The writing is terrible, the author conflates unrelated cultural trends and blogosphere hear-say with actual information. So I did a bit of tooth-grinding on the way through the book. That said, there was some interesting information contained therein. To spare you the task of reading it yourself, here ya go: Here's the best part: Also, she will wake up dry in the morning and wait till you carry her into the bathroom to do her business.
So, dear readers, you can decide to live your life completely without diapers, or you can just "pee the baby" once or twice a day to save yourself some diaper-changes. Basically, take what you want from it: Jun 14, Phoebe Fox rated it really liked it. My kids did not go diaper free all the time, but my three boys were totally out of diapers by their 2nd birthdays. This book helped me teach them that they didn't have to "go" in their diapers. I do believe that we diaper-train our children in this society, and it's possible to avoid it if one has an open mind.
Apr 22, Caitelen rated it really liked it. I looked into this method when my first baby was about 6 months, but I never really got beyond cloth diapering. I would let her be loosely diapered at home to keep her aware of her movements, but other than that I never really pursued EC elimination communication. I went the traditional route of potty training at 2 years and it was stressful for everyone. Especially getting her to do 2. We are now out of the woods, thankfully, but the stress of that season of training which, for us, was abou I looked into this method when my first baby was about 6 months, but I never really got beyond cloth diapering.
We are now out of the woods, thankfully, but the stress of that season of training which, for us, was about 6 months long from start to finish , left me wanting to give EC a try again with my second child. I got this book when she was about 6 months old and have been trying some of the methods when we are home. I have chosen not to stress out about it and not to try too hard to make her do anything.
If it's a busy day, I simply stick to cloth or chlorine-free diapers, no pressure on myself or my daughter. But, after only 2 months of trying methods from this book, she goes pee times a day on the potty and has even pooped a couple of times. Today, she actually crawled across the house and began patting the potty chair. Her diaper was dry, and when I put her on the potty, she went!
She had actually held it and communicated to me that she had to go! We still use diapers at night and when we are out and about, but if I can teach her early to be most comfortable when dry, and not to be afraid of going on the potty, I think we are off to a great start! I read this book after starting to practice EC Elimination Communication and it was increadibly helpful in refining our "technique" with our son. We started practicing these techniques when our son was about 2 mos old and at 17 mos was completely out of diapers.
He's now nearly 19 mos and happily wearing his nearly-always dry undies. Sep 23, Cheryl rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Amazon says this was published in , but I read this author's book with a similar title in It was beautifully written and really conveyed the resectful listening and bonding that occurs when allowing a child to be free of diapers and able to eliminate somewhere away from his body, and that it was actually possible to be in tune with an infant's elimination needs.
Dec 10, Jenn rated it really liked it. This book changed my life. While I'm not ready to make the leap to "diaper free" I haven't had to wash a poopy diaper in 2 weeks now. The first time I squatted 5-week-old Harlan over the bathroom sink, he peed like he'd been waiting for me to do this all along. No reason not to use this method if, like me, you're going to be home all day with your baby anyways.
The book itself is a bit repetitive. If you're in a hurry I recommend reading only the intro and the how-to chapter. Oct 08, Becky rated it liked it.
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If this practice is as commonplace in less-developed places in the world as she says, I'm ashamed once again at how extravagantly wasteful we can be in the West, and how deeply ingrained the waste is in normal life. Of course, we'll see what I do with a kid of my own. BTW, I do think she over-romanticizes elimination communication a bit. At the end of the day she's just writing about holding tiny babies over receptacles while they pee or poop. Jun 08, Lucinda rated it it was amazing. I don't know how I stumbled onto the idea of "Natural Infant Hygiene" aka "Elimination Communication", but I am glad I did and it is very easy to work into my life.
I prefer that my baby use a potty rather than sit in her waste for any length of time.
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She also prefers it. It's working out great! I love the book! And, it makes Americans seem so stupid compared to all the other cultures that already practice this. Jan 18, Robina rated it liked it Shelves: Aug 02, Heidi Thorsen rated it really liked it Shelves: This makes all kinds of sense to me-- think about it, how did people deal with babies' elimination before diapers were invented? The babies were not just going all over the house or hut, or cave, or tent, etc. It seems to me like it's much easier to just train them not to pee and This makes all kinds of sense to me-- think about it, how did people deal with babies' elimination before diapers were invented?
It seems to me like it's much easier to just train them not to pee and poop on themselves right from the start, while it's still instinctual. Granted, it seems like it's an easier path if you have the luxury of staying home with your baby without returning to work in the first year or two. But if you choose to put your baby in daycare, this book does have encouraging examples of ways to train your baby "part-time" in that case-- you're still in charge of your baby all night, after all.
There are lots of helpful photos of different positions to hold your baby while they go, and descriptions of various methods different parents have used successfully. The book doesn't promote one silver bullet, some magical technique that will enable every parent to help every child develop perfect bathroom hygiene. It's more of an encouraging guidebook to give parents different tips and tools to use as they determine what exactly will work for them and their own baby. Every situation is going to be a little bit different, based on the temperaments of the baby, the parents, other caretakers, and the community.
But regardless of the situation, there is never a reason that diapers must be used exclusively. My baby is 8 months old now, and was pretty much trained for 2 by the time he started solid foods at 5 mos. So we changed dirty diapers for 5 months, since then it's been just wet ones with an occasional dirty one now and then when we weren't paying attention. And he's just now starting to actually sign with his hands we taught him to make a fist and wave it around by his head when he needs to go when he needs to use the potty, so it's getting really easy for us to catch more of the 1s also.
If he keeps up at this pace, he'll be in training pants soon, hopefully out of diapers completely by the time he's a year old. While we couldn't manage being literally "diaper free" , we certainly use fewer diapers than most since the baby keeps them clean by waiting to use the toilet instead of the diaper. Apr 25, Shira and Ari Evergreen rated it liked it Recommends it for: This is a very helpful book.
It gives a great overview of the history of how we've handle babies' toilet needs, revealing the cultural and social aspects of how we treat babies, and what we think about their intelligence and physical capabilities from country to country. American and Europeans appear to be far behind women in China and Mali and India and many other countries these days, and this book is meant to get us up to speed. Bauer is a sensitive and compassionate person and you can tell a This is a very helpful book. Bauer is a sensitive and compassionate person and you can tell as you read her book how much she loves children - she really advocates for them and encourages adults to trust them and follow their lead instead of trying to control them.
The book includes helpful photos and anecdotes showing how to hold your baby and various potty choices, and how to handle special situations like travel, little ones who've been adopted, physical challenges, and families with many children. I like that it also encourages parents to de-stress, take time for themselves, reconnect emotionally with their baby, and seek support when needed. Bauer practices attachment parenting and is able to take a lot of time to communicate with her baby in what seem to be idyllic surroundings.
I think she could have included even more anecdotes from different mothers with different work and living and family situations - more perspectives would be helpful and would make this book more accessible. I also take issue with the author's repeated, somewhat enigmatic references to intuition and psychic communication between mothers and infants. While I recognize that women can really learn to see and hear what their baby is thinking, I think that's based on subtle body language and sounds and expressions, not on telepathic communication.
The inclusion of this aspect of the author's experience cast some doubt on the rest of the book for me. I have a friend who is doing EC and though I do not have anywhere near the discipline to do so exclusively myself, this book did a really nice thing by saying "hey, you can do this part-time like, even once a day, if you want! Aren't Indian grandmas on to something?
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Maybe I will attempt this a little more with hypothetical infant 2. Jun 21, Lindley Walter-smith rated it really liked it Shelves: I really appreciated that, unlike many parenting books, this isn't all-or-nothing. Gross-Lo provides three tracks to EC and a number of starting points, from never using a nappy from birth to giving a toddler some nappy free time and cueing once in a while.
It's gentle, encouraging and nonjudgmental. My major criticism is that, like most single theme parenting books, it stretches a little content a long, long way.
It's heavily padded with anecdotes, true or invented. The information on baby weari I really appreciated that, unlike many parenting books, this isn't all-or-nothing. The information on baby wearing also promotes cross body slings while failing to warn of their dangers. Sep 19, Margaret Heller rated it liked it Shelves: Zero intention of making a lifestyle of this, but some very good ideas for a realistic approach to introducing baby to standard toileting practices.
Throughout history and in many other countries including China and India the methods discussed in this book are standard practice, and the American way of doing things is the aberration. This is the lightweight offering in this genre, and you literally could not pay me to read one of the thicker tomes on this subject. Jan 26, Bethany Zimp rated it liked it. A detailed text on teaching Elimination Communication. Yep, these are the people that have their babies use the toilet just like the rest of the non-developed world.
Written in a very compelling way that explain techniques, history, and problem-solving in a very non-judgmental way. My kids are a bit old for most of the recommendations, but it was still an informative read that offers ideas for early potty-trainers. Jan 28, Caitlinleah rated it really liked it Shelves: Parenting is so hard, I thought EC would be another thing that was impossible with an actual baby. But the author is great about showing how any steps are good steps and it's all about communication, not about results.
I plan on continuing to use cloth diapers and I feel like there's still so much I learned from this book. I hope even awareness will make toilet learning easier, whenever it ends up happening for us. Jan 25, Dawn rated it it was ok. Some intriguing concepts, but it could have been a lot shorter. Feb 19, Jessica rated it did not like it. It has enough content to support a single blog post, and the rest is all useless rambling and parent testimonial after parent testimonial.
I read this book because I had an 18 month old who doesn't really speak yet peeing all over my house, and someone suggested that elimination communication was a wonderful, respectful way to help young toddlers and even babies learn to use the toilet. It's more like clicker training your dog, though. The one thing I got out of the book was they do give a few physical signs that indicate your child may need to poop or pee, and that at least helped me some with our peeing plight.
Still, would not recommend it. You can find that information for free on google with a little bit of digging I know, I did. Sep 13, Shannon rated it liked it Shelves: I read this way back when I was quite intrigued by the idea of my child just potty training himself. This really does happen with some precocious, fastidious - both elements must be present - babies.
I remember liking it. But alas, my baby sat happily on the potty - even pooped! We stopped soon with this after. Jan 01, Katie rated it liked it. I felt like the author was my cheerleader in trying EC! She offers lots of advice for all stages and ages. I would totally recommend this book to someone who was interested in tying EC, but not your average parent. Jul 07, Joyce rated it really liked it. I'm glad I read it.
It has lots of testimonies from other EC parents, which is encouraging for those many-misses days. I also appreciated that the book stressed that EC was primarily about communication and not about a perfect score of no misses. May 02, Amy Etzel rated it really liked it. Very informative, covering a wide range of ages and situations! Mar 01, Alicia rated it it was amazing. Wonderful resource and talks thoroughly about everything you could think of relating to EC, whether starting at 0 days old or 3 years, whether part time or full time doing it.
Dec 12, Janie rated it really liked it Shelves: My brother-in-law recently told me about Elimination Communication. I didn't like the idea right away. However, BIL is a person of some sense and sagacity, and I am a person who takes it upon herself to investigate ideas new and possibly disturbing, particularly when they challenge my beliefs how else to counteract confirmation bias? So, intent on no contempt prior to investigation I secured some materials about EC. This book was the first. Gross-Loh writes in the manner that I fancy I would u My brother-in-law recently told me about Elimination Communication.
Gross-Loh writes in the manner that I fancy I would use if I were trying to introduce people to something unusual and important. The myriad parental 'case studies' are really valuable. I think she compiled a great introduction. I'm now going to depart from the book and discuss the method. Many parents hate bloviations of the babyless. Nevertheless, here are my two babyless cents. Despite my initial quirked-eyebrow hesitation, this method makes all kinds of sense.
I had no idea that this could be done, but it is done, and all over the world; it's mostly only here in America that something so sensible is so taboo. I like to think that I have a high aptitude for thinking outside the cultural box, and this method never occurred to me.
In hindsight it's so sensible and intuitive. Here's the conventional method for dealing with the waste of a baby You train her to ignore her instinct not to soil herself. Even a newborn wants not to sit in her own pee. You train her to sit in her excrement. Then two or three years later, you decide you want to train her out of all this that you've trained her into. If that's the only way, then why fight it? Here's the EC method: You observe your baby; you eventually learn when your baby is about to pee or poop many parents using the conventional method know their baby's signs without any special effort to observe them ; when you observe your baby signaling it's an opportunity to take your baby to a potty.
By the time baby is toddling she's probably toddling herself over to the potty when she needs to go. If you can't or don't observe every opportunity, that's fine. Diapers are a tool you can use and not the only one , not a necessity you must rely on at [literally] every moment. It's not stress-free, but neither is conventional diapering. I actually had to remind myself of this, when I at the beginning found myself comparing the dirty details of this strange, new method to my straw-man imaginings of a glossy, easy, zero-cost zero-stress conventional method.
I unintentionally idealized and discounted the costs of the familiar. Parents who've done both report it's less stress and much less mess. EC beats conventional diapering in all but one measure. Widespread cultural support is a powerful thing; it's a big drawback to this method. But be the change, right? I don't request that anybody use this method. Not Joe and Bob next door. I do insist that those who use disposable diapers are the first to live next to their diaper-filled landfills in the future, but I thought that before this book.
Take responsibility for your shit. But anybody could use it.
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Single parents, working parents, babies with developmental delays or health concerns, families in apartments without individual washers and dryers — all can potentially benefit from some measure of EC. Some families have advantages Swedes, Finns, Indians, Koreans, folk of leisure everywhere , but EC is designed to flexibly serve any family. If anything, it evens the playing field, because housing amenities and the kind of diapers you can afford are not limiting factors.
Probably as smart as dogs. I happen to know. P Even with a puppy you can do this. Dogs, like infants, can't talk, and their signals can be inscrutable. Yet within a couple months you can get a system down. This book does not compare dogs and babies. It's much too sensitive. But I am not; the only creature I've ever pottied is a dog and the parallels do not escape me. Mar 12, Hallie Amatullah rated it really liked it.
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I was in a situation last summer, totally stressed out, not enjoying my work, no time for myself or my husband, and other life and family challenges as well. He and I were both really burnt-out. Then I decided to do the training, not sure if I would use it for anything, or if I wanted to be "the potty training lady". But by the end I was convinced! A couple of months after certification, I quit my job, and have been working my butt-off to make this work ever since. I am getting close to breaking-even, and now that my job is over 1 month ago , I know that I can do so much more to grow this coaching practice.
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I loved that I could listen to the classes on my phone while I took my son for a walk. That made me feel so understood as a mother that the course was set up that way. I could listen on my own time. Communication between her and the students was easy and fast. The classes taught topics that I never thought about. It got me thinking in a practical way and with Andrea's help put everything I learned into an action plan. This is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish. However, we also run it on a schedule posted above because schedules just plain help us finish things.
The first module is available immediately upon enrollment. The second and future modules are made available every Monday at 8am EST except the first, which is a Tuesday due to a holiday and you'll get an email when those are live. I highly recommend you stick to the posted schedule above but I also get that you're a busy parent or caregiver - life happens!
You are welcome to finish at your own pace, AND if you can keep up with the class, it only requires hours per week of your time And if you can't, we'll save your place and you can finish during naptimes and early mornings and whenever baby is occupied. The more trouble you've had with EC, the more accessible you're going to be to others going through their own EC challenges. When we are perfect, we can't help others. When we experience challenges, we have to work through them - and that is where true learning occurs.
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