My DS (4 mo) has been having a lot of tummy troubles (mainly acid reflux). He's currently on medication for it, but I find if I try to potty him within an hour of eating he spits up. He's been having some trouble gaining weight, so spitting up is a big problem! I'm currently holding him under his thighs over the toilet, but I think it puts too much pressure on his stomach and is causing the spit ups. Basically, I need to find a new position. Does anyone have any ideas? Pictures would be really helpful!
"That's the way it is, if that's the way it seems to you."
"Cosi e se vi pare."
Potty all the way now. He's big enough.
You can hold him in a cradle position along one arm with your hand under his hip. Then just move his legs enough to keep them out of the stream.
I just had my 7 year old take a picture, we're not over the toilet because she couldn't get a good view. Normally you would be over the toilet (I straddle facing backward).
Here is one more - you can hold a boy with an arm under his armpits and another just above his knees with his back to you or upish, at a bit of an angle so his head is higher than the rest, and he can pee that way with MAX aimability. I wish I had a photo. I did not think of this with my DS, but we had my DH's sister's family visiting for the holidays with their 3 month old, and gave them some EC tips. Without being told, that his how the daddy did it, and it worked great.
First of all, it is actually really common for babies who tend to spit up to spit up during EC. So know that you're not alone; lots of my readers actually have that problem. If you want to try a position that might not put as much pressure on his stomach, you can try this one where you stand him up on the edge of the sink and support his whole body against yours snugly, then let him pee into the sink. I hope the photo loads okay.
This is the only one I can think of at the moment. Also, all of my readers who've had this problem say that it goes away relatively quickly once baby becomes a little bit older and mobile. Good luck!
Andrea Olson, DS 2.5 yrs, DD due 10/9/13
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