According to elimination communication theory, right from the start, babies instinctively dislike soiling themselves even if the control of their elimination system is still immature. By using diapers and shushing them when they signal an elimination need, we teach them its o.k. to soil themselves.
After months of this, suddenly we start training them to do the opposite... confusing? definitely!
I read about the method from EC Simplified and found the e-book to be excellent. I didn't read the "original" books byIngrid Bauer, as reading the amazon reviews made me reluctant to purchase them. I like ideas that can help my baby to experience life more naturally but I dislike hippy-tree hugging-new age weird stuff.
So here is my take on EC:
- She wears diapers except a brief time in the morning when we lay on the bed with an under-pad for baby's morning exercise.
- She wears less absorbent bamboo diapers during the day and more absorbent microfiber ones when we go outside for long and at night.
- After feeding and naps I put her briefly on the potty. (only by day)
- Stay on the potty for a brief time without encouraging or reprimanding.
- No expectations.