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5 Responses to Intro to Elimination Communication Part 1: Philosophy

  1. Emily @ Crunchy(ish) Mama  

    Great explanation. EC is one part of natural parenting I’ve never really understood. Mainly because I consider myself very in tune with my son, but I have no idea when he needs to go to the bathroom. Especially urination. Maybe you’ll talk about the cues more in Part 2? Thanks!

    • Melissa  

      Thanks for your comment, Emily! I do talk more about the cues in part 2, which will be up tomorrow. You’re definitely not the only person who can find it hard to tell when your child needs to go pee – even with ECers it can be a challenge. A big thing that can help is having a bit of diaper free “observation time” every day at a time when your attention is mostly focused on your babe, that way you can see exactly what he does just before going. Even if you can’t detect a cue early on, you can at least communicate with him about what’s happening (“Oh, you’re going pee!”) and help heighten his awareness so that he’ll start to signal more in the future.

  2. Lauren  

    We definitely used MORE diapers at first with EC, so I knew that couldn’t be the sole reason we were doing it. We did get to potty independence earlier than other kids I know, but that also wasn’t the point. It was respecting our son’s preferences not to have his elimination held against his body. I had trouble explaining this to relatives who questioned the “point” of ECing. Thanks for this post!

  3. Tiffany

    Very interesting article. I am intrigued!!