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What are the pros and cons of Diaper Free (EC) babies?

Updated on July 4, 2010

Yes or No?

Are Using diapers the way to go?
Are Using diapers the way to go?

Diaper or no Diaper?

With Green Earth Day this week there has been talk on how dispoable diapers have been adding up to pollution on earth.With the majority of diapers still non-degradable some parents have been thinking about using EC(Elimination Control) as it advocates totally no diaper usage relying solely on the parents understanding and following the babies needs to relieve himself.

I personally have not tried this method as it is definately not for me. However, without trying to sway your judgement of this method here is a list of pros and cons for you to make your own judgement. lists 75 different benefits of using EC

Here are some which are feel are most practical


  1. Save $$ which would have been used on diapers
  2. Reduces the risk of skin irritation/ UTI
  3. Less items to pack when bringing the baby out
  4. Reducing frustration between child and parent.


  1. It is unpractical especially a newborn can go 4-5 times in an hour. If you have other kids or am working from the home it is impossible to be 100% focus on that particular child.
  2. Creates more mess and clean up for the parent as they have to be spot on to all the babies subtle cues of elimination. Ie: similar to cleaning up after a not housebroken pet.
  3. It may not be possible to have the potty/toilet readily on hand especially if you need to commute with the baby daily.
  4. It is more parent training then EC training for the child as they maybe  unable to truely communicate and go to the bathroom(with minimal assiatance) till they are 2yrs old.Most of the time it would be the parent assuming or "reading" the facial features, sounds that the child makes and it can be very tiring and exhausting as the child is unable to use the toilet without any help. It is also quite difficult if you have multiple children and work to attend to at the same time.

If you do have a big backyard and have time on your hand do try it out if you wish. However don't get too stressed over it if it doesn't turn out to be the correct method for you.


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      Simi 7 years ago

      Thanks for this. Its a good hub. For those moms that want more information, I stumbled across this site

      Hope it helps.

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      DominiqueGoh 9 years ago from Singapore

      @Heather thanks for your sharing. Agree that it may not work. I started potty training my children when they were 2yrs old (when they could understand instructions and verbalise their needs). By 3yrs old they were dry both day and night and could go to the potty when they needed so.

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      Heather 9 years ago

      This is a pain and made my baby very unhappy ... he was afraid to go potty because I would mess with him when he would (ie. picking him up and holding him over something so he could go). Also he woud go to the potty when feeding and I wasn't about to take his food away so he could go. I tried this from 3 weeks to one month ... nothing, but problems. Ever tried G dipars. Flushable diapers gone in 70 days! About same cost as reg diapers, but better for enviroment.