Potty Training at 18 months (Diaper Free and in 24 hours)

by | May 23, 2015 | Gentle Parenting, Green Parenting, Motherhood

Hello my loving parents,

Today I wanted to share with you something that our family has been practicing for the past 10 or 12 months and that is a diaper free potty training or as some may call it Elimination Communication. However, I have stopped calling it EC because Ava is now old enough to recognize her own cues which bring her to the “big potty”. Not only is this a diaper free method but it’s also a pants free method! Or “naked baby time” as we like to call it in our home. Of course Ava loves it, and with less cloth diapers going into the washer I love it too!



Why no Diapers?

I don’t know what really got me started on this idea, it was almost an instinctual spur of the moment kinda thing. Ava loved being naked around the house, heck I love being naked around the house too….who doesn’t??

…Anyways it dawned on me one day during nap time, that Ava was actually using the toilet 99% of the time (nap time 0% accidents) so I decided to start leaving her diaper off at night as well. Which was actually pretty risky since she still sleeps with us, but with her wetting so much in her diaper, (most of the time she would leak out….ugh, not fun at 2 in the morning) I figured I give it a shot. So the first night we tried this, I woke up in the morning with not a single pee drop on the bed. Ava immediately had to pee when she woke up. The next few days, the same routine…and went on for a month. Want to know what happened after that month? She was able to start holding it for about 5 minutes after waking up, she is able to hold it for a good 5-20 minutes now…which is really crazy, because I don’t even think I would be able to hold it that long after waking up haha. She has been able to tell me in the car that she needs to go and will try to hold it until we are able to find a restroom.

However, I noticed when she was wearing diapers around the house, she will pee and not even tell me. I am not sure if it’s because the comfort is there or if it’s revenge for making her wear a diaper! After about 5 months I started buying her “big girl panties“. She has had a few accidents in those and is embarrassed when she has to go put them in the laundry room or change into diapers. Like I said I really feel that it is because of the comfort being there that they are more likely to pee their pants. I make sure to always applaud and praise when she goes, as well as remind her that it feels so much better going in the toilet than going in her BGP.  She is getting better at not going in her BGP and I am actually in the process of selling off my cloth diapers!


Don’t Rush


This is something that I try really hard not to do to Ava. When she has an accident, I don’t want to make her feel ashamed or hurt because she made a mistake. As much as I hate cleaning pee off the floor, I hate seeing that precious little face cry more. I take the risks of going out in public with her BGP and try to remind or ask if she needs to go potty pretty often. With the reminders she mostly says no, but will speak up when the time is right, which makes me proud.

My daughter is potty trained, but does have accidents, heck my mom is 45 and even she has them sometimes when laughing too hard (sorry mom! ha) We need to just continue to encourage our little ones when they do well and be patient when they don’t. We never want to create a fear in this situation, because fear leads to stress and stress leads to a load of problems.

This naked baby potty training has really helped us along with many others. Have you heard of this method or any other methods of potty training? Let me know your experience down in the comments!

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Written By: Ashleigh Nicole

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  1. Ashley

    What worked for me and my two kids was guide by Susan Urban “How to make your child love going potty” ( http://www.parental-love.com) It really made my kids love going potty really fast and without drama! I loved the way the author leads you what to do and when to do it! great help

    • Ashleigh Nicole

      Oh awesome, I will have to read it sometime. I have another little one now & I need to start getting ready to prepare for potty training again! 🙂

  2. Chelsea

    Yes! I have heard the term quite a bit. I think this naked baby time coincides with ‘following our child’s lead’ as well. The get to that point where they don’t want clothes ( or diapers) so in a sense they are telling us they are ready for going in the big potty. Great read.

    • Ashleigh Nicole

      Thank you, and yes I totally agree! It would be a lot easier on us if we were able to follow their lead more often wouldn’t you say?

  3. Carole Westberg

    Sweetheart, this is not new. I did this with my kids 40 years ago. Nothing concentrates their attention like peeing down their legs. Once they know what it feels like, what the pre pee feeling is, it’s a piece of cake. My method “no pants ever when at home” My youngest, being trained during the winter and wearing three sweaters and a jacket, would rush in from the bottom of the garden to get to the potty. Put him in a diaper to go out shopping or something and he would pee in it happily. But having learned the pre pee feeling, they could all tell me when going was imminent and we soon learned every bathroom in every store in the surrounding area.
    Potty training has nothing to do with the child being ready. It is all about the parent being ready to persist. Your views are cute, but not new, not at all.

    • Ashleigh Nicole

      Thank you for reading, I have a friend’s grandma that has mentioned to me recently that all her kids were practically naked from 1-4 and that she never really had to potty train, they just naturally picked it up. I love that more and more people are continuing with this method, because I really feel that it is less pressure on the little ones. 🙂 Although I do have to say I’m surprised your youngest would run inside to potty, I’ve witnessed Ava sneaking behind the shed to pee because she thinks it’s cool to go outside…haha! Have a great day!

    • Angela

      Wow, the condescending tone of this comment is ridiculous. You are very sweet to be so kind to someone so very rude!

      • Ashleigh Nicole

        Thank you Angela, I love when opportunities to practice what I preach come up, because I believe it puts a little bit more love and positivity into the world rather than negativity, hopefully it ripples out 🙂 Have a beautiful day (Happy Holidays) and thank you for reading! 🙂

  4. Amanda

    So glad you brought your comments back! We are finally at the point of needing/wanting to potty train and this article was amazingly insightful! Such a great way to look at this part in their lives. I can’t wait to try naked baby time …ha!

    • Ashleigh Nicole

      Yes I decide to bring them back since I am no longer on Facebook, figured it was the best way for readers to ask questions! That’s awesome, wish you the best best of luck! 🙂

  5. Lanita

    Sounds a lot like Potty Training Boot Camp. Which is the method we used with our youngest. So glad it worked so well for you! Crazy, many other modern countries never put their children in diapers and their kids are potty trained before they turn 1! Thanks so much for the post, we’ll definitely try this with our next one!

    • Ashleigh Nicole

      I have never heard of Potty Training Boot Camp lol. I know, if you think about it humans have been around a lot longer than diapers, maybe our ancestors had a secret way! Thanks for reading!

  6. Kelly Writ

    Haha, I love how you call it naked baby time!! I have actually heard this term a few times and have even see this method on pinterest. Who knew that babies really just need to be naked to potty train?? Great post & your daughter is beautiful!

    • Ashleigh Nicole

      I know right? I am sure that there was a reason we started diapering all those years ago. Thanks for reading!! 🙂


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