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DD2 - 6 month update

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

> We started at...
Birth

> Generally speaking we are doing...
Great.  She communicates her needs very well, and we try to respond as well as possible.  However, last week, I would have said it was rough!  Last week she didn’t want to sit for anything, so I just had her stand to go on our “pee mat.”

> How do you know your baby has to go? Baby's signals? Timing?
> Intuition? Is there a difference for poos and pees?
Her signs are a little bit harder to decipher these days, so I do use timing a bit.  We focus on appropriate potty opportunities as well, much easier when going out and about.  I have noticed that consumption of corn and soy seem to throw everything off with very frequent peeing.  I am still trying to evaluate dairy – hard for me to do since I don’t want to give it up.  We have also gotten into a morning routine now which has been really helpful.  She will sit on the BBLP in the morning now and play while she gets out a few pees and usually a poo or two.  It was really hard to give her this time on the potty before she could sit independently.  At night, she is going longer between pees, but that will vary based on her nursing consumption.  I try to gauge her need to pee by her restlessness when nursing.  During the day, the “pee shudder” has become a more obvious signal and means that she is peeing.

> Which positions/receptacles do you use?
We mainly use the BBLP, usually on the floor now.  We also use a variety of standing at sink, in-arms over toilet, potty bowl, toilet w/insert and in-arms outside.  The “pee mat” still has residence in our bathroom.  If baby has to pee, letting her stand while cued or mama peeing is a great way to “catch”.  I was thinking that I should put a bowl in front of her to pee into, but then she went and peed behind her right leg.  There is no “aiming” with girls, but sometimes I wish there were.

> Do you use diapers or training pants?
> On what occasions, what kind of diapers?
We use a mix of Bright Bots (sizes S, M, L), Snap Pants (sizes S, M or L), KISSes (sizes M, L), B’undies (sizes M, L), and Poquitos (size L).  This varies depending on desired protection and laundry status.  I like to use a PULpad to improve wetness protection on car rides.

> How are you doing away from home?
Great.  Changing wet undies is easy.  I do rely on wool skirts and shorts (with babylegs) to help protect my clothing if that is important on the outing.  But we just offer the potty, and she uses it.

> What are you doing at night?
Mainly non-waterproof trainers are worn at night.  I keep a few dry pairs by the bed for changes, and I toss wet ones onto a fleece mat.  I offer her the potty while nursing when I think she needs to go, and we get several catches most nights.  She has resisted “sitting” on the potty, so I changed my night potty to the clear potty with potty turtleneck.  The clear potty has a higher splash guard which is helpful when she wants to be in a much reclined position.  The potty turtleneck has made her more interested in sitting on the potty (I think the plastic was getting too cold for her liking at night).

> Who takes baby to the potty?
Me, DH and our teenage babysitter

> Accidents - how many do you have and
> what times are especially accident-prone?
Mornings are accident prone.  I don’t care enough about my hit rate to track it.  I am just happy that she doesn’t sit in wet or dirty panties.  And I am happy to have an amazing collection of trainers that work so well.

> Other new insights:
It feels really great to be doing this, and it gets “easier” with each passing day.  Some days are real struggles (like the days after eating all those corn chips at the Mexican restaurant), but that has passed.  I am sure that we will continue to have good days and “bad” days, but it is really wonderful to have this additional gauge on the health of my baby.  And, it is funny to think about what I am going to eat and how well I think I can cope with lots of pee the next few days – LOL.

> What do you like most about ec’ing at the moment?
I love dressing her in “Born Potty Trained” shirts, undies and Babylegs.  I throw on wool shorts or skirt for added decency when out.  I just think my baby is the cutest dressed baby in the whole world.  And she is super easy to potty or change when dressed like that.

> Do you ever wish you'd have never heard about it?
No, I love it.

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