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|12-15-2011 02:10 PM|
We did part-time EC with our baby boy (just turned 1) from 3 months until about 9 months (last September), when for some reason I can't remember I failed to do it at all for just a few days and he since has quit completely. Since then if I try to hold him in a squat over anything, sit him on the toilet or the bjorn potty, or even stand him by the sink he will squirm and not go. Then 2 minutes later he will pee or poop on the floor. Any ideas? I don't know how to get him back into it if I can't even get him into position! He was never a good signaller, but he is communicating so well right now about other things I figure we should be able to EC.
|07-25-2011 11:14 AM|
We did part-time/'low maintenance' EC with DD. Basically she sat on the potty first thing in the morning and after naps starting at age 5 months. We used the little Baby Bjorn potty. As we got closer to "ready" for potty learning she sat/eliminated on the potty more frequently. It was great. She was potty trained shortly after 2 without much effort. I think she actually was basically night-trained much earlier but we were nervous about leaving diapers off over night for awhile.
|07-25-2011 09:19 AM|
I love to talk about ec. The basics are that humans communicate and babies eliminate a LOT.
There in a forum on here, which is great, IMO, but sincepeople post more when they have troubles, it frequently looks like ec is hard.
EC is fun. It's awesome to realize a tiny baby is telling you something and you can understand it. I agree that EC can easily be set aside if you are having any troubles. I found EC to be a compliment to nursing. One of the earliest signs is when a nursing baby pulls off the breast. I found it really frustrating until I realized that offering a tinkle or poo got the nursing session back on track.
Most babies need to go shortly after waking or feeding.
Sometime while feeding they may pop on and off the breast or go into a blank stare.
Sometimes they go from happy or calm to suddenly fussy when they need to go.
Sometimes boys go just because the cold air hits them during a diaper change.
Sometimes you get the mysterious sensation of hot liquid running across your lap, but you're dry.
It's like a detective game. If you start early you have more opportunities to hone your skills.
I think it's easiest to leave the baby without bottoms on a towel piece or prefold on my lap. This will be my first winter baby, so I'm not sure how that will work out.
|07-25-2011 08:33 AM|
EC is awesome!! The EC forum doesn't get a ton of traffic. I've had posts sit there unanswered for weeks. There is a better EC forum on www.diaperswappers.com that you might want to check out. Also I got a lot of useful info (to share with skeptics) and tips (how to start, terminology, FAQ's, etc.) from the diaperfreebaby site. Click on the links under "Practicing EC" to gather initial info and get started. The 75 Benefits of EC link is especially helpful for understanding WHY you might want to pursue EC if you were on the fence.
Aside from these resources here are some other tidbits you might find helpful:
Hope that helps!
|07-23-2011 06:02 PM|
|07-23-2011 04:27 PM|
There's a forum on here somewhere, but I never really found it that helpful. I read "The Diaper Free Baby." It's got a lot of great information, but we didn't have a whole lote of success with DS. (I didn't put a huge amount of effort into it, to be fair.) I did do sort of a late EC/early potty learning with my DD, and she was out of diapers completely at 22 months old.
Sorry, that's not really all that useful, I guess.
|07-23-2011 04:21 PM|
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