The Ancient Art of Elimination Communication (EC).
Elimination Communication is a perfect companion to using cloth diapers, as you can reduce your washing load while helping ease the ecological footprint of your family even more, which is no doubt among the many reasons you made the switch to cloth in the first place!
You use cloth diapers. They are a better choice environmentally, using 40% less resources than their disposable counterparts. Even part time use of cloth is a wonderful gesture towards reducing waste.
Baby Pottying, also called "Potty Whispering" or Elimination Communication, is an ancient world wide practice that was so common it had no name, even until a couple of generations ago. We all know how disposable diapers exploded onto the market, and throwaway's soon became the largest contributor of trash thrown out of car windows and found along highways! (Ewww)
Our Grannies (My Grandma included) would offer their baby a potty break after a feed and when they woke up. It reduced their washing load and had the innate benefit of helping the babies stay more aware of their elimination rhythms, helping potty training occur earlier than today.
Using cloth as you do, whether full or part time, you know of the benefit of cloth in helping your baby stay aware of their body. Toilet training generally is easier and earlier than for the child in full-time throwaway diapers, of course individual temperament and personality always have a say!
With practicing EC or Baby Pottying, you might be quite casual about it, striving to use one less diaper each day in cooperation with your baby.
Imagine if you used one less diaper each day?
Over a year that would be at least 365 less diapers you'd have to wash. If you think about it, just one less diaper a day is a small effort. Yet, the small efforts are the ones that add up. All those 'potty breaks' are valuable experience for your baby in merely becoming aware of how their body works. All those experiences mean the potty is an everyday object, a familiar piece of furniture! Perhaps even a toy for their soft toy to sit on! You might consider the 'catches' are a bonus when caught amongst a fun time connecting daily with your baby.
When you take your baby's diaper off to give them a fresh, soft cloth diaper to wear, what if you automatically gave them a potty break as you sang a potty song together? They might just do a pee or poo, and then the diaper you then put on them will stay dry longer - and you've saved a diaper from the wash!
That's practicing elimination communication. Simple, easy to fit into these natural activities or transitions in your baby's day. Their diaper is off as they are being changed, offering them a potty break is really a no-brainer! I hope to inspire you to give Baby Pottying a go - to become a bit more part time diaper free - you'll discover how to reduce your washing load by singing with, playing with and connecting with your baby.
-- By Charndra J.
Author of 7 Secrets to Developing your Diaper Free Confidence