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So you want a diaper-free baby? Try 'elimination communication.'

Posted by Kristi Palma  April 30, 2013 10:23 AM

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Do you know the definition of elimination communication?

It's a diaper-free method of child rearing also known as natural infant hygiene and infant potty training.

"It is a gentle, natural, non-coercive process by which a baby, preferably beginning in early infancy, learns with the loving assistance of parents and caregivers to communicate about and address his or her elimination needs. This practice makes conventional potty training unnecessary," says diaperfreebaby.com.

Advocates say it's also better for the environment because there are less diapers in the landfill.

Interested? Get tips from Janet Shapiro, featured in the WGN News video above, a birth and child-rearing coach and founder of Birth Day Presence, which provides education and support to expectant and new families in New York.

What do you think of elimination communication? Have you tried it? If not, would you? If you have questions, here is a list of Massachusetts elimination communication mentors available for support.

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Kristi Palma, Boston.com Moms producer, is the mom of a first grader and a preschooler. She is a writer who enjoys cooking her grandmother's Italian recipes (when her son isn't launching paper airplanes into them). Follow her on Twitter @kristipalma.
Jennifer Clark Estes is a teacher, writer, blogger, and the mother of four young children. In her free time, she blogs at A Mom's World, plays with the kids (or chauffeurs them around), and is desperately seeking a quiet spot so she can read a book. Follow her on Twitter @JenniferCEstes.
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