Potty Training: Baby-Led Potty Training
Baby-led Potty Training (BPLT) also know as Elimination Communication (EC) or Natural Infant Hygiene (NIH) is the natural way to care for your baby’s toileting needs, and a growing number of parents are returning to the traditional practice of offering the baby toilet (or potty) opportunities.
If this approach is used, there is still a need for toilet training, as before 8 months the parent is simply ‘catching’. The child still needs the opportunity to learns about taking her/himself to the potty/toilet.
When baby is just a few months many parents recognise when their baby is going to soil their nappy and prepare themselves for the imminent nappy change. But very few spring into action, hold their child over the toilet and avoid the clean up operation. Wet nappies are nicer to deal with than soiled ones! BPLT is non-coercive and focuses on keeping the baby clean and dry and aware of their bodily functions. It uses and maintains their natural instinct not to soil themselves.
Variations of this approach are used internationally and are the norm in many countries. Whilst using BPLT many people still use training pants or nappies as ‘back-up’ (rather than the only way to deal with body waste). Contrary to common misconceptions, using this method does not need to be stressful, messy or overly labour-intensive. It can also be done full or part-time to suit family circumstances.
Julie Rose is a mum of one living in Stoke Newington, she volunteered at the Hackney Real Nappy Network nappuccino sessions to raise awareness about Baby-Led Potty Training - a technique used to drastically reduce nappy use and something she learnt through a friend...