Elimination Communication or Infant Potty Training is a gentle, non-coercive way to respond to a baby’s natural hygiene needs, from as early as birth. Like all mammals, human babies instinctively resist soiling themselves, their sleep space, and their caregivers, and they clearly communicate about it from birth. With EC, we learn baby's signals and natural rhythms and assist them with this process until they naturally gain independence (usually by 9-18 months of age).
Just as babies signal if they are hungry or sleepy, they also signal before emptying their bowel or bladder. We just need to identify those signals and acknowledge them for the baby to be able to respond.
It is more of a communication between the baby and the parent (or caregiver), instead of one way directed potty training.
Before the invent of disposable diapers, the average age of potty training was 18 months. By following the EC method, you can aim to provide potty independence to your baby earlier than you would with mainstream potty training.
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