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One thing I wish I’d tried sooner


Discussions about potty training are nothing new in the world wide web of moms! I can’t even count how many times I’ve been asked about this topic! However, after our sixth child, my advice has probably become quite a bit different than what most moms expect to hear. No worries, though! This isn’t an attempt to rally every young mom on the internet! This is just one mom’s journey!

In spite of our larger-than-average (six kids) family and our homeschooling-not-public-school-at-home lifestyle, this just may have been my most radical move yet. With our sixth child, I decided to practice what–in our modern society–is called ‘elimination communication.’ Here’s the scoop—I “potty trained” our infant (term used loosely). No charts, rewards or pleas to a toddler to change his preferred method of pottying–this is more like conditioning (you remember Pavlov and his dogs, of course). If you are a young mom it’s most likely that you’ve been part of a discussion about potty training…when? how? This is my journey and my effort to share about something that I really wish I’d tried sooner!

Without embarrassing our older children, let me say that they were not the fastest potty trainers–though we did get better with the fourth and fifth. Potty training was not easy for them or me and boy did I have to go through hoops to train them. I had only read a little about EC and it seemed like more than I wanted to do, even when re-thinking it for our fifth child.

Our sixth child came along seven years after the fifth, providing this mom plenty of time to read in between. The internet is filled with information on elimination communication (sometimes called infant potty training or going diaper free). The main idea is that disposables are relatively new and for centuries in various cultures, mothers have been watching signs and allowing their infants to potty in something other than a diaper. This made good sense to me!

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