A Byron Bay couple have opened up about how they potty-trained their daughter at two weeks old – and shared their advice for others wanting to do it too.
Montana Lower and Tom Linwood posted a video to YouTube that shows how they used the “elimination communication” method with their daughter Blue.
Watch the parents talk about toilet training their baby in the video above
In the video they say Blue, now 15 months old, goes to the toilet just like them and hasn’t done a nappy poo since she was two weeks old.
The couple says they have saved a fortune from not having to buy nappies.
“It is listening to your baby for when they want to go to the toilet and taking them to the toilet instead of going in their nappy,” Montana says in the video.
“Every mum knows when their baby is hungry and they have cues for that and they have the same cues when they need to go to the toilet,” Tom adds.
“It’s just about listening and watching for it.”
Montana says she thought “elimination communication” sounded “a bit crazy” at first, but the couple decided to give it a try because it could save them money and be better for the environment.
Tom says nappies are a “luxury item,” with the couple pointing out that disposable nappies have only been available for the past 50 years or so.
“Babies are born with no preconceived knowledge about how to go to the bathroom, so if we don’t teach them to go in their nappy, then we don’t have to unteach them,” Montana says.
“So it makes sense to straight up say, we go to the toilet this way.”
The couple said it was easier to start elimination communication in summer when kids are wearing fewer clothes that need to be peeled off before a baby does its business.
“We started off with a Tupperware container,” Montana says.
“This is also really good to put in the boot in your car when you’re out and about so you can pull over any time and chuck the baby on the toilet.”
Montana says it took only one full day to teach Blue how to go to the toilet in the Tupperware container.
“Then it was up to us to read the signs,” she says.
She says Blue was regularly using the Tupperware potty by the time she was two weeks old.
“It blew our minds,” Montana says.
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In one Instagram post, Montana points out that elimination communication hadn’t been all smooth sailing, admitting there have been a few “hits and misses” along the way.
She says the first six months were easy because Blue was “a baby potato and her signs were really obvious.”
“At 6 months old she started to crawl and papa had a knee reconstruction leaving him bedridden,” she writes.
“Being a working mama and still pretty fresh postpartum I didn’t have the energy to focus on her potty time.
“We momentarily switched to ‘eco-friendly’ disposables to lighten the load and I did notice that slow her ‘progression’ down.
“We got back on the wagon when papa was up and walking and were going really well until Blue turned 1 and started walking.
“Walking led to a whole new world of discovery and distraction.
“So we had more misses for a month or so until things levelled out again.”
In another Instagram post, Montana says she doesn’t regret the time and effort put into potty training Blue using elimination communication.
“Will I regret the time and energy we have put into the development of our baby (when) I now see her thriving not only with potty independence but empowerment in all elements of her life in ways I was taught to never think possible? Never,” she writes.