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By Thainy - 29/05/2017


Elimination Communication (EC): My experience

The first time I heard about EC was when reading an article about it on the BBC website. My initial thoughts were that the mother featured in the article spent all her days waiting for her baby to pee and to poo. I was thinking, how crazy is this? Little did I know that I was soon to become crazy too. I was very negative about putting this into practice, as I felt that it was only for people that had time on their hands, I also wondered whether it was good for the child.
I couldn't stop thinking about it however, and tracked down the mother on social media and started following her and reading more about it. I wanted to get this seemingly crazy idea out of my head.
I satisfied my desire to know more, and didn't think about it for some time. It was during my maternity leave that I first tried it. Lyam was around 3 months old, I was changing him and was crossing my fingers that he wouldn't pee on me (his favourite thing to do) whilst taking off his nappy. Of course, he did!
After changing him and putting him to sleep I started to think about this crazy mother once again. I also questioned whether Lyam was trying to tell me something – perhaps he didn't like wearing the nappy?
While he was sleeping I started researching EC again. I found videos on YouTube etc, and discovered detailed information in Portuguese, French and English!!! I could actually write a book!
When he woke up, I decided to bite the bullet and try it out for the first time. I figured that it wouldn't work on the toilet otherwise he would decorate the walls with his pee.
I decided to try in the shower. I held him in a squatting position so my hands were behind his knees and his back rested against my stomach so that he had some stability, and was comfortable.
I started to make flowing water sounds in his ear like 'shhhhhhhhhhh'. But I felt foolish, and had no confidence that it would work.
But as nature would have it- within 3 minutes he started peeing!!!!
I was so overjoyed and started kissing him and praising him.
So, since my first attempt was successful I decided that I would do this every time he woke from sleep as that is the time he is sure to want to pee. I was then more confident to put him directly on the toilet, but in the same position.
Some days it worked, other days not. Every time I changed his nappy I started to put him in the squat position to give him the opportunity to pee/poo.
Prior to trying out EC Lyam would eliminate several times a day. But after he got used to being positioned to eliminate on the toilet, he started to poo at the same time each day – like clockwork. The rest of the day he would only need to pee.
This for me was the best thing in the world. Because we were using reusable cloth nappies, so this meant less washing.
When I initially told his father, he thought I was crazy (just like I thought the other mother was crazy). But when he saw it in action, he was really keen to try. It took a while for him to adapt as Lyam was so used to me doing this with him. Eventually after some practice and patience it worked for Ramon also.
 We were so proud as parents, as we felt that whenever Lyam eliminated in the mornings that he was so happy; almost as if he was saying thank you to us.
In September 2016, when Lyam was just 4 and half month’s old I noticed that there was not much information about EC in Portuguese. Other than the page "Bebê sem Fralda - Brasil Higiene Natural" created by Fernanda Paz, a Brazilian Elimination Communication coach.
I was speaking to a mom who also practiced this with her baby. She created a Facebook group, so that she could share information with other moms; and answer any questions or concerns they may have. I was asked to be an administrator of the group.

Minha experiência pessoal: Higiene Natural Infantil (HNI)


A primeira vez que ouvi falar sobre a higiene natural infantil pensei "putsss que mãe mais louca e desocupada, imagina só ficar o dia todo olhando pra cara do meu filho pra saber se ele precisa fazer xixi ou cocô".

Mal imaginava eu que também seria uma dessas 'loucas'.
Mesmo achando essa historia uma loucura, devorei o artigo da BBC (
http://www.bbc.com/portuguese/noticias/2015/07/150716_depoimento_bebe_privada_rb), logo procurei o blog dessa mãe (Manuela Tasca) e ainda não satisfeita dei uma pesquisada no YouTube. Bem, definitivamente essas mães são bem loucas. Parei minha pesquisa por ai e segui meus próximos 8 meses de gravidez sem nem lembrar dessa história.

Então, num belo dia, durante minha licença maternidade, estou eu trocando meu bebezinho de 3 meses e pedindo pra ele por favor não fazer xixi em mim :-)
Parecia mágica, era só tirar a fralda dele pra colocar uma nova e ele fazia xixi. Do nada comecei a me lembrar vagamente da mãe que colocava o bebê na privada. Logo me vi pesquisando tudo sobre essa tal de higiene natural infantil (HNI), vendo vários vídeos no YouTube durante a soneca do meu filho. Então li em algum desses artigos que a grande maioria dos bebês fazem xixi logo ao acordar.
Decidi tentar.
Bebê acordou, tirei a fraldinha e levei-o ao banheiro, como não tinha nenhuma ideia do que estava fazendo, nem se ia dar certo, resolvi tentar no chuveiro. Coloquei-o de cócoras com as costinhas contra minha barriga e fiz xiiii no ouvido dele. Parecia mágica : meu bebê de 3 meses e meio fazendo xixi no chuveiro. Fiquei mega empolgada, dei um beijão no filhote e parabenizei. Continuei pesquisando e decidi tentar a cada troca de fralda e sempre que ele acordava das sonecas.

No começo meu marido me olhava e dizia que eu era bem doida e tinha muita paciência. Com o passar dos dias ele viu que estava funcionando e começou a tentar também. Porém ele parecia ter menos ‘sucesso’ que eu. Lyam fazia vaaaarios cocôs por dia, mas sempre que eu via que ele estava começando a fazer força eu dizia pra ele: “filho mamãe vai tirar sua fraldinha pra te ajudar, OK?! e levava ele ao banheiro.”

Depois de mais ou menos um mês meu bebe já estava bem habituado a situação e começou a ter “horários” fixos pra fazer cocô. Era como um reloginho: todo dia as 6h da manha ele acordava bem agitado esticando as perninhas. Então eu o levava ao banheiro, ele fazia xixi e cocô, e logo voltava a dormir. Passamos então de vários cocozinhos na fralda a um cocô no penico/vaso por dia. Reparei q ele ficava todo felizinho quando terminava, e, isso me motivou a continuar a praticar e pesquisar mais sobre o assunto.

Em setembro/2016, meu filho tinha 4 meses e meio, percebi que não tinha muita informação em português (além da pagina da Fernanda Paz – Bebê sem fralda – Brasil Higiene Natural) sobre o assunto e me juntei a uma outra mãe que pratica HN com seu bebê. Ela criou então o grupo no FB e eu me ofereci para ajudar na administração. Nesse grupo (Elimination Communication (ou Higiene Natural)) trocamos experiências, contamos o que está dando certo e o que não, tiramos duvidas e apoiamos umas as outras.

Hygiène Naturelle Infantile (HNI): mon expérience personnelle


Quand l'HNI a été portée à ma connaissance pour la première fois (via un article de la BBC), je me suis dit qu'il y avait quand même un grand nombre de mamans insensées dans ce monde. Je ne le savais pas encore, mais j'allais bientôt en devenir une moi aussi !

L’article en question était le suivant (en pt: (http://www.bbc.com/portuguese/noticias/2015/07/150716_depoimento_bebe_privada_rb).
Il s’intitulait : 'J'ai appris à mon bébé de 5 mois à aller sur le pot'. Après la lecture de cet article, j'ai immédiatement trouvé le blog de cette maman (Manuela Tasca) et je l’ai dévoré. Mais cela n’a, dans un premier temps, pas suffit à me faire changer d’avis. Je pensais juste que cette maman avait trop de temps à perdre. J'ai donc oublié cette histoire et poursuivi mes 8 mois de grossesse.

Un jour, pendant mon congé maternité, alors que je changeais la petite couche lavable de mon bébé chéri, je réalise que c'est déjà la 4ème fois qu'il me fait pipi dessus dès que j'enlève sa couche. Je me souviens alors de l’article sur l'HNI. Mon enfant avait alors 3 mois.
C'était comme s'il faisait exprès d’attendre ce moment précis pour m’arroser. J'ai donc décidé de me replonger dans mes recherches pour comprendre un peu mieux l'HNI. Quelques heures plus tard, j'avais déjà parcouru plusieurs articles sur le sujet (en portugais, français et en anglais) et vu quelques vidéos sur YouTube. Cela me paraissait suffisant pour me lancer.
Dans un de ces articles, il était mentionné que la plupart des bébés urinent dès qu'ils se réveillent. Ainsi dès que mon bébé s'est réveillé de sa sieste j' ai tenté ma chance. J'avoue que je n'y croyais pas vraiment, mais je n'avais rien à perdre. J'ai enlevé sa couche et je l'ai pris dans la position accroupie (son dos contre mon ventre). Puisque je n'avais aucune idée de comment procéder exactement je l'ai emmené jusqu’au bac de douche et j'ai lui et dis : "vas-y mon chéri, tu peux faire pipi". Mais rien ne s'est produit. J'ai patienté un peu et j'ai de nouveau essayé en faisant "psiiiiiii" dans son oreille. Résultat : un beau pipi :-)
J'étais surprise ! Mon bébé de 3 mois venait de faire pipi 'sur commande' :p
Je lui ai fait un gros bisous et l’ai félicité : "bravo, bravo mon chéri".

Après cette expérience concluante, j'ai poursuivi mes recherches sur le sujet. J’ai profité du beau temps pour le laisser sans couches de temps à autre pour mieux l'observer et le connaître.
En moins de deux semaines, un petit rituel s’était instauré: à chaque réveil, avant chaque changement de couche et avant le bain je lui proposais de faire pipi sur le pot.
Jusque-là, j'étais la seule à la maison à y croire et à le faire, mais petit à petit le papa a décidé d'essayer. Au début, cela ne fonctionnait pas aussi bien qu’avec moi. Aujourd'hui, avec le recul, on a réalisé que le papa était sans doute trop pressé et, de ce fait, ne mettait pas mon fils, Lyam, à l’aise.

Avant la mise en pratique de l'HNI, Lyam faisait ses selles plusieurs fois dans la journée, mais après quelques semaines d' HNI, il a pris un rythme et n'en faisait plus qu'une fois par jour, tous les matins après son réveil.

En septembre 2016, alors que mon enfant avait 4 mois et demi, j'ai remarqué qu'il n'y avait pas beaucoup d'informations disponibles sur ce sujet en portugais ; et en parlant avec une autre maman brésilienne qui pratiquait l'HNI, on a décidé de créer un group Facebook dont je suis l'une des administratrices. Ce groupe a été la première chose qui m’a permis de partager mon expérience et d’aider d'autres familles.

At around 5 months Lyam became too heavy for me to hold him in the same position. He also communicated that he was not comfortable anymore. We decided to try the potty at this stage. We put him on the potty, gave him a toy, and he was happy.
Quand Lyam a eu cinq mois, il était devenu un peu trop lourd pour qu'on puisse le tenir confortablement sur la cuvette des toilettes, nous avons donc décidé d'essayer le petit pot. Ce fut une réussite ! Il suffisait de le mettre sur le pot avec un jouet pour captiver son attention.
Com 5 meses meu bebe começou a não querer ficar na privada como fazíamos até então. Ele estava ficando cada vez mais ativo e decidi comprar um penico para ver se ele gostava. Foi um sucesso, sentava ele e dava um brinquedinho.
During the same month, I had to go back to work and couldn't practice EC full time anymore. Lyam started going to the creche, as we were both working.

EC at the creche

 When Lyam started at the creche, I was very wary of telling them that I had been practising EC with him. Also, I could see they were already perplexed by the idea that; I was using cloth nappies, and that I was providing them with a litre of my breast milk for Lyam daily.
After some time, the creche workers raised concerns that Lyam was not pooing at the creche. At this point I told them what we had been doing, and that he eliminates first thing in the morning.
They were impressed of course, but I didn't ask them to take this on with him, particularly as Lyam didn't know them so well and was not comfortable enough to trust them.
In January 2017, we returned home to Brazil for one month. Lyam didn't wear any nappies the entire trip, even during the night. This was because I had time to dedicate to this. I also encouraged other family members to do this with him on the potty. He was completely fine; except for those two times he peed on my aunt!
When we returned to Brussels I wanted to maintain his habit of eliminating on the potty so I asked the creche workers if they wanted to try this with him. They were very open to it, and from the first day it worked. This motivated the workers, who were keen to go even further with it.
So now he wears a nappy at the creche, just in case of any accidents; he only requires one nappy per day, but he continues to eliminate on the potty both at home and at the creche.


Malheureusement, en septembre j' ai dû reprendre le travail. Je ne pouvais donc plus pratiquer le HNI à plein temps avec Lyam. Il est donc allé à la crèche avec ces couches lavables. Néanmoins, à la maison, je lui proposais le pot.

L'HNI et la crèche


Quand Lyam est entré à la crèche, il avait 4 mois et demi. On pratiquait l'HNI à la maison depuis 1 mois et cela se passait très bien. Malgré cela, je n'ai pas osé en parler aux puéricultrices étant donné qu'elles me prenaient déjà pour une folle avec les couches lavables. Quelques jours après son arrivée, elles m’ont fait part de leur inquiétude car Lyam ne faisait presque jamais ses selles à la crèche. J'ai donc enfin pu expliquer qu'il le faisait en une fois sur le pot tous les matins à la maison.

En février 2017, Lyam a 10 mois, et nous partons en vacances au Brésil pour un mois. Là-bas, nous avons pu pratiquer l'HNI à temps plein, même la nuit. Il était tout content et cela se passait tellement bien que je pouvais même compter sur les autres membres de la famille pour faire attention à lui et lui proposer le pot. Donc quand nous sommes revenus en Belgique en mars, j'ai décidé de demander à la crèche si les puéricultrices pouvaient lui proposer le pot à chaque réveil et avant chaque change. J'avoue que j'appréhendais un peu leur réponse mais elles étaient enthousiastes et motivées et dès le premier jour ce fut un grand succès. Actuellement, à un an, il utilise encore une à deux couches par jour à la crèche en cas d'accident.

Infelizmente desde setembro não pude mais praticar HNI em tempo integral com meu filho, pois voltei a trabalhar e ele foi para a creche.

HNI e a creche


Meu filho começou na creche com 4 meses e meio (em Setembro de 2016). Já praticávamos HNI em casa há 1 mês e estava tudo correndo muito bem. Mas na creche ele usava fraldinhas de pano. Claro que desde o primeiro dia, já fui explicando que em casa ele fazia xixi e cocô no penico e tal e como já era de se esperar elas me olharam tipo: “está bem... vou muito acreditar nisso…”» Mas eu não desistia, sempre que possível tocava no assunto.
Quando meu filho voltou pra creche em Março 2017 (10meses), logo depois de 1 mês de férias no Brasil, decidi pedir as educadoras da creche que começassem a praticar HNI com ele também. Expliquei que pra começar já seria muito bom se elas oferecessem o penico sempre que ele acordasse das sonecas. Pra minha grande surpresa elas disseram que ”tudo bem, não tem nenhum problema”. Fiquei muito feliz, mas tentei não criar muita expectativa. No mesmo dia quando cheguei para busca-lo: “nossa você não vai acreditar, ele fez 2 vezes xixi no penico”, disse a educadora com um belo sorriso. No dia seguinte ele já fez um cocozinho e mais alguns xixizinhos e assim vamos indo devagar, no tempo dele. Sempre que elas notam algum sinal elas colocam ele no penico e na maioria das vezes funciona. Claro que ele ainda continua usando fraldinhas de pano, mas já é ótimo quase nunca ter fraldinha suja de cocô.