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Is Elimination Communication Right for You?

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Elimination communication—it's been hailed as the natural approach to responding to a baby's elimination needs. Read: It's your job to figure out when your infant needs to go to the bathroom. There are no diapers involved. Just you, various pots, pans and toilets—and a strong sense about when your baby needs to go.

The job of the parent or caregiver is to help the infant communicate about or address his or her elimination needs. And, in theory, once you recognize these subtle cues, you can get your baby to a toilet fast enough for him to do his business.

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As a second-time mom, I am open to all ideas and schools of thought on how to raise a baby, but this elimination communication trend has me steamed, er, irritated. I don't know about you, but infants aren't always the most expressive of people. I mean, they have three main jobs for the first few weeks: eat, sleep, poop. You know when they are tired or hungry because they cry, but it's the need to "eliminate" that is really the silent partner. I mean, go ahead and look into a baby's eyes and see if you can tell. I tried this recently with a friend's 3-week-old. Truth be told, he always looked like he needed to go. So, how can this work?

Lots of high-profile Hollywood moms swear by it. Mayim Bialik of the Big Bang Theory, in particular, is a huge fan, as is Alicia Silverstone.

And according to DiaperFreeBaby.org, a leading profit behind the elimination communication movement, there are over 75 major benefits to using this method. Here are the top 10:

But who's really being trained here?

1. Reduces irritation of baby's skin.

2. Reduces the risk of diaper rash.

3. Keeps chemicals off baby's skin.

4. Enables parent to take closer note of baby's elimination patterns to develop a better sense of a child's digestive system and potentially react to allergens more quickly.

5. Allows babies to go diaper-free in bathing suits. "Swim-diapers" don't prevent urine from getting into the pool and are not comfortable for baby.

6. Reduces the risk of urinary tract infections.

7. Reduces the risk of constipation.

8. Reduces or eliminates "unexplained" fussiness and colic.

9. Reduces the risk of bed-wetting in older children.

10. Empowers children with special needs by becoming active participants in caring for their own elimination needs.

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But who's really being trained here? The parents to recognize their baby's cues? Or the baby on how to use the potty? It's most likely the parent.

Bottom line, there's just so much to worry about in the days that you bring home your child from the hospital—struggles with breast-feeding, sleeping and more. Why not leave well enough alone and let your baby eliminate in peace—preferably in his own cloth diaper.

Moms, are you willing to give elimination communication a try?

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