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Elimination Communication: How to Start: 5 Tips

Getting started with Elimination Communication (EC)

Really, you can do it – have a go with this idea of baby potty training!

Five tips to get started with pottying your baby:

  1. Offer a pee-break after a long breastfeed or when the baby wakes, or if they seem ‘unsettled’ or ‘fussy’. Offer simply at nappy changes. Trickle water from the tap. Say ‘sss pss’ whenever they pee so it helps them know the feeling of when they go.
  2. Breathe slowly and deeply, tighten your belly muscles when offering a pee-break, and wait patiently about one minute. Talk to your baby about what you are doing together. Smile at baby in the mirror!
  3. Find some afternoon time to give baby a nappy free hour on a washable surface (towel, tiles, quilt) so you can watch them and begin learning their physical or verbal signs for when they need to pee.
  4. Learn to hold your baby in the ‘classic’ position – back safely against your belly, hands gripping and supporting their thighs from below, holding them slightly apart. Practice with a doll if nervous! Try it out over the bath or laundry sink so you don’t have to ‘aim’ yet. You don’t need equipment; just your baby and some loving arms!
  5. Have fun figuring it out with baby – you might just get addicted! (Or at least use less nappies)
the classic position for elimination communication

Holding baby under his knees helps aim the wee.

The Classic Position for Elimination Communication

  • I hold him with his back safely against my belly, with my hands supporting his thighs from below, his body slightly reclining.
  • This ‘classic position’ helps the baby to do his business with ease. Just the position itself is a great cue to baby to go, and also the pressure of their legs on their abdomen. Often they press their legs together to hold on, as we would do too!
  • It’s called the classic position as variations of it are used all over the world. At one time in parenting books in our grannies’ days, they would call this ‘Holding the baby out’.
  • Tightening my stomach muscles helps him to know when to go, as does turning on the tap.

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