Log in

No account? Create an account
Elimination Communication's Journal [entries|friends|calendar]
Elimination Communication

[ userinfo | livejournal userinfo ]
[ calendar | livejournal calendar ]

G diaper question [14 Mar 2015|06:02pm]

Hello all savvy cloth diaper mammas! I am expecting my second one in about 4 weeks and want to really give it a try with cloth diapering this time. When I was training my daughter I recall reading a word of caution about some tri-fold or thick cloth diapers that absorb the moisture so well that they sort of defeat the purpose of ec training - the child barely understands that they have gone because the diaper is so super absorbent that it almost feels dry.

Recalling this I have a question about g diaper cloth inserts - they are advertised to have some poly fiber in it that removes the moisture away from the child and makes it feel dry. Any idea if these diapers defeat the purpose of having the baby in cloth diapers from the elimination control training perspective?

Any other advice on what diapers and covers may be a better choice than g's? Though kind of pricey, I like them because of ease of use and the covers are cloth and breathable and fit nicely. But I really don't have that much experience with cloth diaper systems. Maybe there are other ones out there that are better or just as good but not as expensive?

Thanks so much!
post comment

Sabotage? [17 Apr 2012|12:15am]

My 14 month old is boycotting the potty. She started doing it when the grandma arrived about a month ago. First, it was just with her, and just in the afternoons. Now it is with everyone and most of the time. As soon as I bring her near the potty, she starts arching and screaming. Occasionally, I have had luck placing her on a potty (baby bjorn) first thing in the morning, but even this is failing now. I have started holding her over the sink again like a 6-month old.

Has anyone experienced anything similar? Not sure if this is another age-stage thing for her, or just some negativity that she developed with around the potty. She tried to boycott the potty the last time grandma visited, but then the grandma was able to achieve partial success with her, and I never lost my luck. This time it is just bad-bad-bad! Not sure what to do. She was so well trained, and now everything got unglued... Any advice?
1 comment|post comment

EC Hilarity [26 Aug 2011|09:42am]

(x-posted to my journal)

This morning Oscar pooped in his potty around 7 as he does most days. Sometimes he has another one mid-morning, but usually not. I was making Scott's smoothie around 8 and Oscar was in his cage. He stopped playing and stood up and started getting whiny. I had to go to the bathroom so I scooped him up on the way. Now when I go, I'll usually put him on his potty whether or not I think he has to go, just to kind of build the association, Mom's on the big potty and Grimmy's on the little potty, and this is what we do in the bathroom. Well, I took his diaper off, and was lowering him down to put him on his little potty, when I feel my foot go "squish!" Somehow, in between taking the diaper off and putting him on the potty, a space of about 2 seconds, he pooped on the floor without my noticing, and I stepped in it. Grand.
I desperately don't want him to get his hands in it while I'm cleaning up, so I set him over to the side with some toys and start cleaning up. I hear his "omm omm omm" which often means, "hey mom, I peed!" I look over, and sure enough, he's standing in pee. I would have put him on his little potty, but I thought the struggle of getting him to stay on it while I cleaned up the poo would have been too much. . .
So now we have poo on my shoe and the floor, and pee on the floor and the baby and some toys. I pick up the baby and put him in the sink, rinse him off, put the diaper back on, and put him in the walker while I douse the bathroom floor in lysol. Poor Scotty probably didn't get much sleep with him clunking down the hallway in the walker babbling loudly, but I did finally finish making his shake after all the excitement was over. :b
3 comments|post comment

Footies and socks [07 Aug 2011|08:12pm]

Can anyone recommend footies and socks that don't fall off?
2 comments|post comment

Clear Potty? [31 Jul 2011|11:38pm]

My daughter is soon 6 months old, and she is starting to sit up little by little. I would like to start putting her on a potty to pee, rather than holding her over a sink.

I was looking to buy a clear potty at the EC store, but it seems to be permanently sold out. Does anyone have any ideas how to teach her effectively to use a regular potty, or where to get a clear potty?

If using a regular potty, how do I know when she peed other than pulling her off the potty to check? It seems ineffective in terms of learning to have her sit on the potty and listen to my psss-pssss when she had already peed. I am concerned that she won't understand what I want from her if I keep psss-ing her after she had already gone. How can I tell right away if she has gone?

Many thanks.
4 comments|post comment

Banner Day for EC in our House [25 Jul 2011|12:17am]

[ mood | pleased ]

History: I started EC'ing my LO when she was 2mo. I started over a hospital basin on the kitchen counter and sometimes just the sink. I got a BBLP and even sometimes took her to the big potty eventually. Shortly after her 1st birthday, though, I had knee surgery and our EC practices just went right out the window.

She is now nearing her 2nd birthday and I'm trying to get back on track. I'm pregnant and lazy, though. This weekend I've felt more motivated in general and today we had FOUR catches! I've been successfully catching the first pee of the day these past few days, but today I have a funny story to share...

I decided I wanted a fresh pair of jammie pants (about all I wear when home) so I stripped off the pair I was wearing, throwing my arms in the air, and touting "naked!" My daughter pointed at her diaper and (apparently) requested to also be naked. I removed her diaper and noticed it was nearly (if not completely) dry. So I invited her to go potty with me. We both went!

Being pregnant has it's benefits. I can pretty much pee on command at any time. It is so cute, though, because she tries to imitate me giving her cue, so we whisper "pst pst pst, pee pee pee." She seems pretty fascinated by the toilet paper right now and got up for me to wipe her today. Then she sat down and peed. lol

post comment

Reading signs [21 Jul 2011|10:45am]

How much do y'all read pre-potty signs, really? The diaper-free book makes it sound so easy, but I feel like less than half of the ones I catch were because of a cue from my baby that I picked up on. Mostly I just take him when he wakes up, and I try sort of randomly throughout the day, when it seems like he hasn't gone in awhile. Maybe I have some special mom intuition about when to do it that I'm unaware of. Sometimes I'll know he needs to go if he's squirmy while nursing, and occasionally he'll warn me with a little fuss while he's playing. . . but I can't distinguish it from other fussy noises he makes (like, just the "come get me now, ma, I'm done being on the floor" fuss) and it's probably luck when I get it right.
Oscar does have a pretty clear DON'T have to potty signal, which is if I try to put him on the toilet and he doesn't want to go, boy, does he object! He arches his back and shrieks. Then sometimes 10 minutes later he'll do it in the diaper, but oh well. I feel like it's important not to push it if he's not in the mood to try.
4 comments|post comment

Little potty [19 Jul 2011|12:15pm]

My son is almost 7 months and we've been ECing a bit since he was born (catching 40-90% of them, depending on the day). I hold him facing the back of the toilet, with my hands holding his thighs. He's getting heavier, and I'm wondering if now would be a good time to try to transition him to using his little potty (Baby Bjorn). I've tried sitting him on it a few times and he didn't do anything, but I don't know if it's because he really didn't have to go those times, or if it's because it was different. How have y'all transitioned, or have you just kept putting them on the big toilet, maybe with a baby insert? It makes sense for us to keep using the big toilet because then we won't have to switch back again, but on the other hand I want it to be accessible to him when he's agile enough to get onto the little potty by himself.
7 comments|post comment

Harmful Associations? [25 Jun 2011|05:33pm]

Does anybody know about creating harmful associations in an infant? I spoke with my aunt who EC'ed both of her sons, and she warned me against using the sound of actual water running as an association to prompt my 4-month old to pee. She said that by doing this I will create a situation where my daughter will wet any time she hears the water running. I kind of suspected this anyway, so I stopped using this sound which had been reasonably successful until then.

Recently, I have been peeing her in the bathroom sink with the bathroom fan turned on. The fan is rather loud and creates a nasty white noise. I also accompany these pottytunities with the traditional "pssss" sound. Amazingly, today, she has gone at every pottytunity, and I am concerned whether she is developing another harmful association with the fan sound.

Has anybody experienced anything similar? I don't want her to develp a habit of wetting every time she hears a similar fan-white-noise.

Many thanks!
5 comments|post comment

Wet Bed (Karma for Bragging?) [11 May 2010|01:08am]

Cross posted from 5/7/10 in my journal:

When Sasha woke the first time last night, I took her to potty - fine. I brought her back to bed naked. She had a restless night, so we made several trips to the potty. This morning, once she was up for the day, she went potty again. I don't bother emptying or rinsing the potty during the night. Well, this morning something went wrong. Sometimes the potty sticks to her bum or she kicks it. This morning it came up with her and dumped an entire night worth of pee on the bathroom counter, down my legs, on her legs... it was a huge mess. Mind you, she had just woken, so she wanted to nurse. She was not happy about being set on the floor so Mommy could clean up the mess. Ugh.

I was glad we waited til morning for our shower. After our shower, she was sleepy. I was laying in the living room floor with her, nursing. She rolled over to all fours, then used me for support to stand up. Then she peed... on me. Yep, that's right. She stood up and peed on me. Sigh.

So... needless to say, I had a rough morning. I did, however, get a little laundry and other chores done. I hope I can pull off not having to do anything on Mother's Day.
post comment

Dry Bed [11 May 2010|01:04am]

[ mood | pleased ]

Crossposted from my 5/06/10 in journal:

That first night I tried to incorporate potty breaks into our nighttime, I let Sasha sleep naked and I was groggy... she peed on my leg. Hello Mommy... you are not ready for this! I have eased into it now and so...

Last night I put a dry diaper on Sasha as we went to bed at about 11pm. She woke around 2 or 3 with a dry diaper. I took her to potty. She doesn't like to sit on the cool potty in the middle of the night, but with it on the counter and a breast for her to suckle, she is happy to sit there and pees almost immediately after latching. When we went back to bed, I decided to brave it again. Only I didn't have any changing (water proof) pads clean. So I just let her sleep next to me in our bed, naked. We tried again when she stirred around 4, but she didn't go. I still put her back to bed naked. We tried again when she woke around 5 or 6 and she went for me again. So she got to be naked some more. When we got up for the day around 730, I put her dry diaper back on her, then realized we should go potty first. Duh.

So there you go... she got to have naked time while sleeping which I think must be really good for the bum and much better for sleeping!

I then proceeded to miss several times, so we had 2-3 wet diapers before we headed out for Daddy's Physical Therapy. Last time we went, I had considered taking her to potty part way through and didn't. Sure enough, she was wet. So this time when it came to mind, I took her. She gladly peed in their sink, so she stayed dry for that whole time, too!

She did poop in a diaper recently, but it had been awhile since the last time that happened. I was at work. I'm really pleased with how we're doing!

post comment

could this have happened to you? [16 Apr 2010|02:19pm]

[ mood | crappy ]

I was bumming around this morning, having a hard time doing much of anything and finally decided that a quick shower would jump start me. The 4 year old was playing video games and I put the 1 year old in the playpen. I told my son to come tell me if she cried "super a lot of crying" and he said OK.

With conditioner in my hair, I hear the door open. (I would love to not shut it in the first place, but it makes our smoke detector go off) There is my son, carrying his sister under her arms.

"I'm bringing you Alli."

(Thank you captain obvious.)

"Why, was she crying?"

"No, she wanted a shower."

He starts stripping her, takes her (dry) diaper off and then takes his own clothes off and they both climb in. Oh well.

During the shower, she starts signing potty. Several times, kind of insistantly. I wrap it up and offer her the toilet. Ha ha ha, she cries and looks at me like I've got to be kidding. Then she signs potty again. Fine. I leave Ben in the bathroom (he is currently running the sink water making a sink bath for his feet) and go to the other bathroom where the seat adapter and the baby potty reside. I put Alli on the toilet with her adapter and she sits for a second and then suddenly seems to notice I am naked. (we are still dripping wet from our shower here, so it's not like a SURPRISE) But she goes nuts and says nuh nuh nuh (nurse) over and over and cries to get down from the potty. So I get her down, bring her to the bed and we nurse until I hear "HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" coming from the other bathroom.

I leave Alli, run across the living room and go and see what has happened to Ben. He is fine, but has knocked the shelf out of the mirror cabinet and toiletries are everywhere. Thankfully he did not try to clean up, since there were razors and things.

I put the shelf back, clean up, and then Ben asks where Alli is.

"In the bedroom where I left her, since I thought you were having an emergency."

"I'll go check on her!"

"Thanks sweetie."

"MOM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BABY IS COVERED IN POOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

And so she is. As well as the bed and the carpet and the laundry that was on the ground and several books.

Of course.

Signing potty in the shower, but not wanting to go held over the toilet. Sitting down on her seat and then suddenly wanting to nurse. Duh. In hindsight, I could have seen this coming a mile away.

I send Ben to play in his room, put Alli back in the cage and started cleaning.

He wanders back a few minutes later and says "Mom, I forgive you."

I start mentally counting to a thousand, but it's not working.

"Forgive me? You're the one who got her out of the cage ... wait, how DID you get her out of the cage?"

"I lifted up the bottom and she crawled under it"

oh. of course.

x-posted from my journal

8 comments|post comment

Regression? [04 Feb 2010|02:02pm]

When I first heard about EC, I thought it was pretty cool, but definitely only for really motivated moms who are much more devoted than me. So I shelved the idea for a while.

When Valerie turned six months old and we started solid foods (BLW), her pooping became much more... obvious. She had really solid poops, and she strained for a while with them, and I thought, hey, maybe if I put her on the potty to poop, it will be easier for her, not having to push against the diaper.

It worked really well for a while. By the time she was about a year old, I was catching most of her poops on the potty, and I had added morning pottying, too. She would wake up dry most mornings, and have a big pee on the potty.

Cut for lengthCollapse )
8 comments|post comment

Product Endorsement : BBLP [03 Feb 2010|10:37pm]

[ mood | pleased ]

When I was studying EC, I kept seeing people mention the BBLP. In fact, the abbreviation is very common but you rarely see it explained. I think I had to google BBLP to figure out what it was! The Baby Bjorn Baby Potty is presented as being small for taking on the go, but it is hailed as being a great fit for baby bums.

I started out holding Sasha over toilets and sinks. Then I started holding her over a hospital basin on the kitchen counter (great height!). Then I finally ordered the BBLP. It was an easy transition from holding her up, supporting her thighs, to settling her onto the potty.

Sasha has really taken to the potty! I think it is a more clear signal to her that it is time to go. She pees almost every time I put her on it! And she loves to sit on it and kick her feet. I still sit her facing away from me so that it is most like when I held her for potty time. She can't quite sit up on her own, so I've found this to be a great way to support her.

The plastic can get a bit cold, so sometimes I fold a cloth diaper to tuck between her backside and the back rest. She mostly doesn't seem to mind the temperature of the potty, though.

I love our BBLP! I know there are other potties out there, but I can see why this one would be preferred.

post comment

Loving EC! [01 Feb 2010|11:23pm]

[ mood | pleased ]

I have simply not taken the time to sit with my now-4mo daughter naked and watch for her potty signs. (I work full time outside the home and she stays home with Daddy - who is supportive, but not involved in the EC effort.) However, we were basically snowed in this past weekend and I had a little extra time off from work. Sasha got to spend most of the weekend naked. I kept thinking about putting a diaper on her, but I'd give her a "potty-tunity" (I love that word!) and she'd go. So for every time she went, I just let her go naked longer. We did use a few diapers, but I am thrilled with how well we did! We didn't have a full-on "miss" (in my book this means pee or poop that isn't in the potty OR the diaper) until Sunday evening.

I just want to post about our EC stuff daily sometimes and I feel silly because most of my LJ friends don't have little ones, at least not in the diaper range. I could rattle on for quite a
while here... but also don't want to come off like I'm preaching to the choir.

If you'd like to see any of my personal EC posts, you can see them here.

1 comment|post comment

Cloth Diapers question [05 Oct 2009|02:03pm]

Hi, everyone. I'm semi-new. I asked around here a long time ago for my daughter but by then, she was potty trained, and I didn't need to use cloth diapers anymore. But now I'm pregnant with the 2nd baby, and I'm determined to stick with cloth diapers only this time around.

I'm registering for baby stuff and I am not sure where to start register for cloth diapers. Any recommendations on websites and what would be a great starter? I bought a several bum genius for my daughter a while ago, and I didn't like how it was kind of too big for her. It didn't look comfortable especially with clothes over bum genius. I only used it when she was indoor. I guess I'm looking for something that the baby can actually wear clothes over the cloth diapers when we're on the go.

Thanks in advance!
4 comments|post comment

Encouragement for EC [16 Aug 2009|08:24pm]

[ mood | cheerful ]

There are some new inspiring stories for EC'ing Mammas of all stages:

Adventures in Part-Time Baby Pottying


P.S The latest is from Laurie Boucke, who re-introduced EC to the west!

post comment

Win a Baby Potty & your choice of EC book at Sensible Living [17 Jul 2009|09:01am]


Win a Baby Potty & your choice of EC book at Sensible Living, until August 1st 2009.
Just post a comment on the thread to enter, mention the EC book you'd fancy a look through.
Annie is having a giveaway to help promote EC. Help pass the word around!

post comment

EC just not possible for some babies? [15 Jul 2009|09:23am]

I think I've pretty much given up with my 16 month old. She used to use the potty when she was very young, but as she's gotten older, she's phased it out. It isn't that she doesn't like the potty. She just doesn't care, I think. For a while, she would only poop in the potty. Now she will only poop in a diaper. I can catch a pee maybe once or twice a month. It's been like this for many months now. It's so strange.

She will sign for the potty, but only after she has already gone. She gives no sign or signal that she is going potty. NONE at all. She doesn't stay still or grunt or make a face. She will just go and then make the hand sign so I will change her. Many times a day, she will sign potty when she has not yet gone and I will take her, but she will just sit there and look around and try to pull all the toilet paper off of the roll or dump over the diaper pail or try to play in the cat litter box. I can sit there with her for one minute or ten and she won't ever go, no matter what. Eventually, she just gets irritated at being there and starts to fight and scream, so I put her diaper back on. The only time I can catch a pee is after a nap when she's still groggy and that, as I've said, is next to never.

I've tried every trick everyone has ever come up with: toys, books, activities, no activities, potty pause for two to four weeks, potty seat, big potty. Nothing at all works.

Has anyone ever had a child who just can't/won't use the potty? At this point, I'm pretty much ready to just give up this pointless fight and let her use her diaper until she's at the usual age kids start potty learning.

9 comments|post comment

[13 Jun 2009|01:46am]

Wondering if anyone has any tips on returning to e.c. We started with cues from about 2 weeks old, started using the sink/big toilet at 4 weeks, got a baby bjorn tiny potty at 10 weeks, at 5 months we were catching all poops and lots of pees. Then we moved. In teh weeks time it took us to move, we were set back like 3 months. For awhile we were still holding onto afternap/sleep pees. It only took a couple more months and we lost that too. Now, he is one year [yesterday!!!] and I feel I should try to get back into the groove now. Any tricks/experience with re entering the e.c. way??

He i sto th epoint now where, if I see he is pooping, and put him on the potty, he will not go until he is back in a diaper.
1 comment|post comment

[ viewing | most recent entries ]
[ go | earlier ]