Starting elimination communication

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Starting elimination communication

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You can start doing elimination communication, honestly, from the day they are born. When they are that small, it is more difficult because you are going to have to find a way to hold them so that you are supporting their neck and that sort of thing. It can be more difficult actually holding them over the pot or over the sink when they are babies. At the very least, you can start with not letting them get used to being wet. Which means, as soon as they go to the bathroom, switching that diaper right away, or just letting them be naked and lay them on the diaper and swap it out, so they are never sitting in their own waste. As they get older, you can put them on the pot as soon as they can sit up. There's really not much to it. In order to get started, you honestly, just start putting them on the pot and changing them more often. There is really nothing fancy or set schedule. You can do it part-time and when you think of it. After naps is often a good time to start. You can do it full time and keep them naked all day. You can choose a time for starting and how often you really encourage EC.

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Megan Hyndman is the mother to two-year-old Finnegan and a newborn, Saoirse. She is a writer, yoga teacher and private tutor and has recently started her own tutoring company, Honors Educational Services.  She and her husband Jason have been married since 2006, and since that time they’ve gone from a couple who thought they never wanted kids to a family of five, if you count the dog – and the 60-lb Rottweiler mix is definitely one of the kids.  The first baby under six months either parent ever saw was their own son, after a home birth, so they had to learn everything from scratch.  As a home birthing, cloth-diapering, infant potty-training, breastfeeding, sort of co-sleeping parent planning to home school, who also vaccinates, circumcises, disciplines, watches TV with Finn way more than she should and works full time, Megan doesn’t really fit into any “Mommy groups” – and that’s okay with her. Megan’s parenting philosophy is the same philosophy she tells her tutoring students: Use What Works for You.  

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