We used EC with dd starting from 3 months. When I was doing it with her, I said to myself that I would start right from the get-go with #2, so that we would not have to un-do any diaper training and start right from the original instinct "not to soil self". We were not diaper-free all the time, as it was too much stress, but we did diaper-free when we could and communicated the rest of the time. DD was out of diapers day and night at 18 months and had all the poops in the potty by 6 months...and it was stress free for everyone because there was no pressure. I had wished that I was ready to start from beginning, but being a new mom, I was too overwhelmed. This time, I am planning on starting right away. Has anyone started EC with newborn or is anyone else planning on it this time around?
Is anyone planning on EC with their newbie?
We are! we did it with our daughter but did not start until 4 months. This time i am determined to try from the start :) With my daughter we were same as you, not diaper free ( plus those cute cloth diapers are just too adorable to not use ) but we were out of diapers and fully potty trained by 18 months as well. :) it was stress free for us and we plan on doing EC with diapers again this time around. a friend of mine caught her baby boys very first poo in the sink hehe. I hope we can too :)
i love the idea of it, and have done it with other people's babies, but i am skeptical of the practicalities with twins. I am planning to CD at home, and when they are making grunting poo faces, I plan on holding them on the potty more to reduce poopy diapers I have to wash then to hope to catch them all.
EC seems so natural when the signs are there. I was always confused pre kids when I saw parents remark "oh, he's pooping" when the kid was at home, and not even offering the potty.
Living in a big city without a car, I am going to go with disposables when out and about, but hope to find a balance of cloth and EC at home.
I don't think it needs to be all or nothing. Every catch is one less diaper to wash.
Sam if you are thinking of giving it a go this time around, the first morning catch, right after baby wakes with a dry dipe, is the best and easiest way to start. It is not an all or nothing thing, though. I think some people get bogged down with thinking they have to be diaper free all the time and it worked fine for us doing EC and cloth diapering at the same time, just reading the cues and working with timing and it just clicks with them after a bit. If you are looking for a relaxed book about it, I'll recommend The Diaper-Free Baby: The Natural Toilet Training Alternative by Christine Gross-Loh
Mirka Hooray! Sounds like we had a similar approach. It was such a great experience for us all that I am so psyched to start from the beginning.
bremen I think communicating to any degree is helpful, but can imagine that with twins it may be more difficult. However, the idea of having 2 out of diapers sooner seems pretty nice. And less diapers along the way. So, the more you communicate about it the better, even if you cannot do it all the time. Check out the book I mentioned above. It was the most relaxed and helpful of them all in my opinion.
I started right away with my first - though we always used a mix of cloth diapers and EC - and it was a lot of work for spotty results. He was completely out of diapers by two-and-a-half, and it felt like it took WAY too long to get there.
With my second, we had the potties out from the beginning, but very rarely used them. I started watching for a potty-learning window of opportunity at 17 months, saw one around 18 months, and she was completely out of diapers by 20 months with very little effort on my part.
I like EC. I like cloth diapers. I REALLY like the concept that most kids come to a natural window where they can learn to use the toilet easily at about 18 months. I plan to have the potties out again this time, and to avoid disposables except when travelling long distances, and to just not stress and do EC when it seems easy.
I've done little bits of EC here and there with each kid. My older 2 were each out of diapers in the 2.5yo ballpark, give or take a couple months. Youngest just turned 2 and isn't there yet, but hopefully by the time the newbie arrives so I'll only have to deal with one in diapers! It's gotten easier with each kid. The youngest is the first one I've actually noticed legit cues and responded to them. The others I relied only on timing/guessing and taking opportunities like waking from a nap with a dry dipe. When my littlest was still a newborn, we got in a really good groove where I'd catch several a day! It was pretty awesome. Then when he was 1 month old I got mastitis and felt so awful and stuck in bed that even changing a diaper was difficult, much less actually carrying him to the potty. So that messed us up and it was hard to get back in that much of a groove after that. guess he got too diaper trained ;) One thing awesome about EC that I remember, there was one time I was at my dad's house when he was really tiny, about 10-15 min drive away. Before we were going to leave, he needed a diaper change and I was horrified to realize we had no spare diapers! No problem.. cleaned him up, put his pants on, offered the potty before we left, he peed, he pooped, and we made it home with no accidents. That was pretty awesome.
I think what I liked best was that dd stopped pooping in her diaper before she started eating solids. Poop was easier for her to control and she just decided that she did not like a poopy dipe and waited for the opportunity to sit on the potty even before she started signaling, which was still a ways off. And we offered it enough that she didn't have to hold it long.
Lilstar- we found ourselves in that predicament a few times and made it home in the clear. definitely pretty cool.
As a tiny baby, I either sat her either between my legs on the toilet or held her in what is called the "newborn hold". This is a picture of what it looks like: http://godiaperfree.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/ec-hold-over-little-potty1-300x300.jpg This can be done over a toilet, a little potty, or a sink or bowl. The potty shown is an especially tiny potty for people who practice EC. It is called the baby bjorn little potty and is for babies, not the toddler size. As soon as DD was able to sit up on her own, I would just sit her on the little potty. For nighttime EC, we usually just went together on the toilet because we both had to go and my going would signal her to go.