Upcoming - a Curly Hair Interview! But first, a passion of mine ...

I am a loyal (to a fault) DiaperSwappers addict. :)  If you've never heard of this site before - you should probably go take a look at their forums - lol - but be forewarned! It's addicting! There are some Super cool ladies over on those boards! In fact, a couple of the members over there were my first inspiration to create this blog. I am so grateful to them for their encouragement and continual support!

To curb your curiosity, DiaperSwappers is a Buy/Sell/Trade site for cloth diapers. But it is SO much more than that as well! In fact, Q ended up being out of diapers completely by the time she was 14 months old because of a forum on DS! Isn't that ironic? I had just purchased our "stash" of mostly BumGenius Organic One Size All in One cloth diapers (LOVE these, by the way!)
 bumGenius One-Size Cloth Diaper Blossom
when I stumbled upon the Elimination Communication forum... it wasn't love at first sight - (cuz man, that idea is WEIRD!) but I wouldn't do it any other way, now! :D

There isn't a ton of info out there about EC - but the 3 most famous books are:
The Diaper Free Baby by: Christine Gros-loh  (my favorite!)
The Diaper-Free Baby: The Natural Toilet Training Alternative

Infant Potty Training by: Laurie Boucke  (I haven't actually read this one)
Infant Potty Training: A Gentle and Primeval Method Adapted to Modern Living

Diaper Free: The Gentle Wisdom of Natural Infant Hygiene by: Ingrid Bauer  (this one is great too, but it is more than just the lifestyle and methods of EC. All great stuff though!)
Diaper Free: The Gentle Wisdom of Natural Infant Hygiene

and the forum at DiaperSwappers was an amazing support system. I hear there's an EC forum over on the mothering.com forums as well - but I've never really checked it out much. I'm so addicted to DS that I'm afraid I'll get addicted to mothering.com too and Really have no offline life! lol!

(oh, yeah, Facebook has a few fanpages for EC, too. In fact THIS one is by the same people as the Diaper Free book, I think.)

Some other things I had never heard before but am now a firm believer in are Babywearing, keeping boys intact, Baltic Amber jewelry (use code 73 at Inspired By Finn for a 10% discount!), breastfeeding (and in public! oh the horrors! ha!), co-sleeping, "Unconditional Parenting", and I'm sure there's more - but I'll stop boring you now! lol    

~ If anybody EVER has any questions or would like a friend to chat about some of this stuff with EMAIL ME! I could talk about it all day and night, but hardly anyone around here does this stuff. I've wanted to mention it multiple times on the blog, but up til now I've been able to restrain myself. LOL ~

Anyway, I started blabbing about DiaperSwappers only to say that I met a lovely mama over there who is going to do our next Curly Hair Interview!  Wooooo!! How cool is that?! (and yes, we did happen to "meet" in the EC forum! lol)

Soooooo, come back tomorrow for a very insightful interview by OperaDiva! See you then .... :)


Anonymous said...

Great info. I started potty training my daughter at a 12 months and by 18 she was fully trained at home (every blue moon an accident). Now at 23 months is potty trained fully when we go out and of course at home. This past week she moved from the potty chair to the actual toilet. Its a nice relief. Now to start working with my younger daughter... lol! Did you use the bum genius diapers then? I've been thinking of switching from disposable to bum genius but am nervous.

Chloe said...

I just stumbled across your blog looking for curly toddler hair tips. I'm a diaperswappers mama too! I'm loving you blog. Keep up the good work!

Dreamer13 said...

Thanks! Yep, I loved ECing! :) Who knew "pottying" could be so much fun?!

Yeah, I used bumGenius - they are very very easy. Now they have even more styles, but really, any of them are just as easy to use as disposables. You just throw them in the laundry instead of the garbage - that's all! :)

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