Elimination Communication with a 13 month old: Knowing how and when to use the potty

Posted on Jun 5 2013 - 6:10pm by megganmamma
Elimination Communication

You know he knows what that is.

For the past 13 months we’ve been practicing elimination communication (EC) with Joshi. There have been times when it’s been easy, times when it’s been hard and then really exciting times like last Tuesday when I feel that it’s paid off huge as we move into a whole new place with it.  Again Kate, thanks heaps for letting me know about this before Joshi was born.  (Kate has a great blog and writes about EC’ing too … click here to read it).

Last Tuesday Simon and I were still lying in bed.  Joshi was standing by the side of the bed, near his potty. He suddenly picked up his potty.  So I asked him if he needed to go. (Joshi’s not talking yet, but it’s obvious that he understands more and more of what we say). He put his potty on the ground, maneuvered his legs around it, sat on it and did a wee.  There were two things about this that were exciting for me. Firstly, that he could physically get himself onto the potty without needing help. Secondly, the blatant obviousness of how he knows when he needs the loo and what and where he needs to do when he needs it. I love it.

As if that wasn’t enough EC’ing excitement for one day, that lunchtime Joshi and I were in our home office. Again he was nappy free.  Suddenly he went really quiet, walked over to me and looked up at me with these huge eyes.  He put his hand on his groin and stood really still.  I asked him if he needed the potty and went to fetch it for him from the bathroom.  I put it in the passage where he could see it, a few metres from where he stood.  He walked over to it, sat down and did a number 2.  A few years ago I’d never have dreamed that this would actually be something I’d write about, but I’m just loving Elimination Communication and I want every mum, dad, nanny, grandpa and granny out there to know that it’s an option for them.

Extra Reading:

If you’d like to read more about elimination communication this book is a good place to start: ‘Diaper Free’ by Ingrid Bauer (affiliate link).  If you want to read a bit about what she has to say first then click here.


4 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. cgrassnick@gmail.com June 5, 2013 at 8:39 pm -

    Thank you for sharing! I will pass this post on to my friend as well 🙂 Xx

    • megganmamma June 7, 2013 at 2:26 pm -

      My pleasure. Happy to answer any questions your friend has about EC.x

  2. katesurfs June 5, 2013 at 8:49 pm -

    Yay!!!! I loved so much when Margo was learning to sit herself on the potty. It was soooooo funny the way she would back and up and go in reverse to get her self on there! Way to go you guys! It really starts to click as soon as they’re walking! Now, I can say… I TOLD YOU SO 🙂

    • megganmamma June 5, 2013 at 9:33 pm -

      Kate, the second time he got himself onto the potty he did that backing up thing that you mentioned… Hands on the floor, bum in the sky and then into reverse. Funniest thing to watch.x