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The Diaper-Free Baby: The Natural Toilet Training Alternative: The Natural Toilet Training Alternative for a Happier, Healthier Baby or Toddler [Paperback]

Christine Gross-Loh
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1 Feb 2007

Imagine infants free from painful diaper rash, new parenthood without thousands of dollars wasted in diapering costs, toilet training that is natural and noncoercive, and, most important, happier babies and parents

As Christine Gross-Loh reveals in her progressive, enlightening book, all this is possible and more. Infants are born with the ability to communicate their need to "go," just as they communicate hunger or sleepiness. Gross-Loh, a mother of two children who were diaper-free at eighteen and fifteen months, uses the tenets of "elimination communication," or EC, to teach parents how to identify and respond to their baby or toddler's natural cues.

Unlike the all-or-nothing approach of some parenting books, The Diaper-Free Baby addresses three categories of parents: full-time, part-time, and occasional EC'ers. Parents can practice EC as much or as little as fits their family and lifestyle. A support group within a book, The Diaper-Free Baby also includes inspiring testimonials throughout every chapter. Parents who have successfully practiced EC identify common struggles, share experiences and problem-solving tips, and provide encouragement for those new to the technique. Their motivational stories together with Gross-Loh's practical advice will appeal to all parents interested in a fresh alternative to traditional toilet training.

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (1 Feb 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061229709
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061229701
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 13.9 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 71,200 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Christine Gross-Loh is a freelance writer with a PhD from Harvard University. Her writing has appeared in Mothering, Shape, and Parenting. She is very involved in DiaperFreeBabyTM, a nonprofit organization founded in 2004 to promote awareness of EC. She has appeared on The Early Show and Paula Zahn Now, among others. Gross-Loh lives in Tokyo, Japan, with her husband and children.

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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Friendly approach to Elimination Communication 12 Mar 2008
This is written in a very approachable way, with plenty of real life case examples. It is very encouraging and opens your eyes to opening a way of communicating with your baby, and providing it with an alternative to poo in its nappy.

It allows for three approaches, full-time, part-time and occasional EC, so you don't need to go gung-ho doing this all the time, it also doesn't expect parents to give up on disposable nappies, some people have done this method using disposables, this book is quite laid back, its all up to you.

I also got the Linda Sonna book, and the Laurie Boucke, and prefer this one overall, the style of the Linda Sonna didn't appeal to me. The Laurie Boucke, Infant Potty Training is good as well, but the Christine Gross-Loh book is more contemporary.

Additionally since I wrote the above I would like to say that my baby is now no longer wearing nappies at night or during the day at 17 months. We started using cloth nappies around 5.5 months and the potty. My toddler is able to come to tell me through signing of the need to go, and that is what happened at 13months. At 17 months we decided to do away with nappies and these are no longer worn any more at all. I found the book very inspiring and it kept me motivated.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly well-written guide! 24 Sep 2009
By H. Tay
I cannot praise the author highly enough for this extremely clear and encouraging book. Thank you for writing this! It should be on more must-read lists.

I had heard about Elimination Communication and wanted to try it with my 6 month old, but did not know where to start. It sounded like such a good idea but intimidating at the same time - would it be a huge hassle, what equipment did I need, would my baby take to it, what if I did it wrong, etc. Reading the Diaper Free Baby put my mind completely at ease. The author gives clear guidelines for either starting slowly or jumping right in, or somewhere in between.

Having read the book, I started out just putting my baby on the potty immediately after she woke from her naps. A couple of weeks on, I try to put her on the potty after some feeds as well, and also give her some nappy-free time on a waterproof mat. We had a few accidents, but as the book suggests, I didn't get stressed out about them. And if she doesn't go when I put her on the potty, that's okay too.

The excellent content aside, this is by far the most well-written book on any aspect of baby-rearing that I have read so far! So many other books have good information to convey, but are let down by poor writing and editing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Helpful 26 Jan 2010
In many ways this review is a comparison between Infant Potty Training and Diaper Free Baby...
When we started Elimination Communication with our young infant I read Laurie Boucke's Infant Potty Training book. I got it because I was put off by the title of Diaper Free Baby: I couldn't have a baby who was not wearing a diaper/nappy (rented house). Although this book does speak of babies going without diapers, it does not push leaving your baby out of diapers; the title simply speaks of freedom from being bound to using diapers. I bought this book because I wanted a copy of a book on EC to give to a friend and was having a hard time finding another reasonable priced Infant Potty Training book in the UK. I am so glad that I bought it and previewed it because I found it very helpful even after having been doing EC for just under a year. I thought this book was far more laid back about it and took away the pressure I felt from the testimonials in the other book. Diaper Free Baby really makes EC accessible to anyone in Western society. It leaves you with no excuses! Start getting your baby used to the potty now and reap the rewards (one of the biggest rewards, btw, it the bonding you get from it, not simply saving on diapers).
The book is very easy to read and you'll very quickly have the information that you need to begin EC, although it does get a bit repetitive if you read the whole thing straight through instead of just reading the section for the stage your baby is at. There are loads of little testimonials to make you feel less alone and give you a feel for the reality of EC. The one bad thing I can think of is that there aren't many pictures and they aren't in color. My little girl really likes to see the pictures of the other babies in Infant Potty Training doing what she's doing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Got me started right away! 17 April 2012
What is EC?
Elimination Communication is a natural, additional way to communicate with your baby in order to help them meet their basic needs of elimination. You already know how to spot when your baby is tired and can help him to get to sleep...IF you could find out how to spot his natural needs to go to the toilet, why wouldn't you?
ECing your baby is very rewarding. Think how you feel when your baby gobbles up your lovingly prepared meal. Or when your baby finally closes her eyelids as you rock her to sleep... ECing is a great way to bond with your baby. Personally, I also use it as a guide to remind me how tuned in I am to my baby. To make sure that I do not miss out on those precious fleeting days.

The basics of EC:
The author has developed three basics steps to follow, for all aged babies.
1) Letting him experience wetness.
(This involves your baby making the association between elimination and the feelings of wetness. Adults are very aware of this connection, however babies can unlearn this if used to the modern ultra-absorbent disposables! )
2) Help him learn to make associations.
(This is where cuing your baby when he eliminates comes in. Your make a common-sense sound such as pssss psss when your baby is going to the toilet.
3) Guiding him to eliminate in potty/toilet.
(This is where you enable your baby to eliminate in an actual potty or toilet at or just before he needs to go.)

About the book:
I would call this book more a Manual, or Handbook for EC, since you can quickly get started ECing your baby by flipping to the correct chapter that matches the age of your baby. When you have time you may want to read the other chapters, but this is not necessary.
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4.0 out of 5 stars quite simplistic
I wanted some proper tips on how to tell when my daughter is about to wee. I was already catching poos when I bought the book but it didn't really help me with what I wanted it... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mel Bridge
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant at showing that EC is not coercive or "weird", and talks a...
A long time ago I heard that Chinese ppl for ex. were usually astounded to see toddlers, even advanced talkers, still wearing nappies. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Celi
4.0 out of 5 stars Clear easy explaination of Elimination Communication
Recommend to anyone interested in EC'ing - really helpful with some useful tips for those new or already trying EC'ing with their baby.
Published 8 months ago by K E Thorne
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good idea, more difficult to follow though
We started out from day one using the advice from this book. 9 months in we've had very few soiled nappies, although he's going through a stage of not using the potty now. Read more
Published 8 months ago by S. Holmes
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant for beginners
I found this book when my son was 14 months bit late to start but he wouldn't have a nappy on on and he kept saying wee wee when he needed a wee. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Hayley Davies
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Overall introduction to elimination communication was good. Was the only one available on kindle so that was the deciding factor in my purchase.
Published 13 months ago by mw
3.0 out of 5 stars Diaper baby
It was ok but I think most of the information can be found online so I found myself skim reading it.
Published 17 months ago by G82
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Really enjoyed reading this book. Although people are right, the info can be found online. For me, i took alot of from the experiences shared by other parents. Read more
Published 23 months ago by EC'er
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating, eye opening, seems like common sense
I first heard about elimination commmunication (EC) while reading up about re-usable nappies and thought 'what the heck's that?'. Read more
Published on 8 Oct 2010 by skyesoph
3.0 out of 5 stars Diaper Free Baby
This is a good book if you are considering EC-ing, but most of the contents can be found out online. Read more
Published on 5 May 2010 by Mrs. R. Coleman
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