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Back before I even got pregnant my sister told me about EC. I thought it sounded great but my focus was entirely too slefish on the matter and I ended up dropping the idea. DD is now 4 months, almost 5 months, and I am starting to think about it again. So I have a few questions.<br><br>
What do you use for toilets/potties in each room if you are in the process of getting an actual one (like the toilet trainer ones)?<br>
Do you leave your baby naked all day?<br>
How do you make it work with your situation?<br><br>
Now here's the big catch for me. I am absolutely disgusted with most bodily functions. I can tolerate things like spit and what not but other ones bug me very bad....I cannot stand to hear people chew (it makes me cringe horribly), periods aren't that bad since I experience them, I cannot stand to hear squishy noises if someone itches their eyes etc. So what right? I have an extreme diversion to poop. I hate the word, I hate talking about it. I avoid it at all costs. Very obbsessivly acutally. I'm guessing that is going to cause an issue somewhere along the line. :LOL Those of you who might be the same way, how do you handle it? TIA!
 

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Do you leave your baby naked all day?<br>
How do you make it work with your situation?</td>
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1. We use various plastic tupperware bowls..they work great and have lids if you can't dump the contents right away. Also use the sink, bathtub, great outdoors! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br>
2. No, dd (8 mos) wears those Gerber training pants (size 2t, shrunk down), and panties and I just got her a pair of split crotch pants. When we started ec, we used cloth dipes (without cover so I knew right away when she wet) as backup for a while.<br>
3. Once you've been doing it a while, you get in your own groove and it becomes instinct, just like breastfeeding her.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">I have an extreme diversion to poop. I hate the word, I hate talking about it. I avoid it at all costs. Very obbsessivly acutally. I'm guessing that is going to cause an issue somewhere along the line. Those of you who might be the same way, how do you handle it?</td>
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haha, I don't have this problem but I know of many ppl that do. EC is good for this, I think, because unless you have an accident, there is no cleanup. At most, you'll dump the potty contents in the toilet. No wipes galore. Just a quick wipe on baby's bum and thats it. And for most ppl, poops are the easiest to catch 100%...we havent had a poop miss in months and months. (we started ec when dd was 2 mos.)<br>
hth! good luck, feel free to ask more ?'s!<br>
oh, ps--check diaperfreebaby.org to see if there is a support group in your area. <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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Of course communication being the most importnat thing, however I EC b/c I hate poop and diapers totally gross me out.<br>
I can't stand diapers . I hate seeing the diapers sticing out of the backs of children's clothes...grosses me out. (not a judgement thing) The thing with EC is that you flush the poop away and don't really have to deal with it as much as you would a poopy bottom.<br>
We do use sposies on DS when going out or when I feed him b/c I don't want any pee or poop on me. Otherwise he hangs out diaperless and I watch for his cues. I can catch all the pees if I watch hi penis grow and the poop he fusses and really tries to tell me and I don't miss those. Pee, of course I do miss if I am not staring at him or he has a diaper on. He doesn't really pee on the floor but I don't think he signals as strongly for the pee I can just tell physically. I have 2 plastic potties but I just rinse immediately after each use. The other stays in the car just so I have it.<br><br>
EC is not as gross as you might thnk it is.
 

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i second that. it's so much easier and less ick factor to catch a poop than to clean up after a poopy diaper!
 

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In regards to being grossed out by baby's eliminative functions, I would say that EC is essentially potty training....which is something you'll have to do eventually anyway. So it would probably be better to do it now while baby's poos and pees are relatively small! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
My babe is currently 3.5 months old and I think I will be starting EC soon.<br><br>
Good luck to us both!
 

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I think she means it's the same motions of potty training. You have to get the baby/child to the toilet, get them undressed, wipe up etc. I don't think she literally means potty training since you can't techinically "potty train" an infant.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Now here's the big catch for me. ...I have an extreme diversion to poop.</div>
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imho, poopy diapers are absolutely disgusting. cleaning up a poopy baby or worse, toddler bottom is really gross.<br><br>
on the other hand cleaning up a baby bottom after an ec poo is really nothing. it is so clean! and the poo can just be flushed. you never have to touch it.
 

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Just on the poo thing - we ec'd dd very late but she was totally dry and clean at 18 months. I cannot imagine still cleaning her bum in a nappy at her age now (almost 3) as many of my friends still do. I also can't imagine having her lie down and let me do it, just the thought of it makes me feel ill. Poo in the toilet is great and smells less (most of the time - sometimes a healthy diet seems to make my kids stink!)<br><br>
We're expecting again now and we're going to try ecing part time from much sooner and save this little one from having poo squished to his or her little bum as much as we can.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">imho, poopy diapers are absolutely disgusting. cleaning up a poopy baby or worse, toddler bottom is really gross.<br><br>
on the other hand cleaning up a baby bottom after an ec poo is really nothing. it is so clean! and the poo can just be flushed. you never have to touch it.</div>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/yeahthat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yeah that">:<br><br>
it's so not cool to miss a poop (which is the same as what you do now - having poopy diapers all the time) as opposed to catching it! Today was our first poopy diaper in a couple weeks and it was awful! It got all over her bottom and in her crevices <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> dd has been pooping several times a day for most of the past few days as well so that would have been TONS of poopy diapers if we weren't doing EC... Ick!<br><br>
And accidents now are NOTHING compared to accidents with toddler potty training <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"> Especially if you breastfeed <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
love and peace. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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We started at 5 mo and only Part time EC. DS almost exclusively poops in the potty except when it catches him by surprise and is soft. He doesn't like to stop to pee in the potty so we are kinda stuck right here for now. He went diaperless most of the summer but we never have gotten good signals for the pee. He'll tell us after sometimes now but he doesn't really like diaper changes either. Poop squished in a diaper is way messier than wiping a bum and flushing a toliet.
 

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I totally started EC for selfish reasons - I wanted to do less diaper laundry <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
One trick we found really neat was to hang on to a squirt bottle (we used the hospital peri bottle but any catsup, shampoo, or water bottle would work) and to rinse dd after poops instead of wiping... especially with the bf only poo it worked wonders and she was so clean <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
I figured it out the other day - we've gone through about a pack of disposable wipes a month here, which is about 1/10 of what my diapering friends use. I should just switch to cloth wipes, it'd only be one extra wipe a day to wash.<br><br>
And I had a poo miss (my fault, I put dd down for nap w/o giving her a chance to potty) and EW yah, gross. Yesterday's lunch was stinky (spinach, chicken, rice, carrots, and more) and I had to pick it off the dipe with some tp and dump it in the toilet. 100000% worth doing EC even if you only have one less poopy diaper a week to deal with!<br><br>
As for potty things - we keep one little potty in the living room (the main play area) and a bowl in the bedroom (for nights mostly) and that's it. And gerber trainers shrunk down as far as I could shrink them with babylegs and a long sleeve shirt at home, prefold and cover when we go out - my dd is way too distracted by all the cool sights and sounds in a public lav to use it.
 

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i have aim problems. pee and poop sometimes hit the floor instead of the potty. and i still recommend ec. its less laundry less mess less bother all around.<br><br>
i have ds in cds w/ no cover. when i think he has to go i just take the diaper off and go to the potty. we just use the regular potty.
 

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We use the regular potty w/a reducer seat right now, and I have a little potty in the family room but we don't use it much anymore. I diaper him in a Bumkin AIO all the time, as it's easy to remove. He's totally dressed all the time in several warm layers as we keep our house very cool, so I need a quick removal.
 

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we had a BBLP both upstair and downstairs.<br>
If you EC, your needing to see, touch and otherwise deal with poop is probably 10% of what it woudl be if you diaper.<br><br>
Now that dd goes in the toilet I always feel like "how do I know how much she pooped? how do i know if she chewed properly or not?" i am so used to having TMI about her outputs.<br><br>
As far as parent's workload, ec is more work in the short run but much less work in the long run, as far as cleanup is concerned. However it is probaby more demanding in terms of communication, trust, listening, understanding, being patient etc ... of course some feel that ec contributes to better emotional health (body acceptance, trust, etc). No guarantee of that though, so you can't really expect a 'return on investment" so to speak.
 
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