Monday, June 29, 2009

Hippy Mommy

I have decided to attempt infant potty training. Go ahead and laugh.

I bought a tiny potty when Nola was only a couple of months old. I had heard of parents who practice “elimination communication”. The goal is to learn your child and know the signals they give before they eliminate. And then put their elimination somewhere besides their diaper. It sounded a little extreme, but worth a shot. I set her on her potty once in a while and she even pooped in it twice. But in the end found it too difficult and stressful to “catch” her sudden, explosive poos. Once she started solid foods that all changed. It became very obvious when she was attempting to eliminate. So one day she was attempting and I thought, “Hey, let’s give it a try!” So I quickly got her on the potty and she went! She went an entire week pooping in her tiny potty, and once on the big potty at Grandma’s house. She did still go in her diaper when we were out shopping or doing other things, and at naptimes she seemed to always sneek one in before I got her up. But when we were home and awake she was a champ!

Pee is a different story. Although she has peed quite a few times in her potty, it’s harder to tell when she needs to go. So today we are experimenting. I have a huge quilt spread out in our living room. Nola is playing and watching Plaza Sesamo with just her onesie on. No diaper. This way I can see when she needs to go. (The cloth diapers I use are amazing and I have trouble telling when she is wet.) And, yes, I’ve already had to clean up one mess. But it was worth it because now I know…it appears she needs to pee a few minutes after she poops. Which I wouldn’t have thought. I assumed she was already peeing in her diaper before I catch her pooping. Lesson learned.

Ryan said to me last night, “You’re kind of a hippy mom.” I guess so. But only a little. I pick and choose my hippiness. Nola wears cloth diapers, but she eats canned baby food. I enjoy the breastfeeding bond, but Nola has slept in her own bed since the day we brought her home. I want Nola to learn to poop in the potty not for the health and well being of her inner zen, but because I’d rather flush her poop down the toilet than wash it out of her diaper!


  1. I heartily support this effort. HEARTILY.

  2. Like all children of hippie parents, yours is going to discover this picture on an obscure web archive someday and say, "Mom! I can't beleive you did that!"

    But I think the picture is adorable. At least you didn't name her Lunar Module or something.

  3. This is great!! It will be fun to see how it turns out!! You are being a great "hippy" mom!!

  4. No laughing here - we do EC too! Pop by to see my babes...


  5. The best way to clean cloth diapers is to pre-rinse them off in the toilet using a Hand Bathroom Bidet Sprayer. So convenient and if you are trying to help the environment (and your pocket book) you can give it a double whammy by virtually eliminating toilet paper use by using it on yourself also. That is what they were originally created for. I think Dr. Oz on Oprah said it best: "if you had pee or poop on your hand, you wouldn't wipe it off with paper, would you? You'd wash it off" Available at they come in an inexpensive kit and can be installed without a plumber. Now we're talking green and helping the environment without any pain. One review:

  6. My cousin's mom would put him on the potty every morning. Every morning. From the time he was 6 months old. He is almost 50 and still goes every morning. Every morning.

    I like your method of learning when your baby urinates. Hats off to you - I would have forgotten what I was supposed to be looking for and missed it completely!! LOL

    We did baby food with our oldest. For our second, we were eating really healthy, so J would put a little bit of everything we ate into the food processor attachment on the blender and grind it up. We ended up not buying more than a dozen jars of baby food for her. What a savings!

  7. Here are some links: Infant Potty Training books and DVD Infant Potty Training Basics (translated into many languages) Potty Whisperer

    We used infant pottying with our third son, thoroughly enjoyed it (lots of fun!) and liked it much more than traditional toilet training. One of the main misconceptions is that you have to dedicate a lot of time, but most parents do it part time. It's fine to start with one or a few potty visits a day until you feel ready for more.

    Nola is adorable!