We've been doing part-time EC for the past 3 weeks or so with our 8 mo and have been having success, but I'm not really sure how to progress. We have two different problems: pees and poos, and advice on either is greatly appreciated.
Pees: We catch roughly 3 a day after waking up, he goes as soon as he sits down and doesn't even need prompting anymore, but can't figure out any other timing or signals. I've been paying much closer attention to whether the diaper is wet or dry to try to identify timing but haven't noticed a pattern or signal. We offer the potty during diaper changes, we try to offer it before leaving and after getting back from trips, etc. When we leave the diaper off, there are no signals that we can discern. I thought kiddo was bouncing as a signal- as soon as I noticed it, the bouncing stopped. grrr. I've bought EC Simplified and read through the signals and advice there, no luck.
We say "go potty" while taking kiddo to the potty and while on it, and use the sign for potty- but he's not using any signs yet. Does anyone have any advice on how to encourage a baby to signal?
Poos: Our baby has a bad history with constipation. It's not as bad now as it used to, he usually has a BM at least every other day, sometimes one a day and occasionally more. The problem is this: I'm really hesitant to put him on the potty once he starts grunting and pushing because I don't want him to stop going and make his constipation worse and I know some babies will stop pushing once put on the potty. He won't go on his own, we've had a few times that he grabbed to get off the potty, then immediately started grunting and pooed soon after, so he clearly doesn't associate the potty with pooing even when the timing's right. Does anyone have advice on how to get him to poo on the potty?