Elimination Communication Books for Parents and Kids
Aloha! This list includes books for you to learn more about elimination communication, as well as potty time books to read to your baby or toddler.
If you are completely new to the concept, elimination communication is a gentle method of allowing a baby opportunities to pee or poop in a potty or toilet. The baby may wear diapers as a "back up" while practicing EC. This method of baby pottying is also referred to as natural infant hygiene, infant potty training, or diaper-free babies.
It's important when embarking on the elimination communication journey to read at least one book about EC. Some parents watch a few YouTube videos, join an EC Facebook group, and dive right in. But inevitably, they will be back in that support group in a couple months asking for advice when their baby enters a new phase of development and the EC journey suddenly changes. It helps to have a better understanding of the ever changing nature of elimination, so you don't get too disheartened by it's non-linear path.
Luckily, there are lots of resources for learning about elimination communication these days, including books and online classes.
This post is organized into two sections:
- Books for parents and caregivers to learn about elimination communication
- Potty themed books for children
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Books about Elimination Communication
Whether you are just seeking more information about elimination communication or you are set on practicing EC, you may want to read one or more of these books. Some provide background information about the gentle natural of practicing natural infant hygiene, while other books present more of a how-to approach.
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 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.
Infant Potty Training: A Gentle and Primeval Method Adapted to Modern Living by Laurie Boucke
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.
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 receive bonus materials and admission into a private support group. Save 15% with coupon code ECPEESY15.
Nappy Free Baby: A Practical Guide to Baby-Led Potty Training from Birth by Amber Hatch
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 comfortable in-arms potty positions to use before your baby can sit on a potty.
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 four-year-old still likes this book, even now that he has reached potty independence. Save $5 with coupon ECPEESYTINY.
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.
Toot by Leslie Patricelli
Toot is a fun and silly board book about bodily noises. Kids are sure to get a good laugh out of this one!
Skip to the Loo! A Potty Book by Sally Loyd-Jones
Skip to the Loo is a board book that makes potty time a party. This would look cute in an Easter basket along with some Training Pants or Tiny Undies.
Goldilocks and the Just Right Potty by Leigh Hodgkinson
Story of my life! I'm always searching for the "just right potty" for my baby. If you don't know what I'm talking about, see my post on The Best Elimination Communication Potties.
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!
Where's the Poop? by Julie Markes
Where's the Poop is a lift-the-flap book that shows children that all creatures have a place to poop.
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.
That wraps up our list of elimination communication books. Next up, we will define some elimination communication lingo.