We started trying to EC our 1yr old at about 8m. Doing it based on timing worked well at first, but then her schedule changed and it stopped working. So instead for about 3 weeks, I've just been trying to give her diaper free time at least once per day for an hour or so (MIL who watches her during the day isn't willing to do it, so it can only be PT). What I've been doing is to just watch until she starts to pee, and then immediately pick her up and put her on the potty, and immediately make the cue sound and the potty sign.
She now makes the potty sign back at me when I just put her on the potty to sit, but she doesn't so far make it when she needs to go. Yesterday she walked up to the potty, took apart the two pieces, and then peed while holding the two halves of the potty in her hand, so maybe the association is starting to sink in? Or maybe it was just a coincidence.
I guess I'm wondering if what I'm doing should eventually work to get her to associate peeing with the potty and/or the potty sign, but maybe I should be doing things differently? I assumed that if I just kept doing what I'm doing, after a dozen or so times it should finally click, and she would at least understand that pee goes in the potty, even if she can't always get there or tell us in time. Is this the experience you guys had? If so, how many of these kind of half catches did you need before it clicked at this age?
Or will it never work, since she isn't starting her pee on the potty? I've tried just putting her on the potty regularly, but she has never gone during these attempts. I can keep trying it and hope that we get lucky with the timing eventually, but I don't know how long that will take.
Thanks for reading my post - I'd appreciate any tips!