1. What brought you to decide EC was for you?
Stories about 3 year olds who ask for a diaper to poop. I thought it was terrible, that they were so dependend on diapers at that age. Then I started to think if dependency on diapers was really necessary at ANY age.
2. What was your first catch and was it purposeful or by accident?
DS: I read about it when he was 2 months old, held him over a bucket, said "pee-pee-break!" (Pinkelpause) and he peed and pood
DD: Pood into the sink at the hospital when 3 days old: I held her, she could feel me "push", because she was leaning with her back against my tummy and she pushed as well!
3. What has been hardest about practicing EC?
Doing it when I thought I was the only crazy person who did it. I was afraid of hurting Wolfgang although it felt right and he seemed to thouroughly enjoy it. I was so happy to find more resources on the internet after half a year of "winging it".
What has been easiest?
Doing it again with a second child! Is there any other way to deal with a baby's elimination?
4. At what point (if you've reached it) did you feel truly ABLE to communicate effectively nearly 100% of the time.
We are reaching this point regularly - and then again have days where either the baby or me are just "off" and communication goes down to 50 % or less. I think that's normal!
5. Do you practice Elimination Communication full or part time? If not full-time, why?
Full time, only with Wolfgang did I not practise it when out and about and at night during the first 6 months. I thought those times would not work anyway
: When I finally found others doing this, I found out, that outings where easiest for us and that Wolfgang usually had to pee at night when he wanted to nurse and nighttime EC was possible even without cosleeping.
6. For WOHMs, does your day care provider 'get' your baby's cues and if so, are they welling to continue EC'ing with your child while you are away?
I'm a SAHM, but the few times I left Jutta in dh's charge in the first months for a few hours I would put her in disposables and just leave it at that. He was freaked out already with having to deal with both children alone (I do it every day, but men...) and not being able to nurse Jutta, and would she take expressed breastmilk, and would she cry and what if he doesn't get her to sleep... Now he feels more secure than he ever had in the first months with Wolfgang. Actually Jutta goes to sleep in Daddy's arms every evening right now while I'm with Wolfgang, reading him a bedtime story. So if I had to stay away for the evening again, I would probably just leave her diaperless and give dh instructions when to try for a pee, even when he didn't see any signals (every hour or so)
Heather, interesting questions, but where are your