So we have started the earliest stages of Potty Training. Although, to be fair, many would claim that teh earliest stages should mean starting at about 3 months of age. Personally, while I believe that Elimination Communication (or Natural Infant Hygiene) can and do work for many families, cloth diapers worked well for us.
And they still do! I'm not parting with diapers anytime real soon, but I noticed recently that my son does not seem to be bothered by wet or dirty diapers and I believe this is problematic.
Back in 1961, when Proctor and Gamble were first developing disposable diapers, they hired a pediatrician to do their dirty work. He was hired to convince parents that disposable diapers are cleaner, dryer, and safer than early potty training. In the early 1900's, even in the US babies were potty trained from very early ages and most children started by 9 months.
Now, the average age of potty training is around age 3! Many parents are waiting longer and longer to potty train, waiting for a mystical, magical "readiness" that may not actually exist. Pediatricians are telling parents that waiting until their child is older is fine, but the reality is that as kids get older, they crave stability, control, and schedules. So I've asked myself, "Does it make sense to wait until Boogie is older to teach him to use the potty?"
The answer I have come to is a resounding no. But, I do understand that modern life means not everyone can potty train their young babies and toddlers. Day cares are not always able to help working parents and it just isn't always feasible to potty train based on watching your child like a hawk to see the often subtle cues that signal impending elimination.
However, I am fortunate in being able to stay home with my son.
And this morning, I got him on his potty in time for #2! Not that he understands yet, but he will. Naked time is fun for him!
I'd post a picture but...uh...ew...