I have a secret and it is that we're doing...
But what is elimination communication anyway?
Babies aren't born wanting to poop and pee in diapers, they want to be able to eliminate in a cleaner way, and they communicate to you their need to eliminate. (It's funny because I remember Penny crying like crazy every time she pooped as a newborn. Could this be why?) Well, we aren't usually so in tune to the communication, and we just let them go in diapers. Did you know that North America, and a lot of first world countries, are unique in the fact that their babies go years in diapers? While most of the world's babies are out of diapers by a year? That intrigued me. So EC is letting them go on a potty/toilet, and learning their cues for when they wanted to go.
I started to realize that Penny pooped at certain times, so I started putting her on the potty then. At first, I didn't get anything, but then we kept at it. Now I'm hardly changing any poopy diapers! Our routine is I feed her, take her diaper off and plop her on the potty. We talk, she plays with her "potty toy" and her iPod (an old iPod we had), and within 5-10, she poops! How amazing!
I'm not so good at catching the pees, but it's a work in progress. I'm ok with changing those diapers anyway.
We're hoping that in doing this, the transition to full-time potty training will be easier and less stressful on her. She doesn't seem to mind it, either. It hardly takes any time out of our day to do it, so might as well!
Yep, just another hippie-mom thing I do!
What do you think of elimination communication?