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Raising a Diaper-Free Baby

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All about the Elimination Communication method
Having a baby doesn’t mean you have to be knee-deep in dirty diapers! By practicing the natural infant hygiene method—also known as Elimination Communication—you can say bye-bye to diapers... and everything that comes along with them!
 
Where does it come from?
Mother of four, Canadian Ingrid Bauer was the one who introduced the Elimination Communication method to the Western world. Author of the reference book, Diaper Free! The Gentle Wisdom of Natural Infant Hygiene, she says that babies can communicate their need to eliminate waste from birth. Thus, by being attentive, it’s possible to keep your baby clean, dry and happy, all without wearing diapers.
 
Bauer doesn’t claim to have invented this practice. It was actually by observing mothers in India and Africa that she developed the basic principles of this communication method, which is now gaining more and more adepts in North America and Europe.
 
How does it work?
By placing her baby (sans diaper) on a blanket, over time, mommy can observe the cues baby makes before needing to go, such as arching their back, grunting, etc. Mom can then take baby to do their business in the potty, in the sink, or elsewhere. Parents can then associate a sound or word to the moment baby needs to go. Usually, the word “poo poo” is used for needing to defecate, and a hissing sound to prompt baby to urinate.
 
Mommy also has to integrate visits to the bathroom to baby’s daily routine, much like feeding time and nap time. For example, a baby generally has to eliminate waste a short time after being fed. With time, a mother can familiarize herself with her child’s rhythm and can anticipate his or her need to go potty.
 
It’s all about communication
It’s important to note that Elimination Communication isn’t necessarily a method of toilet training, but rather a means of communicating with one’s baby, a way to build trust and ties that bond. Of course, accidents will happen, but as most adepts of this practice say: whether cleaning a baby’s bum or the floor, it’s pretty much the same thing!
 
For more info, check out Ingrid Bauer’s book, and join the group Diaper Free Baby.
 
Do you and your baby practice Elimination Communication? Share your experience with us in the Comments section below!

 

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  • NorthernDuchess
    April 12, 2012 at 4:00 pm
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    I used to practice this method back in 1975 with my oldest daughter. I had pretty good results but I found that I encountered a lot of negativity from almost everyone I knew. I regularly listened to comments such as "the only one toilet trained here is mom" and "mom doesn't want her baby to enjoy being a baby." My daughter, now 37, grew up healthy, well adjusted and happy, and she was dry all night before she was 3. I had 6 more children but I worked part-time and didn't have the time to devote to elimination communication.
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  • Jenny
    April 17, 2012 at 8:26 am
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    This sounds intriguing, i myself have noticed the different expressions and actions from my son when he is producing movements. I always wondered what methods were practiced in areas where diapers were not used. I will be giving this a try for my next child.

    Just thinking of the savings and environmental impact from not buying diapers should be enough incentive for anyone to try this method. And nl more diaper rash!
  • Amanda
    April 17, 2012 at 11:02 am
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    Wow northernduchess. It 's amazing that you were able to dedicate so much time and effort because this is not easy. Good for you and shame on any one who tried to bring you down. I am going to try this again once my son is walking to help with potty training.
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