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Posted: Sunday, September 22, 2013 7:32 pm
Take a seat? Potty training not for babies
I am so tired of changing diapers.
Done. Over it. Finished.
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Sunday, September 22, 2013 7:32 pm.
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First, let’s tackle the (relatively) easy stuff. How do you know when your kid is ready to potty train? One review surveyed 23 studies on potty training and identified 21 “signs of readiness” that parents should look for. Some are obvious: Your kid has to be able to sit up, take her pants/diaper off, follow simple commands, and understand potty words. It also helps if she sometimes keeps a diaper dry for at least 90 minutes, a sign that her bladder muscles are under the control of her brain (rather than contracting reflexively—often hourly—as happens in babies), and if she doesn’t poop in the middle of the night anymore. Bonus if your child is showing an interest in the potty. These skills and behaviors come together at the different ages depending on the child, but it’s rarely before the age of 18 months, and—yes, it’s true—boys often train later than girls. Earlier is not necessarily better, either: One study found that when parents started to intensively toilet train their children before the age of 27 months, the training took quite a bit longer than it did for parents who waited until their kids hit the 27 month mark. (Yes, some parents start training much, much earlier—I’ll get to that below.)
It seems impossible: A baby — many times not much older than newly born — goes to the bathroom directly into the toilet and not a diaper. Devotees of “elimination communication” (EC) say that it can happen.
Christine Gross-Loh has been preaching this alternative to toilet training for years; her book, The Diaper Free Baby, has been the instruction manual for EC devotees since it was published in 2007. Here she gives advice on being number one in the “number two” business.
How is EC different from regular toilet training?
The most basic difference is that you start EC earlier, before a child has become so used to eliminating in diapers that potty training is a whole new transition he has to get used to (and may be resistant to).
Babies are born with this awareness of elimination, but as they become used to eliminating in a diaper all the time, they lose that awareness — and have to work on becoming aware again when they reach the age of conventional toilet training. EC-ed children are often out of diapers completely at or before the age when most children are just beginning to embark on potty training.
What advice do you have for working parents who live in cities who may want to try EC?
EC can be done during the evening or on weekends. Even if you are at home with your baby full-time, you may not be doing EC full-time. It’s easy to have some diaper-free time during the evening, or sit your baby on the potty before and after his bath. Doing EC does not mean you have to ditch diapers completely.
What are some drawbacks to EC? Benefits?
It’s hard to do anything when it’s not a cultural norm — you may get less support and less information. Information about EC — about typical stages, about the logistics — is really key. Luckily, the information and support is out there as more and more parents do EC. And there are so many great reasons to give it a try: There are communication benefits (you learn to read your baby just as you learn how to figure out when he is hungry or sleepy), environmental and economic benefits (you go through fewer diapers) and health benefits (less diaper rash). Finally, you are not relying on diapers so much that your child becomes reluctant to let go of them, a problem that some parents face when doing conventional toilet training.
Why do you think EC has taken off in recent years?
I think it’s because there are so many parents out there who know more about the world around us. They know that in cultures around the world, it’s not at all the norm for a baby older than one to be in a diaper.
When you know that this isn’t a universal thing, it makes you feel more open to understanding why and how this is, and to realizing there are some viable lessons here for us.
EC for every parent
Gross-Loh aims to make The Diaper Free Baby accessible to all types of parents and she writes for three categories: full-time, part-time and occasional EC-ers.
She also includes a support group within the book that includes inspiring testimonials and tips throughout every chapter.
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Diaper-Free Potty Training
Diaper-free potty training, elimination communication, early potty training, natural infant hygiene, whatever you want to call it, it all does the same thing: it’s an early method for helping babies transition from diapers to the potty and it’s getting more and more popular
Most parents wait until their child has reached two or three to take off the diapers and teach them how to use a toilet. Not every child is the same: some children can learn it at 18 months while others are still trying to figure out how to old it and tell their caregivers they need to go when they’re in preschool.
But some parents are teaching their children at a much younger age.
It’s a technique known as elimination communication. Starting at three months, parents read physical cues from their infant. Just before doing their business, parents take them to the toilet to associate sitting on the toilet as “it’s time to go”.
Of course, potty training this way requires time, energy, a watchful eye to spot your child’s signs, and patience to clean when you misread the cue.
Or you could stick to diapers and let twitter tell you when your baby is wet.
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Posted: Monday, May 13 2013, 01:05 PM CDT
A group of moms are deciding to toss the diapers and potty train their babies early.
Most people start potty training at two, but for some parents that’s not soon enough.
It’s called “elimination communication.”
Fans of the movement say they can tell when their babies “need to go” by cues and will be able to rush to a toilet or sink in time.
Pediatricians say not so fast.
There could be potential stressors for the baby.
Doctors warn that elimination communication doesn’t allow the baby to develop the types of skills they should be developing.
Moms however enjoy communicating with their babies and cutting the cost of diapers.
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A group of NY mothers has decided to toss the diapers and potty train their babies. ‘Elimination communication’ is gaining popularity, but pediatricians say not so fast. (May 9)
There are a lot of things most of us would rather be doing than changing a diaper, but would you let your little one go without them?
There’s a new method of parenting called elimination communication that, according to the New York Times , is growing in popularity among hipsters.
Here’s how it works: The baby does not wear diapers and the parents listen to their child’s sounds and behaviors when they go to the bathroom. Then the parents begin using sounds like “ssss” or “grrrr” as the infant goes to the bathroom.
The parents are eventually able to hold the baby over a toilet or container, make the noise and the baby will go the bathroom on command. Parents using this method rely on their children’s body language, verbal cues and timing.
The New York City Health Department says this more of a sanitation issue rather than a health hazard.
Elimination communication is also known as infant potty training and “potty whispering.”
Research published in Contemporary Pediatrics shows that children in Asia and Africa do not wear diapers, and they are fully toilet-trained by the time they’re 1 year old.
Supporters of elimination communication claim babies are more comfortable without diapers and it increases the bond between the baby and the parents. Like breast-feeding, this is a form of attachment parenting.
According to the New York Times, some pediatricians are skeptical that an infant would be able to control their elimination urge.
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The issue is not with using the toilet, rather it is with the act of pooing.
London – It may sound potty, but whistling to your baby could have him toilet-trained before he can walk.
A study of Vietnamese families credited whistling with getting babies out of nappies by just nine months. By the age of two, when many British toddlers are yet to start potty training, the Vietnamese children were managing the entire process by themselves.
Swedish researchers said potty training started almost from birth, with mothers making a whistling sound when their child gave a sign that they needed to go.
The children associated the whistling with urinating, and by the age of nine months, they were able to keep dry – as long as they were regularly reminded to sit on their potty, the Journal of Pediatric Urology reports.
The researchers said that while Western babies are potty trained later now than in the past, early toilet training has traditionally been regarded as a badge of pride in Vietnam.
They added that as well as saving on the cost of nappies and the time spent changing them, learning to control the bladder very early in life may be better for urinary health.
In the past, potty training often started before the age of one. But today’s mothers are advised to wait until their child is 18 months to two years old – and many begin even later. – Daily Mail
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At least once a week, I find myself saying something along the lines of, “I really miss when my son was a baby.” And I do, I truly do. I miss his chubby little cheeks. I miss rocking him to sleep at night. And I miss spending my days cuddling him and playing with him.
But there’s one thing I definitely don’t miss — diapers. I don’t care who you are, changing diapers is really a huge pain in the butt sometimes. And I’m guessing that’s why so many moms from other cultures potty train their babies before they turn a year old — because it’s cheaper and a lot less messy than diapers.
Yes, it’s true — it is possible to have your baby potty trained before their first birthday, if you follow the traditional method used by Vietnamese mothers.
Believe it or not, Vietnamese moms start potty training their infants at birth (?!?) — and by the age of 9 months, their babies are out of diapers. So, how do they accomplish this crazy feat? Well, it’s pretty simple actually — they whistle.
Basically, when the baby shows signs of needing to pee, the mom starts to whistle, and eventually the babies learn to associate the whistling with needing to go. (Like Pavlov’s dog.)
Huh. Sure sounds easy enough.
But for the life of me, I just can’t understand why moms anywhere would want to go this route, because forcing your baby to potty train at such a young age really seems like pressuring them to grow up. They’re little for such a short time, so we should spend our days savoring the moments while they’re babies instead of trying to turn them into little adults. And in addition to not wanting them to grow up too fast, we already have enough challenges as parents without introducing something as major as early potty training into the mix.
Of course, maybe I’d feel differently about potty training a baby if I were transported back to the baby stage. My son is almost 7 years old, so our diaper days are long gone. It’s quite possible if I were still dealing with explosive diaper blowouts on a regular basis, I’d be all for sticking him on the toilet and giving it a go.
Have you considered potty training your baby?
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