Hi all you experienced EC parents out there - I'm actually not "officially" one of you, but my daughter seems to be trying to change my mind!
She's 8 months old tomorrow, and for the past week or so has apparently decided to poop in the potty. It started when I saw her trying to poop in her diaper while sitting in her high chair. She struggled and started crying, and I assumed she was constipated. I took her out of the seat, hoping to help her find a more comfortable position. When that didn't help and her crying escalated, on a whim I took off her diaper and sat her on the toilet. And she went! She still cried, but she went.
One thing led to another, and I started paying more attention, and today she has twice pooped in the potty without going in her diaper at all. This last time, tonight before her bath, she finally "got it" and grinned and laughed and was so proud of herself.
I'm just blown away! Before, when I saw that "poopy face" (you know the one!), I would assume that she was straining to go or was constipated. She actually grabs the arms of her chair and turns red, but her diaper stays clean. Now I'm starting to think she's straining NOT to go! Has anybody else had this happen?
I haven't changed a regular dirty diaper in almost a week! I don't want to make an issue out of it - diaper, potty, it's all OK by me - I just want to meet my baby's needs. And she clearly needs some attention paid to this. Can anyone recommend your favorite resource to help me learn how to help her? Are there other cues I should be looking for so I can catch it before she's uncomfortable? Has anybody else started EC by accident?