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What is EC?<br><br>
Why is this preferable?<br><br>
What are the advantages of this?<br><br>
What are the disadvantages of this?
 

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EC stands for elimination communication <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">.<br><br>
Here is a link to a <a href="http://www.mothering.com/articles/new_baby/diapers/elimination-communication.html" target="_blank">Mothering article</a> on it. And there is an entire <a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/forumdisplay.php?f=227" target="_blank">subforum</a> devoted to it here at MDC. Go do some reading! It's quite fascinating!
 

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Elimination communication.<br><br>
MDC has an EC board, and you'll find tons of great info and help there. I also read the book Diaper Free Baby and found it quite helpful in deciding how to start EC (it's really a whole spectrum of behaviors sharing one ideal -- communicating with the baby about his/her elimination).
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">What is EC? - using timing, intuition and pre-verbal signals to help your baby retain awareness of bodily functions<br><br>
Why is this preferable?- babies spend less time sitting in their own excrement, and more time in fresh, dry clothing<br><br>
What are the advantages of this? -improved body awareness and cleanliness<br><br>
What are the disadvantages of this? - can involve a fair amount of work, especially at the beginning. Offhanded negative comments from relatives who already think you're freaky enough.</div>
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I recommend the book Diaper Free and the forum here
 

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I ec'd with my son from 3 months on. It was amazing. It increases communication, bonding, trust, etc. Babies, just like all mammals, do not want to go to the bathroom on themselves. Using a diaper is a learned behavior and one that most babies do not like. It is something they get used to. Why go through the trouble of teaching them something only to have to help them unlearn it a few years later? My son hated being wet! Aside from all the natural benefits, my son was completely diaper free by about 18 months. No more carrying around diaper bags when out and about! Yes, you do have to be a little more in tuned to your LO and when I explained EC to my sister she said - yea, like I have time for that. We're quite opposite in our views of raising the little ones. I think that most of us on this board are all about selflessness when it comes to our dcs. I can't speak more highly of EC. We didn't go through any of the potty drama, we didn't have to make a big deal of it- it's a natural thing. If you do decide to try it, be prepared to have pee on you, your floors, carpets, etc. It really is no big deal- it is sterile and so easy to clean! Poops may be another issue, but they are so much easier to catch. Oh, and I work, so it is possible to be successful at part-time ec'ing. The babe just learns who to cue.<br><br>
Good luck with everything!<br><br>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">But I love my fluffy cloth dipes so!</div>
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Lots of ECers still use diapers. You can have the best of both worlds: babe in cute dipes without as much poopy laundry.
 

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i didn't set out to EC with my daughter, but she had very severe vaginal adhesions (where the lips of her labia were fused together). if they had gotten any worse, she might have been unable to pee and needed to have them surgically separated. so, i was VERY aware of how often she peed from about 3 months on. she also made her pooping preferences very clear from about 6 months on (in the pack and play only, with no one watching).<br><br>
so, at 12 mos old, i started putting her on the potty when she hadn't gone in a while. she peed on it no problem from almost the very beginning. by 17 mos, she was totally out of diapers during the day (and out overnight before 2).<br><br>
so, in my experience, the advantage to EC is that it could get you out of diapers early. i didn't find that it increased our bond (but we bonded very easily), and being out of diapers early is a different set of challenges (public potties, car trips, small enough underwear)... but, it was worth it to me, and i'll start EC/potty training peanut when she or he shows some readiness signs.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Lots of ECers still use diapers. You can have the best of both worlds: babe in cute dipes without as much poopy laundry.</div>
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I've done both (diapering and EC'ing concurrently) for both girls. With dd1 I started at 6 weeks, with dd2 not until about 9 months. Both were largely "poop-trained" by 1, but not to worry Galatea, they still peed in their diapers far longer than I would have liked <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> My 2yo is now in the Bummis pullup training pants, and is being a little potty-resister atm, but I know she'll start peeing in it regularly again soon.<br><br>
I've already got some split crotch pants for the new bub <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 
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