Elimination Communication. I was going to say that this is not related to sewing or home education or anything else I have ever written on this blog but in fact it is.
Miss Froo was a nappy-free baby and grew into a nappy-free toddler and than into a child like any other who used the toilet like a normal person. It was a great adventure and a lot of fun most days with us all being able to know what she wanted unlike when my other children were little and it seemed that only I had the solution to anything! My boys were able to figure out that sometimes she needed a wee, not a feed so they didn’t need to call me to ‘fix’ her; they could fix her themselves and get back to watching the tv in peace. Which is exactly what J is doing in this picture.
This did involve some sewing. The poor mite was half naked for a lot of her small life so she wore a lot of wool booties, skirts, dresses and waistcoats either knitted by me or sewn from felted wool. I sewed little ‘one wee’ undies for if we were out and about and might miss a wee. I sewed a fleece cover for the rim of the top hat potty so her little botty didn’t get too cold sitting on it and made easy-on kimono type tops as button up babygros and vests with poppers at the crotch were no use to us.
It was all about watching, listening and learning. We all began to notice patterns and signs of her need to use the potty even from a few weeks old. By the time she was three months old even my Mum could catch a wee when she visited and Miss Froo not wearing a nappy was becoming totally normal, even to our friends.
The reason I am writing about this now is that I see from Twitter that this week is Real Nappy Week. I’d love clothie families to move even closer to the dark side and think about catching one wee day and see how cool it it is. Most parents who use nappies of any kind can sort of tell when their babe will need to fill it with something and if you tune into this and catch one wee or poo a day you can save yourself some washing or a disposable nappy. It is so much easier to clean a potty than a baby’s bum!
I was searching for a link to tweet that would explain it all in one go and I went back to a site I used to read all those years ago (six and a half) and saw that Chandra has written an E-book which is a starter guide to EC. It is written with humour and is a fun read which is exactly what the EC journey is.
Read it here and share http://tribalbaby.org/7-Secrets-for-Elimination-Communication.pdf
In our home ed get togethers and elsewhere I’ve been pondering the fact that as our children grow we stop talking about the earlier parts of the journey and therefore aren’t communicating with those who are now at those stages themselves. I don’t want to be seen as someone who has been there, done that and got the t-shirt because I’m aware that not everything I have done has turned out as I might have hoped, but just as we share many practical tips in sewing or baking or gardening perhaps we should reach back to the earlier parts of our parenting and share our experiences with parenting newbies. I don’t know how to do this in real life but I think this must be what parents did in the old days or else no-one pre- internet would have been able to do anything!