Emily Pollokoff

Certified Coach | Serving families in Central New York, USA and Around the World

0312-869-1562

emily@godiaperfree.com

https://godiaperfree.com/coaches/emily-pollokoff

Emily Pollokoff - Certified Coach

About Me

Potty training... a parent's worst nightmare? Not in Central New York. I love helping parents and toddlers navigate this major milestone with grace and FUN! I help kids potty train quickly and kindly, and empower parents to teach the skills without a battle of wills. Like eating from a spoon, walking on two feet, or riding a trike, learning where to potty take a little practice and some gentle guidance. If you've got a kid in diapers living in CNY, I'm your go-to gal. PS, it's no secret that I'm a super huge fan of teaching *babies* (yes, babies) to pee & poop in a potty. It's clean, healthy, easy, saves a ton of money, and will help your kids enjoy their babyhood & toddlerhood even more. For real.

We can work together in person or virtually (via Skype or Facetime). I offer classes, individual consults, private workshops, and other learning programs for playgroups, daycares, and nonprofits. Class topics range from baby pottying to troubleshooting potty training. I look forward to sharing my knowledge and experience with you, so you can better understand and care for your beautiful, capable child.

Read my guest post on the Go Diaper Free blog here.

Read my article in Family Times: The Parenting Guide of Central New York here.

Watch my interview with Megan Coleman of CNY Central here.

Please see below for upcoming events.

Serving families in Central New York and around the world.

Visit my local Go Diaper Free Facebook Group here.

COACH Q&A

My experiences with Elimination Communication

When did you first learn about EC? What did you think? What did you do about it?

Pre-kids I worked on a farm, and when one of our CSA members was expecting, she told me she planned to EC her baby. I thought it was bizarre but intriguing. Seven months later, I found out I was expecting my own bundle of joy, so went to her for all the juicy details. I was astonished it actually worked, but it made so much sense to try and save diaper money and laundry, tread gently on the earth, and honor my baby's body sense and cleanliness, that I knew I just had to try it for myself. When my daughter was three weeks old and obviously incredibly frustrated by her diapers, I finally mustered up the courage to tell her "sss" while changing her, and the rest is history!

What does it mean for you to teach EC?

It's an honor. I feel strong in my commitments to protecting the planet, and also to encouraging people to raise children in a gentle and respectful way. When parents invite me into one of the most mundane but also intimate aspects of their family life, I am grateful to be able to work towards these goals together with them!

What is your favorite piece of EC gear or clothing?

I sure love myself a workhorse fitted diaper paired with a sturdy wool cover. They're soft and strong and EC-friendly.

What book has inspired you the most on the path to becoming a more empowered mother?

This is hard to pin down, but maybe it's "Ina May's Guide to Childbirth." I read it while I was expecting my first, and all the research and varied anecdotes in there really helped me feel like I could do this whole pregnancy and labor thing if I just trusted my inner strength. If I could trust my body to move beyond thought, then I could face any challenge and be ready for anything!

What would you tell someone who is thinking of trying EC for the first time?

Just go for it! The worse that can happen is that you'll end up changing a diaper... which would happen anyway if you didn't try EC. Best case scenario, though, you unlock a new language with your pre-verbal child and enter into an understanding that allows you to care for your little one in a unique and important way that strengthens your bond and adds another facet of your relationship that further reflects your love and connection. You have nothing to lose but the opportunity to change a dirty diaper, which I'm sure you won't miss!