That is also nappy in England, I think ! (didn't know diaper...)
I know a friend who trained the babies even sooner, or almost. I mean not 100%, but she used sign language more than I have seen in elimination communication.
She gives the little one hand-signs, not only sounds.
So, after a moment, the baby makes the sign with the hands, to tell "I want you to change my nappy", and then "I want you to free me so that I cannot be wet"!
and then communication includes signing for many things.
Easy, same as you talk, then you ALSO (not instead) speak with your hands.
Then the baby will repeat the sign much sooner than the words.
She has also seen her son teach a little friend when he was a little older.... (and I mean before the age he could speak)
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posted 8 years ago
Yes, it is really simple.
It is clear that babies really want this.
I talked a lot with the woman who made the movie and she made that very clear.
And who would not want to be free of sitting in their pee and poo, often for hours?
Babies' skin is very sensitive and skin absorbs whatever is in contact with it, so being diaper free means that the babies will not reabsorb what their sweet bodies had excreted. This can only benefit them.
Diapers are a big industry - return customers for several years is what they want, but do the babies?
I think not.
Plus, washing diapers is a big dirty job from which we can free ourselves.
It is possible for them to wear diapers when in a social situation where this is called for.
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I used what I learned about EC to help get my child out of diapers. She started at about 16mo, out of diapers completely by 19mo. We also cloth diapered, so she was unimpressed with diapers anyhow and wanted out.
My last two children both potty-trained before three months of age, which appears to be the magic age--before they lift their legs to help in the diaper-changing process and are thus diaper-trained. Both of them totally wanted to be potty-trained until they reached 9-10 months of age. Then they just got too busy and preferred to soil their diapers. Since it wasn't about forcing them to potty-train, I just allowed them to diaper-train at that time. One of my gals stayed potty-trained whenever we visited the grandparents, but the other just forgot everything she knew. She's age two now, and it's clear that she doesn't remember anything about potty-training before as she relearns the process.
The diaper industry is very profitable but I do think it was an idea that parents embraced wholeheartedly. My grandmothers both recalled their own experiences using cloth on large families as a real burden and wished they had a simple solution like disposables.
Disposables are less simple for me as we have to carry any trash we make to the dump, so one really notices heavy stinky diaper trash bags. Of course they are expensive and unsustainable piles of trash too.
I have tried ec and am comfortable saying that some kids take to it quite well and others get it much more slowly. Very much worth a try, especially with one baby at a time. With twins it's hard.
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