Posts Tagged ‘elimination communication’

Cloth Diapers: Real Simple, Real Risks

Friday, April 20th, 2012 by by

So day 2 is all about Waste Reduction (Environmental benefits & Elimination Communication)! Waste reduction is just a plus for most families. A good portion of families who use cloth diapers chose it for cost purposes, not for environmental benefits. But we should really look at that aspect when considering using Cloth. And, for those families who chose to cloth for cost purposes, you should look into Elimination Communication, because that will save you TONS more cash!

Now I can go on and on about how Eco-Friendly using cloth is, but instead….

Using Disposables:

  1. Sodium polycrylate, and dioxin = Toxic shock syndrome, allergic reaction, damage central nervous system, kidneys and liver.
  2. Consumer Protection Agency has received reports of chemical burns, noxious chemical and insecticide odors, choking on tabs and lining of the diaper.
  3. Babies have a 54% chance of getting diaper rashes, and since families have been choosing disposables more often, the percentage of rashes increased from 7.1% to 61%
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Elimination Communication Round 2: Evie’s Review

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011 by by

When I was pregnant with Eve, a question I got often (and found odd) was whether or not I’d do anything differently with my second baby than I had done with my first. Obviously, I had known that this baby growing inside of me would be a different child, a different personality- a different parenting experience! Not only that, but I would have two children instead of one, so of course things will be done differently! I didn’t make certain plans for it; I would just wait and see how this baby likes things.

However, one thing that I just knew was going to be done differently was our use of elimination communication. We started this practice with Jonah when he was six months old. While it wasn’t flawless, I consider it successful, because Jonah was fully using the potty on his own at an “early age” and there was a long period of time when, even though he had to rely on me to recognize his need to go and to take him, he would use the potty on  regular basis even before he was fully “trained.” It had its frustrating moments, as do most processes in parenting, but I believe the benefits were well reaped.

Elimination communication is a relationship between mother and baby regarding baby’s need to urinate and defecate. In basic terms, we all have seen a baby making “that face,” grunting and squirming. We all have knowingly said “oooh, you’re making a stinky surprise in your dipey, aren’t you!?” or something along those lines. (more…)

From Elimination Communication to Potty Training

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010 by by

As Jonah gets older, we are beginning to move from elimination communication to full time “potty training.” We have not been as consistent with the EC (elimination communication) as I would have liked. We were beginning to get really consistent at home, and even often times out in public. Then I dropped the ball. I began putting him back in diapers. At first it was just for evaluations and doctors’ appointments. There were several times when I knew he had to go- he told me he had to go. But in the middle of an evaluation, you can’t just interrupt everything to take a child that is wearing a diaper to the toilet.

First of all, when I tried to explain that he does use the toilet, and explain the fundamentals of EC to them, they looked at me like I had two heads. I probably would have looked at me like I had two heads too, before I saw for myself that it actually works. The problem is, they won’t let me show them that it works.

Jonah began to learn that he can go in his pants and not have to stop playing. We started to have several misses even at home. As I grew more and more pregnant, my patience grew more and more thin with the potty situation until he was back in diapers full time. A week or so after Evie arrived, Jonah started telling me if he had to pee or poop, just like he had before. He wouldn’t go on the potty though; I’d sit him on the toilet, and he would fuss and fidget until I took him off and put his diaper back on. I wouldn’t even be done washing our hands, and he’d gone in his diaper.

Then there was the day he stood outside (more…)

The Road to Potty Learning and Benefits of Elimination Communication

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010 by by

babylegsI am getting serious about potty learning now.  I started ECing (elimination communication- practicing infant “potty training” by reading a baby’s cues and catching eliminations) my son when he was 6 months old on a part time basis.  In the beginning we were excited about it and sometimes went a whole day with no wet diapers.  But I got busier in life and my son got busier and would rather play than sit on the potty and hang out with me.  We still did it, sometimes 1-3 times a day, and sometimes we would go days or weeks between using a potty.  To me, EC wasn’t an all or nothing thing.  The reason I wanted to EC was to save myself a few diapers of washing and to introduce my son to the potty at a young age to avoid that fear some children have.

At 18 months old my son is definitely not afraid to use the potty.  He has still not shown any signs before he needs to go.  He doesn’t tell me or sign, or go to the potty beforehand.  I am still reading his cues and going by patterns.

He pees after he wakes for the day and after naps.  He pees before his bath.  He poops after breakfast and dinner (usually).  I put him on the potty those times when I can.  I can tell he needs to (more…)


Another leap in our Elimination Communication

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010 by by

I have to be honest and realize that the lack of progress we have made in our elimination communication (EC) has been mine and Daryl’s fault. Jonah has been communicating to us beautifully, but we have not been very consistent. Shortly after we introduced Jonah to the big potty upstairs, we got frustrated. Jonah would tell us he needed to go so we’d take him to the toilet and put him on his little seat. His diaper would be dry. We would give him the cue to go, just as we always had, but Jonah got so distracted in this new potty environment. He could reach the toilet paper holder, and the wallpaper has big pink flowers on it, and the lid behind him can go up and down. Jonah got so distracted by all of these things, that he forgot to go! We’d wait for up to forty five minutes sometimes for him to go. Then we’d take him off the potty and go back to the living room. Two minutes later, he’d sign “potty” we’d take him back to the toilet, take his pants off, and his diaper would be freshly wet.

So we became very inconsistent with taking him, after about two weeks of this. Jonah has also found that he kind of likes going in his diaper rather than being interrupted to go all the way to the potty. He has found that he would rather go in his diaper than stop our activity. This is completey our fault. He was almost ready for trainer pants. I even bought a sewing machine so that I could learn how to sew his large prefolds into training pants that we could use as underwear.

We went from thinking about (more…)

Elimination Communication Away from Home

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009 by by

Tis the season for traveling and visiting family! When Daryl and I packed up the van to visit my family over thanksgiving weekend, there was a long debate about whether or not to take Jonah’s potty. On one hand, we are trying to travel lighter, which isn’t easy to do with a young toddler. We both find it hard to cope with the fact that our minivan becomes completely full when we are leaving for just a small weekend trip. The potty is just one more thing to add to all the other space-eating “equipment.” Especially when he hardly ever uses the potty when we are away from home. He just seems too distracted, as are we, for elimination communication (EC) to work properly.

On the other hand, Jonah has been doing a really good job (more…)

Elimination Communication – Why?

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009 by by

A question I get asked a LOT about elimination communication (EC) is “why?”

I’ve been asked this question in the form of responses to my blog posts, emails, personal messages, and face to face with family members, and it is usually coupled with reasons that I shouldn’t be doing this.

“Why are you taking him to the potty when you are busy? Why won’t you just take care of it later” Well, here’s my short and sweet smart alec answer: I have to deal with the poop at some point, so I might as well do it now before it’s stuck all over his butt!

Yes, laziness has a lot to do with our choice (more…)


Cloth Diapers and EC get 15 minutes of fame

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009 by by

Yesterday was a good day for cloth diapers and EC.  First, Mayim Bialik, TV’s “Blossom” from the 1990’s, was interviewed by Ali Landry on “Spotlight to Nightlight” about her unconventional parenting techniques.  Of course to most of us, these aren’t “unconventional” techniques, they are just how we roll.  Mayim uses cloth diapers with her children, she practices Elimination Communication, she co-sleeps, breastfeeds on demand, she homeschools, and she is an all around great mommy!  She explained EC in a way that was easy to understand.  I think many people just learned what EC is thanks to Mayim’s interview.  To read the interview and to watch a video which includes a photo of her son wearing a Bum Genius 3.0, click the link. “Mayim Bialik on “Spotlight to Nightlight”
Opening Of Cavalia
Smartipants also made it to television (more…)

Potty Party!

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009 by by

I haven’t had time to blog about this, but it was a very important milestone in our EC journey that I have to note. A couple of weeks ago, Jonah did an astonishing thing. It all started with a diaper rash caused by disposable diapers.

See, when we were on vacation, we had no way of washing our diapers. So, we used disposables. Silly me, thought that one pack would be enough for the whole week, and needless to say we were at the mercey of whatever brands the local stores in Park City offered. They did not carry any unbleached brands, so I got some Luvs and honestly didn’t think much of it. It was only for a couple of days. I did note how heavily perfumed the diapers were, but we needed diapers.

When we got home, he had a raw rash on his bottom. I said a few curses towards the disposable diapers, but all in all thought that it would get better once we switched back to cloth. Because of the birthday party preparations, Jonah was in a diaper more than usual that week, and the rash was being persistent.

Finally, I made that wonderful choice again. The choice that we would go one full day without using any diapers. I thought surely, this will help the diaper rash! I stripped Jonah down, put his potty in the living room, and we started to play our games. Suddenly, in the middle of pushing his truck, Jonah stopped and went over to his potty. I wasn’t sure how I felt about this. I don’t want Jonah to think he can’t go near his potty, but the thought of him playing in it doesn’t appeal to me either! I waited to see what he was going to do. He climbed up onto the potty and sat down, smiling at me and jibbering some syllables that don’t really mean anything.

“goofy boy!” I said as I went to pick him up, but something told me I absolutely should not pick up that baby right now! The look on his face, it was something familiar…. “sssssss” was the next sound that Jonah uttered. He said it while looking at me very intently. Then he smiled, clapped, and climbed down. I looked in the potty. It was pale yellow. I couldn’t believe it! We had what I call, a little potty party. Usually, we clap and say “yay!” when he is done going potty (which is why he smiled and clapped) but this time, I went all out! I did a dance, and made up a little song. I told Jonah how great it was. He was so proud of himself, smiling and clapping, I couldn’t help but be this happy for him!

I was amazed that after two weeks of going in his pants, the first catch we made was one he did all on his own.

Unfortunately, we’ve had to keep the potty out of the living room because of our dog, so Jonah hasn’t had any more chances to go on his own again. I’m hoping to be able to give him more chances this week. I’ll be reporting on how things go!

Q&A With Christine Gross-Loh- Author of The Diaper Free Baby

Monday, July 13th, 2009 by by
Christine Gross-Loh has agreed to answer some questions about her book, The Diaper Free Baby.  She has her own blog, Origami Mommy, and has a blog about Elimination Communication in the works.  I hope you all enjoy reading her answers as much as I did.  If you are interested in purchasing her book, you can click the link.
About the Author: Christine Gross-Loh is a freelance writer with a PhD from Harvard University. Her writing has appeared in Mothering, Shape, and Parenting. She is very involved in DiaperFreeBabyTM, a nonprofit organization founded in 2004 to promote awareness of EC. She has appeared on The Early Show and Paula Zahn Now, among others. Gross-Loh lives (more…)