Saturday, November 17, 2007

Not always "EC"

Ah, the gap between theory and practice.

I remember a meeting for a group project in college where 3 out of the 5 members of the group were late. The first one to arrive had been an international student who was pretty irritated. I'm not sure if she was more upset with the latecomers or the orientation materials she had been given before coming to the U.S. that claimed you should never arrive late to a meeting because punctuality is very important to Americans. It is. In theory.

As you know, I've been reading about Elimination Communication (EC). Some websites make it sound like it's the simplest thing in the world to learn your baby's signals and make sure they're in an appropriate place to potty when the time comes. But, like anything else, you dig a little deeper and you'll find out real life is a bit more...messy.

Still, theory is good. It helps to know what you're aiming for. ;) So here are some articles/sites that will give you the idea behind EC and some forums that will give you an idea how it plays out in real life. (For example, a lot of people do some combination of EC and diapers.) Oh, one more thing before you start clicking away, you start researching this stuff you'll probably end up seeing way too many photos of peeing babies. You've been warned.

The Theory of EC...

EC in the real world...

Photo 1 by me: Dog jumping out of a fountain at ASU. Photo 2 by Gisarah: A different kind of diaper mess. (Creative Commons License.)


  1. Amy at church has done a co-diaper/ec thing with her son and it seems to be working fairly well. He's laid back enough to sit on the potty. I got inspired and tried sitting Keegan down, but he wanted nothing to do with it...

  2. I wonder if it just depends on the kid-?

  3. or the parent? ;) I'm not very patient and with two, well that complicates things.


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