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Elimination Communication: Holding Power and Indignation

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Nom nom nom, surfboards taste good!

Nom nom nom, surfboards taste so good!

Potty talk never gets old… We’ve been having lots of EC fun over the past few weeks ūüôā

Holding Power

I’m not sure when you stop calling it Elimination Communication (EC) or when it’s just a kid who has been potty trained… But, anyway, Margo has been out of diapers, day and night, since she was 14 months old, and I’ve been doing EC with her practically from day one. ¬† Read the rest of this entry

Stumbling in the Dark Without My Glasses On: Elimination Communication at Night

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I can see you… can you see me without your glasses on, mom?

Squirm, squirm, wiggle, wiggle… My eyes just crack open… oh… maybe it’s not for real? Haha, there she is, eyes wide open, and those eyes are saying, ‘Mom, I have to peeeeeeee!’. ¬† Read the rest of this entry

First Sign of a Sign: Elimination Communication

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See, we do wear diapers… cloth ones, that is.

I would like for the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to meet my seven week old. A couple years ago, I did a little research on the word ‘toilet training’, and I found this untrue statement on their site, Before children are 12 months of¬†age, they have no control over bladder or bowel movements.’. ¬†FOR REAL!? ¬†NO CONTROL!? ¬†¬† Read the rest of this entry

Elimination Communication on the Fly: Do or Cry

Elimination Communication photoExcuse me, can I use your sink?

Today, I realized that practicing elimination communication (EC) has become deeply engrained in my parental consciousness. ¬†Responding to my little ones when they have to ‘go’ doesn’t require any thought, guessing or mystery. ¬†To most mothers, taking a baby to eliminate, especially a newborn, seems absurd! ¬†Who has the time? ¬†Why would you bother? ¬† Read the rest of this entry

Terrifying Baby Farts and Rumbling Thunderstorms

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Summer time is coming!

Until last night, ¬†we had not seen a drop of rain in weeks. ¬†The weather has been classic Gold Coast winter: cool, dry, sunny, not a cloud in the sky and windy. ¬†Great for getting laundry done… ¬†My awesome herb garden has shriveled up a bit since Goldie was born because Art’s been doing the laundry, and that’s where the veggie patch is… I didn’t even go out on the balcony for a week or so, and then saw my poor dying herbs… they’ll grow again… Read the rest of this entry

Elimination Communication with a Newbie Newborn and a Toddler: ‘Mom, Baby Has to Go!’

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Margo is the cheerleader: ‘Baby did a poo!!!’

I started Margo on Elimination Communication (EC) when she was 11 days old. ¬†I was so scared the first time I took her! ¬†Can you believe I was scared to see if my baby would do a poo or wee in a bucket. ¬†I think being a new mom, I was even scared just to hold her! ¬†Scared to let her cry for a second or two, etc. ¬†Also, scared that this cool EC thing I had heard about would never work for me. ¬†Like EC would be rocket science and I would be left changing her diapers until she was 4… ¬† Read the rest of this entry

Starting Elimination Communication with an Older Baby

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Margo in Her Undies

Margo in her undies around 12 months old.

Elimination Communication (EC) is about building a child’s awareness of his or her¬†elimination needs, from a young age, it’s not all together ‘toilet training’, although, if you do it, even just part time, it will usually¬†lend itself to earlier toilet independence. Not everyone gets to hear about EC before their baby is born, and some have heard about it, but are too overwhelmed in the beginning with a new baby to give it a go. A few friends of mine, with babies/toddlers around 12 months, have told me they are interested in doing elimination communication, but thought their babies were too old to start! While I’m not an expert in beginning EC with an older baby, since I did EC with my kids from birth, I do have an idea of what it would be like. Read the rest of this entry

Me First!!! Elimination Communication with a Two Year Old

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Me First!

Haha! Me First!

We only have one toilet in our house. At nearly 36 weeks pregnant, I KNOW that my 2 year old has better bladder control than me! Ever since she was 14 months old (she’s 2 and 4 months now), she has been dry through the night. She used to wake up and I would take her, but at about 16 or 18 months, she started consistently sleeping 9 or 10 hours at night without having to go (not always sleeping through of course, wanting boobs, but not having to go). How does this kid have such incredible awareness of her bladder and bowls? Even with the #2s, if we’re out and she has to go, she COMFORTABLY waits until we get home to do a poo! She uses public toilets, no problem, but just states that she likes to wait for #2 until she gets home. I understand, don’t you? I’m sure it’s because of the Elimination Communication I’ve been practicing with her since birth.

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