, such as parents being more attuned to their child's needs due to reading non-verbal cues and reducing diaper waste, there are some concerns. Developmentally, children are not able to control their bladder/bowls until 18 mos. Also, if a child isn't emotionally ready, it can cause some significant trauma and upset.
If you are a parent or caregiver who is going to practice EC, it's important that you know that there is a lot of time commitment required to this process.
Is it really possible to potty train a newborn/infant? The short answer is "no." This practice is more for the parent's emotional benefit than it is for their child's. Although you may be able to predict when your child has to "go", the child still won't have the gross and fine motor skills to go on their own, or control their bladder, until around 18mos.
So where does that leave you? Are you willing to forgo the diapering in favor of couriering your baby back and forth to the potty all day? Let us know in the comments!
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