Infant Potty Training: A Gentle and Primeval Method Adapted to Modern Living (英語) ペーパーバック – 2000/4/1
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"A resource on infant toilet training including guidelines, medical and anthropological reports, testimonials, history, philosophy, cross-cultural research, and photos from around the world. This practice is also called elimination communication"--Provided by publisher.
She sounded like an ideal candidate for EC, so I ordered this book and a potty chair and started using the techniques yesterday afternoon. She used the potty chair 4 times the first day and 3 times today! And she seems more relaxed in between. Our goal is not to have a "diaper free" baby, but I am encouraged that we can learn to understand when she is telling us she needs to go, and offer her opportunities to go that can mimimize the time she spends in a wet diaper (before we leave to run errands, before a nap or bedtime, etc.).
I'd give 5 stars for the book's techniques, and 3 for the way it is organized. The book repeats itself A LOT and the order of the chapters and sections does not entirely make sense to me. The photos are very helpful (though again, do not always appear in logical places). Overall, I'm pleased with the purchase and would recommend to others who are interested in EC.
Our only gripe is that the book is super-repetitive. Pretty much the entire book's message could have been summarized in two chapters. And there are a ton of unnecessary testimonials inside. We get it, it works, get to the point!
Many other countries practice this as a normal part of raising a child.
Usually I tell my friends to try it as long as they know they will be either "neutral" or "positive" in their reactions to the baby. Never have a negative or stressed out or frustrated reaction (if you don't get a pee or poo in the toilet). I simply say the cue word "go potty" and make the "ssssshhhhh" noise when (1) I think they need to go, or (2) when they are already going (even if not in the toilet). This reinforces the cue word and the sound associated with going to the bathroom. You can also do what works for you -- if you can't EC 100% of the time, just do it when you can (like if you do not stay home with kids, just do it in morning and at night). Any amount of communicating you do will help keep your baby aware of when they pee/poo. Read this book and also look at her website, it has tons of information on it, too.
It's unfortunate that most people still believe that kids should be in diapers until they are 3 years old. My in-laws and friends think we are crazy, but we love communicating with our daughter at such young age. My goal is to have her diaper-free when she is a year old.