For the past 13 months we’ve been practicing elimination communication (EC) with Joshi. There have been times when it’s been easy, times when it’s been hard and then really exciting times like last Tuesday when I feel that it’s paid off huge as we move into a whole new place with it. Again Kate, thanks heaps for letting me know about this before Joshi was born. (Kate has a great blog and writes about EC’ing too … click here to read it).
Last Tuesday Simon and I were still lying in bed. Joshi was standing by the side of the bed, near his potty. He suddenly picked up his potty. So I asked him if he needed to go. (Joshi’s not talking yet, but it’s obvious that he understands more and more of what we say). He put his potty on the ground, maneuvered his legs around it, sat on it and did a wee. There were two things about this that were exciting for me. Firstly, that he could physically get himself onto the potty without needing help. Secondly, the blatant obviousness of how he knows when he needs the loo and what and where he needs to do when he needs it. I love it.
As if that wasn’t enough EC’ing excitement for one day, that lunchtime Joshi and I were in our home office. Again he was nappy free. Suddenly he went really quiet, walked over to me and looked up at me with these huge eyes. He put his hand on his groin and stood really still. I asked him if he needed the potty and went to fetch it for him from the bathroom. I put it in the passage where he could see it, a few metres from where he stood. He walked over to it, sat down and did a number 2. A few years ago I’d never have dreamed that this would actually be something I’d write about, but I’m just loving Elimination Communication and I want every mum, dad, nanny, grandpa and granny out there to know that it’s an option for them.
If you’d like to read more about elimination communication this book is a good place to start: ‘Diaper Free’ by Ingrid Bauer (affiliate link). If you want to read a bit about what she has to say first then click here.