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90s TV Star Potty Trains Her Newborn

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diaper-free-baby-elimination-communicationRemember Mayim Bialik from the sitcom “Blossom”? Well, like all of us, she grew up. And like many of us, she had children. So what, you say? Well, Mayim says that you can train your kid to use the potty much earlier than you thought. In fact, she started when her son was two days old.

This isn’t some wacky celebrity thing that Blossom/Mayim made up or some “Mindhead”-style cult that she bought into. (Anyone get that reference?) It’s called Elimination Communication (EC). Apparently it is de rigeur in “many underdeveloped parts of the world”, according to a post at MomLogic. Basically, you hold your infant over the toilet when they have to go — that’s “elimination.” The “communication” part is where the parent picks up “on the cues of when a baby eliminates. They then make a vocal sound like ‘shhh’ and rush to the potty, holding the baby over it so they can go — diaper-free.”

As someone who has vials of hand sanitizier all over the house because I keep having to touch poop, “diaper-free” sounds fantastic. Holding my infant over a toilet every few minutes? That sounds less fun.

Unsurprisingly, there are people who have posted videos of the technique. Here’s one. (Warning: may not be safe for work, as it features shots of a child making a Number One that is just shooting up the charts, if you know what I mean. If you don’t, I mean that the kid is peeing in the toilet and you get to watch.)

So. Has anyone ever tried this method? Would you?

Source: People Magazine’s Celebrity Baby Blog via MomLogic

Image: FreeToEC

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0 thoughts on “90s TV Star Potty Trains Her Newborn

  1. ChiLaura says:

    I’d love to try it and have considered it, but can’t seem to get organized enough to do it, especially when I have to do things like cook dinner. Maybe with the 3rd baby? ha ha.

  2. jennifer says:

    I know there are some things I do with my son (breastfeed on cue, cloth diapering) that some people would think are too big of a time commitment, and why bother when there are more convenient alternatives out there. But this concept really blows my mind. I mean – my kid pees A LOT. It would be a full time job to watch for his very subtle cues (I know when he is having a bm, but no idea when he is peeing) and strip off all of his clothing to go potty.

    Although some part time ECers use diapers at night, I understand that some do not. Do they sleep?!

    Finally, although it is referenced that this method is used in other countries (most seem to be developing nations), I wonder if you dropped a pallet of Pampers in their midst that they wouldn’t be dancing in the streets at their newfound freedom. Diapers, be they cloth or disposable, are the utmost in convenience for the average Western family. I know some kids do fuss when their diapers are dirty, but my son wakes up in the morning with a diaper that weighs about 2 pounds, but doesn’t seem to care one whit about his “wearable toilet.”

  3. evie says:

    we do this occasionally (I say occasionally because he is one of those babies that has no problem sitting in a wet diaper and makes no indication that he is about to go) with my 7 month old. the cueing works pretty well, we put him on one of those toilet seat inserts when he wakes up in the morning and after naps and he loves it.

  4. Ali says:

    Yes it was pretty easy. They dont pee every few minutes but at regular times such as after meals and naps. Saved me hundreds on diapers and wipes. And it is veyr Earth Friendly. I cant imagine using so many disposables or water to wash diapers. I had two kids the first time and it was no big deal. Everyone in China and India does it and have for centuries. Haven’t you heard of Split Pants on toddlers in China?

  5. Kate says:

    I lived in India last year and spent lots of time with women who lived on the streets of Kolkata. I was hoping to see EC in practice, as my husband and I have considered it for when we have babies. Yes, the babies don’t wear diapers, but I didn’t see a single mother watching for elimination cues. Instead, babies just peed on their blankets (or on me whenever I was holding them) While it may be possible to practice EC in the States, it’s easier to do it in an undeveloped nation where you don’t have to run to the bathroom, because you sleep, eat, and defecate on the same patch of sidewalk. I saw countless babies sitting bare-bottomed in the dirt and filth of the streets, too. And all the wealthy kids I saw were wearing diapers.

  6. TetaZdena says:

    This is obviously stupid and does not work. Come on people.

  7. Charndra at Part Time Diaper Free says:

    Yes, I have practiced Elimination Communication with both my sons since birth (my baby is 10 months old now)

    It is great fun, and like modern cloth diapers, it is quite addictive, too!

    Of course over here people use diaper backup between potty visits, and you can ease into the practice gradually.

    It is of course fabulous to reduce the waste of three or more years off full time diapers, great for the environment, not to mention the budget in this recessiion!

    Lots of parents are practicing this ancient way of caring for your baby’s hygiene needs – casually, having fun connecting with their babies and learning WITH them.

    Pop over to Part Time Diaper Free to discover more:
    http://www.parttimediaperfree.com/

    Charndra

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  9. Maureen says:

    If you want to do it and have the time, fine by me. Personally, I work and so does my husband. We had our two kids potty trained at around 2.5. Yes, we filled up the landfill with diapers, but we do lots of other things to be kind to the environment. I really try not to judge other people’s parenting choices if they aren’t harming their child. For us, though, EC wasn’t something we could ever consider.

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  11. Twyla says:

    I am blown away. I have never even heard of this. I don’t think I would have been very successful. I am prettied grossed out by elimination and don’t much care for it to be on my floor, couch, leg, etc. I would have missed one cue and bought boxes of diapers the same day. Hey, I am crazy enough that if my kid has a bm in underwear while potty training we throw away the underwear. Not my cup of tea.

  12. [...] also told you about Mayim Bialik (TV’s “Blossom”! Whoah!) and how she likes to hold her infant over a toilet. SO THE KID CAN PEE IN IT. Sheesh. What did you think I [...]

  13. Marj says:

    Nope. Not a chance. I am planning on cloth diapers, but I think staring at my babies’ faces all day trying to figure out if they need to pee would really really stress me out. I mean, I have to feed them, take care of them, take care of myself and do laundry. I don’t have that kind of time.

  14. leahsmom says:

    Thanks for some of the links above – I have always wondered, with EC, is there a reason not to use diapers in connection with it? Like, I understand wanting to get your child started on communicating as early as possible, to help along the potty training – but does the kid need to wander around naked, pooping on carpets for it to work? I am hoping that’s not the case, and it seems like that might be true. . .

  15. Brett Singer says:

    Interesting to hear from those who did EC and found it helpful. Thanks for weighing in. I’d never heard of this technique. Hey, you learn something new every day, right?

  16. dawnF says:

    I can’t believe anyone would consider this “fun”. There is nothing wrong with having a baby in nappies, of whatever kind. Want your kid to potty train easily? Here is the key- leave it as long as possible. My son potty trained in one day. Yes, one day. Because I didn’t force it AT ALL and at age 2 3/4, he just started using the toilet, and never looked back.

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  18. defum says:

    we do part-time EC but our boy wears diapers all the time, so there’s no messes to clean up around the house. we just plop him (9mo) on the potty every time we change his diaper, and he usually pees and poops in there. he knows what to do because he’s done it since he was 4mo old and knows what ‘psss’ and ‘poopoopoop’ mean. it’s no extra work at all and it means he rarely poops in his diaper, so cleaning him up is a lot easier. actually, since we use cloth, i’d say it’s less work than not doing EC, since cleaning poop out of cloth diapers is a hassle, not to mention scraping it off their bums. no mess, less work, win-win. give it a go, seriously, you can’t lose!

  19. birthkathy says:

    We do full time EC, and it is fun for us but definitely a time commitment. Our baby is 3 1/2 months and has been using the potty since he was 7 weeks. 95% of his poop and about 50% of his pee goes in the toilet. He wears diapers the rest of the time, so there are no messes anywhere. It’s much less messy than cleaning poop off of his butt! It’s very easy to tell when he needs to go – he says, “unh, unh, unh” until he either wets his diaper or one of us notices and takes him to the potty. He doesn’t signal or EC at night – that is when most of that 50% of pee comes in. It’s really pretty awesome! I just saw Mayim Bialik on What Not To Wear. Funny that she’s an EC’er.

  20. Mel says:

    I have practiced EC with my toddler since birth. To answer a few questions…
    *No, they don’t have to poop on the carpet or sit in their own filth for it to work. BUT, they do have to sit in their own filth for diapering to work. HMM.
    *No, you don’t have to stare at your baby’s face all day for it to work. It can be as big or as little of a time commitment as you want.
    *If you are so disgusted by poop, who changes your kid’s diapers? My kid poops directly in the potty 99% of the time and has since birth. I don’t have to touch or wipe ANY poop off of him. Changing diapers can be messy!
    *And Kate, what evidence/experience do you have that it doesn’t work?

  21. Lisa says:

    We’ve been doing EC with my daughter since she was two weeks old, and she’s now mostly potty trained (at almost 18 months). EC is AWESOME and easy, and it works. I can’t imagine doing anything else with a child now. You can use diapers as much or as little as you want and still do EC–many people use diapers full-time and just take baby to the potty between changes. And yes, I spent a lot of time paying attention to my daughter to see her cues, especially when she was really young, but it didn’t take long to get the hang of it, and it REALLY pays off in the long run, because you get so good at reading your child’s cues and knowing what they need/want. She still doesn’t talk much, but I can understand what she’s communicating much better than many of my friends with older kids, because I’m so used to reading her body language. And anybody who has a toddler knows how helpful it is to understand what your child is saying, and how frustrated they get when you don’t know what they’re saying! Really, the benefits of EC go way beyond pottying. Give it a try–you’ll get addicted immediately.

  22. liz says:

    I’m giggling at the comments. EC is not an all or nothing proposition. You can do everything from never using a diaper to using disposables all the time and only holding your kid over the toilet once a day. A really really good site for learning more and getting a feel for how an ‘average’ EC family handles things is http://www.tribalbaby.org written by a mum in Australia.

  23. mamazee says:

    i did this with my third child – it actually was very convenient – as i could take him to the potty before a big car ride or before we got in the hot tub, and we were safe :)
    At first it’s very much on baby’s schedule (starting around 6 weeks) but they learn to go when they hear the noise, and that makes life a lot easier…

  24. MrsT says:

    We started my son on EC at birth. For child #2 I think I might wait to start in earnest until they have good head control after a few months– it was hard to hold the newborn over the pot while also supporting his head. But EC was so worth it, since our son starting pooping in the potty exclusively starting at age 5 months, and that is WAY easier than having to clean up after a diaper poop. He still has wet diapers, but they’re relatively easy to clean and change so I don’t sweat that, he probably pees in the potty more than half the time, but he still wears diapers at 19 months so we don’t get wet spots all over the house.

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