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I regularly skim through books on potty training and on childraising when in a bookstore. Just to see all the rubbish they write - e.g. about when it is time to wean, grrrrrr - and sometimes to be pleasantly surprised. Well, today I looked into a very recent book on potty training, puplished 2003, and there was a 1 1/2 page long chapter on ec! Described as a method coming from the US and already practised by some Germans, too :) Of course they wrote it was too much work and useless anyway, as children will not be potty trained much earlier (which is not the point...), but it was mentioned! Looks like you cannot write an up-to-date book on potty training anymore and ignore EC. Woohoo!<br><br>
What I also liked was that they used the word "Sauberbleiben" I have found for the method in long evenings of getting Wolfgang down to sleep and thinking about an appropriate expression in German - and they used it as if it was a widely known technical term. :)))
 

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I've seen a few mentions of EC in mainstream books. If I'm remembering right even Dr. Spock mentions it (he says it will lead to anal-retention). One book I have says something like "your nutty great-aunt might claim that her kids were toilet trained by 18 months, but don't listen because everyone knows it useless to potty train a baby under 3 years".<br><br>
There has even been research published in medical journals exploring the "mystery" of why it seems to take so much longer to potty train kids these days (in the old days 18-21 months was considered standard, now the average is nearly a year longer).<br><br>
It just blows me away that modern science somehow can't figure our the right way to teach a human baby to use the potty. I can't believe that anybody would actually choose to change 3 years worth of poopy diapers on purpose. Yet somehow someone convinced nearly everyone that buying a new disposable diaper for each elimination was a sensible thing to do. And somehow (maybe by inventing washing machines) they even convinced the cloth diaper crowd that you need to use a diaper every single time.<br><br>
Maybe when everyone used to use chamber pots it seemed more natural to put a baby on a pot. I mean, the "throne" toilets in the U.S. are nearly impossible for a baby to use. In other countries where they have squat toilets little kids don't have so much trouble.<br><br>
It just seems very ironic that supposedly convenient inventions (disposable diapers, washing machines, toilets) have resulted in millions of person/hours of extra work changing poopy diapers.<br><br>
--AmyB<br><br>
(Proud mama of a poo-in-the-pot baby since she was 6 months old)
 

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Toilet Training Without Tears has a chapter on EC. Also chapters on toilet training in less than a day (2 y.o.) and child led training (old kids).
 

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I now know three people who do not believe their own moms and grandmas who say, "You were potty trained by the time you were 9 months old." <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="EEK!"> I have now collected a neighbor from Brazil, a co-worker from Sri Lanka, and a lactation consultant (who I think is from an exotic place like Maryland).<br><br>
My mom and DH's mom can't remember when each of us was potty trained.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rolleyes">:
 

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My mom says I was EC'd.<br><br>
She says I got such bad diaper rash that she just decided not to use diapers.<br><br>
I'm the only one of my siblings who did EC with their own baby, though.<br><br>
--AmyB
 
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