Originally Posted by azhie
Thank you ladies for your responses! I am reading Christine Gross-Loh's book right now. I don't need much persuasion, I'm totally sold on the concept! But now I can at least explain why I want to do this to my family, since they're going to be around a lot during baby's first couple of months. I think I grew up taking the idea of diapering for granted and never thought about other alternatives until my husband mentioned that in his country (India) they just leave babies' bottoms uncovered. When I told him about diapers he thought I was strange! Unfortunately he hardly knows anything taking care of babies, diapers or not, because baby care is left completely to the wives.
I'm interested in hearing experiences with EC-ing very young babies, how you started, the challenges, and all that.
I just started, but I can share with you my experience so far. I tried it once when he was a week old; I took off his diaper to feed him, and found out that unlike when he had his diaper on during feeding, he didn't eliminate. So when he suddenly popped off my breast, I rushed him into the bathroom, but all the bouncing around must have made his weak muscles give, and he eliminated, sure... dooowwwn my shirt.
So I tried it again yesterday, he's 2 1/2 weeks old now, because in the last several days I began noticing that when he was in a disposable, he would ALWAYS eliminate during the first half of the feeding(10-15 minutes), and if I went to change his diaper just after he popped off my breast instead of waiting around and watching his face, I noticed that he would eliminate, instead, on the changing pad(which is a towel), instead of in his diaper. So I utilized that, and put the towel on my lap, took off his diaper, and breast fed for his next feeding. Having his diaper off let me better tell when he was having a bowel movement, or urinating. I mean...I can tell when he has a bowel movement in his diaper....it rumbles....but I can't tell when he urinates in the diaper. So, when he's about to pee, he'll start making LOTS of noises(which he had started suddenly doing several days earlier), and pulling on my breast - no, not pulling OFF of it - PULLING WHILE PURPOSELY STILL ATTACHED(LOL), and THEN he pees. Which is strange, because I've read usually noises indicate a bowel movement, but that's not the case with him. When he has a bowel movement, he'll stop suckling, pull his legs up a bit, do it, and then continue suckling.
So now my next step is to wait until he has head control, and actually get him into the EC hold, or set him on a baby potty. I tried doing it before, but he just cries hysterically. He really does prefer doing his business in the open air, laying on the towel.
The other awesome thing is..last night we were watching Part 1 of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and because we were in my mother-in-law's newly furnished living room, I couldn't have his diaper off. But I noticed that while I fed him, he held off for as long as possible until he eliminated. And when I took him into the other room to change him, he eliminated again, only on the towel as soon as his diaper was off!
He did it again this morning, too. He actually slept the ENTIRE night(which is another celebration), and when he finally woke up in hunger, and I changed him, although he had eliminated in his diaper, he did it again, as soon as his diaper was off and his butt was on the towel. They really are trying to communicate...we just need to listen.