A potty pause in Elimination Communication is similar to a potty strike in potty training. Neither are fun. But in EC, potty pauses can have a deeper purpose.
You see, in potty training with an older toddler, potty strikes indicate there is something behavioral going on that can be very difficult for a parent to endure, and leave her very discouraged.
With infant potty training, potty pauses occur when there have been several consecutive weeks and/or months where the baby outright refuses to use the potty, and even in some cases prefers the diaper (or floor, or underwear, or you).
In our private readers' support group, we've found that potty pauses often indicate the baby needs more ownership over the process, and to be trusted, and perhaps that something else (developmental) is going on that needs our attention. They are very important, yes?
While in an upcoming episode I will address how to get through an EC potty pause, in this session, I share with you long-time DiaperFreeBaby Mentor Kerste Conner's refreshing perspective on potty pauses as part of the process.
Yes, you heard me correctly.
Potty pauses may be part of the process for some babies, if not most.
So, I hope you enjoy listening to this episode of the Go Diaper Free Podcast about potty pauses. The main story was used with personal permission from Kerste and is also excerpted from my book, Go Diaper Free: A Simplified Handbook for Elimination Communication.
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