Elimination Communication, also known as having a Diaper Free Baby, is something that I never thought I’d even consider. A long while back on my Kristen’s Raw blog, I blogged about things I wanted to do as a future mama before I became pregnant. These posts generated many comments, suggestions, and questions from readers inquiring about how we we planned to handle diapers. At first I thought, “We’re going green – cloth diapers for sure – organic, hemp, and/or bamboo ones at that!” But, something else came up in the comments. Something called Elimination Communication (referred to as “EC” from here on out). What the heck was EC? The name alone sounded hokey. Come to find out, EC is a form of potty training that basically means your baby is diaper free. What?! No diapers? Seriously? That’s just crazy talk.
Or so I thought. I’ve since learned that with EC, you learn to pay attention to impending potty cues from your baby, you hold your baby over a toilet (or bowl), and when baby is ready, baby lets loose. You hope there are not any accidents, or “misses” as folks in the EC world call it. After reading some of these details, my first reaction was, “Heck no!” It sounded way too weird for me.
Well. I didn’t think of it again, except to laugh with my husband at the absurdity of it after I told him about the comments on my blog. A couple of months later, it came up again on my blog, and since my initial shock about the topic had warned off, I didn’t laugh this time, but I still dismissed it as something that just wasn’t for me.
A few months later, I was reading a blog written by a woman I respect where she addressed the topic. I found myself absolutely devouring the post and its many comments, thinking to myself, “I need to hear what all these people are saying about EC.”
Fast forward to today. I own a book on EC, The Diaper Free Baby, and we plan on doing it. LOL. And you know what?… I’m stoked. I mean, come on, how cool that your child gets potty trained way early and doesn’t have to deal with dirty diapers? (At least, not nearly as much as most of the kids in our culture who often don’t get potty trained until they’re 2-3 years old.)
So, what changed my mind? For starters, when I was reading the blog post and comments, many people voiced the same concerns that I had, yet they gave it a try anyway, and they couldn’t believe how awesome it was. My interest was piqued enough to research it. Why not, I thought. When I told me husband, he said, “Cool. Check it out.” Although, I can’t help but wonder if he thought maybe I was losing my mind. Even if he did, he doesn’t feel that way anymore. He’s on board and thinks it’s a bad-ass concept.
My research excited me. Apparently, we’re not the first culture to use EC; many people around the world practice this form of potty training (it’s actually an ancient method of child care). It’s also the ultimate in eco-friendly pooping: when parents practice EC, they don’t buy nearly as many diapers or need to do as many loads of laundry (which saves tons of money, too! — the other kind of green!). And, EC is allegedly better for baby, who doesn’t have to sit in his/her poop or pee, which has to be a nicer experience for both their toosh and well-being. Want more reasons? Here are 75 Benefits of EC.
My new-found excitement for EC might not be shared by everyone however. I already know that I will get some weird comments about it from family and friends, and I’m sure many of the comments and weird looks will have a distinct tone of skepticism or disapproval. That’s ok. I have my own feisty response prepared already. But you’ll have to wait… I plan on blogging more about this as I experience it first-hand with our baby, and I hope to show some video, too. So, stay tuned to more on EC!