In Which Baby Eliminates (part 2)

By Cedar | June 12, 2011

I thought it would be good to make another post about the progress we having been making practicing elimination communication. Here is the first post I made, in case you want to read more about this.



I am not going to lie, when I first read about E.C. I was a bit intimated. Before I even purchased the Diaper Free Baby I did a ton of research about it online. It sounded easy enough, but if it were so simple why weren’t more people practicing it?

While I was pregnant I mentioned it to several people, almost all who discouraged me from trying. One argument, from a family member who works as a childcare provider, was that older children (2-3 years) have a hard time going to the bathroom in the toilet, so if your baby will eliminate in the toilet on cue it must be luck. I thought this was a bit of a silly argument. The way I saw it (after reading more about EC) was that years of diaper wearing has conditioned the child to ignore their bodily functions, thus making it difficult for many children to toilet train. I decided after that to not talk about it until Lucy was born and we had practiced it ourselves.

Let me just say—it is EASY. We are not even six weeks into this and already we see how happy it makes Lucy not to soil her diaper every time she needs to eliminate. We started the whole process by just holding her over a small baby bjorn toilet every time we went to change her diaper. The first week I would get her to urinate in the toilet maybe once a day or once every two days. At first I thought I was just getting lucky, but over the weeks we noticed real progress being made. Since then it has increased so much that we catch nearly all her pees in it. (BTW, the baby toilet is not necessary, many parents just hold their baby over a toilet or a large bowl)

In recent weeks I have stepped up my game a bit. I am trying to be a bit smarter about it, and look for signs she gives me that she needs to go potty. For example, I know that she always goes pee as soon as she wakes from a nap, so as soon as she wakes I take off her diaper, hold her over the toilet until she does her business, then put her still clean diaper back on.

We still have a bit of work to do catching her poos. She only goes on cue for me every three days or so, though for whatever reason Russ can get her to poo in the potty a bit easier than I can. I am sure this too will come in time.

In case you are interested in reading more, this is the first thing I read about elimination communication that got me wanting to learn more.

8 Responses to “In Which Baby Eliminates (part 2)”

  1. Sophia - yipeeladybug Says:
    June 12th, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    Wow, that’s awesome. I wish I had known about EC sooner (as I commented before, we had stumbled into it at 6 mths with Evie), wouldn’t have taken us so long to help her with pee awareness.


  2. Thrifty Vintage Kitten Says:
    June 13th, 2011 at 10:26 am

    I totally and completely commend your committment! I’m super impressed with what you’ve managed to do so far. I look back at my first few months as a new mom and only see a hazy fog of no sleep and confusion. Keep going! If you can really eliminate the need for diapers, you are super mom!


  3. Sara Says:
    June 13th, 2011 at 10:49 am

    I’m am so interested in this practice. So much so that I might try it when I have kids in the next couple years. It just seems to make sense. I’m so glad you shared this information.


  4. Brittany Va-Voom Vintage Says:
    June 13th, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    that’s awesome!! I really wanted to try EC with Olivia but I was nervous about it and never gave it a shot. I’ve read that a lot of parents have great luck with it, though. You’re going to save so much money on diapers. Horray!!


  5. Gina Munsey Says:
    June 21st, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    We just started this…it’s GREAT!


    Cedar Reply:

    Oh good! Is it going well for you guys so far?


  6. Jade Says:
    July 26th, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    Just found your blog and love it! I really like your thoughts on EC. I am expecting my first child in the next couple of weeks and have toyed with the idea of giving this a shot. It makes me feel a little better to hear you say you diaper as well because the moms I have talked to that practice EC don’t use any at all. I feel I would want to combine the two and phase out diapers. Thanks for the post!


    Cedar Reply:

    Hi Jade! An early congratulations to you on the baby! Do you know what you are having?

    I can’t imagine practicing EC without diapers. I would surely lose my mind. The thing I love most about it is that you do what you can…..there really is no right or wrong way. I am no expert, but if you have any questions, please feel free to ask.