This week is the official Go Diaper Free week! April 22nd-28th, a week to learn about Elimination Communication and to try it out. If you’re not sure what EC is, read my post explaining what it’s all about. I thought that in honor of Go Diaper Free week I would share my initial experience with EC.
I had heard of EC, I honestly can’t say how. It was something I knew existed and once I found out I was pregnant I planned on practicing it with my baby.
Circumstances were such that I couldn’t do much for the first couple of months of my son’s life. I kept thinking, I want to try this EC thing. Since I was unable to do EC fully, I started very small. At around a month old I started making the cue noises when my son would inevitably pee or poop while on the changing table. This was all I managed for quite a while.
When my son was three months old, I was doing better and thought I could try EC. Let me tell you I was nervous! Scared even. I was so sure it was going to be difficult. It’s hard to picture something you’ve never done before or even seen done before. I was positive it would be more work than diapers and just plain hard. I was worried I’d somehow mess up. I’m not sure how, but I figured I couldn’t do it right.
Finally I got the nerve up to try EC. I started by holding my son in the classic position over the bathroom sink. Well let me tell you, it was not for us! Every single time, he barfed! One trip to the store later he was the proud owner of a tiny potty at just 3 months old. It seemed odd buying it for him. I wound up with two, one for upstairs and one for downstairs.
With the tiny potty everything became so easy for us. I went in with the mentality that I was doing this part time. I was not shooting for catching 100% of the time, I felt it was too much stress on both of us since I would be the only one pottying him. We very quickly settled into a routine, just like with any other aspect of baby care.
I had been worrying over nothing. EC seems to be a daunting task, but it isn’t. It’s a great way to connect with your baby, save some money on diapers (or washing if you use cloth), and my favorite part…no more poopy diapers! We completed our EC journey at 16 months old. At that point my son had been completely diaper free for a month and started telling me when he needed to go, so I considered him graduated. To me, EC was completely worth having a “potty trained” kiddo at such a young age. Well before the average, which these days is creeping towards 4 years old.
It’s really remarkable what babies are capable of if you give them the chance to try. I hope you take the challenge this week. Just catch one poop on the potty and you’ll be hooked!
For more information on how to do EC with your baby, I recommend the Go Diaper Free book!