Late to the game, but ready to play!

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cactuswren's picture
Joined: 10/19/09
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Late to the game, but ready to play!

I have always admired EC families, and been totally on board with the general idea, but never was able to get it together when my daughter was younger—she’s an extremely frequent eliminator, I work, insert one million reasons and excuses here. BUT, she just turned one, and last week I got a friendly reminder and decided to start putting her on the potty first thing in the morning, because I knew she always pooped within a few minutes of waking. It has been a MAJOR success, and now I’ve been catching all kinds of stuff several times a day—with her even starting to TELL ME occasionally (“Poop!”) when she has to go. In a week! I may have started late, but she was definitely ready…she loves to sit on the potty (we have a seat on our big toilet) and brush her teeth while she waits. It is adorable.

So, having been instantly rewarded with all this success, now I am super excited about the whole thing. I know the road ahead is not likely to be entirely smooth, and full-time EC is just not possible for us since she is just about to start half day “school”, and they don’t even have potties in the one year old classroom, but I am definitely going to do as much as possible. And I would love to chat with those who will understand why I am so excited, so: Hello! May I join you?

Joined: 11/03/05
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Welcome. Sounds like you are off to a great start.
DD starts daycare in September and I have no idea if they will take her to the potty. I plan on offering to bring them one, and ask them to sit her on it while they change the other kids. It would not take any of their time.

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Joined: 11/29/06
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WELCOME!!!

Congrats on your success - I feel so much better just knowing that my LO isn't sitting in their own poop. Who wants that?

In terms of day care, I've heard that most places won't take them to the potty. We have luck with our day home. The provider just takes the LO when they take anyone else to the potty. Works like a charm (at 1yo).

Part time EC works great too. Just so it when you are at home.

One thing you may find if your LO poops first thing in the morning consistently is that you won't have to worry about the poops during the day at day care, just the pees. And if your day care doesn't like taking them to the potty, teach your LO to take their clothes off themselves. The daycare will quickly find that taking your LO to the potty is quicker!

CaityA83's picture
Joined: 05/08/09
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Welcome!! Congrats on your success!! I am so jealous that you are having such an easy time catching the poo! I have yet to do that... granted my LO is just now 4 months old... but he poops a ton and just won't do it on the potty... so that is great! Please join us here!! Its always great to have others who are so excited. My DH cracks up at me every time DS pees on the potty b/c I just get so stinkin excited Biggrin

"sarahsunshine" wrote:

WELCOME!!!

And if your day care doesn't like taking them to the potty, teach your LO to take their clothes off themselves. The daycare will quickly find that taking your LO to the potty is quicker!

This cracked me up! I can see a LO just stripping down on the middle of play rug or something and the workers rushing them to the potty just to stop them! haha! But I knew what you meant and agree that it would probably be easier to take them to the potty (especially if they are consistent with going on the potty) then to change their diaper every 1-2 hours! At the daycare I worked at we had tiny kid potties that were in bathrooms attached to the rooms... so it wouldn't have been very difficult at all just set them on it. I hope it works out though! That would help a ton to have a daycare that is on board!

I am baffled that the US is so oblivious to this practice! And I just don't get it. I understand we are a society of convenience (and lets admit it, laziness) but really?!? You'd rather your precious child sit in poo and pee all the time? And yucky chemical diapers?! I was lucky that I had no prob getting DH on board with CD and EC... All I said was, which one would you want for yourself? and that was the end...

Ok, I'll step off my soapbox... sorry to go off. I'm just baffled, thats all...

yipeeladybug's picture
Joined: 01/18/06
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Your success is so awesome, esp as your baby is a year old when she started! That's great!

In terms of full time EC, I would not sweat it, just do it when you can, ie. evenings and weekends. At this stage, you are really wanting her to be aware of her bodily functions of pee and poop, and even EC part of the time will achieve that. When you are ready to do full EC or even just get her into underwear, you'll be more than part way there just b/c she has her pee and poop awareness already!

cactuswren's picture
Joined: 10/19/09
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Thanks, all! Glad to be here Smile

"yipeeladybug" wrote:

Your success is so awesome, esp as your baby is a year old when she started! That's great!

In terms of full time EC, I would not sweat it, just do it when you can, ie. evenings and weekends. At this stage, you are really wanting her to be aware of her bodily functions of pee and poop, and even EC part of the time will achieve that. When you are ready to do full EC or even just get her into underwear, you'll be more than part way there just b/c she has her pee and poop awareness already!

This is my thought exactly. DH has now caught a couple of poops, and a few pees, too (though totally by accident--we have no pee awareness...yet). It's been interesting, with plenty of ups and downs already, but since I'm not really trying to "potty train" her so much as just get her used to the whole idea, it's been no stress at all. What we catch, we celebrate, and what we miss we clean up and move on. She hasn't TOLD me she needed to poop again yet, but I am already much better at catching her signals, and I do think her awareness is increasing--she's starting to clutch at her diaper and such, which she never did before. Baby steps!

Caity--I totally agree with your rant. We CD, and both DH and I really WANTED to do EC from the very beginning, too...we just had such a crazy busy past year that it fell off the radar for a while. But better late than never, right?! We've also had some major ongoing diaper rash issues, so I'm thinking this will be a big help with that, too. So far, so good!

Sarah--:lol: at the stripping. If we get far enough down this road before she moves into the 2yo class, I am definitely going to remember that Smile But since she's only in daycare 3 mornings per week, we still have lots of EC-available hours in the day.

yipeeladybug's picture
Joined: 01/18/06
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I would discuss the potty issue with the daycare school your daughter is going to. They may not know that EC/PT with younger kids are even possible. If you have an opportunity to show how easy it is with your daughter, they might be willing to do this, even if they have never heard of EC before.

Even if the daycare are not willing, your daughter will catch on quick that diapers are for daycare, EC is for home. It's amazing how adaptable kids are.

I was really fortunate, we had Evie at home until she was 18 mths old before she went into daycare, and daycare was very supportive and encouraging of potty training. For a long time, it was her and another girl 9 mths older that were using the kid sized toilets
(which Evie *totally* loves to use!).

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Joined: 10/19/09
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They very well might be--it's a GREAT school, with plenty of progressive parents, so we might not even be the first to ask. I'm just happy to have found a place that will at least do cloth diapers...tomorrow's her first day, so I will mention it! I did buy a potty seat for my mom, who watches her on Mondays and Fridays, and told her what to look for Smile

This morning, by the way, she peed AND pooped on the toilet first thing in the morning, and was so proud of herself. By the time we got to my mom's she had pooped in her diaper again, but hey! Success is success. I think she gets it--now we just need to work on giving her a good, clear signal.

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Joined: 07/26/08
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congrats and welcome!!!!! good luck, good job and i look forward to reading about the many successes!!!!