Why I am Potty Training my Six Month Old

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So, Daniel and I have made the decision to start infant potty training Fé at six months old!

Infant Potty Training

While infant potty training  (also referred to as elimination communication) sounds radical, it was actually the norm until the 1950’s. In non-western cultures, such as parts of Africa, South America, Eastern Europe, Indo-China, and the Arctic, babies are bare-bottomed from the time they are born.

In these cultures, mothers learn their baby’s cues for when they have to relieve themselves. When their baby’s give off their potty signals the mother allows them to do their business. It’s not exactly “potty training” in the modern sense, as babies aren’t able to walk to a toilet, wipe themselves, etc. But they are well on their way to being fully potty trained once they are able to walk!

In the west, babies were traditionally expected to be toilet trained well before the age of two. In the 1950’s however, Pediatrician Dr. Spock (check out his revolutionary book here), advocated for a more relaxed approach to toilet training. Ever since then, the average age of potty training has slowly been creeping up. Now, the average age of toilet-training is 2.5 years old as opposed to 18 months!

It’s no surprise that the average age of potty training has gradually increased. Modern disposable diapers (aka. pampers) are so comfortable for the baby and convenient for mommy and daddy. Also, mothers often go back to work, which makes it more difficult to spend the time to learn a baby’s “elimination communication.”

The idea came into our minds after Fé had suffered a bad diaper rash. We let her play in the living room butt naked, to let her rash air out. We had a little potty lying around (from Daniel’s 3-year-old baby brother) so we decided to try it out whenever Fé made her little pushing sounds (which we have already learned means she needs to poo!) It seemed to work and kept our carpets from being soiled with poo.

There are many benefits of Infant Potty Training:

Benefits of Infant Potty Training

  1. Eliminates diaper rash and other diaper-related infections
  2. Cuts cost on diapers and supplies
  3. Generates less waste
  4. Makes for easier “proper” toilet training later
  5. Children can exercise their independence from an early age

Infant potty training isn’t for everybody. I am lucky enough to be a stay-at-home mom and I have the time to really learn Fés elimination cues. Although I don’t expect Fé to be “potty trained” for quite some time, I think it would be great if she could learn to communicate when she needs to go to the bathroom. Wish us luck as we embark on this new baby adventure and stay tuned for a more in-depth elimination communication guide!

Infant Potty Training
Infant Potty Training
Infant Potty Training

A Parents Worst Nightmare: How to Treat Diaper Rash

Hello, Everyone!

Fé is ALMOST 6 Months old! Time goes by wayyy too fast! So far, we have considered ourselves super lucky and have not experienced any diaper rash whatsoever. That was, until last night. Last night, Fé was up about every two hours screaming because her little bum hurt so badly due to this nasty red rash. This morning, groggy and zombie-like, I poured myself a cup of coffee (or two) and had a rendezvous with my dear friend Google, to try to tackle this nappy problem and learn how to treat diaper rash.

In order to tackle Fé red rump, I wanted to find out what exactly it is.

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What is Diaper Rash?

Diaper rash is red rash found on the surface of the skin underneath the diaper. It is very likely that your child will suffer from diaper rash at some point before they are potty trained!

What Causes Diaper Rash?

Diaper rash is most commonly caused by either FRICTION from a child’s diaper rubbing against their skin, or from IRRITANTS. Irritants can be anything from feces, urine, cleaning agents, or basically anything that comes into contact with the skin under their diaper.

In some cases, it can be caused by a fungal or bacterial infection. In this case, it may spread to other areas of the body and not just the diaper area.

Common Causes include:

  1. Irritation from stool or urine. If your child is peeing more than usual or is s/he is suffering from diarrhea (which Fé has had a bit of the past week!)
  2.  Chafing or rubbing from tight-fitting diapers or other tight clothes.
  3. Irritation from a new product. If you have recently switched diapers, baby wipes, laundry soap, softener, lotion, oil etc. Anything new that your baby comes into contact with could possibly irritate their sensitive skin!
  4. Bacterial or Yeast Infection
  5. Introduction to new foods. If you are starting your baby on solid foods, introduce a different formula, or introduce a new food that they may be sensitive to.
  6. Use of antibiotics. If your baby is using antibiotics or has recently used antibiotics they may cause a rash!

Preventing Diaper Rash

  1. Change diapers often to prevent irritation.
  2. Make sure diapers are the correct size and assembled properly.
  3. Make sure the skin is dry and clean before putting on a diaper
  4. Use nappy rash cream to prevent irritation

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Treating Diaper Rash

There is no magical treatment for diaper rash. No matter what, it may take a few days (or up to a week) for your baby’s rash to clear up! In the meantime, there are many measures you can take right at home!

  1. Change their diaper VERY often so minimize contact with irritants as much as possible.
  2. Keep skin as clean as possible. You may want to avoid using baby wipes and just use a wet cloth to clean skin until the rash clears.
  3. Use a diaper rash cream containing Zinc Oxide (such as Aquaphor, Cetaphil, or Destin), to help soothe and heal the rash.
  4. Stop using any new soaps, foods, or any possible irritants until you know what the cause of the rash is.
  5. Let the skin breathe! Let your baby play without their diaper by putting down a layer of towels on the floor. You may think this is gross but a little bit of baby urine (or poo) never hurt anyone!
Treat Diaper Rash

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If your baby’s diaper rash lasts longer than seven days call a doctor! Also, call a doctor if you suspect the rash is a bacterial or fungal infection, you may receive a prescription steroid cream, antifungal cream or even antibiotics to help clear up the rash.

Check out WebMD or the Mayo Clinic for more information on diaper rash!

Treat Diaper Rash
Treat Diaper Rash
Treat Diaper Rash