According to Diaper Free Baby "it is a gentle, natural, non-coercive process by which a baby, preferably beginning in early infancy, learns with the loving assistance of parents and caregivers to communicate about and address his or her elimination needs. This practice makes conventional potty training unnecessary. "
So pretty much what we've found is that the people who practice this have their babies "potty trained" before their first birthday. Sounds pretty cool right? Actually, even with our hippy/natural parenting style, this sounded pretty granola-extreme to us.
However, the more we researched and looked into it we realized that it is not totally weird. Reading signals and cues is something we have done with Remington since the day he was born. Thats how we knew when he was hungry, tired, gassy etc. Even now, nine times out of ten he makes it pretty clear when he's about to "go", so we figured, why not start sticking him on the toilet?
For the past couple weeks we've been more aware of his"need to go" cues. When he makes the face we plop him on the pot...and guess what, he's gone on the toilet a dozen times!!
Right now we have no expectations about getting him "trained." There is no pressure to rush him into it. We are ok with just getting him comfortable on and around the toilet. Ideally we'd love to have him out of diapers by the time the next baby comes.
Crazy ambitious? Probably.
Wish us luck.