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I just wanted to say that if you have ever even considered doing EC with your baby, I would highly recommend at least trying. We just started to try and catch mostly full-time this week and can I say how amazing it is? I caught almost every pee/poo today and most of them the whole week. Reed is so happy when I hold him in position - you can see it on his face before he lets go in the baby potty r the sink.<br><br>
i am absolultely amazed at the connection between us because of EC. dh caught his first a couple of nights ago and couldn't believe it!<br><br>
it's so much easier than i thought it would be, although it takes patience and attention. so go ahead and try it! even if you only try and potty your baby once a day, i think you'll notice a stronger bond between you two!<br><br>
and a huge THANK YOU to Linda (spiralmg) for helping me out a couple of weeks ago!!! it totally helped! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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good lord i can't even imagine...kudos to you! i have trouble knowing when my TODDLER has to poop and pee, and he's obvious about it! heck, he flat out tells me sometimes and i miss it!
 

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i thought that it would be *so* hard, but it's been so much easier. i think it's easier because i'm holding him all day long compared to my 3yo who is everywhere around the house. his cues weren't obvious at first but one week later it's pretty obvious. oh, and we're not diaper-free either. we sometimes have just a prefold under him pulled between his legs and sometimes a kissaluvs with no cover.<br><br>
like i said, even trying once a day just might amaze you! <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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You know, I kind of scoffed at this idea before (long before your post), but I should try and have an open mind about it and I think I'll try it out. Is there a good site or link to check out that discusses how to do this?
 

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Panthira - yes! Check out the EC forum on MDC. Also <a href="http://www.natural-wisdom.com/nihgentlealternative.htm" target="_blank">this website</a>. There are two great books by Laurie Boucke that I have read (one is basically a condensed version of the other) - Infant potty training : a gentle and primeval method, adapted to modern living / Infant potty basics : with or without diapers-- the natural way.<br><br>
I was interested but skeptical before our baby was born. I totally agreed with the method in theory but I didn't think it would work for us. But we started at 3 weeks and within a few days Wesley was going almost every time we held him over the sink. I still don't see any signal before he pees (he pees about 20 times a day) but we catch nearly every poop. Our method is just to offer him the chance to go in the sink every time we change his diaper (the diaper changing area is the bathroom counter). And even if he just peed in his diaper mere minutes ago, he usually pees again.<br><br>
So even if you're worried about missing the baby's "signals" I say you should still give it a try if you're interested. Lots of parents use the timing method rather than relying exclusively on signals. Even if you just catch a few pees/poos per day and keep the baby in diapers 24/7 I think it's still worth it because the baby maintains more awareness of his/her bodily functions and thus might be able to potty train sooner in the long run. Plus, I think it's a thrill to have fewer diapers to wash! We save about 5 diapers a day doing this.
 

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DS#1 was about 3 months when I tried EC. The very first day I caught 4 pees and I was so excited. On day two I caught a couple and DS started to fuss when I put him in possition. After about a week I gave up. And like the OP mentioned, it is much easier with a newborn than with a toddler. They recommend starting before 4 months of age. I agree you should at least give it a try if it interests you in the least, it is a good experience.
 

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nak<br>
This thread makes my heart throb! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/luxlove.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="throb"><br><br>
Here is a great EC site/organization:<br><a href="http://www.diaperfreebaby.org" target="_blank">http://www.diaperfreebaby.org</a>
 

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We do part-time EC and I love it! I'm still learning his cues and mostly going by timing right now - always after he wakes up. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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I can tell pretty good when she is trying to poo but have no clue at all when she is going pee. How can you tell? I was reading a girls blog the other day about this and I thought it was really cool.<br><br>
ETA: We are not trying EC but it is something that I am thinking about. Especially considering the fun fun fun we are having trying to potty train DS. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/bouncy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bouncy">
 

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we are doing great - no more poops in diapers and he is peeing & pooping whenever we give him the chance. Nighttime is a different story though...that starts next week! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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Thanks to this very thread, I decided to look in to EC after thinking it was an absolutley crazy idea. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
I caught Samara's first pee today, just about an hour ago and I am THRILLED! I can't believe how awesome it was.<br><br>
I'd been keeping her in just a cloth dipe no cover so I could feel when she'd pee. I was also trying to figure out her cues. I'd do the psssss sound whenever she'd pee in the diaper.<br><br>
We spent a few hours away from home today, so no chances there. Well, just about an hour ago I had her laying nakie on the couch with a prefold underneath her, and she started squirming a bit and fussing so I held her over a plastic bowl, made the pssss sound and she PEED! My elation could have filled the room. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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Congratulations! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/luxlove.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="throb"> Isn't that just the most exciting thing?! It is amazing to me the communication channels that EC seems to open. You can respond to your baby's needs, and s/he responds by recognizing that and starting to elicit your further support...<br><br>
Last night Kali started making noises to indicate that she needed to go. I wasn't paying attention and she kind of cooed to get my attention, then peed when I put the potty beneath her.<br><br>
This morning, she was in bed by herself. I suddenly got the feeling I should go check on her. She was lying there wide awake - waiting. When I removed her covers she peed immediately while looking me in the eyes. Of course this was on her diaper on the bed (she sleeps on top of a wool sheepskin blanket) - BUT the point is that she waited and knew what she was doing.<br><br>
Mostly we are catching most every pee with some misses, but almost every single poo. She always looks right in your eyes and makes a conscious effort with the poos. It is so endearing.<br><br>
I really think that now is the time to start too. With DS I waited until 3 months, and it worked but not nearly as well as now with DD.
 
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