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post #1 of 11
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There's a whole lot on the web this week about Elimination Communication and going diaper-free. I'm curious what everyone thinks about it. 

 

You can read some reactions and opinions about it here in the Huffington Post, or here in Globe and Mail, and also here at Slate.com.

 

I was pretty disappointed to see it being described as "hipster" and "lunatic", since plenty of cultures practice this method, but I can't say I was surprised. It's quite different from what most of us are used to.

 

Thoughts? Opinions? Insight? 

post #2 of 11

I practiced it very seldom.  I would set my 9 month old on the potty every morning and if she peed I would overly get excited and give her hugs and try to show her why I was getting excited.  I got out of practice from doing this for a few months and now that she is 19 months I am trying to go back to it.  It is harder now though because she'll sit down and then just run away!  I wish I would have stuck with it.  I think I could have a "potty-trained" 1 year old if I had!!  Already she tells me when her diaper is wet.  So I feel like I've already trained her to go potty in the diaper.  :(

 

I think EC is very natural.  If that also makes it hippie - I'm not bothered!

post #3 of 11
I am very inrigued with ec. For a week or so my dd was quietly whimpering about a minute before she peed... at first the westernized person in me assumed there was something wrong. Then the instinctual intellect in me realized she has become to recognize this in her body (she hates being even a little wet...can you blame her) and was simply communicating this to me. She just turned four months and I have been reading a lot about the practice and am absorbing it enthusiastically! smile.gif
post #4 of 11

I used it off and on with my DD, starting around 5mo.  I think that is the primary reason she was completely potty-trained by 18mo.  I didn't do it with my DS and I notice a huge difference now that it is time to start putting him on the potty!  If I have another, I will definitely do EC again.  It takes work, but it was definitely worth it for me. 

post #5 of 11

I'm a little scared to read them, but may come back when I'm in a better mood (right now, I think I would just be all Cuss.gif).

 

When we first heard about EC, I thought it sounded a bit extreme.  At the time, I thought it was farther out on the crunchy spectrum than I would want to go. ROTFLMAO.gif Kind of hysterical now. smile.gif

 

We love, love, love it.  We started a bit late, with DS @ 9 months.  He's 24 months now - we have periods of independence where we go out and about diaper free - illness or teeth derail us.  There's an ebb & flow to it, definitely - but I'm confident that he maintains a high level of awareness (even just of a wet diaper or a miss on the floor), there is ongoing communication, we got through fewer cloth dipes, he feels more in control, no diaper rash, the list goes on and on.

 

Ultimately, I really dislike it referred to as "a method of potty training" - because it is not some weird hippy way to potty train your kid.  It's about not training them to go in diapers in the first place, about learning and respecting their cues to poop just like you would their cues to eat. shrug.gif  It's rather silly that so much time in baby prep classes focuses on "sleep" signs and "hunger" signs and not pottying cues.

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I am very inrigued with ec. For a week or so my dd was quietly whimpering about a minute before she peed... at first the westernized person in me assumed there was something wrong. Then the instinctual intellect in me realized she has become to recognize this in her body (she hates being even a little wet...can you blame her) and was simply communicating this to me. She just turned four months and I have been reading a lot about the practice and am absorbing it enthusiastically! smile.gif

 

Exactly!!! orngbiggrin.gif  I completely agree - also, I recommend the book Diaper Free Baby - it's a good resource (there are some great ones online also).

 

We had a period like this early on - I'd take DS out in the Ergo for his nap walk (to get him to sleep) - we'd be going along, he'd be nodding off, nursing, then all of a sudden he'd be squirming, crying and fighting sleep.  I had no idea what was up, but decided we'd better head back, because he was inconsolable - a block or so later, he pooped in his diaper, and promptly fell asleep.  The poor lil guy!  He didn't want to poop in a diaper, especially in the carrier (as I learned more about EC, I found out that babies have a natural instinct NOT to soil themselves, as well as NOT to go when pressed up close against a caregiver).  How awful that must have been for him.  So glad we figured that one out quickly (it happened one more time, I think, before I connected the dots).

post #7 of 11

We did it from birth, and while it was a lot of work at first, cause they just go so darned often, it was so worth it. It got much easier when he didn't need to pee so often around 8 or 10 months. He only pooped on the potty from pretty early on, like 2 or 3 months? And before that we would usually get him on the pot after a wet fart, so we pretty much never had to deal with a filthy diaper or poop all in his creases. I didn't realize JUST HOW AWESOME this was until I was watching a friend's 16 month old a few times a  week who always seemed to have a blow out at my house. Wanna talk lunatic? Deal with THAT (quantity of toddler poop! and SO horrid smelling!) mashed into your kids stuff once or twice day for 2 or 3 years! Yuck!

And our DS was pretty much potty trained around 18 months, with a few lapses for teeth and stuff like that.

And honestly, noone will really even know you're doing it. I actually wished more people would notice so we could kinda spread the word, but noone notices until your kid is potty trained at 18 mo and they're tired of changing diapers.

post #8 of 11
Is there a "too late" start for ec? I did read somewhere that eventually the baby will stop their cue...is this the case?
post #9 of 11
This is AB old thread but that's my question is 10 months to late to start?

My dd was potty trained at 20 months without EC so I'm thinking with it maybe the babies will be even earlier?
post #10 of 11

If they're giving signs they're about to go then you can start whisking them off to the potty at any age. It can become habit if you try and be consistent.

post #11 of 11
I bought a baby bjorn potty two weeks ago..my six month old has only pooped in a diaper nce since then! I'm getting better with pees but they are harder. So far she loves it and its so much cleaner than poopy diapers. I'm switching to cloth diapers soon and we are wipes free now after making my own. Feels great! smile.gif
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