Please welcome, guest post, Michy from Loving Our Journey today as she shares her unique approach to potty training!
Well, I choose to do things a little out of the norm, I have to admit.
(“Really, you are cloth diapering?” is a common phrase I’ve heard.)
When it comes to learning to use the potty for our 23 month old, I
wanted to foster an easy, natural experience. I wanted to avoid
traditional concepts like picking a week, trip training, reading potty
books, and training pants.
I like “child led” for pottying…it is his body, not mine!
After my lil’ guy’s first birthday, I discovered the concepts of
diaperless baby paired with elimination communication.
Say what? (Grandma is grossed out by, well, both terms.)
Before you stop reading, can I tell you that our 23 month old has been
successfully using the potty for both peeing and pooping…for over a
No battles, no formal plan, no extra purchases other than potty seats.
“Mommy, pee, Daddy poop!” paired with little
feet scampering towards the potty seat or the woods when we are
Can I mention that he was able to poop on the seat during
our vacation for the first time?
I’m not sure whose smile is bigger…his or mine.
The Diaperfree Baby Book explains everything. There is also a great
support network online and on facebook.
Basically, to be a diaperfree toddler, we just started taking off J’s diaper periodically when we were home during the day. After a few times seeing his own pee, he would say “pee” and we’d hold hands together to walk to the potty.
I know you are curious…yes, there were a few yucky messes…but just a few.
This approach is very much child-led, rather than parent led
trips to potty. Needless to say, he’s comfortable in his own skin and
being “nakee”. He so loves his big boy underpants, and it was a great
money saver to skip out on training pants.
With a little guy already staying dry for short trips, we hope to loose the diaper for out the house times too soon–when he’s ready, when he shows and tells us.
Or at least considering this child led style?
Want to know more about the other 1/2–the most important half–of the puzzle?? Elimination communication is a HUGE factor….sounds gross, but would you come back to read more for this post??
Sharing what’s worked for us in potty training…
Michy is a Christian Stay At Home mother as well as a past Special
Education teacher and Elementary Literacy Specialist. Michy loves to connect and support her readers!
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