Welcome and Introduction
If you've stumbled upon this forum it's probably because you would like to know a little more about the 'why's' and hopefully the 'how's' of natural infant hygiene. Here you will find a list of resources, FAQ's, tips, tricks and words of encouragement. Here you wont find judgment, eye rolling or pressure to be a certain kind of parent.
One of the nice things about elimination communication is that you can take advantage in exactly your own way, the way that fits your lifestyle the best. Each baby is different in how they communicate (sometimes this even changes daily with the same baby!) and each parent is different in how they respond. Because of this wonderful diversity we can share in our journey's and offer support and idea's. Join us, whether full-time, part-time or occasional practitioner.
Q: What is elimination communication?
A: It is observing your baby for signs that he needs to 'go to the bathroom' and giving him the option of using a potty instead of a diaper.
Q: Isn't that a lot of work?
A: It doesn't have to be! Once you learn how your baby cues you it can be quite simple! Also, a lot of moms EC part time. By using diapers for the majority of the day/night and offering the potty at certain times. Such as before and after nap. Before and after feeding. When baby seems like they need to go. First thing in the morning. By taking a relaxed approach to EC you can still get the benefits of introducing your baby to another option of relieving themselves while not worrying about pee on the couch.
Q: Do babies really posess the muscle control for this?
A: Yes, they do! This way of pottying has been around much longer than diapers. Many cultures around the world use this practice from birth with great success. In these past few years EC has been booming across North America as well. This is all proof that babies are certainly capable of nonverbal communication with their caregivers and can benefit from being exposed to a potty before the age of 2 years. In a non-EC child, a child who has used a diaper from birth, the use of the sphincter muscle isn't required. They go when they go since they are attached to their waste receptacle. Once potty training begins, this muscle is being used for the first time. If a baby has built a relationship with a potty from birth, the use of this muscle is a slow, gentle process leading into diaper-free living.
Q: When can I start?
A: The best time is when your baby is between 0 and 6 months. However it's not too late to start beyond that, it just may take a little more patience since baby is more than likely mobile at this point.
The benefits for EC are great!
Enhances bonding with baby
Reduces waste in the landfil by disposables and reduces water use for washing cloth
Allows baby to potty learn before 2 or 3
Eliminates diaper rash
Saves money on diapers
Puts baby in touch with his/her body
Keeps chemicals off of baby's skin
Reduces need for disposable wipes
No more blow-outs!
Rather than learning to “hold it” EC starts with learning to “let go.”
Less bulk between short legs
...and many more!
Diaper Free by Ingrid Bauer
The Diaper Free Baby by Christine Gross-loh
Infant Potty Training by Laurie Boucke