Book Giveaway: The Diaper Free Baby

Hi, All!

This Monday morning giveaway is Christine Gross-Loh’s signed book, The Diaper Free Baby. Christine is a longtime Mothering writer, and the author of Mothering’s current cover story, “Wear Your Baby!”

The winner will be picked on Friday, July 23.

The Diaper Free Baby was written for parents who are interested in practicing elimination communication (EC), or gentle infant pottying. Christine, who has EC’ed all four of her children, encourages parents to practice EC in a way that makes sense for themselves and their families, and helps parents and babies engage in mutual communication with each other while also reducing their dependence on diapers.

You can also read her blog at Origami Mommy, “The adventures of a family living abroad in Japan.”

To enter this drawing, please leave a comment below. Feel free to share your diaper-free adventures, wisdom, advice or challenges…

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147 thoughts on “Book Giveaway: The Diaper Free Baby”

  1. I loved ECing my older son, and now we’re helping our newborn son eliminate naturally. It’s much more fun than diapering, that’s for sure! I feel so connected to his needs and moods, and feel like we really communicate on a deep level. That’s amazing for a mom with a newborn.

  2. I always thought about doing EC with both of my kids, and was especially considering doing it with my second. But then she was born and spent her first 4 months in the NICU and then 6 more weeks in Boston for experimental treatment… she was 6 months old by the time she came home and had lots of medical stuff I had to do each day; I just didn’t think I could handle adding EC to the mix! I would LOVE to try EC with our next baby though!

  3. I so need this! After the diaper issue we have been working with my daughter who just turned one. After several tries this morning then accidents and diaper changes. I am one tired mama! I am hoping all the work will pay off soon.

  4. I would LOVE to get my hands on this! I really want to start EC’ing with my just-turned-one-year-old! Thanks Mothering, your magazine rocks :-)

  5. We do some diaper-free time every day. I’d love to read this book and get re-inspired. Seemed like my son responded better at an earlier age and now at 9 months isn’t as interested.

  6. This book looks so interesting, my sister’s baby is diaper free and I would love to learn more about it!

  7. I would love this! We did potty learning with DD when she turned a year old- we stopped using diapers with her by 25 months and she was completely learned by 27 months. I’ve just introduced the potty seat to my almost 6 month old DS.

  8. Would love this book. I so want to EC my future kids and my SO is skeptical. I need this to show him. LOL

  9. I cloth diapered my daughter but didn’t know about EC at the time. I want to go diaper free next time.

  10. part time EC and flying blind in this house! Would love to read a book on it… instincts are great… and I catch some… but I seem to be cleaning up alot of misses! Definitely will be going from birth for the next… all the more reason to learn! :)


  11. I would love to read this book and get serious about EC with my son. I’ve only managed two catches so far and I’m too scared to try diaperlessness :)

  12. Wow, cool! I read this book as I was starting EC with my 2 month old, and it’s great. GREAT! The best thing about it is the low key, no pressure approach, you can put as much or as little into the process as you are able and will still reap great benefits. We have been doing part time EC (mostly while at home, only a little bit while out and about or travelling) since then and now our 13 month old is very good at communicating her needs- hardly ANY misses any more with poop, which is so great!

  13. I would love to recieve this book, i am sure it would be so helpful in teaching my son and future children how to go diaper free!

  14. I would love to get a copy of this book . . . we have NOTHING at the local library and I’m thinking about starting E/C with my almost one year old. I can already “read” him pretty well, but I need some tips on learning to transition!

  15. We have done some EC, mainly after naps, but struggle because he likes to be cuddled after a nap & cries if i put him down too soon, which is of course not what we’re after. And I’ve never caught a poop, my breastfed baby doesn’t strain at all so its hard to know when he goes & we have too much carpet to be diaper free all the time at the moment

  16. I’d be interested in this book. My 14 month old has been partially ECed for 10 months now. I wish I would have had the confidence in my self to better read the signs when she was younger. It seems like the longer you wait the harder it is. We tried to do a lot more EC when at 6 months old, she suddenly outgrew her Gro Baby cloth diapers, but at that point she was not giving as many totally obvious cues.

  17. I would love to learn more about EC! According to my mother-in-law, my husband’s child will be hard to potty train!

  18. I’m preparing for the first baby, and I’m reading all I can about things such as EC. This book has been on my wish list for a while, and I would love to have it.

  19. We’re pregnant with our first — a daughter, due in just a few weeks! — and are VERY interested in practicing EC. I would love to have this book to get us started!

  20. I’d love to read this. My mom birthed us in Ethiopia and mama’s do their own form of EC where we lived. they would wear leather on their backs between them and baby. baby poo’s and pee’s down their back and it rolls off the leather. BUT mom said by 3 months they have learned their babies pattern and will be able to pull baby off the back and put them down to the ground to poo or pee. then hoist them back up! amazing!

    i thought EC would be too time intensive but its been in the back of my mind and id love to learn more about it! my baby is 6 months and his older sis is potty trained. how awesome would it be to have him out of diapers!!!!

  21. I’ve heard a lot about EC and would love to read the book, not only for my future children but to provide information to other moms I know.

  22. EC is such a great concept…I’ve been interested in reading this book for a while. I totally see my son’s cues, but since he started toddling, he resists the potty for some reason. hmmm.

  23. I have heard so much good information about EC’ing! I would love to have this book at my fingertips to be able to really understand the philosophy and methods!

  24. Would love to learn more about EC! Have friends who’ve done it and now I’m pregnant with baby #2 so I’d love to check it out more!

  25. My baby is 10mths old and we have just started putting him on potties and holding him over the toilet altho he seems to think it is more of a game than anything else! We could really do with this book!

  26. I feel a fantastic article coming on….and an author interview too.

    I’m a freelance writer and I’d love a chance to not only review this book and write an article (especially for Mothering Mag) but also to interview the author to delve into this topic further.


    PenPoint Editorial Services

  27. I read the article on EC in Mothering Magazine this last spring. That was the first time I had heard about EC. At the time my little one was three months old. I started the very next morning. He is six months now, and we can go half the day with out a dirty diaper if we stay on top of it. We are living in Mexico right now (his father is from here) in a little village. The people are amazed that we use cloth diapers, let alone put him on the potty and strip his diaper off to let him pee outside. They are all very interested, and I would love to educate them more on EC and cloth diapering as well. There is always diapers laying around in the streets. Yuck! I LOVE EC for many reasons, it is such a beautiful experience that baby and mom/dad can enjoy!

  28. I have heard little tid bits about EC but haven’t done enough research yet to establish if it might work for us. Our first is due in september, it would be great to learn more before the babe arrives.

    mcintosh dot kimberley at gmail dot com

  29. I have never heard of this until now. I am very intrigued, and I would love to read the book to learn more about it.

  30. I would love to read this book! I did partial EC with my older son and working on it with my 8 month old. So far my 8 month old uses the potty every morning when he wakes up and for most poops. He even started to tell us when he had to potty for awhile with a “fffff” sound, but when we got busy for awhile we lost it. Using EC occasionally has cut the need to wash diapers almost in half! My older son starts kindergarten in the fall and then I can focus more on the little one getting the EC back more!

  31. My son is 5 months old and for the past month or so has been peeing when I make the “pssssss” noise while holding him over the sink. I researched EC online and decided why not give it a try – even if it doesn’t work, it won’t hurt. Since he was about 1 or 2 months old I have been letting him be naked as much as possible between diaperings and taking him to the bathroom sink to pee and poop (if I am lucky) after feedings and napping. If he peed, I would “pssssssssssss” and for poop I would grunt like I am pushing out poo. Now he definitely has made the connection and I am so glad I tried it.

    I would love to read this book and would definitely pass it on to my aspiring EC mamas :)

  32. Would love to read this book; very interested in it! I have 3 little ones and 1 on the way. 2 little ones have learned pottying already. Youngest one is on her way! Would love to read about elimination communication!

  33. Thanks for the chance to win this book! I have a 3 year old who is not potty trained and a 3 month old! Hoping to have better luck with my 3 month old! :)

  34. I have heard from friends about EC and would love to learn more! Our daughter is 20 months and showing some interest in the potty, but we’re not sure how to progress from there…lol! Thanks for the offer!

  35. We’ve been experimenting with ECing my 17 month old since she was 7 months. It’s going really well, but I’d like to read more on the topic.

  36. I never heard of EC until my new boss was talking about it at work one day. Our kids are one month apart. She’s been doing this with her son since day one and he is pretty good at going to the potty by himself now a days (He is 21 months). My daughter sits on the toilet but doesn’t go yet. I would love to learn more about EC for her and my baby on the way.

  37. I’ve tried EC, because I got the impression my 3-month-old was ready, but it didn’t really work for us. He was really good about saving his poops and sometimes pees too for during diaper changes, so I figured I’d let him go diaperfree for awhile. Well, he was great about holding it in — but not so great about letting it out when he wasn’t relaxed. We’d been having some trouble with nursing at the time, so it was a really awful time to try… he’d wake up from a nap fairly happy, but both hungry and needing to go to the bathroom. He wouldn’t nurse because he had to pee, and wouldn’t pee because he had to nurse! The whole thing was frustrating and only lasted one day.

    I might try again, though, if we can finally fix the breast refusal issue! I think he’s ready for it, and he does seem to be happy when we “catch” something. Not to mention no rashes!
    .-= Sheila´s last blog ..Why my son is intact =-.

  38. I haven’t really tried EC with my first born (now 18 m/o), but I do give her diaper free time. I’ve noticed this has helped her become more aware of her body functions. I will be having another baby in September, and I want to try EC with him. I’m also thinking that watching the baby use the toilet will help DD want to use it too.

  39. I would love to have this book to read and pass on to friends. We have already done EC with our first, and can’t imagine ever going back to diapers!!

  40. We practice EC, but our baby is not yet completely diaper-free (7 mo). I’d love to read another perspective. :)

  41. I would love to win this book. My daughter is now almost 14 month. I didn’t hear about EC until she was about 9 month. Now we are trying it and I would love to win the book to be just better informed than I am right now. For the next baby I will definetly start right after birth.:)

  42. We started EC with our first at 7 months. Now, at 20 months, he is in underwear but our communication is always a work in progress, which is great! I love how it has just increased our bond, and how in tune we are with each other. I think it has also been a great thing for daddy to bond with the baby, and a great way for daddy to feel involved and close to the baby. We plan on ECing our new baby (due in Aug) a lot earlier. I feel blessed that we have been able to share this unique connection, and am so excited to start earlier with the new baby!

  43. I am ECing for the third time but I have never read this book! I would love to get my hands on it especially for tips on potty strikes as we are going to be hitting that stage very soon and I have always had trouble getting out of it.
    .-= Melissa´s last blog ..Eight

  44. I’ve EC’d both my kids (a graduate, now 3 1/2, and a diaper free 17 month old) but I have never read this book!

  45. Simply amazing. I’d never heard of EC, up until I read the article in Motherhood Magazine–would be great to begin with my 3 month-old.

  46. I should read this book. I thought EC was too far out before Monkey was born, but now I think it would be very doable part time.

  47. I did volunteer work for 8 months in India and was amazed by all the diaperless babies! Then I saw how there mommies seemed to know when they would go and would encourage them with the sounds they made. I thought it was awesome! When I was pregnant with my first My husband and I saw some info on EC and thought it was pretty cool but when baby came we were so overwhelmed with our new life that we didn’t really think about it. Baby #2 is on it’s way this october and I am commiting to cloth this time for the long haul but would love to try EC as well! Would love to have this book!

  48. I’ve very casually ECed our youngest since about a year but would’ve really liked to have done it earlier. I was only able to get this book from our locally library at that time so now w/a lo on the way we’d like to try much earlier and having The Diaper Free Baby on had for always would really make this possible!

  49. I am 5 months pregnant an looking to read as much as possible about EC. My husband and I are very excited to learn how to communicate with our first baby and our house use as few diapers as possbile :) Would love the book!

  50. I would love to learn more about EC’ing my baby! I was EC’ed myself (all 7 of us kids were!)…but I was a bedwetter until the age of 5 :/ Yes, I’d really love to learn more :)

  51. I learned about this after my son was one, But I am pregnant now and would like to learn more about it so I can do it earlier with the next one.

  52. I used Interlibrary Loan to get this book and would love to have it in my permanent collection! I came to the ECing game a little late (17 months) with my DD. We’re trying to do it as often as possible, but I still can’t manage to catch a pee! She seems to hold it until she gets her cd put back on.

  53. I have started to switch to ECing for my current little fellow. Mostly by his choice as he hates to wear clothing, diaper included:) I am defintely interested in learning more so that future wee ones to our family can be diaper free from the beginning.

  54. I’d definitely like to learn about this. Unfortunately my child doesn’t mind a wet diaper but my mom EC’d us and we were all daytime potty trained around age 1

  55. I’m practicing EC right now with my 2mo. I started at 1mo. It’s been going good. I only EC part-time. I wear her in my Moby wrap which helps me hear her body sounds that tell me she needs to go. I’m loving the bond we’re creating and I’d love to have this book to learn more.
    .-= Chante@My Natural Motherhood Journey´s last blog ..Jul 16- Unassisted Childbirth =-.

  56. I’ve only heard bits on EC and I would love to learn more from someone who is experienced and has been successful!

  57. I EC’ed my first child and I think I did it well. I am EC’ing my second child now but I sometimes get too busy with the older child. (Another miner issue is that she is very heavy!) I would love to know how other people EC their babies.

  58. I’ve been really interested in this even before I had my baby. He’s 5 months now and I’d like to try. It does sound difficult so that book would be great!

  59. We have ECed since ourt son was 2 months old; probably even a bit earlier… would have started earlier if we did not have latching on troubles… Our sone has hardle ever pooped in his pants (only during major disturbancies and/or teething troubles) and we are so happy about this bond that we have.

  60. I have gone between excited and overwhelmed about EC every couple months since our son was born last August. I sometimes think I waited too long and sometimes I think it’s never too late to start. I think doing some more homework on the subject would help me get excited then stay excited to embark on some EC with him.

  61. Lily is 6 weeks and I’d love to get her started ECing when she can hold her head up, but I’m having a hard time telling the difference between gas and “its time”. That book would surely help me along my journey.

  62. I would be interested in how to apply this concept to older toddlers (potty training age), as well as newborns.

  63. I EC’d my daughter kind of part time in a mix with cloth diapers and always tried to change her very quickly after wetting. Even part time loose EC’ing made SUCH a big difference in her awareness of her body and her discovering her ability to use the potty on her own. She’s 2 1/2 now and has been 99% diaper free for about a year and now we can even take car trips with no diapers ( that was the last phase :) Our second is on the way and I feel so confident that every effort is worth it! As much as I’d love to read this book again to prepare for my second little one, I’d be super happy to see it go to someone who trying it out for the first time. I just felt called to share my success and encouragement here with any Mom who’s interested in this!

  64. We started late at 10 months but now at 14 months she’s just too busy to tell us when she needs to potty other then after she pee’s on the floor. I hope she’ll get back into it in a few months. it’s just a potty pause!
    .-= Danielle Hurt´s last blog ..This Moment =-.

  65. I think EC is very interesting, although I’m not sure I’ve got the time or dedication to be able to do it right now. Maybe in the future if I can stay at home with my kid(s)!

  66. EC makes sense and is fascinating to me…hopefully it can eliminate (no pun intended) the potty frustration we had with the first two when teaching Baby #3 (coming in Sept)!

  67. Oh OH OHHH! I’ve been looking for this book at yard and book sales in my area. I would LOVE to win a copy. We’ve been part-time EC’ing my 5 month old. She already knows what the potty is for and goes most of the time.

  68. My son is 6 months, so I want to start EC now that he can sit on a potty. I tried it with holding him in “the position” but he threw fits. LOL. He has a temper. I babysat for a family who did EC and it worked great for them so I’m hoping my little guy catches on too :)
    .-= Natalie´s last blog ..Jeep Jeep =-.

  69. I am EC’ing my third baby, all with various degrees of success, but this one seems to be very interested in it and she communicates to me when she needs to go or when she already went and I missed it.

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