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Getting started with Elimination Communication (EC)

Getting started with Elimination Communication (EC)

You can communicate part time!

EC is certainly not a ‘total commitment’ endeavour – as lots of inaccurate articles and the uninformed may claim in an effort to put you off even giving it a go. After all, you have a busy life, right?

EC can help make things easier for you. I would certainly NEVER use nappies full time – too hard. Too much work, far too much expense, and the burden on the environment – I simply couldn’t cope with that from a mere baby.

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Part time nappy free is what everyone does.

A gradual process is the way most people go – working with their ‘comfort zone’ and slowly expanding it as their confidence and baby’s skills develop. There are many styles – just catching the poos, only doing your “EC” at home, giving a pee break just at nappy changes, simply on waking and after feeds, or only in the mornings, or when baby is fussing. Think of it like ‘Nappy or Diaper Minimalism’ – some sort of backup whenever required.

It is an engaging and evolving practise, though – and often grows from there, especially if baby has anything to say about it! Even if only practised very little, with just one less nappy used per day, perhaps after a nap, over a thousand nappies would be saved over the several years of nappy use ‘recommended’ by the disposable nappy industry – that’s a lot of nappy changes skipped, money saved, time saved, and non-biodegradable rubbish kept out of the environment.

“I used to do that!” – What my Grandma said about the process of EC

Many EC’ing parents just ‘hold the baby out’ (a term used not so long ago in Australia) at nappy changes and after sleeps, simply to keep baby’s awareness of their body and reduce nappy use. This is what was done in the recent past, and is why babies were often out of their cloth nappies around 18 months to 2 years. (Ask Grandma – mine said “I used to do that” when I told her the basic idea, although there was no term for it then) This was before the ‘disposable’ (what an oxymoron that is!) deadens their awareness and encourages long-term nappy dependence.

My Grandma did EC too!

Beware, though – the rewards are addictive – you may get hooked on doing it more and more, and before you know it – have a nappy free baby.

What about mobile babies?

You can begin to practice Elimination Communication with babies that have become mobile – some time around six months is when the early window of baby’s strongest instincts are fading as they become diaper or nappy ‘trained’ – as they have not yet had the opportunity to wee or poo anywhere else. They may not signal for a time, or signs may be very subtle. As this is like any baby, why not find out a bit more about it?

Mobile starters of Elimination Communication, commonly referred to as “Late starters” are of course common – as many people only learn of this parenting option at this stage. If this reflects your situation, have a read of the resources at the link below, written by the original “Infant Potty Training” author, who reintroduced the western world to the concept, Laurie Boucke. She is THE expert on this in countries who don’t simply ‘know’ how to do it.

Tips for Late Starters

The article will tell you a little more about what it is common to expect with an older baby – and tips that are helpful for adapting the practise or method to older babies, up to about two years.

Just like starting in the early months, starting with a mobile baby means patience, a long view of the process, creativity and personal growth.

There is a yahoo group specifically to support parents with this stage of beginning EC:

Late starters group (for babies over 6 months or mobile babies up to 24 months)

 

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