Originally Posted by SuperMujer0923
I would really love to figure out how to do this. I've been so interested for quite a while. Plus maybe it will help my cloth diaper woes. Maybe I will start trying when we return from vacation. Any tips for starting out with babies as young as ours? Well mine is about 6 weeks.
Like MW said, start with cuing when you know baby is going. We use a "pssss" sound for pees and a grunting, "ugh" noise for poops. This helps baby associate the feeling with the cue. Do this for a few days to a few weeks. During this time, try to pay attention to any cues or clues your baby was giving you that they need to go. Lots of time in arms helps with this. Just try to be really aware of baby's cues and also timing (ex. Sander usually has a big poop around 6am every morning, whatever time closest to that that he wakes up). Naked bum time helps also for learning about timing for pees. To facilitate, you can get one of those mats for kids who bed wet at a childrens store, like Toys R Us for about $20 or less. Prefolds are also really handy. DS1 spent tons and tons of time in one without a cover because I could tell as soon as he'd peed and change him right away (so I learned how soon after nursing he would pee, and how often in between, etc.) The prefolds are also really great go-forward, 'cause you can get them off REALLY quickly if you use a Snappi to secure them (so you can take baby potty mid-poop if need be, or even mid-pee!)
Once you've cued baby a bit, just take them to the potty (whatever works for you. A sink, the tub, the toilet, a container of some type, an actual baby potty when they're a bit bigger) when you think that they are going to poop and hold them in the way that works best for your toileting option, and make the appropriate cue. I give a good 30 seconds of cuing and if baby isn't going take them away from the potty. If they start to fuss, or get upset, take them away as well. Sander already knows what the hold over the sink with the cue means, and will immedietly try to poop when cued. If he doesn't have to go, he will start to fuss right away and I just take him away from the sink and put a diaper on him. You don't want to form a negative association.
If you are having a "miss" (ie: baby is pooping or peeing in their diaper), cue anyway. This helps build the association between the sound and the action. If feasible (especially for poops) try to take baby to your pottying place part way through a poop and cue there.
For us, pees are always harder to catch than poops. So start with whichever is easier and build from there. Babies don't usually pee in their sleep, but very soon after waking. So to try to start catching pees, get to babe as SOON as they wake from a nap and get them to the potty (this is what worked best for us, then I could use that first pee as a basis to time the next ones!)
You can EC using disposibles, but I think cloth is better because babe associates the feeling of peeing in the diaper with feeling wet which isn't the same with sposies. You can EC full time, or EC part time. The more consistenly you do it however, the sooner you will get in a rythm. As I said before, we did try ECing at night but it just didn't work for us as nights were already bad with DS1 and so I'd only take him for poops at night. So, just do what works for you and your family. It shouldn't be too stressful.
Don't count the misses, count the catches. Don't focus on perfection. And remember that the "C" is for "Communication" not "Catches".
That's my advise from past experience. Others may have other perspectives. I'm always happy to answer any questions now or down the road too. I EC.