A mother-of-five has revealed that she ditched nappies with all of her children as she simply holds her little ones over the sink whenever they have to poo.
Before she had children, Andrea Olson wasn’t sure how she would cope when her life would start revolving around nappies filled with urine and poo. But after seeing a post on Facebook, her perspective changed.
She wrote on Love What Matters: “A friend of a friend posted on Facebook that they didn’t use nappies– they simply held their baby over the toilet or the ground, from birth, and avoided poopy nappies.
“’I am in! Where do I sign up? I don’t even have a baby yet! Or a steady boyfriend!’ I exclaimed.”
Four years later, Andrea and her husband welcomed their first baby. She remembered the post on Facebook and purchased a book about elimination communication.
The process involves observing baby’s signals and other signs for weeing or pooping and helping them keep dry and clean by using a toilet or potty.
As soon as she noticed her baby wiggling, she grabbed a potty and held him over it until he pooped.
“I can assure you that I never looked back from that day forward,” she expressed.
“This was the best thing ever! I dedicated myself to learning my baby in this way, and I am certain I became a better mum because of it.
“I was engaged, connected, and felt like I at least knew how to do two things with my new baby: nurse and potty! For me, that built lots of confidence.”
The couple had another four children, all of who she started on elimination communication from birth.
“It kept our babies way more comfortable, less fussy, way less ‘colicky,’ and more healthy,” she said. “We completely avoid nappy rash, medical constipation, endless accidents, unnecessary tantrums, erratic behaviour and bedwetting.”
She went on: “We’ve also saved an estimated $10,000 (£7,600) in nappy costs, and have raised our babies without the disgusting task (and smell) of endless poopy nappies.”
Andrea understands that EC is something that is only possible if you are always with your babies. She credits her success with the method to two simple tricks.
“First, we do not do EC 24/7 for all pees – we do it part-time, with a full-time awareness,” she explained. “But we always regard the nappy as a back-up, not a toilet.
“Second, we use a diaper when doing EC – until the babies start to walk.
“We are less stressed. We just stuck with some sort of consistency and supported our babies’ hygiene in a predictable manner, and they all followed suit.”
Andrea added: “Your babies can totally own the process. You just start teaching them the ropes and hand off the baton at the time. Oh, the pride they feel!
“Once your kids have achieved it, they are freed up to learn the next thing and the next. And it normalises their behaviour.
“My kids are independent, confident, and pretty good at self-control.”
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