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DD2 - 21 month update

> We started at...
Birth

> Generally speaking we are doing...
Great!  We have wonderful interactions related to her pottying needs.

> How do you know your baby has to go? Baby's signals? Timing? Intuition? Is there a difference for poos and pees?
She tells us, or she goes to the potty, or she looks between her legs (oops Ė miss!)

> Which positions/receptacles do you use?
We use the Baby Bjorn toilet insert (we either set her up there or she uses a stool to climb up) or little potties on the floor.

> Do you use diapers or training pants? On what occasions, what kind of diapers?
We use undies and trainers.  Our smallest, best fitting, favorite undies are Disney panties in size 2, Organic One Tiny undies from The EC Store and TKS panties from Sears.  The Disney panties are her first choice because of the vibrant colors and cute patterns (I am guessing here; she hasnít told me this LOL); they are not my favorite because of the narrow crotch and exposed elastic that seems to irritate her more than the other styles.  The Organic One undies are my first choice because they fit her best, are so well made and look divinely comfy (no exposed elastic, amazingly soft cotton).  We do use trainers when out and about.  It is embarrassing to have a miss in panties when out and not be prepared.

> How are you doing away from home?
We do better and better.  I still run into situations where I donít feel that I can take her RIGHT when she tells me she needs to go.  And, she canít hold it THAT long after signaling.  So, honestly, the trainers are sometimes more convenient than interrupting some things that are *in progress*.  She is not receptive to proactive potty offers to avoid the *I need to pee NOW* signal when we are in the middle of something.

> What are you doing at night?
Awesome.  She is bare bottom most nights, and she has gotten really good at waking to pee if needed.

> Who takes baby to the potty?
Me, DH, a various caretakers

> Accidents - how many do you have? What times are especially accident-prone?
We donít track misses, but I have noticed that I need to do the laundry to prevent smells (as opposed to running low on trainers).

> Other new insights:
It is so sad and troubling that EC ever fell out of our culture.  I struggle not to be frustrated when surrounded by other caretakers that are ignorant to my babyís need to potty.  I was also sad/frustrated when we took our 2 week vacation and seemed to *backslide* as the vacation progressed.  I apologized to Helen after vacation was over because I really felt that a lot of our *regression* was due to her being in trainers full-time.  I was not *at home* while traveling and was uncomfortable letting her run around without backup.  In addition, maintaining our diet restrictions was difficult while traveling, and we *tested* some of our *problem* foods again.  Due to a diet making her incontinent and trainers being difficult for her to maneuver independently, we backslid tremendously over those 2 weeks.  The upside is that upon our return home, things are back to *normal* and getting better every day!

> What do you like most about ecíing at the moment?
I love her ability to potty herself.

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

> Tips for this stage . . .
Go for it!  I have found that ditching the panties/trainers is what works for us at home.  She is also starting to enjoy picking out her *big girl* panties and trying to dress herself.  So, we try to make it work for both of us.

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