Well hey there. Today's episode is the first in a four-part series based on the Montessori approach to toilet learning, starting at birth. Over the course of four weeks, we are going to deconstruct Merry Hadden’s fantastic Montessori toileting article and emphasize how elimination communication is a truly Montessori-friendly toilet learning method.
Today's episode will focus on part one - the natural laws of development.
In this bit we’ll discuss how newborn babies were perfectly formed during their time in the womb, prepared perfectly to come out into the world and mature in the most natural setting, according to certain natural laws of development. By understanding this development, we as parents can honor the child and assist where we see fit, from birth, instead of botching Nature’s intention by adding a long-term diaper-as-toilet to the mix.
Why Montessori? We happen to value Montessori principles in our home, although we are not exclusively dedicated to the method. Importantly, and where I feel a kinship regarding EC, “Montessori practice supports the natural unfolding of human development in the earliest years” and in this article, specifically, “ toilet learning is approached using Montessori principles and respectfully maintaining the dignity of the child” (Montessori Guide - The Journey to Independence).
So, today we’ll talk about the natural laws of development so you can understand what Mother Nature intended for your baby from the day s/he was born...and also the following:
- How we can use infant cues to assist in development
- How Montessori views the parent-child relationship
- Where the Montessori and EC timelines sync up
- How we can return to our instincts and trust the natural laws of development
- A quote from Maria Montessori
- Two tips from our readers.
Links and other resources mentioned today:
- Merry L. Hadden is an AMI Assistance to Infancy Consultant and trainer based in Florida, and her article can be read in full, or downloaded, here on montessoriguide.org. You can also watch Montessori Guide’s video on Toilet Learning here, about halfway down the page.
- The Go Diaper Free Book for ages 0-18 months
- Tiny Potty Training Book for ages 18 months and up
- Montessori from the Start Book - the book we use to add Montessori to our home
- Top Hat Potty at TinyUndies.com for pottying tiny babies in-arms
- Mini Potty at TinyUndies.com for babies who can sit unassisted, and short toddler types
- Easy Start Guide for Elimination Communication - get started today for free
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