Monday, September 22, 2014

Go Diaper Free: A Simplified Handbook for Elimination Communication #BookReview & #Giveaway

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.

This 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 possibly encounter.

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.

I 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.

The 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



Andrea 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.  This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Instagram.

19 comments:

  1. I have not tried ec but I would like to try with new little one arriving next month, especially since I'm having more of a challenge getting my 2.5yo to use the potty.

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    1. Go for it and let us know how it goes. It's definitely scarier than it really is! The book has good tips that might help with your toddler as well. Good luck!

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    2. I have not tried officially but would have the kid I nannied sit on the potty starting at a year and many days he would go as he got older. I want to try more with our first kid who is due in December.

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  3. im trying it out with my bby but need help

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  4. I have never tried it and really, as a working Mom, it isn't something that has been on my radar. I do think it's interesting and as long is doesn't cause stress, I am all for it.

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  5. This is really interesting. I've heard of EC but using cloth diapers has been just fine for me. Now that I have a toddler on the brink of potty training, I wonder how this could have been different had I tried EC. I do make a habit of watching my kids to see if I can pick up the cues on when they will be pooping (so as to limit the time they are in a poopy diaper), but peeing totally escapes me!

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  6. i have some firends who have had a lot of success weith it, so im trying!

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  7. I haven't tried it but I would love to! I currently have 2 month old twin boys and if I could get them to the point where I wasn't changing diapers every 3 hours (and using so many disposable), that would be truly amazing! :)

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  8. I am loving EC, my DS is 4 mo and we are still trying to get a better routine. But I love how it makes us so much more connected. That feeling you get when you understand what they are trying to tell you is priceless.

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  9. I would love to learn more but I have heard it messes up kids. If it messes up their emotional development then I'd rather wait until they are old enough to control their own bladder/bowels.

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  10. Just wanted to say we had a lot pee pee catches yesterday, Yeah for EC. Anyone still on the fence about it should definately give it a try

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  11. I'm just starting with my 2 month old. I caught a poop for the first time last night but I've been struggling to get him to the potty in time

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  12. I had come across EC when I was pregnant with my first but never got around to really giving it a chance. This book would help me be better prepared to give it a go with me second.

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  13. I would love to learn some tips and tricks for ECing in colder weather, with Winter coming I don't know how much diaper free time we can get in

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  14. Another thing I love about EC, less diaper laundry. We still have good and bad days but it feels like a victory when 1 days worth of diapers last for almost 2

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  15. I love the thought of not having to use as many diapers by doing EC.

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  16. My friend introduced me to EC and at first I was unsure of how well it would work. Who knew you could communicate so effectively with your newborn!!

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