The Diaper-free Baby: The Natural Toilet Training Alternative for a Happier, Healthier Baby or Toddler

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The Diaper-free Baby: The Natural Toilet Training Alternative for a Happier, Healthier Baby or Toddler

Format:  Paperback,

224 pages

Publisher: Harpercollins

Publish Date: Jan 2007

ISBN-13: 9780061229701

ISBN-10: 0061229709

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Imagine infants free from painful diaper rash, new parenthood without thousands of dollars wasted in diapering costs, toilet training that is natural and noncoercive, and, most important, happier babies and parents

As Christine Gross-Loh reveals in her progressive, enlightening book, all this is possible and more. Infants are born with the ability to communicate their need to "go," just as they communicate hunger or sleepiness. Gross-Loh, a mother of two children who were diaper-free at eighteen and fifteen months, uses the tenets of "elimination communication," or EC, to teach parents how to identify and respond to their baby or toddler's natural cues.

Unlike the all-or-nothing approach of some parenting books, The Diaper-Free Baby addresses three categories of parents: full-time, part-time, and occasional EC'ers. Parents can practice EC as much or as little as fits their family and lifestyle. A support group within a book, The Diaper-Free Baby also includes inspiring testimonials throughout every chapter. Parents who have successfully practiced EC identify common struggles, share experiences and problem-solving tips, and provide encouragement for those new to the technique. Their motivational stories together with Gross-Loh's practical advice will appeal to all parents interested in a fresh alternative to traditional toilet training.

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Publisher: Harpercollins
Publish Date: Jan 2007
ISBN-13: 9780061229701
ISBN-10: 0061229709
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 224
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.6
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.5 x 8.0 x 0.5

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Review by Library Journal (2007-01-01)

Tokyo-based freelance writer Gross-Loh addresses the how's and why's of an increasingly popular trend: elimination communication, or EC. This technique calls for parents to read an infant's "elimination signals" (i.e., restlessness, squirming, arching of the back) and hold the child over a potty or toilet. In essence, parents create an association between "elimination" (urinating/defecating) and a particular sound (such as "pssst") and a position, so that eventually hearing the sound and being held in that position encourages the baby to go to the bathroom on a consistent basis.

Gross-Loh discusses her subject with knowledge and enthusiasm, but some readers may be annoyed by the EC lingo (including the constant use of EC as an adjective, noun, and even a verb). Perhaps most notable, however, is the author's flexible and nonjudgmental attitude, as she encourages parents to try the method only occasionally if they choose with a baby of any age. Linda Sonna's Early-Start Potty Training is much more prescriptive, while Ingrid Bauer's Diaper Free: The Gentle Wisdom of Natural Infant Hygiene covers much of the same material as Gross-Loh's book, though with a New Age orientation. Laurie Boucke's Infant Potty Training provides more historical and cultural information, with less focus on practical tips. Libraries will want to purchase at least one of these books, and Gross-Loh's would be a useful choice for larger collections.

-Rachel Q. Davis, Thomas Memorial Lib., Cape Elizabeth, ME

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Imagine infants free from painful diaper rash, new parenthood without thousands of dollars wasted in diapering costs, toilet training that is natural and noncoercive, and, most important, happier babies and parents

As Christine Gross-Loh reveals in her progressive, enlightening book, all this is possible and more. Infants are born with the ability to communicate their need to "go", just as they communicate hunger or sleepiness. Gross-Loh, a mother of two children who were diaper-free at eighteen and fifteen months, uses the tenets of "elimination communication", or EC, to teach parents how to identify and respond to their baby or toddler's natural cues.

Unlike the all-or-nothing approach of some parenting books, The Diaper-Free Baby addresses three categories of parents: full-time, part-time, and occasional EC'ers. Parents can practice EC as much or as little as fits their family and lifestyle. A support group within a book, The Diaper-Free Baby also includes inspiring testimonials throughout every chapter. Parents who have successfully practiced EC identify common struggles, share experiences and problem-solving tips, and provide encouragement for those new to the technique. Their motivational stories together with Gross-Loh's practical advice will appeal to all parents interested in a fresh alternative to traditional toilet training.

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