Potty training is not always easy-I know it wasn't for my two boys. So this time around I thought that I would give Elimination Communication a try. If you have never heard about it before, I'm not surprised. I first heard of it from a friend when my middle boy was around nine/ten months old, and I thought if I ever have another baby I definitely want to try it out. Basically you watch for cues from your little one for when they need to go and then hold them over a toilet. When you hold them over the toilet you can make a cueing sound like "sss" and this gives them a signal to go. You continue to use this sound every time and your baby will associate it with going.
Since I wanted to give Elimination Communication (EC) a try, I needed a little potty. If you do not want to buy one, you can hold them over another a receptacle. As I was browsing for a potty that looked easy to use for EC, I came across the Pourty. The Pourty is a one piece potty that was made to be easy to clean. It has an duct in the back so that you can pour the pee or poop out of the back of the potty eliminating any messy dribbles. With my two older boys we had a two piece potty and I can remember thinking that I did not like to clean it, so the Pourty definitely caught my interest.
I have been trying out EC and the Pourty for about two months now. However, I have been having a hard time with EC. When my little one was eight weeks old, I tried him on the Pourty for the first time and he cried. I think it was a combination of a new feeling on his little bottom, as well as me awkwardly trying to hold him on it. Since he is a boy, I just had this fear that he was going to pee all over me. After trying a few more times with the same response I decided to wait until he was three months old. At three months old, I put the Pourty in front of a mirror and then sat him on it. This time there was no crying. I think the difference in his reaction was for a few reasons. First, he could hold his head up on his own and so I felt more comfortable holding him on the potty. Second, he loves to look at the mirror. Although it took a while, just last Friday I put him on and a few seconds later he peed. What a proud mother I was! I called my husband up right away to let him know of his accomplishment. I believe that EC works, but it depends on how much effort you are able to put into it.
My thoughts on the Pourty: There are four choices of colors to choose from when you buy your Pourty-blue, white, pink, and purple. Since we have a boy and my favorite color is blue, we chose the blue. In the past we used a two piece potty with my other two boys, but it always seemed like there were so many spaces that collected dust and germs. So I like the idea of a one piece. On top of that, it really is easy to clean. When my little one used the potty I just poured it out the back, filled it with water, and poured it out again. The potty is sturdy and has a handle in the front for carrying. I also like that the sitting area is wide and there is a high splash guard which is a definite plus when you have a boy. Lastly, my four month old seems comfortable sitting on it for a minute or two, which is a long time for a little one.
If you are interested, stop by their website where you can learn more. You can find the Pourty online at Amazon, Babies R Us, Walmart, and Sears (just to name a few) for $14.95. Pourty has also offered to giveaway a potty to one lucky reader, so enter below:
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Disclosure: I received a Pourty potty to review. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own and are my honest opinion of the product.