The best time to start practicing EC with your baby is before they are 4 or 5 months old. Yes, you can start right from birth! There is a line of thinking that babies are born potty trained, which is why they tend to pee during diaper changes. After only a few months of going in their diaper, they learn that that is what is expected of them. EC is a child led potty training practice which allows you to teach them from the beginning where to go to the bathroom rather than teach them to dirty a diaper, and then a few years later, try to unteach that. If your baby is already older than that, don’t let it discourage you. Just realize that you are unteaching what you have already taught them to do.
If you choose to EC, you don’t have to commit to it full time. Let’s face it, as moms (or dads) we are busy. You can EC part time, or even just occasionally. Any amount of EC will benefit baby and help you learn babies cues. The easiest place to start, is when baby wakes up. I don’t know about you, but I always have to go when I wake up. As it turns out, so does Charlie! And if I can drag my tired butt out of bed when he first wakes up, we get there, he goes and we carry on with our morning. I won’t lie or pretend to be something I am not. Some mornings, I want that extra few minutes so badly and just don’t drag myself out to take him potty.
As our day goes on, I tend to take him to the potty whenever I change his diaper. Right now, we are successful about 4-5 times a day. I feel good about that. At this point, we don’t attempt it when we are out and about, but we do try when we are at the cabin.
I also set a timer for Maggie who I am trying to convince to start going in the potty again. She was going all the time in the potty at 18 months, and then just quit. When I try to convince her, I also take Charlie to the bathroom.
When we do have time where I am not doing a million other things, I try to leave him naked and playing on the floor so I can better watch for signs that he has to go. I was really super duper happy today because he was getting all gassy and I decided I should set him on the potty. What do you know….he poo’ed in the potty! I think I know when Charlie is trying to tell me he has to go, but I’m not sure. If he is, I know I miss it quite often, but we are doing our best and celebrating every success!
If you are interested in learning more, stay tuned. I will try to post again each week, but I promise nothing at this point. Next topic: EC positions
Have you tried EC with your little one? Do you fall into the full time, part time, or occasional category?