Tuesday, October 21, 2008


I first heard about natural infant hygiene from a La Leche League mom when Justin was about two. I thought it sounded interesting, but it just wasn’t something I wanted to try quite yet. It was also not very good information. Something to the extent of, “A friend I know, has a cousin whose sister does it.” Not very valid info. Then Crystal started to talk about, but never really tried it herself.

After I had Tyler I began attending homebirth groups. A woman in the group was actually doing natural infant hygiene, or EC: Elimination Communication, with her own daughter and was very successful. I purchased the book that she recommended and began right away. I was successful immediately and got really excited about it. But, in all honesty I kept it pretty down low because I’m already a freak, I wasn’t sure how committed to it I was going to be and I didn’t need people to see me fail at something that I wasn’t even doing full force. Anyway, long story long, I tried it, it worked and then I backed off probably more than I should. It’s really difficult to do when you are experimenting and have a second child, and life in general to tend to. In retrospect, I wish that I would have begun with Justin. Poor Justin, such a guinea pig. I know I’ve ruined him already. But, as we stand I am pleased with our progress. Basically, Tyler knows what to do on a potty. Sometimes he does it, sometimes he doesn’t, but we continue to try. I figure any use of the toilet now will help until I really have the time, energy, and will to follow through regularly. This is what EC looks like in our home…

I love that Justin's finger is in this picture.
Tyler loves to play with Justin when he does his business.

I look like the devil! Hmmm, maybe a snack will help...or a book about going to the potty.


  1. If it makes you feel any better, my aunt said that the first kid is a throwaway. In the interest of full disclosure, my aunt had ten children and was probably a little tired when she said it. She also denies ever saying it now that (most of) her kids are out of the house.

  2. Eating food while on the potty is just wrong. Ew!!