I hate sleeping in the wet spot.  So I’m doing a lot of laundry.

About a month ago we bought Eryn a potty. We’re not actually potty training, we’re just getting her used to the idea. When she was newly born Hubby and I discussed cloth diapers and in my searches for diaper service in my area, I came across the concept of Elimination Communication.

I didn’t look too much into it, and still don’t know a lot about EC — but suffice it to say that it’s the ability to read your baby’s cues to know when they’re about to relive themselves, and getting them to an appropriate place for them to do so.  I figured that I already know how to read her tired, hungry and bored cues — why not give “EC lite” a try.

Eryn loves her potty.  I put her on after every meal just to see if she’ll go pee-pee or I’ll try to catch a poopy when she gets that glazed look in her eye.  She just loves it when I sing “Peanut butter, potty time” (which replaced her first favourite, “peanut butter, tummy time”).  I’ll also sign “potty” for her and when I ask her if she’s done with the potty, she’ll sign “all done” and put out her arms to be lifted up.  It’s so funny watching her take a good look in between her legs and get all excited when she actually goes.  And of course we’re lavinshing praise on her when she does, and just simply being matter-of-fact when she doesn’t. “Did you go pee-pee? No? Okay, let’s put on your diaper.”

But we’re certainly not batting 100.

She’s started enjoying watching herself go pee, and will point to her diaper when she’s going. I’ll nod emphatically, “yes! You’re going pee-pee in your diaper” and she’ll clap enthusiastically. But what Eryn really loves, is when she’s running around naked after a bath, she’ll escape from her towel, sit on my bedspread and relieve herself. Watching, patting and smiling the entire time.

I’ve started putting her back on the potty and simply explaining that pee-pee happens in her diaper or on the potty, and not making a fuss over it. Today though wondered for about 5 seconds if she was doing it maliciously. That we’ve introduced the potty too early and she’s lashing out.

And then I noticed how proud she was of her wet spot.  I’m guessing she thinks of it as artwork.  A visual representation of her own special creativity.  And as soon as Eryn is done admiring her work, I pull out the hairdryer and make it all go away (yes, I change the sheets. But you know, not right away. Who has time for that? But I do have to save the mattress).

Once she starts walking and preempting her bodily functions with an announcement, we’ll become more involved with the potty.

Does anyone have experience with EC? What’s worked for you in terms of gentle potty training?  Any reading recommendations?

(okay, full disclosure: That’s actually a wet hair spot. I didn’t rub her down before unceremoniously plopping her on the bed. But it made such an apt photo, so I had to take it.)