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EC 101

In How on 31 March 2014 at 8:10 pm

I am interested in understanding elimination communication. I may or may not be able to implement it because I will be working full time but at least I want to understand it and give it a try.

- Expecting in Idaho

Make that time and a half, dear Ayi-to-be in Idaho!  Every mother is a working mother.  If I hear you right, you are referring to work outside the home while your little one is in – or not in – diapers.  If your partner is also planning to work outside the home during this time then both of you will be handling the demands of the home and office.  Fortunately, infant hygiene is one of many departments where Ayi and Baba alike can take care of the baby’s needs, and diaper-free hygiene takes care of the need to be heard as well as the need to stay clean.  While you are at the office, whoever is taking care of the baby can communicate. Read the rest of this entry »

Resources for Continuum Learning

In What on 28 January 2014 at 4:31 am

askamma:

Work with the fundamentals of lifelong learning from birth

Originally posted on Jivanshala:

How do we set the foundation for lifelong learning?  In the early months and years of life, these five resources will help you practice continuum learning with your little ones.  Follow-Up to Attachment Parenting and Continuum Learning.  Scroll down for summary table of  Resources and Skills Learned.

Woman Breastfeeding Child

Painting: Abhishek Kumar.

1. Breastfeeding
Breastfeeding helps children learn a vital skill that they need all their lives:  how to eat.

Children’s first introduction to the flavors and feelings of food comes through breastfeeding.  As they gradually increase the variety and quantity of the food they eat, nursing serves as a safety net, allowing them freedom to try foods without any obligation to eat a given quantity by a given time.  Breastfeeding babies have time to acquire taste for a healthy variety of foods, while assured nutrition through mother’s diet.  Nursing also provides antibodies that help little ones as they explore the…

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Communication without Words

In Field Notes on 17 January 2014 at 3:16 am
Srihari, Nanna to 6 month old Vibha in Pune, writes about the looks and gestures that help him and his daughter understand one another without words.
Vibha with her Nanna

Vibha with her Nanna

Ever since I heard about elimination communication, I wondered whether it was possible for months old babies to communicate subtle feelings.  And if they can communicate, whether we adults can receive that communication, given how dependent we are on verbal and written communication.  It is said that 93% of human communication is non-verbal (largely body language).  But body language is not universal and can be misunderstood.  Still, having communicated with pets through my childhood, I was hoping something similar would happen with our daughter. Read the rest of this entry »

Potty Time Creativity

In How on 3 April 2013 at 2:39 pm

Chetana Amma in Bangalore, describes how she and her family followed the path towards diaper-free hygiene with her daughter, Disha. 

I am always intrigued when someone talks about natural yet unconventional and alternative ways of doing something. So when my friend who had her daughter a year before Disha was born, mentioned EC and explained a bit, I knew this was the way to go. Read the rest of this entry »

EC Cues and Signals

In How on 3 April 2013 at 2:36 pm

Elimination communication is based on signals from the baby and cues from the carer.  Babies indicate in many ways that they need to pass urine or stools.  Signals may include squirming, grunting, crying, yawning, sudden change of expression, characteristic kicking motion, or other movement, sound or expression that you notice the baby making.  At first you may only recognize after the fact that this was in any way linked to peeing or pooping.  One fine day you will find yourself saying, “I know that look!” Read the rest of this entry »

Tinkle Time on the Little White Potty

In Field Notes, How on 3 April 2013 at 2:33 pm

Sunita, Amma to Anika and Aanya in Dallas, describes her experience taking her daughters to the potty from infancy.

When I was pregnant with my older daughter, Anika, I made one of the best 15 dollar investments ever – an infant potty from Baby Bjorn

As soon as Anika was a few weeks old, right after nursing her, or when she woke up from sleep, I started holding her over the sink or putting her on her little potty. At the “sss” sound, she would happily oblige and tinkle in. Poops in her little pink potty became a regular morning affair and she loved her tinkle or poop time and smiled widely in the mirror as she saw herself on the potty. Read the rest of this entry »

Why Diaper Free?

In Why on 3 April 2013 at 2:17 pm

Can you share your experience with diaper-free hygiene? I remember you mentioned a potty seat… what type of seat was it? And how easy is it to go through EC methods? Does one have to be constantly monitoring the child throughout the day?

- expectant mother in Bangalore

One can approach diaper-free hygiene from many angles.  One is the basic right of the baby to be heard.  Another is the baby’s wish to have a clean dry bottom and an appropriate place to pass urine or stool – that is, not into something wrapped around his/her bottom.   Then there is also environment, public health, social integrity and so on.  But at a basic level, going diaper-free helps us understand babies’ expectations once out in the world. Read the rest of this entry »

Diaper-Free Reading List

In Books on 3 April 2013 at 8:25 am

When he wets or defecates, she may laugh, and as she is seldom alone, so do her companions, and she holds the infant away from her as quickly as she can until he finishes.  It is a sort of game to see how fast she can hold him away, but the laughter is louder when she gets the worst of it.  Water sinks into the dirt floor in moments and excrement is cleared away immediately with leaves.

Jean Liedloff, The Continuum Concept, p. 55

Though I was surrounded, as a young mother, by people who, like the indigenous people Liedloff described, did not use diapers, I got key support for going diaper-free from online sources.  Why rely on internet help to get back to nature? Read the rest of this entry »

EC Fail?

In How on 5 September 2012 at 10:15 pm
 I may have jinxed my ec fun. [My newborn] peed and pooped several times in the sink after a feed but now since yesterday every time I hold her in the ec position she squirms.  I didn’t have this with [my firstborn]. Do you think I started too early?  Don’t want to put her off.
- mom of a newborn who is not exactly like her first-born

Remember, the “c” in ec stands for communication, not catching.  Some ec parents say that when you stop talking about catches and misses, you start listening and observing.  Baby is not put off by someone who listens and observes.

Cloth or synthetic diapers?

In Why on 26 May 2012 at 1:24 am

Cloth Diapers Vs Synthetic Diapers: My husband feels it is quite strenuous to deal with washing and drying the cloth diapers. I feel, at least during the day time, it would be nice to use to a cloth diaper to develop a bonding and increase the baby’s communication with the parents.

-mom-to-be in Maryland

I have never met a baby who liked to sit in his own waste. Not for a moment. I have often stood by helplessly as I saw babies protest having a diaper put on them.  My husband and I used diapers for months before recognizing, in retrospect, all the signals our baby was giving us to keep the diaper off and allow her to relieve herself in peace and with dignity. Read the rest of this entry »

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