Sorry for the delay, everyone. Been doing a ton of research and all, :)
Originally Posted by Perdita_in_Ontario
I have been doing part-time EC with my baby since he was 4 months old. Some days I'm consistent, and other days I'm lazy. He's mostly always diapered, but on the days I'm consistent, we can go an entire day without a wet diaper because he'll wait to use the toilet. If I'm lazy for a day or two, he returns to using his diapers.
Is this more confusing than doing full-time EC? I assume so, but it doesn't seem to be bothering him much. My plan is that when the warmer weather arrives, we'll go more or less full-time EC and I'm hoping to have him more or less out of diapers by the fall.
So... if you are prepared to diaper him and still do EC, it might be a win-win for you and your fiance's mother..
We intend to have him diaper-free during his romps outside(outside play time is very important to us), and probably diaper-free at night. We knew we'd have to have him in diapers anyhow at one point or another - like going out and about at stores, so, I see your point. :) So your boy still gets the point across when you offer?
Originally Posted by hrsmom
Congratulations! You will definitely feel you way through once he is here. When he's tiny you'll probably have him in a sling or something or if you lay him down it can be on something waterproof. I diapered almost 100% of the time even using disposables at first. We got to the point where she was naked at night on top of a prefold.
The books are great but it doesn't always go the way they say in the books.
Babies are flexible and in my experience it doesn't confuse them to change things around.
IMO diapers and training pants are your friend.
Yes.. I'm hoping so. There's a lot of things I hope instinct will guide me through, things that I can't exactly make decisions for just yet, because he will be an individual just like any other. :) We do intend to wear him. And laying him down on something waterproof(in case he springs a leak, anyway, lol), is a great idea. Did you have any issues with your baby eliminating at night without you being aware?
Originally Posted by hrsmom
P.S, we don't call it training. It's a way if caring for a child's elimination needs. It's not training.
There may be times when you strongly suggest to your child where you would like them to go (smiling)
If you do decide to use diapers or something, it's not a big deal if you change them as soon as you are able once you've become aware that they've gone.
My apologies, then! Totally slipped my mind. Thanks for the reminder, though. :)
Originally Posted by weliveintheforest
My ds once pooped on our carpet and I could not get the stain out. We hired an eco-friendly carpet cleaner when we moved out and he got it out no problem, so there is definitely some kind of cleaner that works.
As for the carpeted room, instead of always diapering him in there, you could just not let him crawl around naked. When he is a nb he can lay on a blanket, or be in arms, and when he is older he can wear underwear or something.
I don't think it is hard for babies to be diapered sometimes and still get EC.
Awesome, thanks. I had no idea that eco-friendly carpet cleaners even existed! I thought they were all chemical or no go.
Originally Posted by Pepper44
OP, don't over think it. I do EC and my baby wears a prefold a lot. It's not a big deal to take it off to potty her, then put it back on the same as you and I wear underwear...and if your MIL wants the baby to be wearing a cover then get some wool longies!
I...have a tendency to over think things. I think I get it from my dad. We have discussed wool longies, actually, I've even debated on making some out of old sweatshirts!
Originally Posted by matthia
I'm a part-timer here. Finn doesn't seem to be the easiest baby to EC since he doesn't care too much about waiting for the toilet AND I have a hard time reading his signals (especially now that hes about to crawl and developing so rapidly). I don't much care about pee getting on things (mostly his blanket and playmat on the floor!). But I do look forward to nicer weather so I can leave him diaper free more often and for longer, I imagine that'l help.
I agree don't over think it. Baby will have some kind of cover at times, whether it's a flat or disposable or even just pants! It doesn't have to be an inviitation to soil himself, especially if you're more conscious of his signals (which you probably will be). Just offer him the potty more when you're spending time in the carpeted room. I know it"s hard to let go of having it all figured out now because you want to be prepared before bebe arrives (I know I did) but you"ll have to find a rythm between the two of you (or three, depending on how active your husband will be or will be able to be). You can't really predict that until your little one is here!
p.s. I actually found it really easy to start part-time ECing RIGHT AWAY. When he was tiny tiny, he would be peeing every 5 minutes anyways so even though he was in prefolds with no covers for the first several weeks (no clothes either, yay July babies!) and I could change him as soon as he peed, I would still offer him the toilet at each change and he would OFTEN go again anyways...
Mm.. I've been looking at all kinds of receptacles to have around at any time of day. Between my fiance and I, we've considered everything from a bucket next to us at night time, to even a new litter box! Anything that would be easily transportable, and washed-out, really. Thanks, though, I'll definitely keep that in mind, :) And once again...I'll try not to overthink it,