Elimination Communication Resources
Anyone doing Elimination Communication in a Western country will benefit greatly from support and ideas from others who engage in the same practice.
In the physical absence of tribe & tradition, ECers have built vast communities throughout the world via the following resources. Each resource listed below contains a live link to a website that will get you connected with your new community.
As your journey will vary from others’, and also from time to time, ongoing support and connection in some form is essential to EC (and most things parenting).
Scroll down for an abundance of resources that EC Simplified has gathered for you…so you can focus on what’s important….
EC Simplified Resource – The EC Simplified Forum Archive
After nearly two years of an active EC community forum, EC Simplified has been able to compile a detailed Q&A archive of ECing parents sharing their joys, woes, and memorable moments during their EC experience. Although the forum will no longer be active, with your purchase of the EC Simplified: Infant Potty Training Made Easy ebook, you will have full access to this extensive Q&A archive.
Books About EC
When you emerge from the bubble of having a newborn & have more time to read, or if you just want more detailed testimonials, proof, and philosophy now…EC Simplified recommends the following books:
Infant Potty Training: A Gentle and Primeval Method Adapted to Modern Living by Laurie Boucke (2008) Highlights: extensive scientific and cultural research & examples sections, spanning the globe; many photos of all the positions; gently written; wonderful, almost encyclopedic, resource; breaks EC into in-arms phase and potty phase.
The Diaper-Free Baby: The Natural Toilet Training Alternative by Christine Gross-Loh (2007) Highlights: breaks EC into baby’s developmental stages; countless testimonials from ECing families interspersed throughout the book; easy to read; not too long.
Diaper Free: The Gentle Wisdom of Natural Infant Hygiene by Ingrid Bauer (2006) Highlights: well-researched, thorough, and informative.
Infant Potty Basics: With or Without Diapers…the Natural Way by Laurie Boucke (2003) Highlights: a nice, brief how-to guide by a pioneer of the EC movement.
Books About Related Parenting Styles
The Attachment Parenting Book: A Commonsense Guide to Understanding and Nurturing Your Baby by Dr. William Sears (2001) Set a solid, connected foundation for a happy baby (and parents!).
The Continuum Concept: In Search of Happiness Lost by Jean Liedloff (1986, 1975) A wonderful resurgence of instinctual parenting wisdom.
Parenting From Your Heart: Sharing the Gifts of Compassion, Connection, and Choice (Nonviolent Communication Guides) by Inbal Kashtan (2004) Promoting peace through parenting…a lovely, brief guide.
There are only two official DVDs out there on EC. Here they are!
Potty Whispering – The Gentle Art of Infant Potty Training by Laurie Boucke (2006) – 145 min. An overall introduction to EC. $25
Nappy Free by Nicole Moore (2006) – 30 min. An Australian intro to the nappy-free baby. $29.99 + $15 international shipping.
On the Internet you can find a wide variety of amateur to somewhat pro EC videos. Not to say they aren’t good – lots are! Here’s where to find them:
YouTube – visit the ECSimplified YouTube Channel here.
YouTube – search “Elimination Communication” for a variety of mostly homemade videos.
DadLabs’ informative and hilarious video on EC here.
Websites Featuring Info on EC
These websites are primary sources of info on EC.
DiaperFreeBaby (International Non-profit)
Nappy Free Baby (Australian)
Laurie Boucke’s Infant Potty Training Essays
International Board for the Study, Research and Promotion of Assisted Infant Toilet Training (AITT)
Born Ready (UK)
Websites that Sell EC Gear
These are my favorite online stores for EC gear.
ECWear’s Online Store – Marija runs this wonderful online shop out of Queens, NY, and she is very careful to select most made in the USA, all sweatshop-free, all EC-friendly items in her store!
Continuum-Family Canada – COUPON CODE: EC Simplified readers receive 10% off their first order by entering “AO1843” when setting up an account! (That’s an “O,” not a “zero.”)
Noonee Wilga Australia – Sweet handmade EC clothing, training pants, and potty cozies made-to-order by a wonderful Aussie mom.
DiaperSwappers’s Marketplace for used EC gear listings
Elimination Communication Forums
A forum is an online community that organizes its conversations by “threads” that are listed by topic. They are generally lively and full of interesting information.
Mothering Magazine (US) EC Forum
NaturalParenting (Australia) Forum
DiaperSwappers EC Forum
The Nest’s Attachment Parenting Forums on EC
Born Ready’s EC Forum (UK)
The Baby Wearer Potty Talk Forum – This is a huge forum, so follow these instructions to find the Potty Talk & EC sections:
1. Create an account here first.
2. Log in to the forum next.
3. Then, go to this link to see the sub-forum, Potty Talk, where new threads on EC are interspersed with conventional potty training threads.
4. You can also click on this link to see only the top EC- related threads.
EC Simplified has divided this section into two categories: Online Group Organizers (who connect you with in-person groups in real life) and Facebook Groups & Pages (we all know what those are). For email lists, see the next section.
Online Group Organizers
DiaperFreeBaby is the top online EC group organizer. By looking on their site, you can see if there is an email group in your area, most hosted on Yahoo! Groups or BigTent, and many of which hold in-person meetings and playdates at people’s homes in the local community. DiaperFreeBaby also hosts online chats and can link you to a Mentor in your area, if any. How? Go to their Local Groups page here and then select your location from the list on the right entitled “Worldwide Groups.”
AttachmentParenting.org also has a good listing of local AP-oriented groups here.
Facebook Groups & Pages
The “modern” way to keep in touch, share photos, and talk about EC online….Facebook.
Email Lists / Groups
Two main choices here: BigTent and Yahoo! Groups….
A popular way to join communities of ECers and converse with people from all over who are doing what you’re doing!
EliminationCommunication Yahoo! Group (main group)
EC Yahoo! Groups by region (in the future DiaperFreeBaby may move to BigTent, below)
EC in Italy Yahoo! Group (in Italian)
EC in France Yahoo! Group (in French)
IPT Late Starters Yahoo! Group (unmoderated, so not all advice is EC-specific, but some
advice-givers are 100% EC)
EC Swap Yahoo! Group – buy, sell, trade your gear
These are just like Yahoo! Groups, but hosted on a new, cool site with a slightly different format. NOTE: The DiaperFreeBaby organization is switching all of their local Yahoo! Groups to BigTent over the course of 2011 & 2012. Your region will come up as sub-groups after you join the main group below. So, you can join either Yahoo! or BigTent…or both!
Join DiaperFreeBaby’s active BigTent EC Group here. Click “sign up” under the login box on
the right and follow along from there.
More Online Resources By Subject
A collection of Scientific Reports on EC are available for free download on my website here.
Physician’s Support of EC: the AITT website
More on Attachment Parenting
EC Simplified COUPON CODE for 15% off: Elimination Communication Coupon