When I was pregnant with Arora my step sister Lisa, over at my world Edenwild, told me about a book she was reading, “Diaper-Free Baby”. She told me the basics of EC and honestly I thought she was crazy (sorry Lisa). But I was also intrigued. I ordered the book from amazon and read it. I still thought is sounded too good to be true. I thought “if this works why doesn’t everyone do it ?” When Arora was born I decided to try EC for one day and see if it worked. I took her to the potty and gave a cue sound, psss, and she peed. She was 3 weeks old. After that I was hooked. We began practicing EC with her full time. It was super easy to take her to the potty, it took no longer then it would to change her diaper. David was super supportive and could see the benefits, like saving money on diapers and having a happier baby. We went through times when we would “catch” nearly everything and times when we didn’t.
We never pushed Arora and tried to follow her lean and cues for eliminating purposes. We switched to regular panties around 18 months and Arora was potty trained at 25 months.
I knew we would EC with Ender before he was born but was a bit worried about having the time and connection with him to be successful. I was also worried about the different anatomy 🙂 Little girls piddle, little boys spray. And with everything that comes with parenting it wasn’t what I thought it would be.
We started EC the first week he was born, we noticed he really does not like to be wet. We have a little step stool in the kids bathroom and it makes it easy for me to sit on and hold him over the toilet so he can go. I make a cue sound, psss and say something like “Ender do you need to go pee or poop? We are at the toilet now. This is where we go potty.” He will go within about 30 seconds or he doesn’t need to go. We catch a lot of poop, not many pee’s.
I am glad I can help him to be clean and dry and not have to use so many diapers.I am glad we are forming a trusting relationship when Ender knows that I will help him with his needs. Arora likes to help Ender flush the potty, and to pick out what color diaper he will wear next.
Here is a link to an article my step sister Lisa wrote a while ago on doing EC with an infant.
Here is an cute article my husband wrote for an assignment in school about EC.