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Hi. I’m Jeanelle Classen of The Intuitive Parent. If you want to begin helping your baby use the toilet instead of using nappies full-time, and you want to learn how to do elimination communication (EC) but don’t know where to begin, this page is for you.
I believe learning EC should be simple and straight-forward, and that pottying your baby should work well even if done part time, even with a nappy back-up. I am all about co-creating a successful, good-smelling baby-raising experience with you!
What is Elimination Communication?
The best way I can define EC is this:
Elimination Communication is a gentle, non-coercive way to respond to a baby’s natural hygiene needs, from as early as birth. Like all mammals, human babies instinctually resist soiling themselves, their sleep space, and their caregivers, and they clearly communicate about it from birth. With EC, we learn baby’s signals and natural rhythms and assist them with this process until they naturally gain independence (usually by 9-18 months of age).
Another way to think about it: What did humans do before nappies? And what do humans do in regions where nappies are not commercially available?
An example: If you’ve ever cared for a baby who just won’t stop crying, you probably tried feeding her, holding her, rocking her, shushing her, singing, etc, and then, last, checked her nappy…and find it was wet or soiled! However, if you had only known what that cry meant from the beginning, you’d have offered baby the potty. 9 times out of 10 she was crying for you to get that nappy off of her so she wouldn’t have to pee on herself or her bed…or you.
With EC, we tune into what our babies are born asking for, team up to help them use the toilet while they develop motor skills and long-term memory, and eventually teach them how to do it themselves. It’s a very natural transition to toilet independence.
EC works because this is how NATURE created us. Babies are extremely instinctual, and when we parents zoom out, we can see that they are trying to tell us what they want – beyond eating, sleeping, and staying warm!
Pottying your baby can make baby-raising cleaner, easier, and MUCH more connected. Plus, it protects the environment while your baby’s dignity remains intact.
If you’d like a more indepth dive into what elimination communication is all about, please check out the GoDiaperFree website where you will find a plethora of resources including podcasts, blog posts, freebies and the highly recommended ‘Go Diaper Free’ Book!
Looking for to connect with like-minded locals? Join our next monthly Intuitve Parent meet up, its FREE! Check out www.theintuitiveparent.com.au for more info <3
My name is Jeanelle, your local Nappy Free Consultant servicing Perth and surrounds. I’ve been practicing EC with my baby boy since birth. I meet parents where they are at whether to start, troubleshoot, and master their Elimination Communication and Potty Training practices.
I love EC because it allows me to foster my baby’s ability to communicate his basic needs from birth (contrary to popular belief). I first heard about EC whilst talking with a coworker about someone on the news whose baby was no longer dependent on nappies by 18 months of age. At first, I thought it was ‘too much’ and that I would ‘never do that’, but after researching it and reading the Go Diaper Free book, I was convinced that this is what I want to do with my kids.
Get in touch today for information on local meet-ups, workshops, and consultation services at www.theintuitiveparent.com.au