Baby Potty Training & Elimination Communication

Author: By Bambella Designs   Date Posted:16 January 2015 

Baby potty training can be a tricky process that every parent and infant will experience. One common and successful method of training is Elimination Communication, or EC which can also be referred to as ‘infant potty training’ or ‘elimination timing.’ It is essential that children feel supported during potty training and our range of pee pads can be useful to ease them through the stages of EC and prevent accidents where possible.

What Elimination Communication involves

EC is based on four components that can be easily applied during the potty training process. These components include timing, signals, cues, and intuition which are used by the parents or caregivers of the infant. The process emphasises communication between the adults and the infant, in order to teach them over time to recognize when they need to eliminate waste. Then the parents will be able to respond to this communication and enable the child to eliminate in the appropriate place and positioning. EC can be most effective when utilised during the first four months of an infant’s life, but can be introduced and used at any time in occasional, part-time, or full-time schedules.

Introducing the components of Elimination Communication

In EC, timing involves identifying the natural rhythms of an infant’s elimination cycle. Timing can be very useful, as some infants may be regular in their elimination which gives you time to take them to the potty.

Signals can be recognized and utilised to greatly improve the efficiency of Elimination Communication. Common signals vary between infants, but can include sudden fussiness, particular cries, distinct facial expressions, or passing gas.

Cues can be any action by the adult to the infant, with the intention to trigger elimination in the infant. An infant can start to learn a cue through association with the act and eventually learn that the cue means it’s time to eliminate. It can be a certain sound you make or something physical like sitting the infant on a potty.

Intuition is difficult to explain, but inherently recognisable. It involves a ‘gut feeling’ on the part of the parent or caregiver, or subconscious awareness, of the infant’s need to eliminate.

How can pee pads be useful for baby potty training and EC?

Even if you are doing everything right, during the teaching process accidents can and will happen. This is where our range of high quality pee pads can be useful for baby potty training and ease the clean-up of these accidents. Our versatile pee pads offer a comfortable barrier for infants and are ideal for car seats, prams, change tables and anywhere on the go.  

Not only are our hand-made pee pads useful for baby potty training, they are available in a great range of fabrics and designs. Our pee pads are made from high quality materials including three layers of absorbent PUL materials and are entirely machine washable. Take the stress out of potty training and check out our range of pee pads at our online store

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