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DD1 - 27 month update

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

> We started at...
3.5 months

> Generally speaking we are doing...
Good.  I consider her a 23 month grad.  This past week has been very interesting, especially the past couple of days.  She seems quite ill, but her most noticeable sign of illness has been the total misses we have had.  I ask her repeatedly (more annoying to me, I think) if she needs to go sit on the potty, but she is not swayed by my suggestions.

> How do you know your baby has to go? Baby's signals? Timing? Intuition? Is there a difference for poos and pees?
She just goes, or she signals clearly.  She does often ask for me to go with her still, as it is a really special time for us.  She also tells me immediately when she has a miss, and she will also tell me where she was when she missed so that I can go clean up any mess.

> Which positions/receptacles do you use?
She mainly uses an insert on the toilet, BBLP or BB potty chair.  We no longer carry our toilet insert while out, so she lets someone hold her up on the toilet when out and about.

> Do you use diapers or training pants? On what occasions, what kind of diapers?
We use size 2/3 underwear mainly.  And she is starting to fit (barely – still gapping) into XS panties now.

> How are you doing away from home?
Great, as I don’t recall the last miss we have had while out – must have been months ago.  She has had some incidents when she has had to *hold* it before we could get to a facility, and she has done great with that.

> What are you doing at night?
She has not pottied at night for many weeks now.  I get a bit freaked out some mornings because she takes so long to go potty.

> Who takes baby (toddler) to the potty?
Herself, me, DH, nanny and babysitter

> Accidents - how many do you have?  What times are especially accident-prone?
We have had several misses in the past few days due to illness.

> Other new insights:
From a public health perspective, I find it quite disturbing that toddlers are in diapers most of the time.  I was recently reminded of an incident last year when we were at an organized playgroup.  A mother towards the end of the playgroup commented that she had to give her daughter Sudafed (I think that was the medicine) because her daughter’s nose was running all over the place.  I am appalled that our culture has created such a public health myth that makes parents believe that if they can’t *see* the symptoms of illness, then there *is* no illness.  Diapers are another great way of masking a child’s illness.  I imagine that *back in the day* that parents would make note of a toddler’s wetting accident as a potential sign of illness.  I also imagine that as a parent you would be more inclined to keep your child at home when ill if an *accident* would be more likely.  I believe that long-term use of diapers (especially disposable) is detrimental to public health for this reason, among others.

> What do you like most about ec’ing at the moment?
I love that I have yet another *yardstick* to gauge my child’s health.  I find this gauge to be one of the most telling.

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

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