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What is baby pottying and when can you start?
Elimination Communication (EC, sometimes referred to as potty whispering or natural infant hygiene) is about responding to your baby’s instincts. As parents we expect our babies to communicate their needs to us, for example, hunger cues or tiredness signals. In much the same way, babies are born with the instinct not to soil themselves and will communicate this need. You can respond by holding your baby over a potty or toilet (or sitting them on a potty once they can sit up) when you see your baby needs to go. You can still use nappies and help your baby use a potty when it’s convenient.
You can start anytime, even from birth to 18 months. By 18 months, toddlers are ready to potty train and you can support them to meet their major milestone using a non-coercive, gentle approach. Using a potty from birth helps develop “readiness’ skills and many parents find their babies are ready to leave nappies behind at some point between 12-18 months.
Why offer your baby a potty?
Helping infants and young toddlers to use a potty is not a new concept; it was the norm in the UK until the introduction of disposables in the 1960’s. Before disposables, over 90% of babies in the UK and USA were potty trained by 18 months old. In fact, baby pottying is still a mainstream practice in many cultures around the world, where parents do not rely on nappies.
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