We have been part time ec'ers since baby was 5 weeks old - he is now just over 3 months - offering the potty after feeds, sleeps and nappy changes. I would like to step it up a bit and have been giving him lots of nappy off time at home and offering the potty around every 45 mins. How often do you full timers offer a potty opportunity and how long do you wait before taking them off? I'm beginning to feel like I'm harassing him by taking him so often, it must get annoying for him? Also we have yet to catch anything whilst out. He always seems too distracted by being somewhere new. Has anyone got a solution to this? Thanks
I guess I still consider myself a "part-timer" since we use back-up and don't offer full time at night and while out. But we're "full-time" during the day at home! I do just what you've described: offer at intervals. Somewhere between 30 and 45 minutes, as we change activities or when it's been that long. Remember, babies' bladders are little and they are still learning muscle control. I imagine that the interval will get longer as time goes on. The other day I walked to the library and grocery store with DS and he was still dry after more than an hour (but he'd also been in his Ergo carrier the whole time, which I find makes a difference). For pees I usually offer for at least 30 seconds and sometimes up to a minute if I'm sure he has to go but is distracted by something. In the beginning I wasn't offering long enough (I later discovered) and as soon as I increased the offer time to at least 30 seconds (unless DS arches his back, cries, etc) I started getting about 25% more catches!
We're working on doing EC out and about as well. I just offer when I can but DS doesn't like public washrooms and we don't often get catches, unless I can find one that is a single stall washroom rather than a large public restroom. One trick someone else on here mentioned that works is to make sure you cover the "eye" on the auto flush toilets, as the loud flushing is scary for the wee ones. As for the distraction thing, try peeing DS in a sink with water running. Gives them something to focus on that also acts as a cue.
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Adding: my lo was never a big fan of foreign toilets but quickly decided to hold it while out and about. I kept a potty in the car, which she used a lot.
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