Thanks everyone for such fast and thoughtful tips and personal experiences. With EC not being mainstream in this country it can be hard to find real life experiences from others. :)
Originally Posted by nstewart
Another thought, you can also use the sink to potty her.
I've thought of that. Unfortunately, the sink area is just as cold as the toilet area. To even allow some warmth for her to take a bath we need to hang a blanket from a doorway, stuff towels under the other door, run strictly hot water and a personal space heater. It really is ridiculous, but it works and of course she's worth it. :)
Originally Posted by kdhfly
When she was small, she could not stand touching the plastic AT ALL.
She liked to put her hands out and touch my knees, especially while pooping. They acted as little arm rests, and of course my arms and torso were all around her, so I think she felt very secure.
I know what you mean about the plastic. We tried it once and she screamed. Then we placed a cloth diaper inside to keep it warm, but she didn't like that either.
When you have the bowl between your legs on the ground, how is she touching your knees. Are they bent? This sounds like an idea, but I can't really picture it. This might work since she's really been showing a preference to me (over dad) in the past week or two. Extra cuddly and dad can't comfort her these days - poor guy feels bad about it. So this could help her feel more secure like you said.
Originally Posted by Carlyle
(I know it's not unsupported, but I think that my dd2 just didn't like being anything but completely held all around her body at first, you know what I mean?)
I know what you mean. She definitely likes being held, which is great since I wear her in my moby wrap or sling around the house.
Originally Posted by Carlyle
I think there's definitely an element of "this feels yucky" fussing for little teeny babies. All the sensations are just so new to them, you know? Not painful, but as a new baby, it may feel weird/new/intense/something when they need to go which might be part of the reason that they fuss. I think this because my dd2 would fuss occasionally even when just peeing/pooping on her diaper (with the diaper open as you described). She would usually stop fussing as soon as she started peeing/pooping...like the "I need to go" feeling was yucky, but as soon as she started to go it felt okay. Does your dd do that? I think they're just getting used to the feeling of going.
I thought that, but she doesn't make much noise when laying on a diaper on our bed. It only seems to matter when we hold her, it was fine last week and now not so good. And it's funny because she seems more annoyed when she is peeing versus pooping. That was surprising.
The part where your daughter stopped fussing when she started going is the same here if she's being held over a bowl or something.