If you are reading this and wondering what in the world I am talking about, here is what elimination communication is. EC is when the parent or other caregiver uses timing, signals, cues and intuition to tend to a childs need to eliminate waste (go potty).
When Maggie was born, I decided to try EC with her at one point, but really didn’t follow through with it at all, and quickly gave it up completely.
With Charlie, I figured I would give it a shot again. I figured that since we are working on potty training with Maggie, I may as well take him to go too. That, and I have a hard time finding a great nighttime solution for him so that he doesn’t wake up mad because he is wet, and I don’t wake up in wet sheets. I also know that if I wait until he pees in the morning that half the time, the result is a leaky diaper for super pee’r boy. Plus, if I am going to change him, only to have to change him again a half hour later, what is the point! So I give him a few minutes in the morning to wake up, and then into the bathroom we go. I was excited the first morning I tried with him and he actually peed in the toilet! Way to go little dude! Fast forward the rest of the day, we tried a few times, but it didn’t happen. Next morning, he peed in the potty again! Yay! I could get use to this!!!
Now, we go every morning, and we try to go every time he wakes up. We have had some random luck hitting it at the right time, and just last night, John got to see Charlie go on the potty. His first time going in the potty was at 3 months old!!!
Tonight, I was watching him because learning his cues is a big part of making this EC business work out for us. Well, he made this little face, he got all serious suddenly, so I took him to the bathroom. Guess what….he peed again in the toilet.
So that is where we are at right now. It’s going good. I don’t take him into the bathroom as often as I would or should, but hey, I’m a busy mama. We generally go do something every morning, so the mornings don’t work good for us except that first little bit when we wake up. The little successes make me want to keep going with it. While I LOVE my cloth diapers (ahem, I mean their cloth diapers), I’m okay with early potty training too!
I’m thinking of writing a “how to” type of post on EC. Would you be interested in reading it? Have you ever tried this with your little ones?