Skip Nav
Watch Our LIVE Holiday Gift Guide Show Now and Win Big!
What I Learned Rewatching Gilmore Girls as a Mother
Personal Essay
Why Didn't Anybody Tell Me: Shakes During Delivery

Elimination Communication: Kid Friendly or Are You Kidding?

Mothers brag about getting their tots out of diapers, but some women choose never to use nappies. Many parents who practice elimination communication (EC) with their babies don't invest in cloth or disposable diapers. Instead, they tune in to their infant's signals for eliminating waste and dispose of it in other ways. While this has been a common practice in less industrialized countries, it also has caught on in more developed nations like the United States. What's your opinion?

Image Source: Getty
Around The Web
Join The Conversation
Sarana Sarana 7 years
I like the idea, I live in China and most babies are dealt with in this way and they are potty trained very early. I do think it would be very hard to do if you are not a stay at home mom and if you live in the Western world.
aembry396 aembry396 7 years
As a soon to be mom, I have been reading about breastfeeding and thinking, "Man...this seems more complicated than I thought." I couldn't imagine trying to do this and EC.
MissSushi MissSushi 7 years
lol, I dont remember saying that it was. My comment was referring to the comments that several of the commenters made, that it would be easier for the stay at home moms, which I dont agree with, time wise. You might want to skip the assumptions next time. I definitley acknowledge and agree with the point on being able to stay home past maternity leave is in their favor, though.
imariec imariec 7 years
MissSushi... I don't think anyone is trying to imply that stay at home moms are not as busy as working moms. the way i see it, is that stay at home moms can stay with the kids and continue the training process long after working moms finish their maternity leave.
imariec imariec 7 years
I would love to try it for the sake of saving money and making baby more comfortable... but I think I'd be too grossed out by poop and pee everywhere if I didn't get to the toilet in time to put the kid over it.
MissSushi MissSushi 7 years
Sorry, but most stay at home moms dont have the kind of time to hover over their children every second anyway, so its kind of silly to say its only for them. There are meals to be made, chores to be done, errands to be run, its not any less busy unless you sit on your bum alll day and let things pile up around you.
LilaBo LilaBo 7 years
my daughter was out of diapers at 2 and there was no "EC" or anything crazy like that. babies are babies-- let them be babies. potty train when they can understand and communicate!
kindo1313 kindo1313 7 years
It's gross? More gross than having a baby pee/poop on themselves in a diaper? I don't really practice EC, but I know a lot of people who do. The focus is really on the communication part--getting your baby out of diapers early is just a bonus. Also, you can definitely do it on a very part-time basis. It's one of those things that you can model to whatever your situation is. I have a 2 year old and a 10 month old and try to practice EC principles on a part-time basis with my younger one (the older is out of diapers already), so it is possible!
miamixo miamixo 7 years
That is so gross!
Best Products For Babies and Kids December 2016
New Kid and Baby Products From ABC Kids Expo For 2017
Gifts For Moms Who Breastfeed
Gilmore Girls Baby Gifts
Gift Guide For Infants
Gift For Kids Ages 1 to 3
Oprah's Favorite Things For Moms 2016

POPSUGAR, the #1 independent media and technology company for women. Where more than 75 million women go for original, inspirational content that feeds their passions and interests.

From Our Partners
Latest Moms
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds