“You baby pees where?! ”
“She goes in the potty, just a few times a day, sometimes more” I reply, ensuring my French is correct
“But she is only 8 months old! ”
“Well, that is not very French!” … where have I heard that before?!
I sometimes wonder why I bother telling people how I raise BabyinProvence but on the other hand it really can be amusing!
Finally I found out what Elimination Communication is in French! At last! I now have the vocabulary to explain what it is! Elimination Communication (or EC) is also called Natural Infant Hygeine or “L’Hygiène Naturelle Infantile (HNI)” in French – it is the practice of responding to your babies cues and signs to eliminate waste or, in short, potty training (although this term is often contested).
I don’t consider myself to be a hardcore EC-er – rather, a part-time EC-ing mummy who does what’s manageable each day without it becoming a burden or a chore (95% of poops are now caught in the potty, and more recently in the toilet). BabyinProvence has been using a potty, occassionally the outdoors and now the toilet for the last 5 months or so – it’s something that works for US and is a personal decision to do what WE feel is best for our baby. It does not, cause psychological problems as some baby literature (probably funded by diaper manufacturers) states – BabyinProvence actually enjoys her “potty time”.
If anyone wants to know more please feel free to ask me a question