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The Diaper-Free Baby: The Natural Toilet Training Alternative Paperback – January 2, 2007
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Christine Gross-Loh is a journalist and author. Her writing has appeared in publications including <I>The Wall Street Journal</I>, <I>The Atlantic</I>, and <I>The Guardian</I>. She has a PhD from Harvard University in East Asian history.
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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.
This book does have information on all stages babies will hit with their potty trends. The easy language as well as the "go ahead and take a break, then try again when you're ready" message makes this book a great resource for new moms who may be drowning in all the information and parenting techniques out there. After reading about a dozen baby and parenting books, this book was the ONLY baby book we managed to implement and follow. While the other books had great ideas and techniques, this book really just hit the nail on the head. It's easy, it's natural, it didn't go against any of our own gut feelings and it gives you room to experiment, take breaks, and try again.
We've been so confident and happy with our EC experience, that we've also been able to teach the baby sitter, Grandma, Aunt, and Uncle all how to potty the baby with great success. Our baby sitter was so happy to potty him instead of changing poopy diapers!
*We do EC part time, use cloth part time/disposable part time. We've had 1 parent at home at least part time throughout. We are just staring to practice the diaper free time. Up to this point, he's had a diaper on at all times. It doesn't seem to have impeded our progress or impacted our experience.
I read the book almost cover-to-cover before starting with my daughter (now 9 months) and have pulled it off my shelf to reread as she has gone through different phases (during "potty pauses" of teething, mobility, etc.), on out-of-sync days or just to refresh my memory on many of the ECing signs. The tone of the book is quite positive and while this initially makes it seem possible for every child to easily potty train, I found myself returning to read the excerpts / testimonials from participants when I didn't feel so positive about the process and remind myself that it's not about potty training as much as about communication. As a result of ECing, we've had less diaper rash and a baby who is more aware of her body's natural functions (even while wearing disposables during travels).
The journey hasn't been without bumps, but both my husband and I (in addition to grandparents and other family members) were amazed and ecstatic when she was able to go on the toilet within a couple days of trying, and are still delighted whenever she goes now. We catch most poops and were doing okay with some pees until the summer hit (extra water to combat the heat = extra peeing). We choose not to be diaper-less, but the book addresses how to do this effectively without baby leaving a trail everywhere for you to clean up.
Highly recommended. Happy ECing!
UPDATE: Now that my daughter is a toddler (19 months), it was helpful to reread the chapter addressing toddler issues and recognize some of the new potty signs listed in the book that I'd already discovered. The book is in my daughter's room for quick reference and she really enjoys looking at the pictures of children in the book on the potty when it's story time, which I also appreciate since she's never seen younger children like herself using the potty. I know I'll be referencing the book again come "graduation" time.