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#1 of 4 Old 01-08-2011, 07:21 PM - Thread Starter
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This might seem like a silly question to most everyone in this forum, but I had not heard about EC until DD2 was almost completely potty trained at about 2 years old.  She is now 3 and has made an almost complete regression.  She started refusing to use the potty at home, but would pee right on the carpet soon after I took her to the bathroom.  She would refuse to pee while we were out and then pee in the car seat as soon as we pulled into the garage...consistently!  I got tired of washing  the car seat on a daily basis (the Piddle Pad doesn't work), so I reverted back to Pull-Ups.  Now, almost a year later, she has made no real progress in heading back in the direction were she was previously going.  I worry that we're just going to stay at this stage forever, and my attempts with conventional potty training are not working.


I wish I would have discovered EC sooner.  I would have definitely used it with her (and my other kids).  However, my question is:  Is it too late to start EC?

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#2 of 4 Old 01-09-2011, 07:46 PM
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It's never too late to start. From what I've read and my limited experience it sounds like it could be really great for you and her to get into a fun communication around her EC. It would probably open up a new awareness for her. I would go for it. hang in there, this too shall pass.

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I'm new to this, just learned about it and am wondering where to start really. My son is 19 months old. Do i just randomly decide one day to start EC and bring him to the toilet every now & then so he gets the hint, and go from there? What do you do for the night time?

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If they wake up dry: put them on the potty.

If you change a poopy diaper, particularly one with less poop than usual: put them on the potty.

Before a bath: put them on the potty.


If you can tell that they are going potty, tell them what's going on.


If it's been a while and they're dry, slip a potty under them.

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