My MIL has a reputation of coming out with some truly bizarre parenting methods. My DS is 11 months old and MIL believes he is gifted. He's an early walker and seems alert but nothing out of the ordinary. I am not calling Mensa just yet. Anyway, she is insisting (don't worry - I will not be doing this) that I should start potty training him by taking him to the loo, holding him over it and turning the tap on until he pees. I did try to ask her what the point of this would be, since, amongst many other issues, he still wouldn't have the control to hold in his poohs and would still need a nappy, but she's the type of person who is constantly set to 'transmit' and never switches to 'receive' so she didn't hear me.
I believe she's mental and I just smiled politely and let her ramble on as I do pretty much every time she opens her mouth.
My question is - has anyone ever heard of this before??t
Yep it's called infant communication. Is what they do in the developing world and did in the days before washing machines and disposable nappies. You train the parent to recognise signs they need to go and then gradually train the child into associating a noise (the grown up makes) with weeing. It's potty training in the sense you don't need nappies, but it doesn't effect the nerves and bladder muscles for actual control needed for what we'd call potty training.
Yeah it's elimination communication. Basically parents get very good at recognising the signs wee one needs to go and when to put them on potty. Not the same as potty training. Saves on nappies I guess! Would be interested to hear from someone who did it, why they did.
Just because you haven't heard of it it doesn't mean it's a load of crap. It's elimination communication, something a lot of nations have done for centuries.
I'm from Eastern Europe, so hardly a developing world, and everyone there starts putting their child on potty at around 1, sometimes earlier, sometimes later. You just build it into your child's routine, so that they are familiar with the concept of toileting, and use nappies as a back up rather than toilet. No one just keeps their children in nappies for 3 years until they magically "get it".
I've done it with both of mine, DS was potty trained daytime by 21m, 22m dry at night. DD is 21m now, and although not quite there yet, she's in pants during the day and doing very well.