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Infant Potty Training and Baby Led Weaning

Discussion in 'Optimal Kids' started by Nate A, Jul 7, 2012.

  1. Nate A

    Nate A New Member

    We are having GREAT success using both of these methods with our five month old twin daughters. After our daughters were born, both my wife and I were at home with the girls for the next two months - me recovering from back surgery and her recovering from the birth (although frankly, because of the shape she was in due to eating Paleo, she could have run a marathon two days after giving birth!). We read a lot during this time, and came across both of these subjects on various, I hesitate to say obscure, but lesser-known Paleo/Alternative Eating blogs.

    We've been very surprised how little is known about these subjects in the western world. Not even the doctors we've been to have heard about either Infant Potty Training or the Baby Led Weaning. I wanted to mention them here because I think they are beneficial to any new parents, making things so much easier for both the baby and the adults (parents or even child care specialists). Here are the basics on each:

    IPT - you basically learn to read the signs your baby/infant gives before they either pee or poo. This may sound tough, but it actually is quite easy after a few days of diligence. When you see your baby give a sign, be it grunting, arching their back, turning red, contracting their little belly, etc, you simply take the baby to the potty (we purchased four baby potties to put around the house), set them down, and let them do their thing. We've established a signal with our girls so that they know when it's time to go. Even at only five months old, they've both established some bladder control. From a father's perspective (mine), it is so much easier than cleaning up after a poopy diaper, and it saves money on diapers and wipes. Learn more HERE

    We used this book to get started: Infant Potty Training: A Gentle and Primeval Method Adapted to Modern Living

    BLW - Besides breast feeding, this is about as Paleo as you can get with feeding your baby. It's another simple concept, but one that has been lost in the western world for various reasons (bad advice, profit motives and lazy parenting). Again, you just have to pay attention to your baby's wants and needs. When they start showing interest in the food you are eating, it's time to let them start experimenting. This usually happens around 5-6 months of age. We simply cut up some of the food we're eating for dinner in to small, bite-sized pieces, and put them on the tray in front of our girls and let them go at it. Yes, you can even do this with meat. This is so much better and healthier than feeding mush to a baby, and if you think about it, it makes perfect sense. Saliva is an important part of digesting food and extracting nutrients from the food you eat. Feed a baby mush and they simply slurp it down. It's essentially pre-digested and no work goes in to eating that Gerber crap. Give a baby a piece of sweet potato or avocado or cooked egg yolk or even hunk of steak, and they will chew and gnaw and work on that piece of food until they can swallow it - even without having any teeth. For more information, check out this site: http://www.babyledweaning.com/

    If anyone has any questions, I'd be happy to answer them!

    Our girls at dinner:


    Working out the logistics of feeding herself


    Tell me she's not having fun!

  2. kathylu

    kathylu Gold

    Love it! I fed my baby the same way, though I did start him on raw egg yolk at 4 months.

    I tried IPT, but had very little success with it. I'm sure it was me and not the method.
  3. We tried the IPT, but alas I think neolithic life got in the way. I was working from home, but not available to check every look - and gave up fairly quickly.

    The food thing I think is spot on. I couldn't BF, but we did NOT do babyfood. Well except banannas mixed with avocado, and sweet potatoes etc.

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