Elimination Communication Clothing: Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer

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Elimination Communication Clothing for Every Season- Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer

Updated: November 20, 2018

It can be challenging figuring out how to dress your baby conveniently for elimination communication. Many baby clothes have rows of tiny snaps that are tedious when doing frequent diaper changes. Undressing your baby from the waist down to offer the potty can make her cold. EC-friendly clothing can simplify diaper changes and keep your baby warm while using the potty.

We are going to show you our favorite types of baby clothes that allow for easy diaper changes and quick pottytunities. We have suggestions of elimination communication clothing for each season of the year: fall, winter, spring and summer. We will cover both specialty EC clothing and regular baby clothes.

This post includes the following elimination communication clothing:

Disclosure: The Baby DeeDee Sleepsie and Eviry Co bodysuit were given to me free of charge. This post contains affiliate links. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, I will earn a small commission, at no extra cost to you. Thanks for your support!

Fall Elimination Communication Clothing

As the weather starts to cool down this fall, you may wonder how to keep your baby warm while she is using the potty. We put together a sample EC friendly outfit to give you an idea of how to keep your little EC'r warm this fall.

In addition to gathering warm clothes, you may want to add a potty cozy to the top of your little one's potty. A potty cozy is simply a stretchy band of fabric that covers the rim of a potty, making it more comfortable.

Long Sleeves for Fall

Fall Baby Outfit for Elimination Communication

Baby is wearing:

For fall elimination communication clothing, you can start with a long sleeve shirt or dress. Add a sweater for extra warmth. Keep legs warm during pottytunities and diaper changes with long socks or baby leg warmers.

This reversible cardigan from Primary is a great staple in a minimalist baby wardrobe. With the solid colored basics from Primary you can easily put together a mix-and-match capsule wardrobe for your baby or toddler.

Another excellent source of solid colored basics is City Threads, which offers high-quality children's clothing that is made in the USA.

Winter Elimination Communication Clothing

Wintertime EC poses the biggest challenge, since you need to bundle up your baby but still make it to the potty in time.

Split Pants for Winter

Split Pants for Elimination Communication
Baby is wearing:

Split crotch pants are a wonderful option for babies practicing EC in cold weather. Split pants work perfectly paired with a drop-flap style diaper like Flaparaps. Or your baby can wear split pants with nothing under if you are catching almost everything in the potty. Add extra warmth by layering long socks under the split pants.

The Little Bunny Bear shop, which is based in the UK, offers discrete split trousers in organic cotton or wool. You can also purchase the PDF sewing pattern and sew your own split pants.

Split pants and baby chaps are also available from EC Wear, based in the USA. Or for those of you in Canada, you can order split pants from Komfi Baby.

If you are using wool pants, you may want to pair them with Merino wool baby socks like those available from Lamington.

Be sure to read all the way to the end of this article, to watch a demo video of elimination communication clothing in action!

Wool Baby Clothing for Winter

Merino Wool Baby Clothing

If you live somewhere that gets really cold in the wintertime, consider switching from cotton baby clothes to Merino wool baby clothing. Merino wool clothing is perfect for babies, since it is soft, thin, breathable, naturally flame resistant, and good at maintaining body temperature.

Truly Charis offers Merino wool jersey clothing for babies and toddlers (and mamas, too!). You can choose from kimono style infant tops, raglan sleeve toddler tops, or baby/toddler dresses.

You may also want to opt for two-piece pajama sets made from Merino wool.

Woolies - Diaper cover and clothing in one!

Woolies serve as both a water-resistant diaper cover and clothing, all in one! Wool is an amazing option for elimination communication clothing. Wool is naturally odor resistant and the lanolin in wool can neutralize urine. Lanolized woolies can be reused many times between washes!

Woolies can be made from either interlock or knit wool. Interlock is my personal favorite. Please let me know in the comments if you have tried knit wool and how you like it.

Woolies come in a variety of styles. Pull-on wool soakers look like diaper covers. You can also get longies (long pants/trousers). Or even footies which will cover your baby's feet and keep them extra warm!

Underneath the woolies your baby can wear a fitted cloth diaper or cloth training pants. Cloth training pants are an excellent option for toddlers. You can help your toddler pull down the cloth training pants and wool leggings in one motion.

You can find a wide selection of woolies on the Truly Charis website. They are handmade with love in the USA.

Sleepwear for Nighttime Elimination Communication

Nighttime elimination communication poses its own challenges, but don't worry, we've got suggestions on how to keep your baby warm while doing nighttime EC in the cold weather.

Sleep Gown and Sleep Sack for Nighttime

Baby Wearing Sleep Gown and Sack for Nighttime Elimination Communication

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I would skip the cute footie pajamas with rows of tiny snaps, and opt for a sleep gown instead. Sleep gowns work for baby girls or boys and can simply be pulled up when it's time to offer the potty or change a wet diaper. They are usually only made in up to size 6 or 9 months. You can choose from organic cotton sleep gowns or Merino wool.

Your baby can wear long socks under the sleep gown, to keep their legs warm when the gown is lifted. Just make sure the socks are not too tight.

Over the sleep gown you can layer a sleep sack (aka sleeping bag, wearable blanket). When choosing a sleep sack, be sure to select one that opens from the bottom. For cold nights I recommend investing in a Woolino 4 Seasons Sleep Bag that fits from 2-months-old to 2-years-old.

Baby DeeDee Sleepsie for Nighttime

Wearing Baby DeeDee Sleepsie Short Sleeve and Reading Night Potty

Baby is wearing:

Baby and Bear are reading:

Another option is romper style pajamas with a zipper between the legs to allow for easy diaper changes and quick pottytunities.

Shown above is the short sleeve version of the Baby DeeDee Sleepsie. They also offer a quilted footie long sleeve version.

For a similar style that can be worn during the day, check out the Zomper by Rowe Kids.

Born Ready Jenn designed a SplitSuit with a two-way zipper that passes between the legs. When it is unzipped it creates split pants. If you order a SplitSuit it will be sewn by The All-in-One Company, so during checkout (after the Paypal screen) type "Born Ready Splitsuit zip please" into the comments box.

Spring Elimination Communication Clothing

As the weather starts to warm in the spring, it gets even easier to practice elimination communication with your baby or toddler.

Short Sleeve Dress for Spring

Spring Dress for Elimination Communication

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We love dresses when practicing elimination communication away from home. A dress can be used to cover the potty, making for discrete pottytunities.

Wool Shorts for Spring

Tunic and Wool Bubble Shorts

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Wool shorts can be worn over a fitted diaper or cloth training pants. If your baby has a miss, the lanolized wool will contain the wetness.

I like pairing wool shorts with a wide tunic style shirt or a dress.

Eviry Co Drop-Flap Bodysuit for Spring

Eviry Co Drop-flap Baby Bodysuit

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The Eviry Co drop-flap bodysuit is perfect for pairing with Flaparaps since they both drop down from the same place. Simply swing them off to the side when you are offering a pottytunity. If your baby starts crawling away before you've finished dressing her, no problem! Simply snap the two large snaps on the back while she is crawling.

Eviry Co also offers long sleeve bodysuits for colder weather.

Summer Elimination Communication Clothing

Summer is the ideal time of year to practice elimination communication. You can dress your baby in minimal clothing, or nothing at all! When leaving your baby bare-bottomed, be sure to observe closely for any signals that your baby needs to go.

Tee Shirt and Long Socks for Summer

Tee Shirt and Long Socks Outfit for EC

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Tee shirts are a great alternative to Onesies® (bodysuits) for babies who use the potty. There are no small snaps to deal with and tee shirts that end at the waist won't dip into the potty like the tails of a bodysuit can.

I prefer tee shirts that are made from natural fibers such as organic cotton or Merino wool jersey. Komfi Baby offers organic cotton baby tee shirts with EC slogans. Truly Charis offers Merino wool shirts for babies and toddlers.

To add a little warmth, you can pair a tee shirt with long socks or baby leg warmers.

Elimination Communication Back-up for Summer

The hot summertime is a great opportunity to transition to the next type of elimination communication back-up. If you have been using cloth diapers as back-up, you can give cloth training pants a try. If your toddler is nearing potty independence, you might want to try underwear. Summertime also allows for lots of diaper-free observation time. Just be sure to keep an eye on your little one, and a potty nearby.

Cloth Training Pants

Wearing Tiny Trainers at 3 Months Old

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Cloth training pants can absorb a single miss, but wetness will leak through. When worn with nothing over them, you can see right away when cloth trainers are wet, so you know to offer the potty and change to a clean dry pair. Cloth training pants also allow for better freedom of movement than bulky cloth diapers.

I liked letting my baby wear Tiny Trainers while laying on a Little Bunny Bear wool puddle pad covered by a Cloth-eez muslin swaddle blanket.

Small Underwear

Baby Wearing Komfi Baby Pink Underwear

Baby is wearing:

Once you are catching almost everything in the potty or toilet you can have your little one wear underwear, at least for part of the day. Komfi Baby underwear can be paired with a soaker pad so they function like training pants (as shown in the photo above).

Bare Bottomed

Baby is wearing:

  • Nothing!

Summer is a great time to do naked observation time, to learn your baby's signals and natural timing.

You can watch EC baby clothing in action in our demo video:

That wraps up our suggestions of elimination communication clothing for the fall, winter, spring and summer. I hope you feel prepared to outfit your little one in EC friendly clothes! You may also want to see our list of DIY Elimination Communication Clothing Patterns and Tutorials.

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About Heidi Avelino

Heidi is passionate about spreading awareness of elimination communication and early potty learning. She has always been an environmentalist and strives to live a minimalist and zero-waste lifestyle. Heidi practiced EC with her son, starting at one-month-old, until he reached potty independence. She is now practicing EC from birth with her baby girl.

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