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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (January 2, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061229709
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061229701
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,940 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Christine Gross-Loh is a freelance writer with a PhD from Harvard University. Her writing has appeared in Mothering, Shape, and Parenting. She is very involved in DiaperFreeBabyTM, a nonprofit organization founded in 2004 to promote awareness of EC. She has appeared on The Early Show and Paula Zahn Now, among others. Gross-Loh lives in Tokyo, Japan, with her husband and children.


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This was a good, informative book and an easy read.
Grace G.
Our baby sitter was so happy to potty him instead of changing poopy diapers!
Rubix_Cubed
I really just wanted information on different potty training methods.
J. River

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115 of 118 people found the following review helpful By J. River on August 9, 2009
Format: Paperback
I purchased this book because I was expecting a son and have two nephews who were not completely potty trained until they were four. It was not my intention to intensively EC. I really just wanted information on different potty training methods. I still do not intensively EC. What I DID do is follow the directions on giving the baby cues in an effort to just keep my son aware of his bodily functions. I honestly did not expect it to really work but I gave it a shot. Well, after that one thing led to another and my son now goes poopy on the potty! Now that he is 10 months I can't even tell you that I am sure what happened. Just taking this element from the book casually led us to this point. It's really terrific. My son has never had to "sit" in a dirty diaper. I have always been kind of on top of it because of trying to give him the cues. Now that he goes in the Little potty, it is so much easier to clean him up after a bowel movement and he is so much more comfortable. He has NEVER had diaper rash and I attribute it to this. The other day while he was eating he even "told" me he had to go potty. I was so amazed when he actually went. My husband was really skeptical when I told him we were going to casually try this but now he's happy with the results. I haven't been brave enough to try it with pee too much but I intend to start soon. Just to note...I did read the book by Laurie Boucke, it's very informative but kind of overwhelming and repetitive. If your just considering this method, start here. This book has the essential points and is a very easy read.
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86 of 93 people found the following review helpful By Ukulele Significance on January 14, 2008
Format: Paperback
The concepts contained in this book could be put into a pamphlet. The remainder of the book is testimonials by people who have tried to toilet-train their babies and been amazed by their success. This book was a good introduction to elimination communication for us and gave us what we needed to get started. And off we went with good success.
The thesis of the book is that if you pay attention to your child you'll figure out that she gives cues just before going to the bathroom. You can use those cues to dangle your child over the toilet. Since you'd be changing a diaper anyway it doesn't require more time investment. If you get it right, you and your child are both happy - and if you miss then you change a diaper. Give it a try - it's pretty fun.
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92 of 111 people found the following review helpful By Kitty on May 7, 2008
Format: Paperback
Maybe my expectations for this book were too high. I'm a big ec supporter and was so looking forward to it but felt let down when I finally read it. I found the books by the more established authors Boucke Infant Potty Training: A Gentle and Primeval Method Adapted to Modern Living and Bauer Diaper Free: The Gentle Wisdom of Natural Infant Hygiene far more complete and informative, so if you only plan to read one ec book, go for one of them instead.

I do like the writing style of this book (same goes for the other two ec books) and applaud the author for providing another book in this genre. A strong point is that this book urges parents to take things slowly by using ec part time or just occasionally, however this point and some others are made over and over again.

I didn't find much original material in the book. In short, a rehash with a slightly different emphasis and flavor.
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33 of 41 people found the following review helpful By C. Da Roza on October 2, 2007
Format: Paperback
When I first heard about EC, I immediately wanted to read more about it, so I bought Ingrid Bauer's "Diaper Free!" since it was the most well-known EC book. She scared me so much with her preachy, holier-than-thou, all-or-nothing tone that I thought EC was not for me. Also, her other crunchy ideas about parenting are so different from most modern moms I know - I just couldn't relate.

Thankfully, I found "The Diaper Free Baby" soon after, and am fully on board with EC again. It is down-to-earth, non-judgmental and oh so practical. I love how Christine takes all the pressure off, and is so gentle and warmly encouraging. You never feel guilty for anything you have done or will choose not to do. All moms have different philosophies and come from different backgrounds, and she always takes that into account by providing different options so you can make EC work for you.

After reading this book, I am so excited to try EC (from birth!) with my next baby. If it were not for Christine's reassurance that part-time and occasional EC is just as good, I wouldn't even consider it. I hope everyone considering EC can get a copy of this book - it's honestly the best EC book out there.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Rubix_Cubed on January 28, 2014
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While pregnant, we decided we'd try cloth diapers in an effort to cut down costs and waste. While researching cloth diapers, loads of forum moms were talking about EC. Googling EC (I didn't even know what elimination communication was at the time) led me to this book. The book was very clear, very detailed, and very positive. Everything the author talked about seemed so natural and made sense.

We started cuing our son on his very first pees and poos. At 5 days old, my husband decided he'd try to "potty him" and held him over the potty while making his cue sounds. Baby went pee and poo in the potty, right on cue. We couldn't stop laughing and had to call our parents to tell them the great news!

Everyone thought we were crazy, but we've kept cuing and pottying him. At 10 months, he knows what his potty is for. We are about 75% on catching poos. If we miss one, it's usually because we are distracted or unable to potty him at that exact moment. Pees are harder to catch, but we've found that there are definite times he has to pee: waking up from a nap, when he is extra wiggly during a meal, or right out of the car seat.

We are what the book describes as a part time EC'ing family. A lot of baby books/parenting styles are strict on maintaining consistency and doing something 100% or not at all. Christine Gross-Loh provides the information you need to EC full time, part time, or just occasionally. As a new mom, this book gave me the information I needed, got me excited about it, and then really helped me relax and be ok with doing something "part time". Being able to do EC part time has made it much more practical for our life and made us more willing to try it and then stick with it.
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