Elimination Communication & Diaper-free
The natural alternative to diaper dependence
Did you know? Over 1/2 the world’s babies are potty independent by 1 year old (Pediatrics Magazine). However, the average of potty training in the US is now 3 years old (webMD). Luckily for those of us who don’t feel good about letting our babies sit in dirty diapers, or throwing away or washing endless diapers , there’s another way!
At Go Diaper Free, you can easily learn Elimination Communication with Andrea’s popular book to start infant potty training today with your 0-18 month baby. Over 18 months? No problem. Jamie’s non-coercive potty training book will help you get it done.
No matter the age of your dear little one, you can stop depending on diapers full-time, with haste. If you love changing diapers, do not read on…but if you don’t like I don’t, then it’s time to go diaper-free.
So, what is “diaper-free”?
“Diaper-free” is another term for infant potty training or Elimination Communication. In a broader sense, it means freedom from full dependence upon diapers. It can be used to describe babies and toddlers from birth up through walking, usually describing those children who’ve been ECed or pottied from as early as birth.
For babies ages 0-18 months old, “diaper-free” does not necessarily mean the absence of diapers. It doesn’t mean what most people initially think: that babies are left naked to pee and poop wherever, whenever.
Quite the contrary. Most of my readers use a diaper back-up while doing EC, and most are finished with the whole process prior to those who are conventionally toilet trained.
In fact, most of our babies who are ECed are out of daytime diapers by 9-14 months. Many will only poop in the potty, starting as early as 0-4 months old. Many choose to use that diaper as a “back-up” during times of the day when they don’t EC their baby (this is called Part Time Elimination Communication, a very popular option). A few even choose underwear instead of diapers from day one.
But…the thing that all diaper-free babies have in common is that none of these babies are confined to diapers full-time, and certainly not for a whole 3 years (the current US national average for potty training completion).
For toddlers over 18 months in age, “diaper-free” simply means that they are done with diapers. In this case, they wear what we grown-ups wear: underwear and clothing. They’ve been potty trained, and at earlier ages than misinformed “experts” tell us it’s okay. Toddlers need not wait til they’re ready (EC states they are born ready)…it is more about capability, and all babies and children are born with capabilities we didn’t realize existed. See my favorite 18+ months resource here.
At what age were you or your parents or grandparents out of diapers? Probably between 12-18 months. “Wait til they’re ready” is simply a sound bite written by a pediatrician who worked for Pampers. With EC and early potty training, those who wish to be done with diapers can make it to diaper-free by 12-18 months, just like our grandparents did.
And before you think “oh this is too time consuming” or “this is way too weird for my family”…think again. If you don’t like changing diapers, or how 3 years of diapers can affect the environment, your baby, and your parenting experience, you might want to stick around our website for a little while. We’re here to help. Learn more about Elimination Communication (0-18 months) here and non-coercive potty training (over 18 months) here.
Some Love from Our Readers
Andrea’s approach is consistent with the philosophy of DiaperFreeBaby and makes it clear that EC is foremost about gentle communication. In short, this project is a real tour de force and a great resource that EC advocates everywhere should not hesitate to recommend.
Even though I have only been practicing EC for two months I can’t imagine going back to diapers. My relationship with my daughter is so strong and connected and my life is so much simpler. Thank you again for taking the time and energy to put together such a wonderful resource
I made the process a lot more complicated for myself by just reading overviews and winging it for 4 months. This forum and the book and all the resources are all awesome. Especially knowing you’re not alone in this world in doing EC really helps!
Overall, I can honestly recommend this resource to any parent interested in EC, even if you already have a routine in place that’s working.
Universal Elimination Communication Methods.
We have 1,000′s of readers all over the globe. The fundamentals of Elimination Communication are universal.