...not sure if I should really call it one, since I started this soooooooo late after we began EC. But here goes:
We started ECing her at 6 mths. I really never thought or knew about EC until after. What got us started was her.
We started solids at 6 mths, and within 3 days, she started getting a really bad rash...really, her first major diaper rash ever. It caused her so much pain that cleaning her bum made her cry....made me cry too. Anyways, one day, DH was changing her overnite diaper to a regular diaper. He got a clean diaper under her, looked away for a moment to do something (get a wipe? not sure...) and when he looked back, she pooped in the nice clean diaper. So he had to change her diaper again.
When did this again the next morning, DH came and told me that he believed she was actually holding her poop until a clean diaper was laid under her. And after much discussion, we thought, well, if she can hold her poop for a clean diaper...she can hold her poop for the potty!!! So we pottied her the next morning. She was upset at first since she could barely sit up on her own, never mind on a potty, so we held her upright and wouldn't let her move. But she pooped right away. And we tried again the next morning and she pooped in the potty instead of her diaper. 3 days after we started pottying her, her diaper rash disappeared completely. Once she realized that pooping in the potty and not her diaper caused her rash to disappear, she was very interested in using the pottying for poops, altho we didn't always catch each poop. But as she had just started solids and it was messing with her poops, we didn't expect much. But I believe about a month or so after, she began to get regular 2 poops a day: 1 first thing in the morning and the other after her 2nd nap, just before dinner. We got so good at catching her poops, I never had a dirty diaper for MONTHS. Only times she has pooped in her diaper was when she was sick and when her diet gets a bit too "fibre-rich". And she is so upset every time it happens.
Pees were tricky right from the start, she was ok with peeing in her diaper, so she wasn't motivated to let us know when she was about to pee. And her only signal was to go quiet...even then, it wasn't always consistent. Some days were worse than others. But over the days and weeks, she started getting pretty good about peeing 1st thing in the morning and sometimes after naps. We used training pants, and while it helped her get aware of her pees, it still didn't motivate her to tell us when she needed to pee.
She signed potty for the 1st time at 11 mths, but then rarely signed after that. Last month, she finally started signing and signalling a bit more reliably. Also, she has begun to stay dry during her meals (she used to always pee at some point while in the high chair). She will sometimes even hold her pee until I can get her on a potty. She still has accidents but they are a lot less, for sure. She still unfortunately relies on us to ask her if she needs to go to the potty; she doesn't initiate any communication about the potty with us.
Our current "challenges" in EC:
1. signing/signalling/communicating when she needs to go to the potty
2. taking herself to the potty
3. holding her pee during diaper free time until she goes on the potty
4. initiating the communicate to need to use the potty
So I think that's all to the trail right now.