For quite a few weeks now Elijah has been saying 'po po' and pulling on his clothes when he needs his nappy changed or when in the process of moving his bowels. So a week ago I started taking him to the toilet and holding him on the seat and saying poo when he was doing these signs, and miraculously he did it! I think we were all so shocked and proud that we laughed and cheered - it was good that Dada Avocado was home at the time for extra encouragement. So now it's been three days in a row and I think we're really turning the corner of not needing to wash pooey nappies anymore. Here's some of the things I think are helping us succeed:
: : When you change a nappy tell your baby if it is poo or wee that you are changing
: : If you see your baby doing a 'poo face' or obviously trying to move their bowels encourage them and talk to them about the poo.
: : If your baby is indicating with facial expression, body action, language etc that they need to go to the toilet - take them.
: : When on the toilet make noises, facial expressions for the toilet action.
: : When you change a poo nappy take your baby/toddler to the toilet and tip the poo in and let them see it get flushed away.
: : Use encouragement like clapping, smiling, praising when they succeed, and even when they just try.
: : establish a routine like taking them to the toilet after meals.
: : Don't push it or fight about it.
I love the idea that listening and acting on Elijah's communication with us is fostering his independence and confidence. I think it's also building a trust that we will listen to him and attend to his needs. After all who wants to wear (and wash!!) nappies any longer than necessary.