Diaperless China. Potty training early isn't a sin

Marijke - posted on 02/19/2010 ( 14 moms have responded )




One mommy recently posted a topic on how to potty train her 1 year old. Some mommies replied with helpful ideas but some are very negative even going as far as saying that she would be scarring her child emotionally?! Come on!

Read this blog about diaperless China and tell me again that it can't be done. Keeping in mind that the computer you are reading the blog on possibly came from china!

My baby girl is 6.5 months old. She poos and does 4 - 5 pp's in her potty every day. I watch her closely and know very well what signs to look out for, take her to her potty and give her a cue. If you think that a child under the age of two has no idea about bodily functions I invite you to spend a day at my house. This isn't 'potty training' as you might know it. Its called Elimination Communication or Natural Infant Hygiene. I know of an 8 month old little boy who uses sign language to communicate his need to go potty.

No negative comments please because my LG isn't emotionally scarred. She laughs every time she does something in her potty. Read the blog!


Jodi - posted on 02/20/2010




But EC is NOT potty training, it is different. So when someone asks about potty training, it ISN'T possible at one year old unless the child is exceptional. But EC is another story altogether. I have absolutely no disrespect for anyone wanting to go with EC, that's your choice. It's not for me. But it is NOT the same thing as potty training.

Minnie - posted on 02/25/2011




Yep- NOT potty training. The infant isn't taking him or herself to the potty. It is parents responding to the baby's cues that he or she needs to go.

Eventually EC results in potty independence, as a gradual process, with no training involved.

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Chelsea - posted on 02/25/2011




i see EC as potty training, there going in the potty and not in there clothes or a diaper, yea the parents have t help but so, soon as they can physically tke them self they will because they already know that the potty is were pee and poo go, we tried for a while when my daughter was around 1 but stuggled to be consistent and then i went back to work so we are in the process of actually potty training our 2 year old. Good for those who want to do it, your saving the world from a few more diapers in the landfills and teaching your child something that they need to learn anyway. There is nothing wrong with not doing it though just a differnt type of commitment

Jocelyn - posted on 02/25/2011




I agree with Mike, I don't have the time or the patience to stare at my baby constantly :P
But if EC works for you, have at her.

Kelina - posted on 02/25/2011




to me potty training is helping your child learn to go to the potty on their own. This means they can pull their pants down, pull them back up again and learn to wipe themselves. EC seems more like training the parents to get them to the potty on time. i think it's great if you're willing to commit the time and energy to do it, but it's not for me.

Debra - posted on 02/25/2011




I am really, really interested in this. My son (9 mos) seems to be giving me cues before he goes...but I am just finding out that we're "late" in terms of early potty training.
How is potty training different than elimination communication?

Renae - posted on 02/20/2010




Yes read the blog, or also google "elimination communication", there are loads of people out there potty training from birth and loads of success stories too. Not that I did it or know anything about it, I just know these methods exist and see nothing wrong with it. To each their own.

Maria - posted on 02/20/2010




Yes, EC can work very well for many families, and most of the world does not use diapers. They do their own forms of EC. I tried it for six or seven months with my daughter, until she would no longer cooperate, so I had to quit and go Western Traditional style. Ah, well... it was a good run and saved us some diapers! :)

I hope it works out for you. I'd like to hear your continued experiences with your daughter as she grows into the process.

Dawn - posted on 02/20/2010




My opinion is to start your child potty training when they know that they went, and want that thing off. Or like my kids did, they started taking them off there selves if I didn't get to them in time.

Becky - posted on 02/19/2010




I have read a little bit about EC, and I admire and kind of envy parents who do it. We have a 2 year old and a 5 month old, and my husband would LOVE it if they were both potty trained already! He hates doing poopy diapers, and last week, I had surgery and was out of commission, so he had to do all of them, LOL! It was not fun for him! I think if I'd told him about EC, he might've just done it to get out of the poopy diapers.

I just don't think it's for me though. I'll admit, I haven't done a lot of research into it, but it seems like it would be very time consuming and I don't know how I'd manage it with 2 active boys only 18 months apart. (although changing all those diapers is pretty time consuming some days too!)

Sharon - posted on 02/19/2010




I had better things to do than to stare at my infants 24/7 waiting for an eyeball cue that they needed to urinate.

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6.5 months sounds very young, but I let my little one run around the house with no diaper when he started walking and there were few accidents. He did learn to potty early, but I'm not sure if this was the reason for it.

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Nothing negative here either....just not the kind parenting style that I was interested in pursuing at all. If it works some some parents, well then that's great!

Ilja - posted on 02/19/2010




Hiya Marijke,

I have nothing negative to say, I am just a little jealous! haha. My son is 3,5 and he will go pee on his potty, but no way can I get him to poop on it. He asks for a diaper when he feels he needs to go poop, and if I don't give it to him he will just not poop at all..for days! So whatever works for you and your little one keep it up! :-)

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