Katherine Ryans baby sign language method to potty train 8 month old explained02/08/2023
Katherine Ryan hit the headlines last year when she revealed she'd potty trained her eight month old son Fred, after using the 'baby sign language' method.
Mum-of-three Katherine used the method with her son Fred, now one, after successfully potty training her daughter Violet using the same technique.
"For those who know about my potty training ethos and success with baby Violet… Fred reliably wees on the potty at under 8 months and we can count the amount of 2022 soiled nappies on one hand," she explained last year.
The comedian, 39, is just one of many famous faces who have praised the method, which is also known as Elimination Communication or just simply EC.
EC cuts out the need for a nappy by listening and responding to the cues of the baby.
Ingrid Bauer coined the EC term in 2001 in her book, Diaper Free: The Gentle Wisdom of Natural Infant Hygiene. However the principle is not new with civilisations around the world practising the method because nappies are not readily available or part of their culture.
Instead of a soiled nappy, parents who practise EC pick up on signals such as straining or grunting and immediately get their child to the potty.
There are a number of other factors that make up EC which include observing timing, picking up on signals, using parental intuition and creating cues. Some parents choose to keep a log in order to track when their baby needs to use the loo throughout the day which makes it easier to spot a unique toilet pattern.
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Signals can include going quiet, stopping during activities, squirming, crying or fussing with each behaviour unique to the individual child.
Meanwhile parents may also use cues with their baby such as 'shhh' or 'ssss' sounds each time their baby is using the toilet. Therefore the child may associate this sound with going to the toilet and it can also be used to encourage the infant to pee.
However, it is never too late to start EC training with some parents choosing to adopt the method full time while others may opt to compromise and still use nappies during naps.
Children are commonly potty trained between 18 and 24 months, but it is normal for it to happen later than that.
Countdown host Rachel Riley and American actress Alicia Silverstone have also opened up about potty training their little ones from a very young age.
Mum-of-two Rachel, 37, started potty training her daughter Maven when she was just three months old in a bid to be more environmentally friendly, and used washable cloth nappies alongside the training.
Speaking to The Sun, she said: "We started potty training Mave when she was really teeny tiny. We saved loads of money, and loads of plastic too.
"And we use cloth nappies — when you’ve got a baby, you’re doing more washing anyway."
Meanwhile actress Alicia, 46, opened up about potty training her son Bear, now 11, in her second book The Kind Mama. Using EC, she began training Bear when he was six months old to use the toilet.
Speaking to PEOPLE about her experience, the mum-of-one said: “Just like your baby tells you it needs to eat or it’s tired, they tell you when they need to go to the bathroom.
“They give you cues, but we’re ignoring those cues. If you pay attention, they actually have a pause button and will give you enough time to get to a place that makes it comfortable for them to go."
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