— sojourning, us

yeah, we might be crazy …

… but i think it’ll work.

we’ll be purchasing this book and this potty (obviously not in pink) this weekend. we already use cloth diapers, but i’ve been curious about elimination communication since i first started researching cloth diaper brands and practices. i will admit i was skeptical of the idea of EC when i read about it, especially because i knew i would be returning to work leaving Elisha in my husband’s care while away. even if EC sounded like something we both were interested in, neither of us were really sure we could EC full time.

now, 7 months into parenthood, we’ve talked about it on and off with idle curiosity. does it work? is it possible? even now? Eli has very definite cues, at least when he’s going to poop in the morning. he’s had his fair share of ninja poops, for sure, but he generally only goes once a day before i go to work. it’s possible we could learn together how to “catch” that in a potty instead of in a diaper. wouldn’t that be amazing but crazy? i agree.

i know how much he hates to be in a dirty diaper. as soon as he goes, he reaches for me and wants cleaned up.

now, he could sit in a wet diaper all day, but from what i’ve read about EC, this is something that can be “relearned.” no one really likes to be wet, but babies learn to consider it normal because diapering is part of our culture.

i mean, how long do most babies sit around in a disposable with all of its absorbent gel? hours! in cloth, Elisha hardly ever sits around long in any diaper, but he still doesn’t often complain when wet. sometimes, he’ll be a bit more fussy or reluctant to sit down, but he doesn’t cry as soon as he wets.

part of elimination communication is learning your baby’s signals—their “cues” to let you in on the fact that they’ve either gone, are about to go, or feel the urge. you as the parent react to those signals with cues of your own once your child is over a potty—making a sound they learn to associate with using the bathroom.

i think that’s pretty brilliant.

of course we’d still use our cloth diapers on outings and at night. we’ll probably only really get to attempt EC part-time or occasionally. i think opening up that communication between us and Elisha will help with potty learning down the road.

wow, i wrote more than i thought i would.

it’s okay to think we’re crazy for even considering this—i think most people are crazy for NOT even considering cloth diapers! so, we’re even if you use disposables.

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