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I just started EC 3 days ago.<br><br>
I'm not ready to take the plunge into diaperlessness but my son is cloth diapered. The first day, on the first 2 tries, he went pee pee on the potty. The second day, first thing in the morning (his third try on the potty) he went pee pee. Then he wouldnt go after that. And he hasnt gone at all today.<br><br>
Oh yeah, he is 6 1/2 months old so we are late starters.<br><br>
Is this normal? How long should we let him sit on the potty? how frequently? He seems to get a little pee boner for lack of a better term right before he pee's, but sometimes he gets them and doesnt pee, so I sit there thinking he is going to then he doesnt, then it goes away, then he gets it again, and I hink oh okay this time, and he doesnt. and so I feel bad leaving him sitting there for too long, or he starts to get restless, and so I put the dipe back on him.<br><br>
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nak<br><br>
keep in mind that we started right away with our dd so I have no actual personal experience w/ a late starter. I do have a friend who just started w/ her 5 mo though...<br><br>
if you think he's about to go, set him on the potty. When he wakes up from a nap, set him on the potty. If it's been a while since he last went, set him on the potty. Get him used to it and to the idea that there is an alternative to messing his diaper (we use cloth prefolds held on by a onesie w/ no cover). talk to him about what your doing. say "do you need to go potty?" or something similar before placing him on it. Communication is what this is all about. potential early potty learning is a bonus <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
take him off the potty immediately if he gets upset about it. you don't want it to end up being a power struggle.<br><br>
hth!<br><br>
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thanks that does help. i think we are gonna start REAL slow at first. see if I can get him to regularly get his first morning pee in the potty. I wil lstill try him on the potty through out the day, but that will be our first baby step goal. then we will work on after naptimes. then take it from there. also, i will be documenting when he goes (whether potty or cloth diaper) so i can get an idea of how frequently he goes.
 

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we were late starters - 6.5 or 7 months we started trying and we would catch about 1 or 2 every 1 or 2 days. But I was mainly using the sink, standing there, feeling silly, dd getting squirmy, etc.... Finally I got a potty which helped a lot and we established wake-up pees / poops pretty well by 8 or 8.5 months. THen things gradually improved. By 10 months we were very smooth sailing. In retrospect it sounds fast but at the time I thought we were going nowhere since it was very random success for 40-60 days. I would say go coverless whenever possible, then not so much pressure to be diaperless though once it warms up that may be an attractive option.
 

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I started less than a month ago, with my (then) 5.5 mo ds. At first my timing was way off. Once I figured out better when he needed to go, that really helped, because at first its all about timing. i let my ds sit on the potty till he acts like he wants off, then i ask him if he's done and help him stand up. waiting till he says he's done is a good idea! last night i was tired and in a hurry to go to bed, so as soon as ds pooped i picked him up and carried him to the bathroom to clean him up. stood him on a stool, reached for tp... and oh no poop on the stool! put him on the potty, more poop! so i ended up having to clean poop out of two pottys, a stool and the floor. LOL i've learned my lesson, don't rush a pooping baby!<br><br>
Do you use a cue to let him know it's time to go? I started with a few days of just going psss whenever ds went in his diaper (i use cloth). i wasn't sure ds was getting it, but then i started trying the potty. the first couple days, i only caught 1 or 2 pees, my timing was way off. But after that it started clicking.<br><br>
Now it goes something like this: DS complains, or i think he needs to go, i check his diaper, then say do you need to go potty? put him on the potty, go pssss (which i don't really need to do on his bblp, but i keep doing it for when i need to pee him other places -public toilets, in the car, etc). I also talk to him... let's get these pants off... let's sit on the potty... go peepee... are you done... etc.<br><br>
if i talk to him and use the word potty, he will wait till i get his clothes off and get him situated. if i don't talk to him, he'll just go in his diaper.
 

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Definitely talk your DS through the whole process. I'm really amazed sometimes at how much my DS seems to "get" what I'm saying. If I think he's signalling or it's been a while since our last potty break, I'll ask him if he wants to go potty. Usually he'll either calm down or if he's on the floor or the bed he'll wait until I get up and then reach for me. If he's dressed (usually he's naked when we're at home) I talk about how we're taking off his pants, etc. As long as I'm communicating with him we rarely have a miss (well that is when he has signalled, as he's often way too busy playing lately to signal LOL).<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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Ooh I learned this the hard way as well! Picture the bed covered in poop where I sat DS while I brushed my teeth after a potty break one morning! Yuck! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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Yeah. Definitely talk to your ds about it! There have been a few times when we've been on a walk or in the car and I know dd has to go, and I tell her, "Okay, honey, I know you need to go to the potty. If you can hold it for just a little longer I'll get you to a potty as soon as I can. If you can't hold it then you can go in your diaper/pants and I'll change you as soon as I can." I keep saying similar things till we get to where we're going and she holds it! She's held it for a good ten minutes before when I talk to her. When I don't talk to her, she just goes in her pants.<br><br>
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