Not sure if this is the right forum...so please move if that is the case. Thanks.
I did not do EC with my son. I learned about it pretty late. I've always communicated with him about what his body is doing and reassuring him that everybody's body does those things. My son is almost 23 months old. He's had periods of wanting to pee on the potty ( his little Baby Bjorn), he has spontaneously pooped on the potty once when he was naked running around the house. This happened a few weeks ago. Since I was planning on being home today for the morning, I let him go diaper free, not something I do enough. He asked for me to put a diaper on and said pee pee. I thought I would encourage him to sit on the potty. Told him I needed to go and sat on the potty and went myself, he didn't want to sit on the potty, and even when he fianally did, he wouldn't pee. Well this went on for a while, and finally he started peeing in the middle of the floor. I moved him into the bathroom and put a diaper on so he could finish, since he wanted nothing to do with the potty. He then also pooped pretty soon after. Now I feel like I've damaged him forever :(
He knows he has to use the potty, but he wants the diaper. I'm nervous and worried that this will be this way for a long time. How will he ever go in the potty if he's asking for a diaper to pee and poop. I feel like I've done this parenting/potty thing all wrong. I should have done EC. I don't want to put pressure on him at all, but that's exactly what I did this morning when he asked for a diaper! Bad Mommy Bad Mommy.
Do kids who ask for a diaper to pee and poop, eventually ask for the potty to pee and poop? Should I put the potty away since he's having such a reaction to it? I definitely don't want this to be a power struggle, which I totally made it that this morning.