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Press Release 1st June 2015:

Oxford Mum, Amber Hatch, has just released a book explaining how parents can do away with nappies and start potty training from birth. The method, which is called Baby-led Potty Training, or BLPT, is adapted from cultures around the world which don’t use nappies at all.

Amber teaches parents how to tune into their baby, and start to watch out for little signs that he or she is uncomfortably full and needing to urinate or defecate. (In a similar way that parents begin to learn when their baby is tired or hungry.) Parents also start to learn their baby’s toiling patterns. Amber explains that it is not just lucky timing, however: “babies start to build up associations from birth, so they quickly learn what the potty is for.” Even babies as young as a few days old can be taught to use the potty.

There are lots of advantages to using the method, explains Amber. The obvious one is the reduction in nappies. That saves money and waste, and it also helps prevent nappy rash. But the method also offers more subtle benefits: it helps parents feel more confident with their babies, and helps them to feel more connected.

Amber has been running workshops in Oxford for seven years and offers a consultation service. Her book: Nappy Free Baby: a practical guide to baby-led potty training from birth  is out 4th June, and is available from Amazon and all good bookshops.