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