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.
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
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.
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.
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
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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