Posted by: Charndra at Tribal Baby | January 20, 2010

How Do I Introduce a Sign About Baby Pottying? Baby Sign Language and Elimination Communication. 3 Tips!

Even Babies Under One Can Enthusiastically Recognise Simple Signs. This Enables Early Communication!

Baby Sign Language is an Excellent Tool for Communicating With Your Pre-Verbal Baby or Toddler.

A sign for potty time offers your baby a way to tell you they need your help to go to the potty or toilet.

Baby Pottying and Baby Sign Language help us to enter a new realm of communication with our babies...

Baby Sign Language and Elimination Communication are natural companions

Initially it will be recognition of the needs of their body, perhaps as they go, moments before or after. Baby sign language is a ‘bridge’ between our pre-verbal babies and our verbal culture. You are giving them a ‘tool’ they may use to communicate with you.

Our visual memories are older, so babies readily recognise signs as soon as they are able. Around 12 months is common for signing to really pick up, though earlier and later are just as possible. Keep practicing, look for recognition of signs before your baby will use them to ‘talk’ to you.

Choose an appropriate sign or natural gesture. It should be simple, so baby can crudely imitate it, and always be used with the spoken word and loving eye contact.

These 3 tips will make it easy for you to sign regularly in your day so that baby sign language and baby pottying are simply integrated and normal parts of your lifestyle.

3 Strategies to Remember When Combining Baby Pottying With Baby Sign Language:

1 Make your chosen sign each time you approach the potty

2 Make your sign whenever your baby is on the potty

3 Use the sign to ‘ask’ if your baby wants to use their potty- respond to their excitement, respect their reservations.

With these 3 simple strategies you’ll be adding baby sign language to your elimination communication (EC) moments with ease.

Sometimes your baby will display great awareness and control. They’ll sign clearly and in a timely way. Other times they won’t – being a baby is busy work!

Expect your practicing of baby sign language and of EC to ebb and flow.

Like any natural process there will be flashes of amazing communication, the reason families get hooked on elimination communication.

See this as a wonderful and fleeting sign of the future, not an expectation they’ll be toilet independent at a very early age. EC is something you *practice* with your baby, part of your lifestyle, rather than a ‘method’ or results based activity like conventional potty or toilet training.

Give it a go – Baby Sign Language and EC are great partners in helping your baby to communicate with you as soon as they are able.

You’ll gradually reduce your use of diapers or nappies, helping the environment, saving you money and best of all, enjoying a new dimension in the bond you share with your baby.

– Charndra

Pop over to Charndra’s website on part time Baby Pottying, or – you can join to receive a free e-course introducing you to the Secrets of EC Confidence. Over 40 Potty Songs, plenty of tips, resources and helpful ideas to make your journey easing into EC very smooth indeed.

Give EC a go! It’s good for the Earth.

Copyright by Tribal Baby © 2009 Charndra Josling



  1. I am just curious—your article is excellent! Did you use our Baby Signs(R) potty training kit?

    • Hi Kathyn,
      Thankyou! I love using baby signing – it is so thrilling to have baby look closely at you and communicate, and their thrill when they see your understanding is wonderful!
      I initially used a Baby Signs book from New Zealand, and pick up things from here and there, natural gestures and so on. I’d be happy to add your site to my resources on Baby Signing though, let me know!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s


%d bloggers like this: