We've been trying the 'potty training from birth' approach, so I thought I'd share what's worked for us at home, out and about, psychologically, socially and with reference to Ingrid Bauer's book 'Natural Infant Hygiene'. Phew! This post was inspired by hearing that my friend is intending to try Elimination Communication after her baby is born in the autumn. I hope you find it helpful!
- Abandon your rational brain. It may provide thoughts like 'But he/she's just weed, they can't need to go again!". Your rational brain is wrong in this respect.
- The taming of the spew: our baby tells us about sick too, so quite a lot of that ends up in the potty. I find it easier to swab it off skin than wash endless bibs and babygros.
- Place it in front of a mirror so you can see your baby's expression.
- Invest in a stable receptacle (like the Baby Bjorn smart potty) so it's not skating about.
- A deep sided tray under the potty saves the carpet from near misses (probably more relevant for boys than girls).
2. In other people's houses it's wise to check where your hosts are happy for you to do your weird wee-catching thing, just in case they have a carpet that's won regional prizes for beauty.
3. Take a bottle of water to slosh out the potty if you're doing a 'bramble dangle' outside (not in a bathroom), and some disinfectanty stuff.
1. Do you know when your child is doing a poo?
2. Does your child wee on the changing mat when you take the nappy off?
Most parents can identify with these situations, so the only difference is whether the baby is put in a nappy or on a potty at that point and hopefully you can have a productive chat. Bonus points if you can incorporate the word 'backsploder' into your conversation :-D.
I think Ingrid is a lighter sleeper or a faster mover than I am - we haven't cracked the overnight catches at 14 weeks. But we'll get there!
2. Sometimes you will miss stuff and feel frustrated. Try to forgive yourself, learn what you can and move on. Babies are mysterious beings. As they grow and develop you may find their cues do too...
3. Stealth wees are a real phenomenon.
4. Sometimes you, or your partner, or both, will get 'dangle fatigue': too many futile attempts to predict output (usually followed by an insta-wee in the nappy you eventually put on). It's OK to chill out and try again later.
5. Celebrate your success with these hearty themed exclamations (thanks, Charlotte!):