That is what is happening in our house right now. Honour is into dinosaurs at the moment. We had a dinosaur birthday party today and had to sing to each one. They feasted on toy frogs and socks?? and birthday cake made from a plate with water on it. There is no dino eating dino in our dinosaur land which I appreciate, long necks and t-rexes party side by side for triceratops birthday:)..can’t say the same about the frogs.
Onto diapers. Have any of your heard or tried elimination communication? Yes I know, I hate the title too. Maybe we could come up with something better…’potty signs’, ‘baby gotta go’ ‘mums watching for pee pee signals’…any of those would be better in my opinion. But for now, we can stick to EC.
EC is a practice used, without the title, in many other countries where diapers are not as accessible. Many tribal mums watch their child from birth to see their unique signals they give off before they need to use the toilet (or wherever one choses to let their child ‘go’). From there the caregiver quickly disrobes said child and places them over a proper area where they then give a cue (saying pee pee, whistling etc.) and then their child learns to relax in response to that word and pee/poop.
It is based on the concept that children are born not wanting to soil themselves. They try to tell us unknowing adults that they have to go but just can’t get there so it is our job as caring parents to place them where they need to be placed in order to relieve themselves. It is said that in North America we train our children that it is acceptable to go in a diaper and then try to untrain them when they reach a certain age…but if we could help them stick to what they already instinctually know, not to pee in your pants, then we can bypass a lot of trouble later on…makes sense right?
So armed with this new information I thought I would just try it out. I was not sure what to expect or if I even believed it. After following the steps in the book Go Diaper Free for a few weeks I can honestly say I believe. Journey does not always wait for her diaper to come off but it is usually when she is sitting in her bumbo chair while I am pretty occupied with something else therefore missing her signals that she has to go. We have gone one day where we did not go in a diaper at all…but I have also been peed on at least once a week so success comes with failures 🙂
I still throw a cloth diaper on her for back up purposes as I would rather not find her sitting in a puddle of pee if I can help it but man she actually responds when I sit her over the toilet and say pee pee. It is really pretty cool.
We will continue on with it and see where it takes us,
if nothing else it is mega entertaining to watch your little one go on command and she seems pretty pleased with herself too. 🙂
What are your thoughts on EC, have you tried it? Do you do it full time? I would love to hear your experiences as we are just starting our ‘baby potty signals’ journey now with our second.
Ahhh the Mum life…blogging about pee and pooh…keepin’ it classy since twenty-twelve.