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Just wondering about everyone's history with EC.<br><br>
My experience:<br>
We had a late start with DD as I never heard of EC. However, after she turned 1 she started making a noticeable gesture before she had to poop. DH said, "why not put her on the toilet?"<br>
I said, "I don't think you can do that to a baby. "<br>
Well...we decided to do it anyway. I put DD on a traditional potty but after her 1 st poop I was grossed out at cleaning it. From then on we put her right on the toilet with a smaller seat attached. Poopy diapers were history! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> After that I tried pull ups but realized there was no incentive to pee in the potty. So we went bottomless at home and I let DD feel the pee. AS she began to pee I would take her to the bathroom. She caought on well. Looking back we had about 1 month of a strike and DH was fed up with her accidents and wanted her back in diapers. I refused. We remained consistent and DD was in underwear around 19 mos.<br><br>
At some point during DD's PL I read a thread on here about, "How often do you bathe your baby" Someone replied they did it every bday b/c their child sat in pee and poop.<br>
Someone else replied that their child did not sit in pee or poop b/c thier child did not wear diapers b/c they used EC. I went to the thread that explains abbreviations. I couldn't figure out how a baby didn't wear diapers.<br>
I came over and read about it. IT was interesting but probably just for someone with one child. No way could a mom do it with antoher child at home.<br>
Well...here I am now 2.5 mos into using EC with my 2nd child! Things are going great...I catch every poop and catch many pees. Although it seems ot me that DD already has prefernce to the piggy potty b/c if I hold anywhere else he really fusses.
 

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I read about EC when I was pregnant with my daughter, but I could never determine when she was about to go. She's 2.5 now and in the process of learning her body's elimination signals.<br><br>
I didn't really plan to do EC with my son, either. I have some friends who've done EC and I talked to one of them about it and she said to cue him while he's peeing. Duh! I'd never thought of that. So I did that with DS for a while when he was a few weeks old but didn't go anywhere with it. About 10 days ago, he was playing on the floor, naked, and started tooting. I picked him up and held him over DD's potty, trying to avoid cleaning up poop again, and he peed! He got a great smile on his face, like he was saying "You <i>finally</i> figured it out! This is great!" and he's only wanted to pee in the potty since. He'll fuss and squirm quite a while before he goes, giving us plenty of time to get him to the potty.<br><br>
I'm really enjoying EC!
 

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I heard about EC three years ago when i was researching cloth diapers for my first baby. The idea was interesting but I thought it sounded like too much work and I though you just had to guess when your baby needed to go. i thought there was no way I could sit around the house trying to figure out if my kid had to pee or poop. So i dismissed it and used cloth diapers on him.<br><br>
Two months ago I had my dd and she hated having a dirty diaper so we kept her diaperless pretty often and I started to notice that she made very obvious signs right before she pooped and peed. ECing came to mind again and there happened to be a workshop with Ingrid Bauer last weekend so I went and was totally inspired. We've been at it for three days and I have caught almost all her poops. Pees are hit and miss. I am amazed at how quickly dd caught on to the idea. It is so neat to be able to read her signs so clearly and it really feels like we are working together on this.<br>
i wish I would have looked into it more and been more open when my son was a baby.
 

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I first read about EC when I was pregnant. I was intrigued by the idea, and it seemed to make sense, but I wasn't sure I would be able to commit to doing it. I read some more about it after Lindy was born, and decided to give it a try when she was 2 months old. By then, I was noticing that she very often peed right while I was changing her diaper, so it seemed like the perfect opportunity to hold her over the sink and save a diaper. That's how I started - after I took her diaper off to change her, I'd take her into the bathroom and hold her over the sink to see if she would pee. After just a couple of days of catching a few pees and making a "psss" sound when I did, she obviously associated the position and sound with peeing and would go almost immediately if she needed to. How cool to see a 2 month old learn that so quickly! It wasn't long before I caught my first poop, and after that I almost never had to change a poopy diaper! That alone was enough to make me think the EC experiment was a success.<br><br>
At first, I kept Lindy in diapers all the time except when I took her to pee, but as the weather got hotter and I got better at predicting when she'd need to go (and she got a little older and starting peeing less frequently), I started keeping her diaperless more and more. By the time she was 6-7 months, I was generally leaving her diaperless any time I was pretty sure she wouldn't unexpectedly pee in the next half hour or so, and by the time she was 8 months I felt confident enough to just stop using diapers altogether. (I stopped using them at night even earlier - probably around 7 months. She had started staying dry at night by then, without any effort on my part to make that happen.) We still had accidents, of course - maybe one every couple of days on average - but mostly they were "my fault" (meaning they could have been prevented if I hadn't gotten distracted.)<br><br>
Around 11-12 months (when she was learning to walk), Lindy started becoming more resistant to using the potty or toilet, and started having more accidents - on some bad days as many as 3 a day, and at least one a day almost every day. That difficult phase probably lasted until she was 15-16 months, then things started to get better and by 18 months it was going better than ever.<br><br>
Lindy was never much of a signaller, so I relied mostly on timing. As she got older, she gradually started letting us know a little more often when she needed to go, but she would still have accidents if I didn't take most of the responsibility for deciding when I should take her to pee. Around the time she turned 2, she suddenly became very resistant to using the toilet unless it was her own idea, but fortunately at the same time she also started letting us know most of the time when she needed to go. Between 25 and 26 months, she finally reached the point where she would consistently let us know in time, and she basically stopped having accidents.<br><br>
So as far as I'm concerned, it all worked beautifully. I'm expecting another baby soon, and definitely planning to do EC again.
 

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we did a sort of late EC with all our babies, starting way back in 1990 when our first arrived. our first three were born in sunny warm arizona and were pretty much always nakey, so they learned early to go on the potty...it was easy to tell when they needed to go. my two oldest were totally trained before 2 years and my third right at 2 years. our last baby we started EC at 3 months and he was climbing onto the little bjorn potty at 10 months. he is 2 1/2 and has been trained for over a year now (15-16 months at least).<br>
i have never had any problems with EC or regression...getting him to wear underwear was a challenge though! i count myself very fortunate that all my kids were out of dipes quickly...and its sad because i love making dipes. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br>
if i have another baby of my own, i will definitely be doing EC from day one.
 

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This is somewhat offtopic since I (obviously :LOL ) haven't tried to EC yet, but I thought I'd share how I found out about ec. I was looking up information on litter boxes in anticipation of getting a cat and found a thread were someone was discussing how they toilet-trained their cat. Did some Google searches on toilet training cats and came across another message board where a man described how his Chinese wife was pottying their children. Curiousity let to more searches and the DiaperFree website.<br><br>
Jump forward a bit to 3 women in dh's immediate family getting pregnant within a few months of each other, and I got interested in baby things again. Did a search for "elimination communication" and found MDC <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><br><br>
(Ironically, our cats use litter boxes. :LOL )
 

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I heard about EC when I was pregnant with my 3rd child. She spent 3 weeks in NICU so I did not give it much thought. Finally at about 2 1/2 months old I decided to try it. It went pretty well, we were using disposable diapers.<br><br>
We went on vacation in August and I was in the process of training my 4 year old so I kind of stopped mostly for awhile. I decided to buy Fuzzi Buns cloth diapers and now the 4 year old is trained so the beginning of this month I started getting more serious about EC again. Alana does great with it, we don't catch them all but lately I have been catching most poops or catch them right after she starts. She almost always pees when I take her.
 
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