Practicing Elimination Communication does NOT mean you must leave your baby naked all the time. More and more parents are realizing the advantages of keeping their baby dressed in comfortable, practical clothing and even using cloth diapers or training pants as backup during their EC practice. Yes, it’s okay to use diapers when practicing EC.
Yet, conventional baby clothing is so cumbersome. What’s with all the snaps? And one-piece outfits that have to be entirely removed to change your baby’s diaper? Who in the world ever came up with these things?
Luckily, there are clothes that make sense for easy and fast diaper changes and potty visits. Some clothes are easy to remove when you want to offer your baby a quick potty opportunity, and there are even some that don’t have to be removed at all!
You really can quickly and easily take your baby to the potty without having to set aside ten minutes for clothing removal.
So… what clothes are easy to use with Elimination Communication?
There are three kinds of EC-friendly clothing for babies and toddlers that were designed specifically for easy elimination communication, that are very practical and easy to use. The pages for each clothing category include a full explanation of each of these kinds of clothing for elimination communication.
Also called split crotch pants, or sometimes EC pants – pants that stay on and open in the middle for pottying, to wear with or without diapers.
Also called prefold belts – a soft simple waistband to hold a flat or prefold cloth diaper in place.
rECtangle™ diaper covers are the perfect backup solution when practicing elimination communication with a prefold and diaper belt, allowing quick and easy potty opportunities while protecting your clothes and baby carrier from misses.
Additional clothing categories to consider
In addition to the there categories of clothing that were designed specifically for easy elimination communication, we also have guidance on using four additional categories of clothing with your EC practice.
Thigh Socks & Leg Warmers
Thigh socks and leg warmers are super convenient for layering with other clothing and don’t block access for pottying or diaper changes.
Real shirts don’t need to be unsnapped to go potty. The baby bodysuit or “onesie” seems ubiquitous in our culture, but a regular shirt can make elimination communication a lot easier. A shirt doesn’t require any unsnapping to get access to removing your baby’s diaper before they go potty and will make trips to the potty quicker. Shirts will stay up and out of the way when your baby sits on the potty.
Training pants are a transition between diapers and underwear.
We welcome your feedback on this Guide and request that you please leave your favorite tips and advice for others learning about EC in the comments below or on each page of the guide.