The First 5 Days
I was skeptical about elimination communication (EC), but I decided to give it a go when my 7-month-old, Chet, started on solids and his bowel movements got messy. Here's the (poop!) scoop.
Day 1: The first step is observation. I place Chet au naturel on a pad-covered play mat and watch. I know that a red face and grunts mean a poop is imminent. But I get no such signal for number one. I carry him to the sink every 20 minutes or so, but he only pees on the floor en route.
Day 2: I take Chet to the bathroom after his nap and feedings, but he just won't go in the sink. I hold him over the basin until he wails in frustration and then return him to his play mat. Almost on cue, he takes a whiz. As a result, his play mat smells like a week-old litter box. The only thing that kills the odor: a special solution I have for the dog's accidents....
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