I was inspired by Joy and her success with infant potty training long before I was pregnant, so when Frances came along I was determined to give it a try. I read Diaper Free: The Gentle Wisdom of Natural Infant Hygiene cover to cover and was intrigued to learn about life before diapers, and modern cultures that don’t use diapers.
Although I wasn’t ready to let my baby run free without a diaper at all, I wanted to give infant potty training a try. As they say, it really is “parent training”. I have to make sure to put Franci on the potty when I think she needs to go. We started at about 4 weeks, and it didn’t take her long to get the idea. I enjoyed the communication that passed between us, and it felt like one of the only things we could “do together” at that point.
Now that she’s older, things have changed. As soon as she started teething, she went from 6-10 times a day on the potty to 3-6. Luckily, it’s usually the poops that make it into the potty. I can hear her grunting in preparation and can whisk her away in time which makes it much easier.
What I liked most about Diaper Free: The Gentle Wisdom of Natural Infant Hygiene was the encouragement to just start with once a day. Even if all you manage for the first year is just once a day on the potty, that’s one less diaper to throw away or wash. Plus, when it’s time to potty train, your little one is used to the routine.