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Infant Potty Training

I've been thinking about the new baby and I really want to try infant potty training. It went so well with Kitten even though I started late that I'm excited about trying this for real. I don't want to go completely diaper-free though. I think I'd just like to observe for a couple of months and then gradually slide into it. Anyway, I'll most likely be back to work when the baby is around 5 months old, so I could only do it part-time at best.

I don't know why I feel the need to do these things that go against the culture - it makes it so hard for me. Why can't I just go with the flow? But just as breastfeeding and babywearing felt so right, I feel compelled to try infant potty training.

I'd like to try the bare-bottomed approach while I'm at home and it's summer. But it's going to take some organization on my part. Like, do I put tiny little underwear on her? I know you can find some, I saw some on an EC website. But I don't know if I want to go as far as ordering some. It would be nice to have some split-bottom pants like in Asian countries. Really, I simply don't know how to clothe my baby for this. I've been combing the EC websites for tips, but they just don't get into the very specifics. I see a need for me to blog my EC experiences day by day.

I'm not going to stress about it though. I know the EC recommendation is to start from birth and no later than 6 months, but they say that their average age for fully-potty-trained is 2-years-old. Well, I started Kitten at 10 or 11 months and she was fully potty-trained at 2. So I don't know if it's really worth starting at birth, but I do want to start no later than when the baby can sit up.

I am excited too about babywearing again. I think I'm going to try a sling again, but a different one this time. I think I just had a bad time with the Sling-ezee because it was a bad fit. I'd like to try a Storchenwiege ring sling -
But I haven't decided yet. There are so many different types to choose from. I still have my trusty wrap too.


If they don't get potty trained fully until the age of 2 then what is the point? That is about the same time frame for a lot of kids that aren't infant trained or whatever you call it. It sounds like a fancy name for a VERY long potty training period to me.............but maybe I don't have all of the info.
I think this all came about because the age for potty training in Western countries only seems to go up and up. It's quite common for kids to not be fully potty trained at 4 and they do make diapers to go up to 7 years old.

And the goal isn't just to reduce the total diaper time, but to also reduce the number of diapers used. Some people like the fact that they won't be using any diapers at all (I don't think I could be that dedicated).

And the goal of infant potty training is not actually to train the baby to go to the potty, but for the parent to anticipate the needs of the baby.

I did it with Kitten, on a very gradual basis, simply because I didn't want her to only know diapers as a means of elimination. I felt this got me in trouble with Apple and I didn't want to repeat that experience.

And if you think about it, it's really disgusting that we let babies go around with a toilet strapped to their bodies. It's just much cleaner to have them eliminate away from their bodies.
This is so interesting. I've not even heard of it, but I'm fascinated by it...especially the using less diapers part. AND I hate when babies are walking around strapped to toilets. When my niece was in diapers and I would keep her sometimes for my sister, I'd tell her that when she was dropped off, her diaper was so FULL. She said that was the beauty of diapers now...they designed to make the child "feel" dry even though they're carrying around a couple of pounds of piss. That's why I think kids take longer to potty train these days. The diapers and pull-ups don't make them feel uncomfortable when they're full.

D wants to try cloth diapers for this next one. And while that reduces the amount of disposable diapers...it will take a little more dedication too.

Thanks for this post...it's worth doing more research into it.
It's also called Elimination Communication. It goes with the whole Attachment Parenting trend.

Yes, the beauty of diapers - it won't bother you child if he's carrying around his waste for hours and you don't have to move your ass. I love that.

When you read about EC, you're going to see lots of do's and don'ts. Take it all with a grain of salt. They say that there is a window of opportunity and it closes after 6 months not to open up again until around a year later. I don't really know if I believe that. I start with Kitten at 10 months just having her poop in the potty every morning. She gradually moved up to telling me when she needed to go throughout the day. She would even tell me at restaurants and we would go in the bathroom. So I think you can figure out what's best for you and your baby. But I do like the whole idea of it and I love spreading the word.

I think you could try EC and cloth diapers. I would do it if I had the space, but I have very little space and no dryer. The winters are very wet here and there's no way I could line-dry everything in the house.
i read about infant potty training and actualy did it with the oldest one a little late like you, and it seemed to work great. The second one i did nothing of the sort with.

so jealous about you looking and thinking of slings. But i guess my baby is one that i can't tuck into a sling. ChickiePoo's feels like a baby!

My friend liked the Maya wrap really well. I just used a cheapy... i've seen some that have no rings and you just wrap up. I think that is what the maya wrap is. and they liked those because they felt secure.

no clothes. just naked bottoms. use a purely fleece blanket over an absorbent one. the fleece will keep the baby dry. good luck wish i were there to help.

hope all job stuff works out for the best.
With Kitten, I used a wrap too (a Storchenwiege) and I had to use it all the time until she was around a year old. I loved it because they are so secure. And I got really good and installing her on my back. But it's a lot of work especially when you're running lots of errands. I just wanted something that's more convenient for putting her on when I need to run around.

I've been looking through all of the babywearing websites and I'm getting really excited about it. I don't know if I'll go to all the trouble of nursing in a sling, but it's nice to know I could if I wanted.

I wish you could have another baby too. I know it's hard when you want one and everyone else has one. I think with this one, I want to do all the things that I didn't with the others since I know it's my last. It's too bad that when we're finally good at all this baby stuff, we don't have any more.

November 2013


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