Elimination communication details

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Elimination communication details

So if you’re thinking of doing elimination communication, there’s sort of two perspectives you need to beat – what the baby does and what you do. And basically, what you’re looking for from the baby is cues that he needs to go to the bathroom. So, you know, faces, anything like that, typically that you would look for and you start to get to know your own baby and when you see that you think he might go, you take him and you put him over the toilet and you give him a cue oftentimes, you can make a pee sound, you go psst and see if he needs to go. As they get older, you can make the sign language sign for potty and he’ll often make that sign to you as he gets older as well. And so that’s what you’re looking for. And then, as a parent, you’re just looking out for that and trying to get him to the pot as quickly as possible and frankly, trying to not let him get used to sitting in a wet diaper. So changing him as quickly as possible if you miss the cues.

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Megan Hyndman is the mother to two-year-old Finnegan and a newborn, Saoirse. She is a writer, yoga teacher and private tutor and has recently started her own tutoring company, Honors Educational Services.  She and her husband Jason have been married since 2006, and since that time they’ve gone from a couple who thought they never wanted kids to a family of five, if you count the dog – and the 60-lb Rottweiler mix is definitely one of the kids.  The first baby under six months either parent ever saw was their own son, after a home birth, so they had to learn everything from scratch.  As a home birthing, cloth-diapering, infant potty-training, breastfeeding, sort of co-sleeping parent planning to home school, who also vaccinates, circumcises, disciplines, watches TV with Finn way more than she should and works full time, Megan doesn’t really fit into any “Mommy groups” – and that’s okay with her. Megan’s parenting philosophy is the same philosophy she tells her tutoring students: Use What Works for You.  

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