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Posted February 7, 2011
WoW! Worth the read and the buy for anyone who has a baby!
I started to read this book before my daughter was born and then finished it after she arrived. When our daughter was 3 months old, we started practicing the methods explained in this book for EC - Elimination Communication - also known as Natural Infant Hygiene.
Immediately, the number of cloth diapers we used started to go down as we were catching at least 3 to 5 potties a day. She hardly ever had to sit in her own poop, and before she was 10 months old, we were catching almost every poop in the toilet, and most pees. By 14-18 months, she was nearly 100% potty trained.
She basically learned to hold it until she sat on or we placed her on a potty, which was about every one to two hours, and always after waking up. This is the same schedule we would be on if she was in diapers - only instead we would be changing a dirty diaper every one to two hours - what a mess & that would add up to so many diapers! EC is very hygienic, more economical, and pleasant for all of us! It also increases our communication and connection with our daughter as well.
In the beginning, the methods of EC may seem like slightly more work than just changing a dozen diapers a day, but really the work load is about the same the first year. The diligence pays off in the long run, because your toddler will be potty trained long before the current average in the US of 3-5 years.
I think the primary way EC challenged us is to retrain ourselves to think about a baby's functions in a new way. Because we come from a diaper generation, we've been trained to let the diaper take care of everything, so that we can do the clean up. In EC, it's the other way around. I would have my daughter in diapers sometimes, but only just in case we missed a cue. Relearning EC has been like practicing an art that was once effortless to our ancestors. It is in our bio-memory though sometimes might feel like learning to ride a unicycle when everyone else is on a two wheeler!
Ingrid Bauer offers a very sturdy and solid point to leap off into the world of having a diaper free baby. Now we have our 2nd baby on the way, and the methods she shared will now help us again. I am enormously grateful because she has helped make our lives that much easier, and I am sure our daughter also feels blessed because she spends most of her time comfortable and happily diaper free.
For those interested, I've created a Facebook EC support group called:
* EC * Diaper Free & Baby Sign Language Support Group
Enjoy and Good Luck!
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Posted August 31, 2006
Highly recommended! Very informative!
An excellent, well-researched book written on an age-old (until recently, in Western countries) concept! The concept of Natural Infant Hygiene is explained in a manner respectful to all people from all walks of life. And the author has the added benefit of experience to top it off!
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Posted November 27, 2012
A Great Introduction
I was curious about elimination communication and picked up this book. Ingrid Bauer does a great job explaining how she came across this method and why it works. It is truly stress free and easy to try. I have been putting my 6 month old on the potty for about a month now and we are able to catch most poops and pees. It definitely beats changing diapers!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 28, 2010
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