#Win the Go Diaper Free Book – Elimination Communication

It’s no secret that babies are born knowing they have to urinate or
defecate. Babies are also smart enough to dislike being soiled. Yet,
we’ve become accustomed to letting our children soil themselves by
becoming dependent on diapers. What did parents do before diapers? Just
like babies let us know they are hungry or sleepy, babies are also
capable of communicating their elimination needs early on. EC or
elimination communication offers an opportunity to learn these signals
and help the baby trust her instincts to stay clean and dry.

 

We practiced EC with Charlie and I have shared about our experiences here.  It went fabulously and I think by around 6 months, he would wait until we put him on the potty to go.  Even at night, he would wake up crying and let us know he had to go potty.  

 

This is the message that Andrea Olson, DiaperFreeBaby Mentor, conveys in her
new book Go Diaper Free: A Simplified Handbook for Elimination
Communication. Olson has been practicing EC with her own babies since
the day they were born. This book is an improved, expanded, and
simplified form of Olson’s first book “EC Simplified: Infant Potty
Training Made Easy”, which is now discontinued. Go Diaper Free is a
step-by-step guide to start EC whether you have a newborn (0-6 months), a
mobile baby (6-12 months), or a young toddler (12-18 months).
Throughout the book readers are reminded that “EC is gentle,
communicative, and follows your baby’s innate rhythms.
” While EC can
seem complicated, Olson breaks down the basics and encourages the reader
to give her baby an opportunity to go potty without letting her waste
sit against her in a diaper.

What I loved about this book is that Olson wrote it backward, meaning busy moms can learn how to EC immediately and worry about the history and other background information at a later time. As a mom to an active 7-month-old, I rarely have time
for history lessons and just want someone to teach me how to get things
done and how to troubleshoot my problems. This book fulfills my needs by
providing me with the necessary tools to begin EC with my own daughter
the same day I read through the guide. Olson truly takes your hand and
helps you learn what to do and how to troubleshoot any problems you may
possibly encounter.

Olson shows readers first how to observe and learn when their babies need to potty and then how to use the potty with their babies. During the observation period the parent watched the naked baby’s natural rhythms and signals, including his natural timing. Olson
reinforces that “diaper free” doesn’t mean the baby will go naked all the time, but will become independent enough to not rely on diapers. After this observation period, the baby wears undies, pants or a backup diaper. Olson took the time to include Gear Guide and practical instructions on how to use cloth diapers and modified disposables as
backup. She also provides flowcharts and color photos, which are very helpful demonstrating the different potty positions and places. Links are included throughout pointing readers to an additional photo gallery, articles, and a free podcast on the Go Diaper Free website.

I was afraid that since both my husband and I work, EC would not fit with our family style. I was enthusiastic to read that EC can be done part-time. In her book, Olson includes a special section on practicing EC part-time.  I truly felt like Olson was talking to me directly.
Besides helping the baby be aware of her ability to communicate about elimination, the major goal of part-time EC is to let the baby become familiar and comfortable with the potty through regular exposure. Olson also gives advice on how to work with caregivers and even includes a special letter for daycare that introduces EC, what cues to use, what
the baby’s signals are, and what her preferred positions are.

The book was truly a joy to read as Olson’s enthusiasm shows in her upbeat and encouraging style of writing. Before I knew it I was passionate about EC and ready to begin with my own daughter. My one regret is not reading this book sooner so I could have practiced EC from birth so I could have better met my daughter’s needs. If you’re considering or even curious about EC, I suggest you read this book. Maybe you’ll decide to practice EC or maybe you won’t but you will definitely be more conscious
of what your baby is trying to tell you.

“And remember…your biggest resources when doing EC are your own HEART and your own GUT instinct.” – Andrea Olson

Andrea Olson is giving away a free copy of her Go Diaper Free Book Package,
which includes a copy of the Digital Book (PDF) plus lifetime access to an exclusive Readers’ Website (a $37 value). This Members’ Area includes extra support resources, a troubleshooting knowledge archive that answers 30+ additional questions not covered in the book, a private Video Library, a downloads library with useful forms and logs, and
access to a private Facebook Support Group. Enter below (Worldwide)

*This review was written by Cloth Diaper Guru blogger, Agnes. Andrea
Olson provided a copy of this book package for her to review.  These
opinions are her own and she was under no obligation to provide a
review or a positive review. Cloth Diaper Guru is not responsible for prize fulfillment.
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2 Comments

  • I tried EC for a while with my 3rd baby. She is now 2 and I wish I had stuck with it. It was going pretty good but then I let life get busy. I never learned her cues either. We just made sure she sat on the potty after every nap and first thing in the morning as well as a few random times throughout the day

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