I think the real work of natural infant hygiene is that of being in the present moment. There are days when it can seem like the most difficult thing in the world to do.
And there are days when you have glimpses of enlightenment: the feeling of being in the present moment, being in the flow, having that peaceful experience of synchronicity and symbiotic relationship that can develop between mother and child when they are in tune. Babies are not the passive beings they were once believed to be. They are absorbing and processing new stimuli and sensory information moment by moment. They are also signaling in both subtle and not so subtle ways throughout the day, trying to communicate to their caregivers exactly what they need, and when.
Natural infant hygiene opens another avenue for parents to tune in and respond to their baby's needs. This opportunity for strengthening the intimate parent-child relationship relies on practical tools designed by nature to work. Yet, this approach offers much more than just another parenting "technique" for dealing with a baby's elimination.
Ideally, it is fundamentally a way of being with a baby. This way of being focuses on relationship and communication: natural infant hygiene is seen as part of a lifestyle, rather than a chore. Parents who follow nature's plan for infant care have a distinct advantage in responding to a baby's needs fully. Babies who are breastfed and have frequent or constant contact with their mother's bodies feel satisfied, secure, and content.
In turn, this strengthens the parent's confidence, pleasure, and responsiveness. Studies have shown that these infants are more likely to have their subtle signals heeded, and cry less. Even when these babies cry, they do so in the loving arms of a parent who is doing their utmost to understand and help.
Local mothers brought their infants to see the doctor, often standing patiently in line for hours. The women carried the tiny infants in a sling, next to their bare breasts. Older infants were carried on the back, papoose style. The infants were never swaddled, nor were diapers used. Yet none of them were soiled when finally examined by the doctor. Infant pottying should NOT be confused with the "early toilet training" method used in Western countries from approximately This older method had a very different focus and approach, and unfortunately has led many to conclude that any form of early toilet learning is bad.
But infant pottying differs in that it is based on babies' natural elimination timing and rhythms. It promotes early bonding and communication, and does NOT focus on rushing toilet learning.
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Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. The guidelines and photos will help you learn your baby's elimination communication and comfy in-arms potty positions. Healthy infants are aware of this bodily function and can learn to respond to it the early "Infant Potty Basics" teaches you all you need to know to get started with a gentle and gradual means of toilet learning that is used in many non-Western societies. Healthy infants are aware of this bodily function and can learn to respond to it the early months of life. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages.
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For example, when children are going through a significant change or several changes at once see list below it might be smart to hold off on adventures in potty training. At these times, children often feel overwhelmed and sometimes lose skills they have already learned or were making progress on, like potty training. Common situations that can cause stress and are generally not good times to start training include:.
If your child is in the middle of potty training during a stressful time and seems to be having more accidents than usual, know that this is normal.
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Your child needs all of your patience and support right now. She will return to her previous level of potty training once things have gotten back to normal. Offer your child the tools she needs to be successful at toileting such as a small potty, potty seat, stool, etc. Avoid punishment as well as too much praise around toilet use. Finding a toilet training method that works for your family is the key. No matter how you do it, remember this is a learning process that takes time, with many accidents along the way.
Being patient is the best way you can support your child as she learns. Keep in mind that children with special needs may take longer to learn to use the potty. They may also need special equipment, and a lot of help and support from you. Toddlers are all about trying to gain some control over their world. They are using their growing physical, thinking, and language skills to gain some power over themselves, their bodies, and their surroundings. This natural and healthy desire for control can lead to power struggles, as children quickly figure out that one way to feel in charge is by refusing to do something they know their parent wants them to do.
Toilet training is particularly ripe for power struggles because it is so tied up with toddlers wanting to have control over their own bodies. Think of it as just another skill you are helping your child learn. Refusing to do it becomes a very powerful way for your child to feel in control.