We will definitely use backup (maybe even my one AIO that we've been holding off on using for a special occasion), but I'm wondering if it would be appropriate to give DD a potty-tunity at someone else's house. Here, we use the bathroom sink and rinse it out real good afterwards. I could see someone who didn't have kids thinking that was kind of gross though. We haven't tried holding her over the toilet or sitting on the toilet with her, but I would be willing to practice those here at home if I thought that would work better at our friend's house. But I don't know-- maybe even that would disturb them. This has become so normal to me, I can't remember back to before I had heard of EC. I don't want to make my hosts uncomfortable or draw too much attention to ourselves at the party.
Thing is, of course I could just not EC for the duration of the party, but then wouldn't I be potentially changing a poopy diaper there anyway, and then have to worry about where to do it? And I know I'd want to rinse it before putting it in the wetbag, so once again, wouldn't I be getting some poop in their bathroom sink? I have a few sposies from the hospital, but I really don't want to use them. On top of all my other inhibitions about this party, everyone's really environmentally conscious and I am too so I'd hate to show up with DD in a sposie when normally she's in cloth.
It's not so much just about this one party-- I think coming up with a way to carry this out in public will make us so much more comfortable going places and get us on our way to being the mobile mommy-daughter couple that I want us to be. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated!
(and I think you should tell your eco-groovy friends what you're doing...I wish I had heard about this earlier than I did! Most folks have just never heard of it)
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i usually just take off the diaper and pee him outside. if we are in a very closed in backyard, i will sometimes ask if it is ok.
On the other hand. he is terrible at giving me signals... and could go the whole party without telling me. So it is a good chance that he could be in a diaper for an hour or two if i get busy and forget to take him.
You guys have started this communication and it sounds like it is going really well and that you will know how to handle this party.
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If you are uncomfortable peeing baby over someone elses sink (in case they find out) practice holding over the toilet at home. It is really good to have several ways, places, etc. that your baby will eliminate.
I was really nervous about ec at first and didn't discuss it w/ many people and only peed my baby in a potty or toilet. Then I realized that there was nothing to be embarrased about and that people just don't notice what you are doing bcs it isn't on their radar.
Have fun, getting out is a lot easier than it seems at first.
nicole , mom to 3 boys here on earth 9, 7 and 4.5 and 2 girl's 2.5 and 10/16/11. Always remembering my babies in heaven: Sam (9/7/05) at 12.5 wks , Morgan (2/13/06) at 6 wks , Emeric (8/9/10 at 17 wks) and Pepper (11/26/10) at 8wks.
I have held her over toilets and over sinks. If I knew the person would freak out if they knew I was using their sink, then I wouldn't do it. As it turns out, my babe has never been a big fan of foreign bathrooms, so she learned to hold it when we're out at a pretty young age.
I think your friends will understand what you are doing... in fact I think they'll be interested and inspired! At least that's the responses I've been getting from friends and family. Most people are quite amazed. I have a 3 month old and we've been doing it pretty consistently for about 2 months.
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