As some of you might remember I started practicing Elimination Communication (EC) with Aidan when he was about 2 months old. I never considered practicing full time but when the timing was right and we were both relaxed we brought the potty out.I only lasted 2 months before even practicing part time became tedious. Aidan wasn’t sleeping so everyone was tired, Steve and I weren’t perfect and it just seemed like another chore to add to the list. Watching constantly for signs was exhausting at the point in Aidan’s life. A couple of weeks later we realised that my milk had dried up and that’s why everything was off balance.
I didn’t put any pressure onto myself to pick up EC again. I was just starting to make friends within my mothers group and I didn’t want to scare anyone off with my cloth nappies and potty. Steve and I were just starting to get in sync again and I just knew I couldn’t commit myself and didn’t want to confuse Aidan. A couple of weeks ago I thought I’d test the water and see how Aidan responded.
I started by letting Aidan see Steve and I going to the toilet, then about a week later I brought the potty into the bathroom and popped him on it just before his bath. We did that every night for a week and by the second day he’d had a Bowel Movement (BM) and continued to do a BM on the potty every night. Over the weekend Steve and I took Aidan to the potty before and after every sleep and whenever he signaled that he needed to go. We had a couple of dry nappies but mostly wet and it’s been 9 days since we’ve had to clean a pooey nappy.
Steve is better at catching his signals than I am and is really enjoying EC. I think he feels more in tune with his son and likes the principles of EC. We both read this great book and I can totally recommend it. Sometimes Aidan’s signals are really clear, he makes grunting noises and wriggles about. Sometimes they’re quite subtle and it may be just a different whinge, it definitely keeps you on your toes. Having Aidan in cloth seems to help as he can feel the wetness and he’s always hated having a pooey nappy and I think that’s why we’ve had such a good run so far.
Once on the potty (which is from Ikea) Aidan is quite happy. Being able to sit up unsupported has made EC so much easier. He usually sits and plays with a bath toy, his socks or claps his hands and sings songs. When he’s finished he puts his hands up in the air to be picked up or leans forward as if he’s trying to pull himself up into a standing position. I turn him around so he can see his BM and he watches me as I put it in the toilet and as I flush we say “Bye Bye“. Then I usually put the same nappy on if it’s still dry or I put a new one on.
I’d love to know if anyone else has done or is doing EC. If you have any questions I’ll do my best to answer them and if I can’t I’ll refer to my book.
I wasn’t sure if I should write this post. I even called my Mum and asked her opinion. I know EC isn’t for everyone and I didn’t think I could handle any negative criticism (please, if you have nothing nice to say please say nothing at all). Then I remembered why I blog… to share. Someone else could be sitting at home, happily practicing EC in private feeling like they’re all alone too. I finally got the courage after reading an article on EC in the latest Practical Parenting. I guess the land of EC isn’t so lonely after all.