Elimination communication tips

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Elimination communication tips

The best tips for successful elimination communication honestly is to not worry about the end product. Yes, a lot of people have babies that are potty trained as early as 9, 10 months if they do it full time. Our child is 19 months and still pees in his diaper quite often and that’s not a big deal. The point of elimination communication is to train your child in the way society works, not to make sure that you can put him in underwear at a year old. And that is hard to remember sometimes, because you can get frustrated when you think you’re on a really good track and you’ve gone a week or two with all these catches and then all of a sudden, he decides to just pee all over the place when he gets sick and he actually poops in his diaper which you haven’t dealt with in 6 months. And it can get really frustrating and the best thing is to always remember why you’re doing it and you’re doing it to communicate with your child and you’re doing it so that you guys have a good relationship. You’re not doing it… it’s not about the bathroom. And that’s really my biggest tip is to just stay calm and really not worry about the end result.

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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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