When I was pregnant with William I turned to a local online group of parents get recommendations on types and brands of cloth diapers. I wanted to know what worked for other moms before buying my own. One of the responses mentioned elimination communication, that her daughter had gone poop on the potty since she was 6 months old. This caught my attention and I figured I would look into it. Boy am I glad I did!
After William was born I found a book in my midwife’s borrowing library; Diaper Free: The Gentle Wisdom of Natural Infant Hygiene. When I started reading it I didn’t believe what it was saying. How could a baby know when they need to pee and poop? There is no way that a baby could know when they need to go potty. But I was willing to give it a shot, I figured I had nothing to loose. I tried it with my son, to my surprise I caught a pee! This one catch was repeated again and again as I continued reading the book. After my hubby caught his first one he was hooked as well.
I thought I should check out more about this elimination communication (EC for short). So I searched the library for any info I could find. I found a very interesting video, Potty Whispering. It was nice to be able to see people practice EC, and it explained some things to Trevor as he was not willing to read the book. I also read Early-Start Potty Training it was not as good as Diaper Free, but still lots of information. It had a very informative section on starting with an older child.
I practice elimination communication part time and use cloth diapers as back up. I can tell you that my son has not pooped in his diaper (except for a handful of misses) since he was approx 6 months old. When it comes to peeing he has used the potty on his own since he was about a year old. As long as he was naked he would get to the potty on his own. So yes I can tell you for sure what elimination communication really does work, and all you need to start is an open mind and a good book!
Do you practice EC? Have you read any other good books? I would love to hear about them.
***The potty in the picture is the Nuby Potty. I LOVE it because the “cup” comes out for easy emptying and EC while baby is in your arms.