Elimination Communication?

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sweetsriracha's picture
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Elimination Communication?

I was wondering if any of you hard-core BWing Mamas had ever dabbled in elimination communication with your little ones? How did that go?

I REALLY want to do EC...but I've been putting off starting it like crazy. And now that this interest in BW is kinda taking over, I'm curious about some of the mechanics. I don't want to keep LO diaper-less in a baby carrier...and I do need to be able to easily remove him! I'm thinking ring slings might be our friend in this endeavor.

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We've dabbled. I first started when DD was a few weeks old and she HATED the potty. She would scream every time I held her over the potty. So, I stopped until she could sit on the potty with just a little support. I think she was about 4 months when we started a routine. We'd put her on the potty every morning and at intervals throughout the day. She was really great at peeing and OK at pooing in the potty but we never did it as more than a parlor trick. We never did diaper-less for more than just nakie time. Most parents who EC don't go diaperless all the time. I wouldn't put a baby in a carrier diaperless. Too much mess unless you've got EC down.

EC is great. DD is just shy of 16 months and totally understands what the potty is for and is a huge fan of it. I can tell she prefers to use the potty. CDing has helped a lot in that arena too. She tries to tell us when she has to go but since she's not verbal yet and we never really went hardcore with it I'm not awesome at predicting her needs more than 5 seconds in advance. Just today, I had her in panties just to see what would happen. The first time she peed she went over and sat on the potty and peed ... in her panties. She didn't like that too much. The second time she came up to me and tugged on my pants and yelled at me but that could mean about a million things so I ignored it. She peed on my feet. Once we get this talking thing down I suspect it'll go much more smoothly.

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"TiggersMommy" wrote:

We've dabbled. I first started when DD was a few weeks old and she HATED the potty. She would scream every time I held her over the potty. So, I stopped until she could sit on the potty with just a little support. I think she was about 4 months when we started a routine. We'd put her on the potty every morning and at intervals throughout the day. She was really great at peeing and OK at pooing in the potty but we never did it as more than a parlor trick. We never did diaper-less for more than just nakie time. Most parents who EC don't go diaperless all the time. I wouldn't put a baby in a carrier diaperless. Too much mess unless you've got EC down.

That's pretty exactly much my experience, except that after being really into the potty from around 13 months to 16 months, DD hit the toddler "no" zone and is currently mostly anti-potty except for rare occasions. (It's a bummer, because she was even asking to use it over at my mom's house when I wasn't around!) I am not pushing it, because the last thing I need is a power struggle over potty training! She knows what it's for, and I'm just waiting for her to come around emotionally to wanting to use it again. I have recently started just putting her on it without asking as a matter of course before baths, though, because two tub poops in a row was two too many. She's been accepting that okay so far.

I always loved the idea of EC, but as a part-time working mom I could never fully commit. I think any exposure helps in the long run, though--and hey, every catch is a diaper you don't have to change Smile

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I didn't do any EC, but I know there are BWers who EC. Some go diaper less, others use fitted cloth diapers, and still others use disposables. I've read that many rarely have an issue with BWing once they've started ECing. Babies used to EC show their signs and wait to be taken out of the carrier before going. Seems to me that picking up on those signals would be easier with BWing. Some moms wrap exclusively and EC without issues, so you don't necessarily need an "easier" carrier for it.
Good luck! Smile

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