If you practice this method, you are likely to encounter both positive and negative feedback from others. Positive feedback comes from people who are familiar with the method or who are looking for alternative ways to communicate and toilet train. Negative feedback comes from people who believe in waiting the more traditional two to five years for toddlers to "self-train," or from people who confuse this method with the "early toilet training" method used until the 1950s.
This is a gentle, fun and highly interactive process. It is a joint endeavor, with baby taking the lead, while the parent or caregiver reads and responds to the baby's signals and natural timing. There is no punishment or "pressure to perform" with this method. It takes a relaxed, loving, observant, patient and dedicated parent.
For additional information and support:
- Talk with other parents: Elimination Training Message Board
- Read: Infant Potty Training: A Gentle and Primeval Method Adapted to Modern Living by Laurie Boucke