Elimination Communication (also known as "EC", "Infant Potty Training" or the "Infant Hygiene Method"), is a non-coercive method for babies 0-18 months. At its core, it is learning to communicate with your baby about when he or she needs to potty. When your baby signals that he or she needs to go, you respond by taking them to the appropriate place and telling them it is okay to go. There is no punishment for peeing or pooping in a diaper, for either the parent or the child! For some people, doing Elimination Communication with their baby means no diapers of any kind at any time. For others, it means taking baby potty when it’s obvious he or she needs to go and using diapers all the time. Elimination Communication can be done full-time, part-time, or occasionally. It can be done with no diapers, cloth diapers, or disposable diapers. It can be successful with only one parent participating, or with a whole army of caregivers ready to help.
Practicing Elimination Communication part-time or full-time will allow you to:
- Connect more deeply with your baby
- Increase communication between you and your baby
- Empower your baby's mobility
- Save money!
- Reduce the environmental impact of diapering
- Prevent diaper rash
- Help enable your child to have a gentle and gradual progression to potty independence
Elimination Communication on Fox News + Pediatrician Interview
July 22, 2015 Link provided by Andrea Olson at GoDiaperFree.com
According to the NewYork Times article "Two Experts Do Battle Over Potty Training"
January 12, 1999
In 1957, 92 percent of children were toilet-trained by the age of 18 months, studies found. Today the figure for 2-year-olds is just 4 percent, according to a large-scale Philadelphia study. Only 60 percent of children have achieved mastery of the toilet by 36 months, the study found, and 2 percent remain untrained at the age of 4 years.
It is a new concept to diaper children beyond 12, or even 18 months, something our grandmothers, and assuredly great-grandmothers, would be quite surprised by.
Though Elimination Communication is sometimes called "Infant Potty Training" it's not a rigid boot-camp type of process. I believe that babies and young toddlers are not ready for the type of potty training that involves punishments, rewards, shame, and demands for perfection. Elimination Communication does not endorse those techniques. We are not aiming to be potty trained in 3 days or less, and are not punishing an infant for pooping in a diaper. However, proponents of Elimination Communication often will remind you that the concept of a child “being ready” to use the potty was unheard of until Pampers developed disposable diapers and hired a physician to endorse the philosophy of “wait until they’re ready”. That same physician has now said that Elimination Communication is fine. INSERT LINK TO ARTICLE HERE. For a complete overview of "Elimination Communication" I highly recommend purchasing Go Diaper Free by Andrea Olson *.
As a parent, you know certain things about your baby, such as when they are hungry, when they need a nap, what toy they want, and often when they need a diaper change. Elimination Communication is simply learning one more thing about your baby: when they need to go potty. Your baby may make a face, a noise, or become still when they need to go. When you see that signal from your child, you respond, just as you would if you noticed they were hungry, or tired.
When my baby signals to me that she needs to eat, I respond by getting ready to nurse her. Now that she is a month old, she knows that once she tells me she’s hungry, I need to put her in the right position and get my shirt ready. Once I start this process, she calms down slightly, even though she hasn’t received any milk yet. She knows that I understand what she needs and am working to give it to her. The same pattern occurs when she needs to potty. She signals that she needs to go and understands that I need to walk to the bathroom and take off her diaper before peeing or pooping. Once the diaper is off and I give her the cue that it’s ok to go, she releases. Again, she knows that I’ve understood her message and am doing my part to help her meet her need. There are many benefits to EC, including saving money on diapers and avoiding diaper rashes, but in my opinion the greatest benefit is an increased bond with your baby.
Want to know more? Check out the book Go Diaper Free by Andrea Olson *. The book provides a history of Elimination Communication as well as all the information on how to get started...
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A recent TV interview from a Go Diaper Free Certified Coach in Central New York discussing Elimination Communication.