When I first heard about Elimination Communication I was all
Huh? What did you say? **side eye**
I thought “that seems like a whole hell of a lot of time and effort. It is just SO much easier to change a diaper than worry about cues and getting your INFANT on the toilet”.
Then a girl from my March group posted about her 11 week old that went poop on the potty and I was intrigued. I was sucked in when she said that she did it with her first daughter and stopped changing poopy diapers around 6 months.
No poopy diapers in my precious cloth diapers? OKAY!
But I didn’t think much of it until the following morning when I went to change K’s diaper. I brought her to the toilet put her in the position and within 30 seconds she pooped! Now granted this was all timing. It’s not like she saw the toilet and said “ooh this is where people poop so I’m going to too” but the fact remains. She went poopy on the toilet.
That day she went 4 more times on the toilet. This was Saturday the 11th. Since then I’ve been taking her to the potty after diaper changes and sometimes when we’re in the middle of a nursing session and she starts to fuss, that’s often a cue that some sort of bodily function is happening. Sometimes it turns out to be that she needs to pee or even puke. But very rarely so far have I followed a cue and not had *something* happen.
The two most common misconceptions are that:
1) You have to do this full time for it to work
2) the baby doesn’t wear a diaper.
We’re doing this part time. I do it during diaper changes and when I see a cue. I don’t do it when we’re out or in the middle of the night!
She still wears a diaper, so there’s no poop or pee on me or the floor when I miss a cue.
I get the cue for poop more than pee so she’s done that more on the toilet than pee. But she’s doing it, we’re doing it.
And the best part? It’s really not that hard.
It makes me realize even more how much *I* know *my* baby. And the satisfaction you get when you get it right and your BABY poops on the toilet is unbelievable! I assure you that you know your baby just as well.