What is the elimination communication method?

Elimination communication (EC) involves using timing, signals, cues, and intuition to know when babies need to “eliminate waste”. Instead of wearing diapers, parents and caregivers hold babies over the potty. Studies show that this method can help babies learn to use the potty at earlier stages.

How do you introduce elimination to communication?

Introduce cues. When you observe baby eliminating, consider introducing a cue sound like a “pss” sound for pee and a “hmm” sound for poo. Baby will start to associate those sound with “letting go.” You can also use the baby sign language sign for bathroom.

What cultures use elimination communication?

In Western countries, this method is called “elimination communication,” “diaper free baby” or “natural infant hygiene.” In countries that regularly use this practice — including China, Vietnam, Korea, Japan and India — no special name exists; it’s just what’s done.

Is elimination communication possible?

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.

How do you hold a baby for elimination communication?

Classic EC Hold With the EC hold, the baby’s back is placed securely against the caregiver’s stomach. Each of the caregiver’s hands rests under one of the baby’s thighs, near the bend of the knees. This puts the baby’s legs in an “M” position, with bottom hanging down.

Can you start elimination communication at 6 months?

Starting Elimination Communication with a 6 month baby, up to 12 months old, is absolutely recommended. And common! ​Most of you found out about EC (or had the guts or wherewithall to start doing it) when your baby was around 6-12 months old.

Do Chinese babies wear diapers?

Using slit-bottom pants called kaidangku, Chinese children have traditionally used very few diapers. Instead, they’re encouraged from as early as a few days old to release when they’re held over a toilet.

How did cavemen deal with baby poop?

As soon as the infants could sit, they were encouraged to pee and poo outside, or into a potty. There is archaeological evidence for high-chair/potty chair combinations from Archaic and Ancient Greece (sella cacatoria, Lynch and Papadopoulos 2006).

Do African babies wear nappies?

Yet throughout human existence, parents have cared for their babies hygienically without diapers. This natural practice is common in Asia, Africa, and parts of South America, and was traditionally practiced among the Inuit and some Native North American peoples.

Is it too late to start elimination communication?

Like the potty train has left the building but forgot you and your little toddler. But that’s simply not true – you can begin elimination communication at ANY age 0-18 months (and if you’re past 18 months, please check out my book for quick and easy non-coercive potty training and finish rather quickly).

What is elimination communication and how do I use it?

Elimination communication is not about coercing a baby or forcing him or her to hold urine or stool for too long-it’s about listening to and knowing when your baby needs to go (and offering at logical times). Just as we talked about with part-time diaper use above, you may always find a wet diaper and still use elimination communication.

What is baby Elimination Communication (EC)?

Baby Elimination Communication (also known as infant potty training, natural infant hygiene, and diaper free) is the practice of learning your baby’s potty cues and timing to help teach him that a potty is where he should pee and poo. EC isn’t always “convenient” but it’s respectful and keeps a child’s dignity intact.

How do I know if my baby is using elimination communication?

Signals are most effectively observed if the baby is left without diapers for the first couple of weeks of starting elimination communication. Babies who are nursing will often start unlatching and relatching repeatedly as they feed when they need to eliminate. For defecation, many babies may grunt or pass gas as a signal.

Is it possible to do Elimination Communication (EC) part-time?

It’s definitely not impossible – people throughout the ages and all over the world have successfully used elimination communication, or “EC” – and it actually makes a lot of sense: Fewer Diapers – even if you only do EC part-time, you’ll end up using fewer diapers than you would if you fully diapered your baby.