Elimination communication(19 Posts)
Not pregnant but have a 5 mth old. Just read about it today and about an hour later caught my first poop! Hoping to find others who are starting out or experienced EC parents!
Reviving this thread as it is something I am thinking of doing. It's a bit of a family thing and both me and my younger sister were fully dry, even at night, by 9 months for me and 12 months for my sister.
My mum talks of putting me in a nappy when I was about 12 months old when they went to see a show on holiday and I insisted on being taken to the toilet despite being told it was ok to wee in the nappy.
I am only 8 weeks pregnant so a long way off. I anyone else pregnant and considering giving it a go?
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Just found this thread! Super. Been doing things this way with my second and have found it a doddle actually. Most think we are crazy of course. But actually, look back a few generations and my Grandmother had her kids out of nappies before one. I mean, really, who wants the hand washing and mangle duties longer than they have to, right?
I'm similar I guess in that I find it easier to pop to a toilet/find a bush than to deal with changing nappies on the move. We had very few misses beyond about 9 mos, and wasn't bothered if I had to clean up a few puddles as it was still easier than washing nappies.
I can usually also tell one other babies and toddlers need to go too. This is a tough one-feel like I should be pointing it out to parents, but know its not my place!
incidentally most of them are full time ec but i liked to read a few bits on there. but mostly i decided what works for us based upon two books id read- diaper free baby, and early start potty training (which is useful but is written in a highly irritating style )
if you search for 'elimination communication' it should come up
i think theres a few groups but the one that i know is active has this as the description (so you know you've got the right one)
'The "diaper-free" movement is founded on the belief that babies are born with an instinctive ability to signal when they need to go to the bathroom.'
theres about 1000 members, mostly in america but a fair few over here too.
Hi mamacoffee, glad I'm not the only one!!
Would love to join that Facebook group, can you send me the link?? X
Doris I do the same as you, cloth nappies, and ec at change time, and try to plan a nappy change/toilet trip around a possible poo as you described.
There's a fb group which is quite active you might get more tips in there.
Haven't done nursery yet, I'm such a softie not sure when that's going to happen! I'm not sure therefore about nursery. Hopefully someone will come along and tell us!
On the occasional day I haven't been able to for a couple of nappy changes, it's been fine, dd usually poops first thing in the morning (apparently that's really common) and if there's a second one its late afternoon. So I see no problem with catching the first one.
That's so rare now I just find somewhere with a loo (I usually need to pee too)
I think sometimes she holds it now for short periods and sort of looks at me and fusses and I take her and she does it (I might be reading too much into that but I think she does) also the position you hold them in helps them go I'm sure so I think they are more likely to go when you offer ie hold them and make the noise etc <sounds like a crazy lady>
That's all really useful, great to know it can work on really young ones and hopefully will leave fewer hangs ups when it does come to potty training...
I am intending to use cloth - have some bum genius elemental but will use disposables for the first few days til meconium clears an we work out wtf we're doing
Has your LO gone to nursery at all? I realise I'm jumping the gun as I'm still cooking her but does nursery bugger it all up or are they sensitive to EC?
Oh also it's definitely not potty training (in my eyes) agree with you totally, it's communication and very handy with the washing!
Btw most interesting EC was on the flight in the plane toilets!!
My lo wears cloth all the time so there is no pressure, I'm actually travelling abroad now and still EC it's very very useful when out and about and at the shops etc because you don't have to carry around the pooey nappy! Most baby changing is in the toilet/disabled toilet wear you have a toilet/sink etc
It's no more hassle than changing a nappy and A LOT LESS hassle than changing a shitty one iykwim because its all clean no poop to try to smear off the bum etc. all clean and in the loo and a quick wipe of loo roll and flush and done.
I started on this idea when my friend tried to potty train and her lb was actually scared and upset to go outside the nappy and would secretly put one on himself, I thought this was wrong and liked the idea of EC.
The communication aspect is really nice
I think the idea is good, of recognising when your baby needs to go. And perhaps doing it at home would be ok. But doing it when out and about would be impossible with travelling, shopping, visiting people, nursery. You would have to go through potty training when the child was old enough anyway, as they have to recognise when to go, not the parent, if that makes sense. I'm all for cloth nappies btw, this just seems extra hassle? My boy is three now, out of nappies in the day and nap time, but has one at night as he is a heavy sleeper and not ready yet. Do you out nappies on at night,... You must do ? Sorry if this comes across wrong, I am genuinely interested
Wow you're so lucky to have a support group!!
My dh said to me the other day that he can't believe other people let their babies sit in their own poop rather than take them to the toilet! And they think we're the weird ones!!
Your dh will be won over when he sees the results.
We EC at every nappy change so only 30secs extra time wise, first thing then after naps (3) then bedtime and extra if I'm suspicious of a poop!
Are you going to use cloth?
I've just ordered the book and found a support group in my area. Now to persuade DH
It seems to work for us. We started at 3wo
Oooh a reply, very exciting! Congratulations on your pregnancy :-)
We EC, I have a friend who does it too and a couple more friends who occasionally EC. We all cloth nappy too and that just makes sense! I concentrate on catching poops and have pretty good success with this but catch a lot of wees too. It's never a big deal if we miss ie she's goes in the nappy but every catch is great, it's surprisingly addictive. I found that when she was really tiny I would catch every time we tried probably because they poo and wee all the time anyway.
There is a book the diaper free baby and others
Doris I'm 32 weeks PG and just heard about it. Do you? Does it work? When did you start?
Would love to learn a bit more...
Just wondered if there was anyone else out there practicing EC, would love to trade tips etc
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