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i have a 7 mo old daughter and have just heard about ec. is it too late to go diaperless (or just more difficult)? any advice would be greatly appreciated. thanks!
 

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Not too late! Not at all.<br><br>
My advice would be to maybe buy ingrid Bauer's book, diaper free. I haven't read Laurie Bouke's but I hear that's good, too. Ingrid's has lots of practical information.
 

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no its not too late. ditto the books and you should think about joining the yahoo ec group for some helpful advice as well.<br>
good luck!!
 

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We did regular, full-time, disposable diapering for the first 8 months of DD's life before looking into switching to cloth dipes, and as I was researching that, I stumbled on EC, and it seemed so logical (plus, diaper changes between me and DD were a many-times-a-day, all-out-screaming battle - she hated it, I didn't want to fight about diapering, etc.)... so we took the plunge around 8.5 months and did some daytime EC, starting an hour or two at first, then extending that time longer and longer the more in-tune we became. We switched from 'sposies to plain cotton training pants (she wore 2pr at a time), and if needed, a wool cover (when we started going out on short trips and doing EC out of the house).<br><br>
Bottom line: you can DEFINITELY give EC a try w/ a 7 month old!!! For us, switching to EC was so fantastic - DD enjoyed it more than diapering, and so did I (she was way happier in trainers than in diapers), and we had more fun reading/playing on the potty and being communicative with one another instea of struggling through diaper changes... EC and pottying quickly became so normal, like eating and sleeping, very 2nd nature. Anyway, go for it! Let us know how it goes if you decide to give it a try. <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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that my reason for wanting to try it. that, and the solid-food poop!
 

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Lots of options to choose from:<br><br>
* split crotch fleece or wool pants! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br>
* long dress/gown/shirt + tall socks or baby legs<br>
(p.s. - <a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=358597" target="_blank">baby legs coop</a> going on now on the trading post, closes 10/28, I'm thinking of getting a few pairs for our babe due in January!)<br><br><br>
And I'm sure there are other options -- scroll down to the "Supplies - EC Specific Clothing..." section of the DiaperFreeBaby.org <a href="http://www.diaperfreebaby.org/Links.htm" target="_blank">Resources & Links</a> page for where to check out these items online (pics, options, etc.).<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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And you don't *have* to - adapt EC to fit where you are right now/your current needs. For the longest time, I put dd in 2 prs of simple, cotton, non-waterproof training pants + a LANA wool cover. Easy up/easy down. No bare bottom if you or she isn't comfortable with that right now. Eventually, I came to realize that we BOTH communicated better when she had fewer layers (just 1 trainer and no cover, or plain underwear, or nakey-butt time). Lots of other parents have commented on this phenomenon, too.<br><br>
I will say this: let yourself start EC gradually - if that means "with butt covering" then honor yourself by doing that. However, keep an open mind about continuing to try to add in some nakey-butt time when you feel you have an hour or 2 to really pay attention to observing your dd's signals and timing (ie., NOT during some super demanding time of day). It's really shocking how much more in tune you can be when dd is bare-bummed. But again, do this AT YOUR OWN PACE -- back off if you feel it's stressing you or her out. EC has GOT TO BE RELAXED for it to work. Babies pick up on stress, and our intuition is blocked by stress! So only you will know where to find your balance on any one day. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
So... hope those ideas for "ECing in the colder weather" help. Let us know if you decide to give it a try! <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 agree about the stress. I have been EC with Alana since June, she was 2 1/2 months old. We went on vacation and I was trying to potty train my 4 year old so I was kind of stressed out doing both of them. Alana must have picked up on it and was resisting some. I finally decided to use Fuzzi Buns diapers and EC that way and now she is doing great again. We don't catch them all but I figure for us every 1 we do catch is closer to her being diaper free.
 

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We started with Ben at 12 months. It took me 6 months to find some good resources for older babies. This group is fantastic.<br><br><a href="http://groups.yahoo.com/group/IPTLateStarters/?yguid=168508242" target="_blank">http://groups.yahoo.com/group/IPTLat...guid=168508242</a>
 
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