These days, lots of parents are finding new ways to reduce their parenting footprint. For some parents, it’s buying eco-friendly toys and cloth diapers. For Mayim Bialik (AKA Blossom), it’s using a diaper-free technique called “elimination communication,” in which parents watch their kid’s body language to tell when they need to go potty.
When they fail to notice these no verbal cues, green parents have no choice but to break out the recycled paper towels and non-toxic surface cleaner. From Bialik’s interview with The Sierra Club:
“At home, we use elimination communication, which is used in many places of the world. When I first learned about it I thought I was the craziest thing I’ve ever heard. But it’s being talked about a lot more. It’s a diaper-free movement that’s based on the fact that children give signals. It’s a really profound level of communicating with your child. My second son was dry by 11 months. It’s more potty-training the adult than the kid. And it’s not for everyone, that’s for sure. You need to be with your child all the time to learn the signals. My husband was so skeptical but he became a believer very quickly.”
He must be very tolerant, or not be home very often… just think of all the cleaning. Hopefully they have hardwood floors, “elimination communication” could wreak serious havoc on your wall-to-wall carpet.
What do you think? Is EC an overly hippie and ridiculous way to go about the potty training process? Or would you be willing to give it a try to reduce your impact on the planet?