Elimination Communication, or “Infant Potty Training,” can seem a little overwhelming, no doubt about that. The time commitment and having to identify baby’s cues and the successes and misses can make your head spin.
Add it all to the fact that EC can seem very “all-or-nothing.” Either you commit to it full-time, or it’s just not worth your time, which can be very disheartening for mamas who have to leave their babies with other caregivers who can’t or won’t be able to continue elimination communication while baby is with them, or moms who have their hands full with multiple children.
Can you EC part-time?
I’m here to tell you that elimination communication can absolutely work on a part-time basis. This is not an all-or-nothing thing.
How do I know? We have always EC’d on a part-time basis and little Fox has definitely caught on!
How do we EC part time?
We started EC with Fox when she was only a few weeks old, and I was basically the only person doing it. I would simply pay attention (I was looking at her all the time anyways, so, hey, why not?) and pick up on her potty cues, as well as offer the potty whenever I changed her.
At first, the potty was a small bucket that I held her over, or the sink. Use whatever works for you. We switched to the big potty with a seat reducer at around 7 months, when she was sitting upright unsupported very well.
I only EC’d during the day, so all of her nighttime eliminations still went into her diapers. I only EC’d when I was her primary caregiver, I was awful lazy about it when hubs was home. We mostly EC’d when we were home, not so much when we were out and about – when she would let us!
Some days, we had no misses, some days we had no catches. Once she caught on, Fox was really good about giving cues when she had to go, especially with pooping.
We still have days on both ends of the spectrum, but I know she will be ready to be fully potty trained soon (sooner if I hadn’t been really lazy about EC for a few months and if we were a bit more stable, but with the move happening, that wasn’t happening). Despite all of that, I haven’t changed a poopy diaper in over 8 months, and they were sporadic for months leading up to that.
Elimination communication has absolutely worked for us part-time, and can totally work for you, too! You can make it work for your family, no need to follow a specific set of rules, just go with the flow, so to speak!
Have you tried EC? Do you want to try it with your next baby? Share your experiences in the comments below or ask a question on my Facebook page!