How old is your child? 7.5 months
When did you start EC? A few days after birth
How's it going at this age? It varies. There are days where we only have one or two misses, and there are days when it seems like we only have one or two catches. It's weeks between poopy diapers (um, except for this past week, two days in a row
) There are times when we seem so connected, I know he needs to go and he does, and there are other times when something is just off.
When are you having misses? In the high chair. Whenever I use the bathroom myself. And if he gets involved in playing with new things - he doesn't seem to signal at ALL when he's playing with a new toy or anything of mine or DH's.
When are you having the most success? I don't know. We have strings of successful times throughout the day, some nights, some outings, but it varies a lot. I think when I am the most relaxed we have the most success, but then again, if he's not signaling I'm likely to miss pees when I'm relaxed.
Does your child signal/ are you only using timing/ what is the signal? We use timing a lot still. But he also signals when he's not too busy - gets agitated, looks away, or makes angry noises. At night he squirms.
What does dc wear (diapers, trainers, nakeybutt, whatever...)? During the day at home I guess I would say he's in cloth diapers with a cover 20% of the time, homemade trainers 40%, and just pants 40%. It totally depends on what I'm feeling like and what we're doing. For naptimes in the bed and if he's on the floor playing he's more likely to be in a diaper. If I'm wearing him or keeping a very close eye on him, he'll be wearing pants.
What do you do for nights? We've switched back to cloth diapers. And the success varies (see my numerous posts on nighttime woes). Last night for example, he peed in the potty twice and kept his diaper dry all night. I think the night before we woke up to a VERY soaked diaper and a puddle at about 2 am.
What do you do for being out and about? Diapers, cloth or disposables. We're trying to get better about taking him to the bathroom, but it's so easy to just rely on a diaper when we're out.
Any insights about this age/hints for other parents? Not really this time I guess. It seems like we are in a pretty variable time so I don't even really know what to think.
What's your favorite part of ECing at this age? No poopy diapers! Well, very few. And I like the connection, when we actually make it. I think it's cute when I take him and set him on his potty while I'm using the bathroom and he goes when I go. And I like it when DH asks him if he has to go potty and I say something stupid like, "He just went 10 minutes ago," and then DH takes him and he pees.
I like being able to meet his needs, at least some of the time. And I love it every time I take a diaper off and it's still dry!
Any interesting or exciting EC moments this month? With more solids, the poop is getting easier to predict (sometimes) and so I am finding I can get him to the TOILET when I think he's going to poop, thereby taking one more cleaning step out of the equation.
And there have been a few entirely dry outings which I thought was really exciting. I think you're right Carlyle, when we're out they CAN hold it longer than you think.
How have your expectations of EC changed this month? Expectations of nighttime have changed many times. For the better and for the worse. Still working on that.
Do you ever wish you had never heard of EC? Nope. I love EC.