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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 – 1 Feb 2007
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About the Author
Christine Gross-Loh is a journalist and author. Her writing has appeared in publications including <I>The Wall Street Journal</I>, <I>The Atlantic</I>, and <I>The Guardian</I>. She has a PhD from Harvard University in East Asian history.
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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.
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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Just need to put into practice now but worth a read if your considering going nappy freePublished 22 months ago by lowri
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