Caitlyn and Corbin's EC Trail!

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sarahsunshine's picture
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Caitlyn and Corbin's EC Trail!

Welcome to the board Caitlyn and Corbin!

Feel free to add anything and everything to your trail to track you progress. I, personally, find them very neat to go back to when I need information.

And we all love photos!

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welcome and congrats on this great journey!!!

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Thanks ladies!! I am excited to have some place to write everything down and see what everyone has to say... well I will start from the beginning.

I started setting him on the big potty (he was facing the back with his back against my chest so he would still feel safe) at the beginning of july. He was just over 3 months old. On July 6 he peed for the first time! Smile He did it twice that day! Smile I kept trying but only had a few more sporadic catches and didn't do it all that often. Then in mid July I got him a little baby bjorn potty. This made the whole process much easier! Smile Thats when he seemed to really start figuring it out. Some days he goes 3-4 times a day! Most of the time when I set him on the potty, he goes pee pretty quickly.

I have still yet to catch a poo! The elusive poo!! haha. The majority of the time he poos when I am nursing him. Sometimes he poos while napping.... Every time he toots I scoop him up and rush him to the potty, but so far its still a no-go! haha! Any suggestions? Anyone else struggle with this??

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I had trouble catching poos with Leo. I tried the “every time he toots” thing and spent a lot of time running back and forth to the bathroom without any success.

At around 6-8 months, poops started to change from the runny ones to more firm ones and they decreased in number. Now (10 mo), he usually poops first thing in the morning for me (sometimes earlier than I want to get up), and I get up and take him to the sink. We co-sleep so that makes it easier to catch his poop. He tends not to poop for DH, though…

I would say to keep trying (you may get lucky), but don’t stress about it. There will be a connection at some point!

Also, I’d be very surprised if he pooped in his sleep. Likely he wiggles and rouses at least slightly to poop. Keep an eye on him…

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Well I have still not been able to catch any poo. He is still doing great with peeing though! I feel like he is really starting to get it now. He seems to pee so much more also than when we first started. This makes me feel like he is learning how to hold it. His diapers are still very wet... its not like I'm getting all his pea's... but I try to set him on the potty every time I change him to give him a chance to go. Most of the time he does! Smile You would think with a kid who poos sooo much that I would have an easy time catching one.... Not the case though!

I'm gonna keep trying though! Smile

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Cait, that is so awesome for only being 4 mths old! Way to go!

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Thanks Sophia!! I have been so proud of him. He seems to have really caught on. If I take him often enough his diaper stays dry!! Smile Now if I could just catch that elusive poo!! I posted this on another thread but wanted to XP it here just so I would have it on my trail also:

Thanks everyone! I'm excited to be here. I love ECing and think its the coolest thing when I set his tiny bum on the potty and he pees right away. I am gonna try and get DH to take a pic of him on his potty today also... just so we have it to look back on. I'll post here when i get one! I just wish he would do the poopy thing on the potty also. I read that sometimes when babies latch on and off your boob repeatedly then it can be a sign that they need to go... He does that from time to time and often times poops afterwards (I just never connected the dots before) so my next step is to try that. I am also going to decide on some sort of a poo noise (like how we say pssss when he pees) and then when he poos i'm going to do the poo noise. Then when he sits on the potty i'll prompt him with the poo noise and see if I can get him to figure it out that way. I think if I can catch a poo then he'll totally get it. He hates sitting in it and he caught on to peeing very quick!

I'll KUP! Smile

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Caitlin--you are doing great! The sleep-pooping phenomenon was part of what derailed me from trying to EC sooner...I just couldn't imagine how to even begin. Addy just grew out of that eventually, so hopefully in time Corbin will start giving you some easier opportunities to catch! At my stage, it's catching pee that's harder, since she has NO awareness of that, and there's no exterior warning, but with poop we usually have some kind of preliminary signs (farting, grunting, going quiet, etc). So if you get him understanding the pee thing this early, I think adding poop later should be a breeze.

Good work, mama Smile

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"cactuswren" wrote:

At my stage, it's catching pee that's harder, since she has NO awareness of that, and there's no exterior warning, but with poop we usually have some kind of preliminary signs (farting, grunting, going quiet, etc). So if you get him understanding the pee thing this early, I think adding poop later should be a breeze.

Good work, mama Smile

I agree with Leigh, with Evie, since she started EC at 6 mths, pee never bothered her and her only signal was to stand still (to pee)....yeah, that's really hard to catch LOL! With poops, there's are usually (but not always) more obvious signs...the trick seems to be to know which signs they are. And once he has started on solids, it will take relatively longer for the poop to come out.

I just think Corbin is so amazing to get the pee thing so fast at 4 mths!

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Well I researched some about how to solve the pooping while nursing issue. So I found where you can order this type of potty that you hold between your legs while nursing for them to poop into. Well I have a Tupperware container that is shaped the same so I just used that. I tried it on Monday (aug 8th) and he pooped into it both times while nursing. I was hoping to be able to see some sort of behavior or sign he would give - but no such luck. He was just nursing along and then BAM! Haha. I was also hoping he would see how great it is that he didn't have to poop in a diaper. So that was all the day before yesterday. Then yesterday I set him on the potty in the afternoon and he peed right away. His belly was kind of gurgling though so I let him sit there for a second and he pooped!!!! Haha!! It was the cutest thing ever bc it was loud and it echoed up out of his potty and scared him to death. He looked at me and started crying! I comforted him and he had this adorable fat lip bc he was still nervous. It was so stinkin cute though. So I don't know if he is figuring it out or if it was coincidence that he pooped the day after I did the nursing thing - either way, I'll take it!!

I'll KUP though on if it continues or not Smile

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WTG Corbin!
They are small, but can make connections pretty fast!

Sometimes when DD is cranky and does not want to sit on her potty, I sit on the floor beside the potty and nurse her until she calms down. Then she pees.

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awww too cute!!! jade used to have trouble pooping sometimes on the potty so i would sit on the floor in front of her and let her have a little while she tried, then came the problem of getting her to stop that! lol! keep up the great work!!

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I did that again today. He hadn't pooped all morning and I knew he needed to. He had a little toot on the potty and I was sure as soon as I put a diaper on to nurse he would poop. So I sat in front of him and nurse him (which my back wasn't so fond of) and then he pooped again today! Not a ton, but hopefully he is getting the idea. We put a dipe back on afterwards and about an hour later he really pooped in that. I think he is actually a little nervous about pooping on the potty. After the first time when it scared him, I'm afraid it makes him nervous now. He is easily startled and I don't want him to be afraid of it. haha! Poor little guy.

I'll KUP on how it keeps going Smile

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Caitlin, if pooping in the potty makes him nervous, why not start with pooping in a loose diaper (in a bowl or potty). Hopefully it will muffle the sounds and not scare him.

Otherwise, he is doing well!!

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He tooted loud on the potty today and it didn't seem to scare him! I was excited. I'm hoping he is finally figuring it out. We have been doing EC since the end of June and he had never pooed on the potty. Since he pooped in the tupperware container (2 days ago I think?) while I was nursing he has gone twice on the potty! I think he is figuring it out now. Slowly but surely! Smile

Thanks so much for all the support and encouragement ladies! I'm still shocked and so excited that my 4.5 month old is so smart Wink and goes on the potty!

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that's great!!!!! so happy to hear of the wonderful progress! sometimes ppl don't give these little bundles nearly enough credit! and wtg momma too!!

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Oh man have I been bad about posting! The pooping got so much better when we started solids. It basically (tmi, if there is such a thing on this board ;))firmed his poo up so that he would grunt when going. It made it sooo much easier to catch! He had gotten so good at it and was going at least once a day on the potty.

But now we have hit another road block... For whatever reason he has gone back to going when he is in bed. Basically he goes at night and during nap times... Makes it really hard to catch. He is very sensitive to the foods he eats so I have to be careful not to feed him too many plums, peaches or nectarines. I still put him on the potty after every nap and during every diaper change. But it seems like in general he is going less?? :confused:

Oh well. I know he is still tiny (7 months today) so I'm fine with giving it lots of time!

On a side note... My SIL has a little girl who is exactly 1 yr older than my DS and she posted the other day about how excited she was that her DD went pee on the potty. I couldn't help but giggle to myself bc Corbin has been peeing everyday since he was 3.5 months old. Sometimes I forget to praise him bc it is so common for him to pee. I just thought that was kinda funny Smile

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I know what you mean! My SIL has a baby 6 weeks younger than DD. She often asks me advice. I've told her about early p/t, but she does not believe it in. I am waiting for her to ask me advice on how to P/T when her D is a toddler.

Over the past few weeks, the DD's care giver at daycare has told me she is waking up with a poopy diaper.

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Hey again ladies!! Sorry it has been so long. It seems as though we have kinda hit a wall with our ECing. He seems to be at a standstill. He pees on the potty when we set him on there and sometimes I catch a poo (mostly at night before bed) but he isn't really making much forward progress. He is 10.5 months old and I was hoping by now that we would be farther along than we are. I really feel like once he can sign or tell me that he needs to go, then we'll really take off. He still poos first thing in the morning. If I wake him up and put him on the potty then he will go, but if I wait for him to wake me up in the mornings then he will have already pooped in his dipe. I guess we are just stuck in this same routine until he gets a little older and can communicate with us that he needs to go.