We ECed DD starting at 6 days old, but it was kinda on a whim. We already had all our cloth diapering supplies, so we pretty much just used prefolds in a cover, and I still have those prefolds, but they're getting worn out, so I'm thinking of supplementing them with a few more of something different that might improve my experience this time around.
First, let me say I'm glad for EC. I'm excited to start by trying for the first pee this time around. DD graduated (besides occasional misses that still happen if I don't remind her, but that's not often) between 20 and 21 months, and I loved that EC was a great way to meet her needs and to communicate with her.
The things I'm hoping to make better this time around are mostly about pottying when we're out and about. DD was not happy if she had to pee in her diaper when we were out, so we pottied her then as well. However, so many restrooms don't have changing tables, and while I figured out how to change and clean a poopy diaper in conjunction with pottying my infant while standing in a restroom stall, DH would have to lay her down just to get her diaper off and on, and a men's restroom floor is not where I want my newborn laying. We ended up just having me take her potty when we were out until she was in trainers/panties. I didn't like always being the one to have to leave what I'm doing to offer the potty.
I know that one solution is to carry around a portable potty, but I really don't like carrying around a lot of stuff, and there's already so much to carry around with a new baby, not to mention the toddler that I already have. Actually, one of the best things about EC from my perspective is that there's not nearly as much to carry around, and I have absolutely loved the fact that since DD graduated, I can leave the house with my wallet, keys, and toddler, and nothing else for short trips. I'm not looking forward to carrying around a whole lot of stuff again. I'll get over it, but I'm not looking to add more than I have to.
What I'm really looking for is an easy system where we could pull down baby's pants and pull them up when we're done for the most part. It would need to have snaps or velcro on the sides for times that changes are necessary, and it would absolutely have to be made of natural (non-synthetic) materials up against baby's skin and preferably organic. I'm fine with a PUL layer that doesn't touch baby's skin, and I'd really like to have it be pretty darn waterproof since sometimes things happen when you're out that you just can't change a wet diaper as quickly as you wish you could, kinda like an AIO/Trainer combo, though hopefully not as thick and difficult to dry as most AIO's. I'm not looking to spend a fortune, but I guess if it's just something that we're using when we're out, I wouldn't need a whole lot. I'm also looking for something to use immediately after birth, but I see most things don't have anything for under 6 months, but I'd love something that wouldn't get outgrown right away. I know I'm being rediculous. Newborns grow very quickly. Any ideas on what would fit the bill?
I'm also concerned about meeting the needs of both children while doing EC since it seems pretty all-consuming at first. I know I'll figure it out, but I'd love to her some thoughts from some BTDT mamas.