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Starting Elimination Communication from Birth?  5 Must Have Items for EC Success

Although all that’s really needed for EC is the baby, there are still products that will help make Ecing easier and thus more likely to be done long-term. When we talk about starting EC from birth, it really means starting anytime before the baby’s first month. I started EC at about 3 weeks old with my son.

  • 1.  Cloth Diapers - Even if you don’t plan on using diapers as backup in the long-run, newborns pee frequently and you will need a lot of diapers while you are getting to know your newborn’s signals. If you do laundry every day you’ll need about 20-25 diapers. If you plan on doing laundry every 3 –4 days you’ll need about 60-75 diapers. Infant prefolds with a Snappi or diaper pins are perfect for this. They are inexpensive and are thin enough to let you know the baby is wet while keeping puddles to a minimum. Fitted Diapers without a cover are also nice for ECcing and great for when you are out because they are easier to put on and take off than a prefold diaper with pins. They are also essential if you don’t plan on ECing at night.
  • Joven's Dyed Prefolds
    Snappi Diaper Fastener
    Fitted Cloth Diapers
  • 2.  Diaper Pail Liners/Wet Bags - Use a diaper pail liner to hold soiled diapers until laundry day. Use Wet Bags for wet items or to hold a small potty while traveling. Mini wet bags are great for holding moist washcloths for wiping. (Now that my children are out of diapers my wet bag holds wet bathing suits and my diaper pail liner holds dirty rags that were used for cleaning.)
  • Wahmmies Diaper Pail Liners
    Wahmmies Wet Bags
  • 3. Wool Puddle Pad- Get a small one for the crib or the baby’s spot on the bed, or get a large one to cover your whole bed then lay a cotton sheet on top of it. Although any kind of puddle pad will catch urine and other spills just fine, a wool puddle pad is anti-bacterial and anti-microbal which means that it doesn’t have to be washed unless really dirty or soiled. Just change your top sheet and you’re all set.
  • Wool Puddle Pad
  • 4.  Potty - The poplar wood potty will serve you from beginning to end. The white insert is good to hold under your infant while he/she is too small to sit down. Later when your child is more independent, leave the white insert in the wooden seat. Many people also like to use smaller potties for travel.
  • Poplar Wood Potty
  • 5. Infant Potty Training book - Round out your EC supplies with Infant Potty Training by Laurie Boucke. Infant Potty Training is a wonderful resource full of practical advice as well as cultural and historical information about EC throughout the world. With this book in hand, you will feel prepared, comfortable and confident ECing.
  • Infant Potty Training by Laurie Boucke

    See Joven's other articles:

    What is Elimination Communication (EC)? 

    Why Cloth Diaper?

    5 Must-Haves for Cloth Diapering Success

    Why Organic?

    Check out our EC Resources for more information about ECing.

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