What is elimination communication?

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What is elimination communication?

Elimination communication is, basically, training your baby to not go in a diaper. It's a lot less messy than that sounds. Traditionally, babies go in diapers when we notice, we change them. What the ends up telling the baby, unfortunately, that going in the diaper is okay. Then we pick the worst time, developmentally around two years, to train them to go into a pot; and telling them everything they've been doing their whole life has been wrong. Elimination communication tries to cut out that confusion and miscommunication by simply getting them used to going on the pot when they are newborn, or whenever you decide to start. So they never know that diapers are an acceptable place to go. Sometimes they have misses, the same as you train your kids to do. It is a process of training them in correct social behavior.

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Megan Hyndman is the mother to two-year-old Finnegan and a newborn, Saoirse. She is a writer, yoga teacher and private tutor and has recently started her own tutoring company, Honors Educational Services.  She and her husband Jason have been married since 2006, and since that time they’ve gone from a couple who thought they never wanted kids to a family of five, if you count the dog – and the 60-lb Rottweiler mix is definitely one of the kids.  The first baby under six months either parent ever saw was their own son, after a home birth, so they had to learn everything from scratch.  As a home birthing, cloth-diapering, infant potty-training, breastfeeding, sort of co-sleeping parent planning to home school, who also vaccinates, circumcises, disciplines, watches TV with Finn way more than she should and works full time, Megan doesn’t really fit into any “Mommy groups” – and that’s okay with her. Megan’s parenting philosophy is the same philosophy she tells her tutoring students: Use What Works for You.  

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