Newborn Elimination Communication Supplies Demo (2018)
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Newborn Elimination Communication Supplies Demo (2018)

Aloha! This is Heidi at EC Peesy. I’m going to show you some of the many elimination
communication supplies that work well when practicing EC with a newborn baby. We’re talking about the age range from about
birth to 2 or 3 months old. Babies really can use the potty starting as
early as birth. It’s pretty amazing! The first supply is a potty. This one is called The Baby Potty and it’s
a top hat potty. It looks like a top hat. It’s available from Tiny Undies. I’ll leave a link below as well as a coupon
code. So the way a top hat potty works is you put
it securely in your lap. I’m going to use this baby doll to demonstrate. You hold your baby over it and then you can
make your cue sound “psss, any pee pee, any poo poo? All done?”. That’s how it works using a top hat potty. I do have a baby who is 4 months old, but
it would be a little hard to demonstrate with her and my son is already 4 years old. They both have been EC’d. This potty comes with a potty cozy. It’s this soft fabric on here to make it more
comfortable and not cold for the baby. You can take it off. My baby usually just peed on it, so it was
usually in the wash anyways. So that’s the first option for a small newborn
potty. Another one is to use a chamber pot. I bought this chamber pot from Nova Natural. They are an online toy store. But I don’t think they offer it anymore, so
you might find something similar on Ebay. This is a really old fashioned type of potty. It’s made from stainless steel coated in enamel. Again, you can hold the baby over it. This one has a bigger opening which is nice
to make it easier to catch, but the rim on it is not nearly as comfortable as it is on
the top hat potty. You don’t have to use the potty. You can also hold your baby in what we call
“EC hold” over the sink and make the cue sound. Or you can sit backwards on the toilet with
them while holding them in this position. You have one hand under each thigh, the baby’s
back against your belly so they feel secure. You don’t technically have to have a potty. With my son I had a BabyBjorn Smart Potty
so I just took the insert out of that and used that in my lap in the same manner as
a top hat potty. With my daughter I really did like having
this when she was a newborn. About zero to two months old is when it was
the most useful. The next thing that I love having for EC is
wool puddle pads. You are going to need some type of waterproof
pads. Wool ones are my favorite since they are all-natural. The ones I have are from Little Bunny Bear. This wool pad I use as a changing pad. It’s made from organic wool and it’s so soft
and nice. I don’t mind if my baby’s skin ends up touching
the wool directly because this is much softer than some wool puddle pads out there. The great thing about wool is once you lanolize
it – soak it in a bath of water that contains emulsified lanolin, then the lanolin repels
water. If some pee, breastmilk, something gets on
this, it will just repel it. That’s my nice natural, waterproof but breathable
layer. For a changing pad I use a wool pad and I
put a prefold down on top and then just a little cloth wipe. And have Baby on top of that. And that’s great also for diaper-free observation
time. If a tiny bit of poop gets on the cloth wipe,
you can just put that in the diaper laundry. If baby pees during diaper-free time, then
the prefold and cloth wipe will both go in the laundry. But the wool puddle pad will prevent the pee
from going through. The other wool puddle pad I have, I am sitting
on here. This is an extra large Family Size one, again
from Little Bunny Bear. I like to sit on this as an area for nursing
on, for taking a nap with my baby, also for doing diaper-free time. Then the bed is protected. This is a nice large wool puddle pad here. What I keep on top of it, this is from Green
Mountain Diapers and it’s called a Cloth-eez Muslin Swaddle Blanket. It’s basically the same as a really large
flat cloth diaper. It’s just a large square. So this can also get thrown in the diaper
laundry if it gets pee on it. Those are great to have – wool pads, and I’ll
link the Little Bunny Bear shop below in the description box. The next thing I want to talk about is EC-friendly
baby clothes. A lot of typical baby clothes are not great
for when you are practicing EC because they often have a lot of snaps. They are difficult to take off and put back
on. If you are changing a diaper or offering the
potty 20 times a day, it’s just better to keep it simple and easy. One thing I like to use with babies is a tee
shirt that comes down to their waist. Instead of a Onesie or bodysuit that goes
between the legs and snaps. This is just a little kimono shirt, which
is a great style for newborns. There’s a new EC brand located in Canada. They’re called Komfi Baby and they’re offering
organic cotton shirts with little EC slogans on them. Things like “Potty me please!” “Potty Queen”. I’m waiting for when they come out with “Potty
Pooper”. That’s the one I want to get. You can get baby shirts from them, or just
anywhere that sells baby shirts. They are a great thing to use for EC. Another thing the baby doll has on are leg
warmers. These particular leg warmers. These particular ones are newborn size so
they are tiny. They also sell one-size ones that will fit
baby through toddler. These newborn ones will just fit for a short
while. Under his leg warmers he’s wearing Lamington
Merino Wool Socks. These come up pretty high, they are considered
a knee high sock. That will help keep their legs warm. Instead of wearing pants they can wear socks
that will stay on during a diaper change or when using the potty. Wool is great again because if it gets a little
pee on it, it can just repel the pee. Some other options we like for EC-friendly
clothing are, for my daughter, she wears little dresses. Those are easy to use. And Rock-a-Thigh Baby Socks. These come all the way up to the thigh. It’s similar to leg warmers, but the feet
will also be covered. I love using these when my baby is in the
carrier. I can just slip them right on her legs without
taking her out of the carrier. I love Rock-a-Thigh Baby Socks. For night time, instead of really cute footie
pajamas with rows of snaps, it’s easier to use a sleep gown. This is an example of a sleep gown. It can be used for a girl or a boy. The opening has some elastic around it, so
you can just pull it up when you need to do a diaper change or offer the potty if you’re
doing nighttime EC. You don’t have to, that’s up to you. You can do it just in the daytime or also
at night. There’s also specialty split crotch pants
for EC. You can find those at stores like Little Bunny
Bear, EC Wear, Komfi Baby. With split crotch pants the baby can use the
potty while leaving the pants on. The pants just open up while they are using
the potty. Those are great to use along with a prefold
diaper and a diaper belt or with a drop-flap style diaper. We will show you some more about the diaper
styles that you can use during EC. This could be a whole video by itself, just
cloth diaper back-ups for EC. I probably will do that. Right now we will talk about a couple of options
for the newborn stage. What the baby is wearing here is a prefold. It’s like this. A prefold is a rectangle diaper with more
absorbency in the middle than there is on the edges. These are teeny tiny. These are the smallest ones you can get. This is the preemie size. I actually wouldn’t recommend this size. If you order prefolds from Green Mountain
Diapers I would start at least with the newborn size. Which will be longer and also more absorbency. For our little itty bitty doll this one fits
on him. He is wearing it with a diaper belt. Let me demonstrate how it works. If It’s time to offer the potty, what you
can do is just untuck the front of the prefold so it flaps down. Offer the potty. This is another position you can do with a
newborn. The cradle hold while they are on the potty. This can work if they are nursing or maybe
at nighttime if they want a little more comforting feeling that mommy is holding them close. When you are done offering the potty you can
just flip the prefold back up, if it is still dry and clean, and tuck it in. If they pee on it, you can easily take it
out and put a clean one on. Prefolds are definitely one of the easiest
cloth diapering options. It doesn’t have to technically be a prefold,
it could also be a flat, so that’s just a large square cloth diaper. There is also something called flour sack
towels that you can buy at a kitchen section of a store. Any square, rectangular piece of fabric you
can use with a diaper belt. There is a new product out called the Bandie. It’s sold through a Facebook group. That’s like an adjustable diaper belt. Also Little Bunny Bear offers adjustable diaper
belts so you can resize them. It can get bigger size than just these ones
that have elastic in them. Little Bunny Bear also offers a sewing pattern
for the diaper belt if you want to sew your own. She also has sewing patterns for the split
crotch pants, as well, if you know how to sew. Diaper belt and prefold. That would be the easiest, most simple diaper
back-up. The great thing about that is you can see
immediately when it is wet and you know to change it right away. With my son, I wasn’t comfortable doing completely
bare-bottomed observation time because his pee could go all the way across the room. By using the prefold and diaper belt I was
able to observe and see when he peed but not worry about pee getting everywhere. This is just another prefold example. This is a Bummis organic cotton prefold. These ones are a little thicker than I like
if you’re going to use it under a diaper cover. The best place for getting prefolds is to
go on the Green Mountain Diapers website. They are a wonderful resource, with so much
information. Another option from Green Mountain Diapers,
this is called a fitted diaper in the newborn size. This particular one is the no-closure so it
doesn’t have any snaps or Velcro here. If you were to use a fitted diaper, it’s kind
of like a prefold but shaped into the shape of a diaper. You put it on your baby and secure it with
either a Snappi or there is also this Boingo fastener. I found these didn’t work as well to get a
really good tight fit. Some fitted diapers, this one’s from Blueberry,
have snaps on them. There is also one brand I know of that has
Aplix (like a hook and loop Velcro closure) – that’s Loveybums sells that type of fitted
diaper. The fitted diapers are a much more expensive
option. What happed with my baby girl is that she
was so small at birth (5 lbs 13 oz) that these fitted diapers were actually big around her
legs and so they leaked. Until she grew into them at about 10 pounds
they weren’t doing a great job of containing the pee. I realized at that point that if I had gotten
some of the newborn, which would be the orange edge, prefold diapers, even wearing those
with a diaper belt probably would have contained the pee better than the fitted were when she
as an itty bitty newborn. Some people have 10 pound newborn babies and
then these would fit fine right away, but they wouldn’t fit for very long. One other option I’m going to show you are
these Flaparap pads. Just so you can understand what those are
meant to go with- these Flaparaps were developed by Born Ready Jenn and they are specifically
a cloth diaper meant for elimination communication. The great thing about Flaparaps is that the
belt stays on the baby’s waist while the front of the diaper flaps down for them to use the
potty. So this is a Flaparap pad in size small, that’s
meant to be used with these Flaparap diapers. I’m not quite used to putting these on a baby
doll. Let’s see how well I can show you this. The Flaparap tucks in the band in the back. So instead of snapping or Velcro or anything,
it just goes under the band of elastic. When you are ready to offer a pottytunity
you just untuck it, swing this off to the side. I personally usually take the pad out. Then you can hold Baby over the potty. Just like that! That way the diaper stays attached to them,
which is a really nice feature. For the Flaparaps, for us, they didn’t fit
right away from newborn. She was just so thin, it just seemed giant
on her- this Flaparap shell part. What I did use, is I used the Flaparap pad
but I used them in different ways than with the Flaparap shell. Now I’m going to show you some other types
of covers that you can use along with prefolds or the Flaparap pads or the fitted diapers. This is a BabeeGreens Wool Interlock Cover. This was my favorite cover. This is in the newborn size. This is actually the only thing that fit her
teeny tiny legs when she was first born, out of all of our cloth diaper stash. This was the only one that really gave a snug
fit and contained everything. This is called the Classic cover. At first I thought I didn’t like snapping
covers- that would be too inconvenient for EC, but really I love this cover because you
can adjust the leg holes if you want to do those on a tighter setting and you want to
do the waist band on a looser setting you can. One way that I used these BabeeGreens wool
covers is I would take the Flaparap pad. I found this out from another EC’ing mom in
a Facebook group, that the Flaparap pads fit in the BabeeGreens wool cover in the newborn
size. So that was a really great option for us because
we had the Flaparap pads but we weren’t quite ready to go into using the whole Flaparap
system yet. We would just put the Flaparap pad inside
the wool cover and then put it on her and that was our favorite when she was really
small. This is the size small pad and I’ve got it
folded with this trench that is supposed to be better at containing breastmilk poop. This is the size large Flaparap pad. These were the organic ones. A preemie prefold when you trifold or pad
fold it like this, that could also fit in this cover. However, these preemie prefolds are not very
absorbent. One single pee miss might soak the pad and
start getting the diaper cover wet.That’s why I would recommend getting the newborn
size if you’re going to get prefolds. Another wool cover we used, this is a Loveybums
one. I really had high hopes for this particular
diaper that’s called a Loveybums-in-One. It’s a wool cover on the outside with Aplix
closure and then it has this snap-in cloth diaper in the middle. Unfortunately, the snap-in cloth diaper didn’t
end up working out because it didn’t really contain the pee. You can take out this snap-in diaper and you
can just use this as a wool cover. This one didn’t fit as snuggly, so it didn’t
really work to just lay a pad folded prefold or lay the Flaparap pad inside here. This did work, however, over one of the fitted
diapers. I had read all the advice online said if you’re
going to use wool, you should use fitted diapers. That’s why I went with a lot of fitted diapers. What I found out is it matters more which
wool cover you use. If you were using one of these Babee Greens
wool covers, the elastic around the leg is so great that you can just trifold a prefold
or put the Flaparap pad in there and it’s enough to contain everything. If you are not doing wool, you can just use
a PUL -polyurethane laminate type of diaper cover. This is polyester on the outside. This is a newborn size coveralls from Blueberry
Diapers. It has this PUL waterproof inside. Normally, I would have chosen Aplix or Velcro
closure because I just don’t like to have to snap a whole bunch of snaps but this one
came in a set with 3 of these fitted diapers, so I had one of these covers. That worked for keeping in the diaper bag
because it was really lightweight and easy to fold up. You can see my whole “What’s in my diaper
bag?” video to see everything that I packed in my
diaper bag. Another option that you could use is gDiapers. This is a size small gDiaper. With my son, years ago, all that we used was
gDiapers from 3 days old through 1 year old. They have different sizes. They have newborn, small, medium, large… We only used, with my son, just the small
and the medium. He was able to fit in small from 7 pounds,
around the time he was born. We used disposable for like 3 days and then
he went into size small gDiapers. Then we used the size medium. After that he was already ready to transition
away from diapers. You could put a prefold, this is the preemie
prefold, inside and this is a waterproof nylon shell in the gDiapers. With this prefold it probably would bunch
up a bit if it got peed on and so the pouch might get a little soiled, but you can snap
this out and replace it with a clean one. That’s a great thing. And what I liked about gDiapers is there is
cotton on the outside, so it’s soft and comfortable. I really love the comfort on either cotton
or wool. I’m not as big a fan of polyester. Like I said, this is size small, but they
also offer super cute little newborn gDiapers and they just started offering them in a 6-pack
of newborn. I totally would have gotten that if it was
available before my baby was born. But that’s just a new thing. I’ll link that as well, along with a discount
code if you’re interested in the gDiapers. If you are cloth diapering, you might as well
use cloth wipes. These are some Babykicks hemp and organic
cotton ones that are from 4 years ago and they are still holding up fine. We got some Birdseye organic cotton from Green
Mountain Diapers. These are a little more rough than I would
have liked. Not my ideal ones. I got some cotton flannel ones from OsoCozy
and I like these better. Once you wet them in water they are a lot
softer. I use one wet on my baby and one to pat dry
afterwards. You can wash them with the cloth diapers. If you are cloth diapering, you are going
to need wet bags. They are my favorite thing. I love lots and lots of wet bags! The is a wet/dry bag from Planet Wise. One compartment for dry items and one waterproof
compartment for wet items. If you see my “What’s in my diaper bag?” video, I go into detail on those. This is a Planet Wise Diaper Pail Liner. It’s waterproof, so you put this inside your
diaper pail and it contains all your dirty diapers in there. There also are some wool wet bags. Organic Caboose offers wool wet bags. I haven’t tried those yet, but I would really
like to. If you have tried a wool wet bag, let me know
in the comments how you like it. This one other wet bag is one that I love
for using with the top hat potty. This is the Bambino Mio wet bag and The Baby
Potty fits perfectly in there. That’s what I do for taking it in my diaper
bag. I have two of these top hat potties. I keep one in my diaper bag and one right
beside my bed. Especially in those early days when you’ve
just given birth, you are tired, recovering, it’s nice to have things close by where you
can just reach them. I keep a cart next to my bed with a potty,
wipes, diapers. I can very easily change my baby on this nice
wool pad and I don’t even have to get out of bed and go anywhere to do a diaper change,
so that’s really nice. The other “supply” I don’t have here to show
you, but I will just tell you. I would highly recommend if you are going
to be practicing elimination communication with a newborn, to read at least one book
about elimination communication. There’s blogs out there, like EC Peesy and
Go Diaper Free. There’s free videos like this one. But if you really want to get a good sense
of “What is EC” and “How to do EC” then I recommend reading a book like “Go Diaper Free:
A Simple Handbook for Elimination Communication” by Andrea Olson. I will also post a link to my blog post that
lists all the different elimination communication books that I know about below. If you want to choose one that’s available
at your library, that’s a good idea too. I would say, read at least one book before
you get started. Join a Facebook support group for EC. That’s a great place to get encouragement
and get your questions answered. Also, Andrea Olson offers an online class
that’s called “Baby Meets Potty”. It’s for starting EC with babies anywhere
from zero to three months old. I took this online class after I had already
completed EC with my son, but before starting with my baby girl. It really did help, even though I had done
EC one time already. I really enjoyed the Baby Meets Potty online
class, especially because of the bonus videos that she offers that show what it looks like
to practice EC with a baby that is one day old, and how to actually catch the meconium
poop in a potty instead of in a disposable diaper. That’s a great resource as well. I will link a whole bunch of these resources,
so you can find them really easily. That wraps up my supplies list for newborn
phase. In another video I will show you supplies
for EC in general. For any age, like zero through two years old. Thanks for watching!


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