If you are interested in learning more about EC, a good place to start is by reading one of these elimination communication books. I included books about elimination communication philosophy and books explaining how to practice EC. I also included a list of children's books that are appropriate for babies and toddlers who practice elimination communication.
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Books about Elimination Communication Philosophy
If you are still deciding whether to try elimination communication with your baby, you may want to read one of these EC philosophy books to see how EC will fit with a natural, responsive, attachment parenting style.
Diaper Free: The Gentle Wisdom of Natural Infant Hygiene by Ingrid Bauer
Diaper Free: The Gentle Wisdom of Natural Infant Hygiene is one of my favorite books explaining the gentle nature of elimination communication. After reading this book I was convinced that I wanted to practice EC once I became a mother. However, I only had a vague understanding of how to go about practicing elimination communication. This book is best paired with a how-to guide.
The Diaper-Free Baby: The Natural Toilet Training Alternative by Christine Gross-Loh
The Diaper-Free Baby: The Natural Toilet Training Alternative is widely available at libraries. This book is also geared towards convincing the reader that it's okay to try EC. A large portion of the book is a compilation of various parents' experiences with elimination communication.
I will admit, I was hesitant to read Infant Potty Training: A Gentle and Primeval Method Adapted to Modern Living simply because the name included the term "potty training". Now that I started reading it, I realize that it is a wonderful book containing a wealth of knowledge. It provides a cross-cultural look at elimination communication practices around the world and also provides useful pointers on how to practice EC in a Western setting.
Books on How-to Practice Elimination Communication
Once you have decided to take the plunge and practice elimination communication, I recommend reading one of these how-to books. EC may have come intuitively to author Ingrid Bauer, but many of us have a million questions when starting EC. It helps to have a road map, rather than trying to figure out all the pieces yourself.
Go Diaper Free: A Simple Handbook for Elimination Communication by Andrea Olson
Go Diaper Free: A Simple Handbook for Elimination Communication was one of the most helpful books when I was starting EC with my son. I had been doing diaper-free observation time and guessing at my son's signals. The list of common signals in this book provided an "aha!" moment. I was on the right track to figuring out when my baby needed to potty! I highly recommend this how-to guide for sorting out the logistics of how to practice EC. Along with the book, you will get bonus materials and admission into a private support group.
For those of you in the UK, I recommend reading Nappy Free Baby. While the concept of allowing a baby to use the potty is the same no matter where you live, the terminology is different! This book will provide practical advice from getting started with baby-led potty training, through to completion.
Infant Potty Basics by Laurie Boucke
Infant Potty Basics will answer your questions regarding how to get started with this gradual approach to toilet learning. It will help you learn your baby’s elimination communication signals and teach you comfy in-arms potty positions to use before your baby can sit on a potty.
Books for Children Doing Elimination Communication
During your child's potty learning journey it's nice to have some children's books that address the pottying routine. Here are some recommended books for babies and toddlers.
Tiny Potty: a teaching book for ages 6 months and up by Andrea Olson
Tiny Potty is an age neutral and gender neutral board book that teaches all the steps of potty use. It will guide your little one through the bathroom routine without mentioning diapers or rewards. My three-year-old still likes this book, even now that he has reached potty independence.
Potty by Leslie Patricelli
Potty is a cute board book which explains that while some babies use their diaper, the potty is also an option. The young gender neutral character decides to take off the diaper and use the potty.
Nikhil's New Underwear: An Elimination Communication Picture Book by Supriya Kelkar
When Nikhil goes on a potty strike, refusing to pee in the toilet more than a few times a day, it is time for him to switch from diapers to underwear. Join Nikhil on his Elimination Communication journey in Nikhil's New Underwear.
Zuni's New Brother: An Elimination Communication Picture Book by Supriya Kelkar
Zuni is so excited when her mother comes home from the hospital with her new baby brother, Rishi. But when Rishi starts to use her old clothes, toys and toilet, Zuni begins to have accidents. Join Zuni on her journey with Elimination Communication, as she stops having accidents, while learning that it's fun to be a big sister and help her little brother.
Everyone Poops (My Body Science Series) by Taro Gomi and Amanda Mayer Stinchecum
Everyone Poops presents poop from the angle of a biology textbook. It reminds me of dissecting owl pellets in biology lab!
All by Myself by Aliki
All by Myself follows an independent preschooler throughout his day. It's not just about a bathroom routine, but all the things a toddler can do "All by myself!". My toddler son loves this book.
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