I've been reading the personal history of Mr. Mordecai's grandma the past week. It's very interesting, and although she wrote it when she was quite old, I have still found plenty that is relevant to me.
"He started to use the toilet when he was three or four months old. He was never in diapers very long. Whenever I could tell that he had to use the toilet I would go put him on. This way the boys never got in the habit of doing it in their pants. . . . I would always know about what time they were going and I would put them over the toilet. I never had any problem potty training them. I did this with all my boys. In fact I have changed more diapers on my grand children than I ever did with my own children. When [M] was 10 months old he would crawl over to the bathroom door and say "batroom batroom." . . . I can't get used to these kids who poop in their pants until they are almost three years old."I've read about elimination communication before and always thought it sounded silly. But reading about Mr. Mordecai's grandma doing it in 1939 all by herself, without the encouragement of magazine articles or fads, really brought it to life for me. She makes it sound so simple.
Anyway, like I said, I always thought it was silly, but Grandma opened my mind. This morning I noticed that Baby's diaper wasn't very wet when I changed her, so I sat her on Red Chief's little potty. Less than thirty seconds later, we had success.
I'm not giving up diapers, but I do think I'll start holding Baby over the potty occasionally. It's so easy. Maybe if Tiger Lily starts going potty, Red Chief will, too. Sibling rivalry: work with it.