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  1. Andrea
    April 4, 2012

    Hi Rachel and Lindsey! Thanks so much for putting up this very informative post. As an EC Mentor myself, and author of EC Simplified (endorsed by DiaperFreeBaby.org), I think you’ve covered everything pretty well to introduce the topic.

    One thing I’d add that is coming up a lot for my readers is that “diaper-free” is often interpreted as “naked.” Since we adults have to wear clothing (in most situations!), I encourage folks who are starting EC, especially with an older baby, to not over-do naked time (to only use it to get your info out of observation: signals and natural timing). After observation is complete, I’d suggest that parents put their baby in undies or pants with no undies, training pants if you wish (but they are one-wet usually and can feel quite like a diaper). Some sort of easy-on, easy-off clothing (even a diaper, used as a TOOL, is a great backup for most parents!!) is a better method that will help your baby not learn that peeing on the floor is socially okay.

    Oftentimes ECers over-do naked time so much that their babies end up needing to be untrained from peeing on the floor! And a naked baby is not a potty trained baby…but one who signals in time for you to take said clothing of…IS. Not that we’re potty training here…but you know what I mean! :)

    The paperback books available on the topic of EC are awesome (Boucke, Gross-Loh, Bauer) and yet none of them mention this very important distinction and how to deal with it (I make it clear in my book, because I don’t want parents to have that very annoying problem). So, there’s my 2 cents! Hope it helps add to what wonderful information you’ve already shared here!

    Again, I really enjoyed reading this post!! Looking forward to reading your post on your personal journey with EC!
    Blessings, Andrea
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    • The Blue Wren
      April 12, 2012

      Andrea! That is what I am going through! My son uses the potty only when he is naked butt now, and thinks his pants are a toilet when he wears them. I’m just starting now to try and untrain the potty pants dilemma! At least I now know not to make this mistake with my baby :-) Ahh, hindsight.

    • Rachel
      April 17, 2012

      Thanks Andrea! This is a very good point and you’re right, it’s not emphasized enough in EC books and resources.

  2. Caffeinated OC Mommy
    April 2, 2012

    Tag Darling… you’re it! xoxo
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