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Mamas! Has anyone reviewed the EC position of sitting on the little potty, be it the top hat or the insert, with an osteopath? I worry that premature sitting like that may potentially be harmful for proper spine development, and internal organs positioning, especially for girls! I read this in regard to teaching your child to sit, and how it is advised against until 6-7 months, for the above reasons, but then I thought, I've been ECing my daughter using the insert since she was 2 months old! I understand that not all the positions we hold/carry out babies at one point or another may be appropriate, but ECing on a little potty even with the support of my torso behind her, was a significant amount of time during the day :-/

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You're holding the baby and at most 15 minutes at a time (if they've got a ton of poop). It's not like propping up a baby with pillows to let their little saggy backs make their best effort at holding them up while they play for an hour.

Did the sources you've read on this say not to hold the baby in your lap or to have them in a carseat ever? Because that's basically the same position.
 

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In my experience, I felt like I was holding the baby in a natural position, and holding the potty bowl under them. Very very rarely, if ever, were they "sitting" on it. I'd hold the baby in a normal reclined position, and the potty kind of slanted. I'd never have the baby bearing any weight on the potty.

All that being said, the amount of time they spend "on" the potty is so minimal. I wouldn't worry at all. :)

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Thanks for your responses. I also started out as merely holding the baby over the potty, but over time, I did start placing her on it, due to weight and typically longer poop sessions, and now I deeply regret it. We did check her spine with an orthopaedic specialist and everything is normal. However, I realize that I wasn't supposed to do that, and could potentially harm her spine development. The danger with sitting girls especially is that the internal organs haven't formed their proper position yet and putting them in a position they can't naturally put themselves into (sitting up) is dangerous that way for their lower abdomen.
EC stopped working for us completely for the last 3 months, so I'm not sure how I would do it with a next child, if I if I ever choose to.
 
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