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DS1 - 6 month update

> Age of your EC-child...
6 months

> We started at...
Birth

> Generally speaking we are doing...
Great!

> How do you know your baby has to go? Baby's signals? Timing?  Intuition? Is there a difference for poos and pees?
He gets fussy, does not nurse well, does not sleep well, won’t settle well.  Sometimes we offer preemptively, and we try to offer before leaving . . . which is sometimes hard to do.  I have not noticed an obvious, “hey, I am going to poo” signal, but the morning poop routine is pretty common.

> Which positions/receptacles do you use?
For daytime we use classic holds, over the bathroom sink and toilet.  We also use a little potty, mainly still on the countertop.  For nighttime we use a little potty with warmer at the bed, but we rarely potty at night.  Occasionally we venture to the bathroom, but those are on nights with bigger issues than just needing to potty (teething, illness).

> Do you use diapers or training pants?  On what occasions, what kind of diapers?
We use trainers both day and night.  We use wool SimplyCover with prefold if the trainer laundry needs to be done.  We have a wide variety of waterproof, non-waterproof, snap and no-snap.  We also use wool pants and/or wool receiving blankets to complement the trainers.

> How are you doing away from home?
Fine.  We use public toilets, and we also use our vehicle as a main base with potties, extra trainers and wet bags.  I try to take a small wet bag with a change of trainers for most daytime stops.  Sometimes I take a bigger bag with multiple changes (more typical on evening outings).

> What are you doing at night?
I offer the potty at night when nursing doesn’t settle him.  The potty is kept by the bed.  Unfortunately, the sleeping quarters are cramped, so we have to be mindful of potty splashes.  Since figuring out the gluten contamination and almond issues when he was just over 3 months, our nighttimes have been largely dry.  He typically goes to bed around 9’ish and wakes around 4:30’ish for his first morning potty.

> Who takes baby to the potty?
Me, DH, helpers

> Accidents - how many do you have?  What times are especially accident-prone?
We have lots of misses.  Sometimes we go for stretches, but those can often be followed by higher miss periods.  We have lots of cloth backup so that we don’t stress about misses.  Awake times are more accident prone LOL.  Of course, baby awake/stirring while mommy tries to sleep is another accident-prone time too.

> Other new insights:
We all got sick, and I wanted to use disposables for a brief moment in time. But I was too lazy to go buy any. It was a fleeting moment really. I am overjoyed that our family has reduced our load on the planet by at least a huge reduction in our diapering. My first was in disposables full-time when we discovered EC. After transitioning to cloth to aid in our EC efforts, we never seriously looked back. I love going to the grocery store and *not* buying more trash!

I am now looking for ideas of ways to recycle old trainers. Some of mine are on their third go-round now! Unfortunately, some look it!! I have lost snaps on a very few and have sold some of my early ones from our first. But most are still getting lots of pees! All in all, I have been thrilled with the cloth trainer option for our family. I think most exhilarating is when I look at my two drawers full of our cloth backup and recognize that this is *all* I have to show for “diapering” our three kids. AND, I plan to sell most of *that*. When I consider the stark contrast of what I would have to show for conventionally diapering three kids, I am just grateful for learning about EC when I did.

> What do you like most about ec’ing at the moment?
That it gives me an additional thing to try when my son is unsettled and all that poo in the toilet!

> Do you ever wish you'd have never heard about it?
No, but I often wish that I had never heard of conventional diapering.

> Tips for this stage . . .
Mirror time is a lot of fun, and it is time to get those books out!


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