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The Diaper-Free Baby: The Natural Toilet Training Alternative Paperback – January 2, 2007
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book gives you the tools to be as active practicing, or part-time, or just occasionally practicing. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Kimberly A. Top
If you are looking for easy to understand, accessible information about EC, this is the book for you! Read morePublished 2 months ago by A
...but good nonetheless. I was late to the EC party (my son was just about nine months when we started), but this book taught me the basics of how to go about making the switch.Published 4 months ago by Alex Haas
Great book! Helped a lot. Just have to keep trying and be consistent.Published 7 months ago by Dinorah L. Salinas
This is a great resource for those who wish to try it. It is more time consuming than I thought it'd be so I gave up.Published 7 months ago by Erika B.
I read this book when my son was a baby. I used some of the practices, and he and his sister were totally out of diapers by 2-2.5. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Natalie Hewitt
A must have book for any new mom! I had never heard of EC before a friend recommended this book to me. Read morePublished 8 months ago by bug
I show this book to all the expecting parents that I know. We do elimination communication with my 8 month daughter and she has not pooped in a diaper in over 4 months. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Emily S