I have to admit that I am obsessed with Elimination Communication (EC). It is an ancient practice of natural infant hygiene – sometimes called infant potty training or potty whispering I prefer just to call it ECing. Many people find the concept interesting, perhaps wacky and ultimately don’t even bother trying it because it seems like hard work!
You don’t have to throw away your diaper’s!
In order to start ECing your baby you do not have to commit to a period of time where your house is full of puddles (or worse) nor do you sit there waiting for your baby to pee. On the contratry – there are different levels of ECing commitment to suit everyone:
- Full Time ECing is for hardcore families who endeavour to catch every pee or poop and keep their babies diaper free
- Part Time ECing is for families who catch some pees and poops but keep their babies in a diaper most of the time
- Occasional ECing is for families who catch what they can, when then can
How can I try out ECing my baby?
Most babies need to pee upon waking or 10-15minutes after a feed or a drink, so you can either put them on a potty, or hold them over a bowl or the toilet. Make a cueing sound (psst psst is a popular one) and give them a couple of minutes. Usually, if you’ve timed it right they will go. If your baby objects stop! You don’t really have to buy any equipment to EC your baby – a few companies have developed EC friendly products but I personally manage with a cheap potty, and now and insert for the toilet (the garden works too!)
As times goes on you will start to get into a rhythm with your baby and instinctively know when to take them to the potty. You may notice they become fidgety or, in some cases make a lot of noise, straining etc … I know with BabyinProvence it was easy to detect when she wanted to poop and would, more often than not, wait until I got her diaper off and put her on the potty to go.
The fundamental point of ECing is to make it managable and enjoyable for you and your baby. It should not hinder your life. For more information visit
REMEMBER! It’s about the catches not the misses!