Sunday, March 8, 2015

Why the Diaper-Free Insanity?

"Windelfrei" top hat potty from 
image: audrey mei

"This sounds like a lot of work! I used diapers and potty trained both my kids in one week, when they were ready around 2 1/2 years. Why would you subject yourself to all this stress?" 
"I started elimination communication with my daughter when she was 18 months old and she was fully potty trained by 20 months. So what I did in 2 months, you took a year and a half to do." 
"In my experience with my children, the earlier you begin potty training, the longer it takes and the more accidents you have."
These are comments from parents who wonder why anyone would practice elimination communication (EC), a.k.a. natural infant hygiene, with their babies. Reports across the internet call EC a trend, although it is a practice from the beginning of time that never went out of fashion in much of the world.

I have my own reasons for choosing natural infant hygiene over standard diapering. But I want to clarify what EC is. To start, the goals of natural infant hygiene are not the following:

Saturday, March 7, 2015