Originally Posted by piccolo
Snanna -- Could you walk me through was you did with your DC when you started at 8mo? Was it just putting them on the potty regularly throughout the day, did you cue/sign? Love to hear more from women who've already been there!!
At the very beginning, I just held her over the sink after she woke up, and after she peed in her diaper (we didn't have a potty yet). She was one who hated to be wet even for a minute, so I pretty much knew when she went, but it also helped to give her as much nakey-bottom or coverless-prefold time as possible, so I could learn her patterns.
Really we just stuck with the waking and after-pee times at first, and then added in after-getting-out-of-the-sling times (she didn't like to pee in the sling, so she'd often have a big one then) and after-nursing times, and "fussing for no reason" times... But even if you start small, it has a way of expanding-- you learn more and more of your baby's signals, and it gets easier to catch more often, so you potty them more, and they learn that they can wait, and before you know it you are doing full-time EC.
We did sign/signal, and say "pssss" from the beginning, and we were doing a lot of other baby sign already so it felt very natural. Our sign was hands vigorously rubbed together (think Mr. Burns), which we would do when we suggested or announced we were headed to the potty, and then we'd make the "psssss" as a cueing sound once she was actually at the peepee spot (or if we noticed her peeing). I liked this sign because once she started doing it, it was audible to me at night and when she was riding on my back. We still use it, the only baby sign still in use!
She started using the sign and sound at about nine months, but not consistantly, of course. For a long time it was mostly just timing, and intuitive guesswork. My husband would feel imaginary pees on his lap, even if she were wearing a diaper, and jump up, but she'd be dry! And then have a big pee in the pot. I never got to this level, but you do develop a sixth sense. Mine is still definitely in operation, with her 2 1/2 and potty-independant seemingly forever.
I highly recommend the "elimination communication" yahoo group. It's big, active, and there are really helpful mamas there. Their archives alone are extremely helpful. A year or so ago I seem to recall there was another mama ECing twins who was posting a lot...
Lastly, six months is not late starting! It's probably just right for you and your babies. You have a good plan, and they will like sitting on potties together. I remember my sisters (also identical twins) sitting on their little potties together at about 18 months-- they were so cute! My mom did "early potty training" with them due to cloth diapers and no dryer, but it was basically EC, I think.