EC, is when you help your baby poop and wee on the potty instead of relying solely on nappies. It is for babies just born through to 18 months old. It has been a game changer for our little family so we wanted to share what we have learnt...
On average, each baby goes through 6,000 nappies in their younger years. This is equivalent to about 1 tonne of landfill waste, or 325kg of plastic! Choosing to potty your baby uses less nappies and has a whole lot of other benefits too.
Here is a bit more about EC and how it works:
From literally day 1, babies communicate in some form or another that they need to go. Think about what we used to do as a species before nappies came along...it was EC! This is an option for families that involves learning and responding to these signals, honouring natural rhythms, and listening to your own intuition. The goal is that pees and poops are 'captured' in a potty, toilet, or out in nature (wees only), as opposed to your baby doing their business in a nappy. Nappies are used as a backup as there will be 'misses'.
Why haven't I heard about it before?
EC is used in cultures around the world but in Western culture, we have normalised the use of nappies since disposables came to market in the 1960s - so don't be shocked if this is the first you have heard of it!
Can I learn to do this with my baby?
Yes! We have created a facebook page called 'Sustainable Babies in NZ' to share more about EC, sustainable baby product alternatives, tips and discussions for raising your gorgeous Pēpi in a natural and gentle way.