What is Elimination Communication?

Elimination Communication (EC) is an ancient practice of tuning in to a baby's elimination patterns and signals and responding to the baby's needs.  In this way, babies can live diaper-free!  Might sound crazy at first, but it's truly a beautiful thing!  Ingrid Bauer is an expert in the field - read more on her website.

Elie at 8 weeks

Elie at 8 weeks

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Elie's Verbal Cueing

Elie's verbal cue has suddenly (since yesterday) really improved! Yesterday and for the week or so before, he was sticking his tongue out and blowing almost in the "Nanny Nanny Boo Boo" way LOL. Tonight when I was walking him to sleep, he held my cheek with his hand (the way Yoav used to do when he was a little older) and tried a few times at a "psshh" (and pooped right away when I put him on the potty). He certainly got close enough that if he continues it'll be even easier to catch poops! Hopefully he'll start doing it for pees - so far, I think he's just doing a verbal cue for poops.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

6 Month Update

EC Update

* Age of EC tot: 6 months

* We started at...1.5 weeks, cueing from birth

* Generally speaking we are doing...very well. The ECing is becoming much more natural for me - I don't have to think about it so much to be miss-free (or close to it). I've gotten much better with poops since last month and rarely miss a poop now - I only missed one poop in the past three weeks and that was once when I was randomly holding Elie naked in the potty position walking around the house LOL - I've been careful since then only to hold him like that when I'm pottying him :) He's pooping on average once a day now and even missed a day once recently. Oh, and I did give up diapers, so we've been diaper-free for a month - we're just using cloth training pants now (no covers, no PUL).

* How do you know your baby has to go / when do you offer baby a wee?

timing: Poops I'm not using timing anymore - I don't think it's been at the same time everyday now that he's moving to one poop a day. For pees, I try to offer a pottytunity about once every 30 minutes in the morning and then move to about once an hour as the day progresses. I also pee him when I pee and after bath.

signs: Tightened tummy muscles; Completely calm - kind of looking into space; Legs shifting a bit (I only notice this when he's in the wrap); Squirming; Fussing; Crying (if we don't catch the other signs); Sometimes gas for poops; gumming the nipples when nursing; clearly not wanting to nurse when he's tired and would otherwise nurse to sleep - he'll kind of twist his head away from me. He is making verbal signals for poops - he sticks out his tongue and blows. I think he just does it for poops.

* Is there a difference for poos and pees? For poops, Elie is now doing a verbal signal. The gumming of the nipples is also more common and intense as a poop cue. And general unhappiness/fussiness when he needs to poop.

* What cues do you use?

I say psshhh for both pee and poop.

* Which positions/receptacles do you use?

Insert for Baby Bjorn potty (with my hand in front to help catch the pee); sitting on the Baby Bjorn insert on the regular toilet with me holding him under his arms and squatting in front of him; sink or tub (with hand in front). For out of the house: peeing into a small wetbag with a prefold inside; the great outdoors (for this, I squat down and hold Elie with his back to my tummy in the basic EC position, so it's fairly discreet)!

* Nappies, training pants or other?

During the day: Poquito Pants, Little Beetle training pants, Gerber or Under the Nile training pants or diaper-free.
Night: Naked.

* What are you doing away from home?

Training pants - Poquito Pants or Little Beetle with Babylegs as pants.

* What are you doing at night?

Pretty much always naked now. Most nights are miss-free, but sometimes I'm just too tired and am too slow to respond to cues and the sheet and lambskin blanket end up a soggy mess to wash...

* Who takes baby to the toilet?

Mostly me. Jeremy does it some.

* Catches or Misses - how many and what times are especially interesting?

Pretty much catching all poops now - haven't missed a poop in two weeks. Missing very few pees - many miss-free nights and an average of maybe one miss during the day. The most common miss is when he wakes up in the morning, because I've been leaving him in bed while I make breakfast, so he often wakes up and pees before I can get to him.

* What's your next EC goal?

Goal is to learn the new signals that will hopefully come as Elie starts to crawl more and be out of my arms more.

* A tip for this age/stage?

Diaper-free or training pants instead of diapers helps to tune in.