Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Toilet Time for Young Babies

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Toilet Time for Young Babies

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CEN Campbell travels unusually light for a mum with a young child. No wet wipes. No changing pad. No disposable nappies.

The extra baggage isn't necessary because when Campbell's toddler Jude needs to go to the bathroom, she brings him to the toilet. They've been doing this a with mixed success a since he was just 12 days old.

aI wouldn't want to sit in a wet diaper (nappy). Why would I make my child do it?a Campbell said.

In the US, most new parents would count nappies among the acan't live withouta items for bringing up baby. But some are rejecting that conventional wisdom and helping their children use the toilet from the first few weeks and months of life.

Fans of infant potty training, also called elimination communication or natural infant hygiene, say it's better for the environment, more economical and a unique way to bond with their child.

Most babies brought up this way wear nappies, usually cloth, as back-up, but get away with using many fewer than babies who are not accustomed to using a potty.

aI started to notice there were patterns,a said Campbell, a volunteer at Blossom Birth in Palo Alto.

aIf you know when they're going to go, hold them over the potty.a

Infant Potty Training author Laurie Boucke said the idea went back centuries.

aIt's been used since the beginning of time successfully in many cultures including in India, Africa, China and even here,a Ms Boucke said.

The theory is that babies have

a desire to be clean, are aware of their bodily functions and can learn to communicate their needs.

Relying on nappies, proponents say, trains babies to ignore natural instincts.

aWe bathe the baby, we feed the baby, we do all these other things and you wonder, why not do this?a Ms Boucke said.

aIf you start really little, they learn from association. …

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