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Hi y'all!<br><br>
I'm expecting #2 in early August and I'm trying to figure out what my plan will be regarding EC.<br><br>
Has anyone started right away- not done daipers at all? Or do people start at more like 6 months?<br><br>
I did a modified version of EC at about 21 months with dd #1 and it worked great- much quicker than I imagine regular potty training.<br><br>
I know I'll start earlier this time, but I'm not sure when.<br><br>
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i started at 6 months and really wish i would have started sooner! i noticed a tremendous decrease in ds' signals around 5 months. The infant potty book i am reading now says that it is best to start prior to 6 months.<br><br>
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We started at 6 weeks, and it's been working out great so far. DS is about 3.5 months now. I liked starting at the time we did because he was a little stronger and could hold his up somewhat. He is my first, so I was so mental about his cord stump and what not.<br><br>
We just started with trying to minimize poopy diapers. So, we use cloth diaper backup. Right now, though, he has a diaper rash, so I think I'll keep him out of diapers till it clears up a bit. I notice he won't pee on me when I have him sleeping on my chest.<br><br>
Newborns pee quite often, so that might be something to consider. My family is originally from the Philiippines, and they do EC with the babies there (though it's not called that). My relatives over there told me to start with him when he's at least 4 months when he's a little bigger. Obviously, I didn't really listen, but we've been doing really great so far.<br><br>
I think the key with us was verbal cueing. I tried to have one for peeing and one for pooing, but it looks like he'll eliminate with the pooing cue.<br><br>
Good luck!
 

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I'd read bits before the baby was born and knew I would try but the first few times were mostly accidents. I did leave her nappy off as much as possible and started with the cue sounds. Then around 3 weeks I started to hold her over the toilet at times she nearly always goes. Pretty soon we had a lot of luck with poos, and now at 8 weeks (today <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">) we've started to have a lot less wet nappies too. I've only tried when we've been at home up to now, and even then we do use nappies too.<br><br>
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We started at 8 weeks (3 mo now) and it was so easy when we started for several reasons: I was pretty much healed after birth so it was not so tiring; I had too much fun building a diaper stash (that I am now mourning the terrible unuse of); her body wasn't so bendy so I wouldn't squish all her little organs in the bowel position; she could sit supported on her potty because of the head control; she finally stopped peeing 25 times a day; and I had relaxed enough as a mother knowing she would continue breathing at night even if I wasn't watching her sleep. For the next one I hope to start at about the same time, just because the first couple of weeks were so tiring for us. But, I have heard about lots of people who do it from birth, so maybe whatever works for you?
 

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Hi mommyofshmoo, I just noticed that you are in Seattle! There is a yahoo diaper free group and they are in the process of planning a meeting. So there will be people there irl you can get ideas from!
 

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worked really well, was amazed, but when he was 5wks old I went back to work, so gave it up. That, and that was seven years ago before this forum or any books on the subject (that I could find anyway...) I internet searched it but couln't find more than 1 article.
 

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We started dd2 at birth. However, we used diapers as back-up and still do a lot of the time. We left/leave the diapers coverless so that we will know instantly if dd has gone (this is important to me, because I'm kind of oblivious, so even just a little extra layering -- like a pair of fleece pants over a diaper -- sometimes keeps me from noticing).
 

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We started elimination communication the first day our son was born. We were striving for homebirth but after 12 hours of stalled labour the midwives moved me to the hospital were i was able to deliver vaginally without interventions! because my partner was so into doing the diaper free thing with our son he initiated it and took it on in the first week while i was healing from the birth. I am so glad we started so soon. For the first while we put receiving blankets under him in sling, arms or bed to catch pees that we missed. We kept buckets near by so it was simple to pee him. I noticed around 3 months he really started holding it in and waiting for us to hold him over something to pee. Now at a year old he wears training underwere and he tells us when he needs to go, points to his crotch, the door of the bathroom, screams to get our attention, and nods his head when asked if he has to go. At about 3 months i quit using diapers in the day altoghther becuaes i didnt want to rely on them. The first 5 months he didnt ware diapers at nite but instead slept on towels or blankets that we would change. But when he started crawling that method no longer worked cause he moved around in bed to much. Now he weards cloth diapers as back up.<br>
definatly start as early as you can! But on the other hand if you feel to overwhelmed then stressing out about pees and poos isnt good for anyone. Starting right away but being relaxed and doing it only when you feel you can is a great way to learn about your childs rythems and communications. Talking to other folks who do EC is so helpfull. Reading Ingrid Bauers book DIaper Free was also a great resourse.
 

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I recommend starting to get yourself into the culture of EC asap. The logistics of it will work out as you're ready but it's getting your mind around it that makes the most difference. We started at 2 mo with DS1, on the day we found out about it. It took at least the first year to really get it to be second nature and by the time DS2 came around, we couldn't NOT do it. The new baby (well, not so new anymore, he'll be one on Thursday!!) was in the NICU for the first 12 days and I ECed as much as I could given the circumstances (like the fact that they had to weigh his "output" and the cloth dipes weren't consistant weights).<br><br>
For me, EC is about how you see the world and how you relate to your babe, not just about what your babe wears on his tush <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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i am just starting ec w/ baby #2 and he's 6 months. mainly just doing it at home and having a lot of success! having some trouble for night time. any suggestions?<br><br>
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We started around 3-4 weeks. Before that, I was too overwhelmed from recovering.<br><br>
DD picked up the cue so quickly, which makes me believe it's the natual instinct from birth. At around 6 weeks, I start to pop her over Baby Bjorn Little Potty because she is to heavy for me to hold over the sink. She is 3 mon now and doing great.<br><br>
I use pocket diapers as back up and decide not to stress myself about accident. The most important thing to me is not letting her lose the natural instinct of elimination.
 

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we started from birth, although we didn't use a little potty-- just layed dd on a prefold and let her go. I have to admit, I find the cues for little newborns much easier to figure out, than now, where she is at 6 months. I don't know why --maybe those mama instincts are super strong when you first have a baby.<br><br>
Anyway,, good luck!
 

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I totally agree with you 3_opihi. We started at 4 days old and it was pretty straightforward, (as far as peeing was concerned). We had many 2 diaper days because ds's signalling was so clear back then. Now that he is older, (4 months), I rely mostly on timing since the signals aren't always so clear to me, although we catch most poops now. We go through many more diapers now but go nakey bum at night now, something I thought I would never be able to do.<br><br>
It is an ever evolving and fun journey. Good luck!
 

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That is exact;y us Shirada <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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I love reading all these experiences! I really want to EC from birth, but I'm afraid I'll be too tired most of the time to do it. So, I was thinking of starting at 6 weeks, but if I wait, then I'll have to do diapers, so I'm waffling. We don't have a washing machine in our apt, we have to walk to it, and it's kind of far. And, it will be Jan. So, today, I'm leaning toward EC from birth. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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