Early Potty Training Method

Elimination communication is a method of early potty training by which a parent carefully watches a baby for signs that she’s about to pee or poop. As soon as the baby “announces” that she needs a potty break (she may squirm in a certain way, for example, or grimace or grunt), Mom or another caregiver gets her to a toilet or potty pronto and holds her over it bare-bottomed so that she takes care of business there and not in a diaper. Some parents begin elimination communication as early as a few weeks, others wait longer, but no matter how old (or young!) a child, early potty training has its benefits. Here are some of the biggest advantages.

EC reduces the need for diapers. Most infants need to be changed from five to ten times a day. And even though babies need fewer diaper changes as they get older, the number of nappies they go through will reach into the thousands by the time they’re toilet-trained. Most parents who do infant potty training use diapers some of the time (overnight, for example, or when they’re on the go), but even so, elimination communication can cut the total number drastically.
EC is easier on the pocketbook. This math is easy: Using fewer diapers means less money spent buying them!
EC is easier on the environment. Disposable diapers eat up resources when they’re manufactured and pile up in landfills after they’re used. Washing cloth diapers uses water and energy. When it comes to the environment, neither option is better than the other, but using fewer diapers of either type by going the elimination communication route is unquestionably the greenest way to go.
EC may be more comfortable for babies. Minus the bulk around her bottom, a baby can kick her chubby little legs and otherwise move more freely than she might wrapped in a nappy.
EC can stave off diaper rash. A sore, red tushie is typically caused by a trio of factors: moisture trapped against skin that’s enclosed in an airless environment and exposed to potential irritants, such as the residue from urine or feces and/or chemicals like the fragrances in a wipe. Most of these rash-raisers are non-issues when a baby spends less time in a diaper.
EC encourages bonding. Elimination communication requires keeping an almost-constant eye on a baby in order to catch her when she needs to pee or poop. Not only does this increase the quantity of time a parent (or caregiver) spends in contact with her child, it can enhance the quality of those close encounters by requiring Mom to really pay attention to how her baby expresses her needs.
EC is natural. At least, it’s natural when you consider that worldwide, most mothers deal with their infants’ toileting needs without using diapers. Particularly in Asia and Africa, babies are toted around with their butts bare. When they show signs of needing to relieve themselves, their mothers simply hold them away from their own bodies.