A new mom will quickly learn when baby is telling her that he is tired
or hungry. Baby will also tell you when he is about to soil his diaper
- or 'eliminate' in the jargon. The signs are usually a grunting and moving
into a certain position. My son used to get this far away look on his face
and he would be very noisy so that everyone around him knew what was on
Many moms in America are now practicing 'elimination communication'
whereby they watch baby for signs that he is ready to 'eliminate' and then
dangle him over the toilet or a potty. The technique does require virtually
constant observation of the baby but apparently baby soon learns the procedure
and knows that if he grunts hard enough it saves him having to sit around
with a diaper full of you-know-what!
The savings achieved through having to buy far fewer diapers are considerable,
and of course you would be doing your bit to help the environment.
Potty training at the 'traditional' age of around 2-3 can be a real
battle and a scary time for a kid. Starting much earlier would spare you
both but the technique does require constant attention and, for this reason,
some experts 'pooh-pooh' the idea (sorry!) of starting potty training so
early. Heather Welford of the National Childbirth Trust believes most parents
will be too busy to watch baby all day and says 'I think it will always
be something practiced by a minority of parents doing it for ideological
reasons such as being closer to the baby or to help save the environment'.
Two good reasons I would have thought.
About The Author
Katy Luck runs a website with advice and articles about having babies.
Visit her site at http://www.baby-talk.co.uk.