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#1 of 3 Old 04-06-2013, 06:17 PM - Thread Starter
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Hi Folks,

So, first time mom here. Our little man is just about four weeks. I had heard about EC from my yoga teacher and picked up Diaper Free Baby. I love the concept and was excited to try but things have been a bit slow. I feel like while I can sort of predict when he might need to go, I'm really not seeing any signs from him. And the times we have tried (like after a nap) he just sits there. Then as soon as we get a diaper on him, he goes! He will often poop right after getting a clean diaper on.

Any thoughts on how to help him feel comfortable going out of the diaper?

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I heard that lots of naked time helps but truthfully I never felt comfortable doing that so I can't tell you from experience.
What I can say is that I started with DD around that age and would just take her to the bathroom whenever she woke up. Since they're sleeping and waking so often it gave us lots of opportunities to communicate. The more i did this the more I was able to see her expressions before going and started picking up her cues that way. Slowly it shifted from mostly missing to mostly catching.
She's 15 weeks now and we really only miss when I'm cooking or otherwise distracted. She always tries to warn me then too but I usually have one hand in the oven or something like that and miss.
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If he goes as soon as the diaper goes back on, that probably means he was tense while you were offering, which might mean you were tense!  Things that can help are blowing on his head, singing a song, humming, consciously relaxing your own tummy and/or kegel muscles, going pee yourself at the same time (if you are a juggler maybe right?), visualizing peeing, and offering at a sink with a mirror which delights many babies.  

We did do naked time sitting on a waterproof pad (a big one) but DS was not a big signaller either.  It did help me understand his timing better though.  The only time DS did signal, with a pronounced wiggle and/or cry, was if he was bare butt in a carrier.  I only got peed on once in that position...

4 weeks is still super young - try to stay relaxed about the whole thing as much as possible.  If you have any OCD tendencies, it is easy to get obsessed with catching to the detriment of communication, not to mention your own sanity.  

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