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EC and Winter Clothes for boys?

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Hi Everyone,

 

This is our 2nd baby that is clearly communicating about elimination needs.  While some things are easier, I am finding it actually more challenging to pee a boy than a girl.  As he gets older (4 1/2 months now) it has become easier to hold him, but my tiny hands and his chunky thighs make it hard for me to hold him AND use a finger to direct his penis in the right direction.  (not to mention the fact that I might have him pointing toward the potty but his pee can unexpectedly go sideways!)  Yes, we're having fun around here!

 

Because it is totally unpredictable where that little stream of pee will flow, I end up needing to remove all clothing from the waist down.  With my baby girl, all I had to do was pull her leggings down to her knees.  With colder weather fast approaching, I am desperately seeking options to keep this little guy warm without having wet clothes.

 

Any experience or helpful tips?

 

I am beginning to understand why historical paintings have boys wearing dresses until they were a few years old.  Any good ideas for a boy dress?  Ooo, maybe a wool kilt and wool knee-hi socks?

post #2 of 9

I don't live in a very cold climate (los Angeles) so can't speak to snow clothes but we did a lot of rompers with snap crotches, which are basically dresses when the crotch is unsnapped. Also, they weren't around yet when my boys were little but BabyLegs are super popular among my ECing friends with younger kids.

 

Having had 2 super heavy boys (weighed about 25 lbs by 2 mo), I can suggest a hold that might work better for you. Use one arm across his chest (under his arms and against your chest) and the other hand holds his thighs up into a squatting position, with the back of that hand aiming his peni$ down. It takes some practice, but using the flat back of your hand for aiming works much better than a finger =)

 

I also started using a potty as early as I could, since my oldest takes his sweet time going poo (to this day!) and I was afraid that I'd drop him into the sink or toilet while waiting for him to finish ;-)

post #3 of 9

Maybe try wool or fleece split crotch pants (they will repel liquid) with drop flap trainers. I had a boy and I used this clothing style. I also used gowns for him with baby legs. Try using a little potty when possible. Good luck! I had a sprayer so I can relate!

post #4 of 9
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Thanks rubelin and riboflavin!  I use the potty a lot at home.  It's the going out and about that I am finding challenging.  Sometimes it takes a while to find a public bathroom, then I'm juggling layers of clothing and cloth diaper and diaper cover, as well as a baby.  

 

I tried the hold you suggested rubelin.  I can see how it would be easier, but his legs are still too short between knee and hip for even my small hand/arm to fit without him peeing all over me.  As his legs get longer I will try again.  I did find that we have more accuracy if I use the back of my finger instead of the palm-side, but he still sprays sideways sometimes.  : )

 

I am liking the idea of drop-flap trainers!  Where did you get them?

post #5 of 9

You can also potty him into a cloth diaper or a wet bag with a diaper in it. Much easier than finding a bathroom!

post #6 of 9
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You can also potty him into a cloth diaper or a wet bag with a diaper in it. Much easier than finding a bathroom!

Good reminder!

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I am liking the idea of drop-flap trainers!  Where did you get them?

I hope it is okay to answer this since in full disclosure, I made them! But I didn't not want to be rude and not answer! You can see my siggy. Also other EC shops like EC Wear and other baby and diaper shops sell them.

post #8 of 9
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Heh, yes . . . NOW I'm taking the time to read your sig.  : )

Thanks!

 

Baby will have a holiday wish list this year!

post #9 of 9

Have you tried using a mason jar? Mostly, though, when we are outside in the cold, I use split crotch pants made of fleece and then put a cloth diaper cover over the pants. When I offer the potty outside, the pants stay on but I take off the diaper cover. If it's really cold where you live, it's too cold to just use babylegs.

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