Claire Maya Dawn
Certified Coach | Serving Oakland, Piedmont, San Leandro, Walnut Creek, Emeryville, Berkeley, USA
As a Midwest native making my life on the West Coast, I have grown and learned so much about natural living, herbalism, art, and spirituality.
My husband and I naturally birthed our baby boy in July of 2015. He has helped me to discover new purpose along with passion to help other parents navigate the fascinating waters of parenthood.
Elimination communication has blessed our life, answering the curiosity of what exists beyond diapers. It is with excitement and pure hope to help the world that I now offer services to aid others in learning to potty their young ones.
Serving Oakland, Piedmont, San Leandro, Walnut Creek, Emeryville, Berkeley.
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My experiences with Elimination Communication
I first heard about EC when pregnant with my son, from my midwife, but then forgot about it until he was around 6 months old. I thought it sounded interesting when first hearing about it, as I had wondered what people did before diapers. When my son was 6 months old I was sorting some baby gear I had been gifted, and pulled out an old wooden potty my herbalism teacher had given me. I figured now was a good time to try it, and stated setting my boy on it while I went pee. Way easier than holding a baby and going to the bathroom! And he seemed to enjoy his special spot too. I started doing my research on the topic then. Once I started learning about EC I was so relieved and excited that there was another option! Go Diaper Free was by far the most useful and user friendly source I found on the topic of EC and early potty training.
Teaching EC gives me one way to help babies and toddlers find a little dignity, and the effect it can have on our planet by reducing diapers in the landfills is encouraging. Plus, I find it helps parents learn to listen more intuitively to their children, which serves us in many arenas!
My favorite piece of EC gear is our tiny potty. My son is 2, but he still prefers to poop on his little potty, and I appreciate the good squat it provides him. Other than that, our wool diaper belt was super valuable while doing night time EC.
The parenting book I have found most empowering thus far has been ‘Parenting from the inside out’ by Daniel Siegel. It set me on the path of looking at myself and how my past influences how I build my child’s future. I also loved ‘Parenting without power struggles’ by Susan Stiffelman.
What I have, and will continue to tell new parents who are interested in EC is that children are more aware than we give them credit for, and they learn so fast when they are young! Getting kids used to using the toilet at a young age will result in less resistance later, as it will just be integrated into the natural flow of their day.