When Bean was just 3 weeks old I decided to try ECing, and it worked!! (Well at least for the poops it did.) I wasn’t as successful with the pee’s. I was very grateful for the lack of poop diapers to be changed. It wasn’t until now with Sprout (still working on a different name) spewing out poop after poop that I really appreciated Elimination Communication. It took a while for Sprout to poop regularly so I didn’t want to add the potty to the mix. But I’m all on it now. He’s 3 months old and I’ve decided to introduce the potty. At least for the poops.
So far (the last 5 days) have been great!! We’ve caught all but 2 poops. Now I don’t EC on the go, but that doesn’t seem to be an issue right now since we don’t spend too much time away from home. This decision is also having an affect on Bean, in a good way that is. He’s now requesting the potty more often. Since the beginning of his ECing journey I’ve caught him in the act and more than he’s requested. I can’t remember when he started using sign language to request the potty. Anyway we got a little lazy with the ECing, then we switched to disposable diapers and the pottying was almost out the window plus with the addition of the new baby, Bean decided that pottying was not as exciting. Well we’re back at it again and Bean just loves “teaching” Sprout how to poop on the potty and I am so happy because I’m ready to stop traveling with diapers for 2.
Now I need to be more consistent with offering the potty or toilet after meals and before and after leaving the house. I was also advised to allow him to run around without bottoms on in the yard for a weekend. He’s getting it and I just love to see his enthusiasm along the way. YAY for pottying!!
What methods have you used for potty learning?