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DD and I didn't have a very good first try at EC'ing today, and I thought I'd ask for some advice before I try again - I don't want to put her off of EC or make her fear the toilet!<br><br>
After looking up toilet positions on the diaperfree website, I put her on the toilet a few ways - facing backwards, forwards, with and without me. In every position she immediately began to growl and resist being held over the toilet. She is 10 mos and often very resistant to being confined in any way. As soon as I put her down, she stood by the tub and began to pee on the floor - so I picked her up again to put her on the toilet, all the while making gently encouraging conversation. She immediately stopped peeing, and started fighting to get off the toilet again. So I put her back down, and she resumed her pee. But she seemed alarmed that she was peeing -she looked down and started to cry a bit. This concerned me, because she's peed on the floor before, and it never upset her; she just found it interesting.<br><br>
I could try a potty but I suspect she wouldn't stay on it for very long either. I might add that she doesn't mind being in a wet diaper. So I'm not sure she's going to be the easiest EC'er.<br><br>
Does anyone have any advice - is there a way to encourage her to be OK with being on the toilet/potty for even a few seconds?
 

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Perhaps letting her try to pee in the tub or shower...
 

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Do you let her come potty with you? My first wouldn't use a potty chair for anything- so I imagine there's kids that just won't use the big potty- I'm sure someone here can give you some great suggestions. Sorry your first experience wasn't the best! BTW I've heard some believe in "windows of opportunity" for starting EC... maybe there's some truth to that. We weren't planning on starting our 2nd until he was 6+ mo but he started at 2 b/c there was opportunity... same w/our first (we never planned to EC at all & started at 4 mo)
 

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Yes, it crossed my mind that we might have missed a window of opportunity. She doesn't know what a toilet's for, and is a little too active/impatient/squirmy to stick around to find out! I think I'll wait a bit & maybe introduce a potty later. And thanks, I'll try the tub idea too.
 

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i think being on a big toilet might be a little more freaky than being on a small potty for a little one, as a little potty is closer to the ground...i think the bathtub suggestion is good. also dont know what the weather is like in toronto or what your situation is in regards to a back yard etc but maybe try letting her pee outside when its warm enough....
 

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Once my kids were around 8 months or more, they didn't like being held over a toilet. They seemed to like having their feet on terra firma. Maybe try a BBLP or something similar? Also, I send having her come into the bathroom with you to see what happens in there! Be dramatic with grunting <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">!<br><br>
Good luck!
 

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Try a potty chair & read to her.
 
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