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DD2 - 10 month update

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

> We started at...
Birth

> Generally speaking we are doing...
Fine. She has started walking, and she loves to explore. Of course, I am using her ability to entertain herself better as an excuse to try to do more things, and that has lead to more misses than when she was in-arms more.

> How do you know your baby has to go? Baby's signals? Timing? Intuition? Is there a difference for poos and pees?
We use timing and intuition mainly. We still don’t seem to have reliable signals, or maybe I just don’t obviously notice signals. I do tend to notice her signals that she *is going*. Those seem SO obvious to me, but when I mention them to another adult in the room (usually with hopes that since I am in the middle of something the other adult will take care of it), the other adult may be completely ignorant STILL! Ugh! Our poos are best caught when it is part of our morning potty process, and I try to always give her some extra time on the potty to work that out in the morning.

> Which positions/receptacles do you use?
We mainly use the BBLP/clear potty, on the floor in the bathroom. We keep little potties throughout the house. I try to rotate the occasional variety of standing at sink, in-arms over toilet, toilet w/insert and in-arms outside to help stay in practice for whatever situation arises, but most pottying is done either in the BBLP or her pants.

> Do you use diapers or training pants? On what occasions, what kind of diapers?
We use lots of different trainers. When at home, we rarely wear pants, and we mainly wear just trainers, sometimes with babylegs.

> How are you doing away from home?
We are still struggling away from home. Sometimes she will go on the toilet when I offer (usually in-arms), but more times than not we are just changing wet trainers. And, *excited here* she seems to be “holding it” more – I think we have had a jump in bladder capacity!

> What are you doing at night?
We have been doing awesome. She is dry most nights, mainly from 9/10 pm until 7/8 am. She wears trainers to bed, and she is giving me a little bit of time to get to the bathroom on some mornings now. If we have misses at night, it is rare and typically limited to only 1. We no longer offer the potty at night because it seems unnecessary. There was one night that I tried to offer the potty because she was up an unusual amount, but she was not interested. Even though she rarely seems to sleep long and deep, and she seems to nurse all night long, she has still remained reliably dry.

YEP! In true fashion I wrote that up so that we could have some more wet nights. ;-) My consumption of large volumes of fluids did quite a number on our night EC. I didn’t really drink *that* much, but more than normal and later than normal and maybe even the teas themselves led to multiple night time pottying events. Maybe I will cut that out. But I was happy when she actually peed on the potty at night for one of those events ;-).

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

> Accidents - how many do you have?
> What times are especially accident-prone?
Mornings are tough because she pees often, and I have lots to do.

> Other new insights:
I marvel at our nanny because she takes care of other children often too. She even cares for her baby niece (2 mo old now, I think). She says that she does not recognize potty signs in her niece who wears disposables. I did turn her and her sister (baby’s mom) into sling addicts, but apparently the value of infant pottying didn’t really resonate. I gave her a small potty to use at her house when the baby is visiting, so we shall see if she starts to potty her niece on the sly. I do still marvel that she does EC my baby here, but she doesn’t feel the need/urge to potty other babies in her care. That is a really foreign concept to me. Of course, I know that her sisters all think that IPT is too hard. They typically have many children, and I think that they do tend to have their children “potty-trained” earlier than the average American. But I am not certain what their methods entail.

Our teenage babysitter (16 yo) on the other hand (granted she has been ec'ing for the past 1 1/2 years now!) is repulsed by the idea of diapering a baby. She is trying to figure out how to share EC with her aunt who is now 3 months pregnant. She is also trying to figure out how to introduce her aunt to babywearing. Change IS happening!

Also, I am under the impression that “veteran” ec’ers use “in-arms” pottying way more than I do. I don’t have any insight on that yet, but I hope to gain some . . . I don’t know if I am more reliant on a “potty” than most. I have found myself wondering often these days if our not pottying “in-arms” as the majority of our interactions has had an impact on our “performance.”

> What do you like most about ec’ing at the moment?
I am forever grateful that I learned of EC when I did and that I *know* no other way.

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

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