Hi girls! Just wanted to add my support! I ec'd my daughter, and started when we bought her home from the hospital. We would just put her over the potty at nappy changes, and let her do her thing. Got some very strange reactions and comments, but it just made sense to me so I kept with it. I was quite relaxed about getting her nappy free, as I wanted the freedom to go out without being chained to a potty, so have kept her in nappies. At 7 months I completely stopped having even the occasional dirty nappies, and shortly after started work so haven't been able to focus on getting her nappy free, but am planning to go cold turkey next month( she has just had a little brother so wanted to give her some time to adjust now).
This time have started doing the same for my son. The first time I put him on the potty he pooped and peeped! It's a lot easier to read the cues, and adjust the second time around!
Although I don't consider myself a true ec'er as I didn't go nappy free the whole time, I think i made a good compromise between my lifestyle/work and ecing. I am so happy to have had the progress I did with my daughter, and absolutely no issues with toilet training, as she has always considered it a normal part of her day.
Say you are in baby club with your newborn but the toilets are out of the room, down the stairs and along the corridor (Like mine lol) What do you do?? Do you have a potty with you at all times and whip it out when needed? Ignoring the "looks!" of people!
Do you mean with an older child playing at the club, too? In that case, ideally I'd leave a trusted adult keeping an eye on my toddler and I'd take my newborn to the toilet but if that's not doable, yeah, just do it where you are or perhaps in the hall so you are very closeby to your child but not bothering people who don't understand EC...or do it deliberately in the main room and show folks how it's done. In that setting I'd most likely use a cloth nappy as back up.
I found a sling really helpful for in public. I noticed after a while that my babies never weed or pooed in the sling and they rarely asked to get outof their sling for any other reason so if they were obviously unhappy in there that was my most consistent cue they had to go and it saved me having to look for the more subtle cues in situations where I was distracted like buying the dinner ingredients or chatting with friends.
We started EC'ing more as early potty training but we're working hard to use communication. I started when LO was around 6 months. I read the book "diaper-free by three" and was inspired. I really didn't want LO in diapers any longer than necessary even though we use cloth.
We had a few hiccups while on vacation. LO pretty much refused to use the potty. I don't think she liked the travel adapter that I bought. I'm not sure what to try next, like when we're out of the house. I'd rather not lug around her little pink potty but I guess if we have to we will. I'd rather she be ok with using the big potty. DH is VERY anti-human waste so if we have to bring her potty with us he would be very upset by it. I can push it though if we have to.
Hi Cheese lover... We bought our lo a pottete plus seat to leave in the car/pram, which can be used as a toilet seat on a normal toilet, or self standing potty using a plastic bag that has an absorptive pad in it and just fold the legs down.
Sometimes though, she will just refuse to use a toilet outside of home/familiar place. I have been to restaurants a few times where she will ask to go 'toiley' and take her, but then she will just hold it until she gets home as she refuses to go... They can be funny creatures! Very handy to have the portable seat thingo, as it is "her" toilet that she is still familiar with, anywhere anytime
Hooray I'm glad to be getting back to it after a weekend away using disposables (couldn't take cloth to my I laws and not reliable enough to risk nappy free time on their cream carpets). 'Sposies are odd things!
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