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I've been interested in EC for awhile, but just never took the inititative to try it. My DS is 9 months old now and has the WORST poops! And he's peeing a lot more than he used to, leaking out of a Fuzzi Bunz in just a half hour. I've given up on cloth dipes for the time being. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"><br><br>
The thing is, he won't sit still for two seconds, so I don't know how this would work. I'd love for at least his poops to be in the potty.<br><br>
So, how do I handle this with a very active baby? I can tell when he's going to poop, but he screams at me if I come near him while he's doing it. He acts like he needs privacy or something. Which I guess he might.<br><br>
Any tips?
 

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I was all set to say, No go ahead and start but I think your son's personality is more a factor than his age. If he already doesn't want you to come near him for the potty that might be a tough obstacle to overcome, I was going to tell about my friend who started her DD at 9 mos but her DD wasn't walking yet.<br>
I am not saying it is definetly too late...I am just not sure where you go from here.
 

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if he acts that way for poops, i wouldn't work on poops right now.<br><br>
we started around one year old and started with pees. my son doesn't sit still much but he would sit on the potty while i read him a book. it seems they actually become more resistant to your ideas as they get older. especially when they learn to say no! at his age, he will likely do anything for praise, but as he gets older he might go through a "no" phase as they call it.<br><br>
can he walk yet? you might want to get that milestone out of the way first, b/c if he is distracted with that he might not want to learn to potty.<br><br>
it can't hurt to try. you can let him go naked with a little potty near by. you could see if he would sit on it with a diaper on at first. just get him used to it. it won't hurt to try, but it will hurt to push too hard. if they don't want to use the potty THEY WON'T!<br><br>
i really didn't do the naked thing around the house at first. i would just bring him in the bathroom after he had been dry awhile. if he goes every 30 minutes or so maybe bring him in after 20ish mins of being dry. then i would take his diaper off and we would both sit on our potties while i read him a book. if he didn't want to sit on the potty that was cool. i would just wait until he started to pee on the floor (bathroom tile-easy to clean) and then wisk him to his little potty.<br><br>
we did ec at first very casual. then i started taking him on a routine once he started associating the potty with peeing and could pee on cue. a few months after that he pooped on the potty all on his own. yea!<br><br>
by the way, i know what you mean about the leaking fuzzibunz. i hate diapers ugh. i wish i could say we were totally done with them.
 

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We started at 12 months, before I knew anything about starting late. Our method was messy, but worked well for us. Ben was nakey while at home. I kept a big pile of pfds and flats handy for misses. We have carpets, but it wasn't a problem if I got the dipe down really fast.<br><br>
Anytime that Ben was sitting still, eating a snack, watching tv, playing with blocks, etc, I slipped the potty under him. If he peed while he happened to be sitting there, I'd point it out and praise him (we had already mastered poops). After a while the potty became his special seat, and he was peeing in it with regularity.
 

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Thanks for your opinions. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">We started at 12 months, before I knew anything about starting late. Our method was messy, but worked well for us. Ben was nakey while at home. I kept a big pile of pfds and flats handy for misses. We have carpets, but it wasn't a problem if I got the dipe down really fast.<br><br>
Anytime that Ben was sitting still, eating a snack, watching tv, playing with blocks, etc, I slipped the potty under him. If he peed while he happened to be sitting there, I'd point it out and praise him (we had already mastered poops). After a while the potty became his special seat, and he was peeing in it with regularity.</div>
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This is what I was thinking about before you even posted. We got a potty and DS is pretty fascinated with it. He likes to put stuff in it and open and close the lid. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I let him go diaperless for a few hours last night, but he never peed. And I had a pile of prefolds ready too. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> We also have carpet, but baby pee isn't that big of a deal. Finally I just put him in a night-time dipe for bed.<br><br>
He's taking a nap right now, but I'm going to try to put him on the potty when he wakes up. He never pees during naps, but always goes immediately after getting up.<br><br>
And then, of course, I'm going to show him what he did in the potty and how cool it is. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> He's fascinated with me pee'ing in the (big) potty, so maybe he'll think it's cool that he can do it too.<br><br>
I talked to my mom about it last night and she said a combo of EC and typical potty-learning might be best. I'm so lucky to have a mom that's so open-minded. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><br><br>
My sister told me DS was WAY to young to think about using the potty (when I asked to borrow her potty chair) and when I explained EC she thought I was nuts. Oh well, you can't win 'em all. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent"><br><br>
DH is on board too, which is cool. <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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