We’ve had a great Elimination Communication journey with BiP to date – we’ve had some impressive times when it’s backfired too! Over the last couple of months I have noticed that she wakes up with dry diaper every morning so I decided this week to take things to the next level.
The first night I let BiP sleep in just her pajamas and no diaper. I put a towel under her just in case. She woke up dry, had her morning feed and then peed in the potty. The next night it was really hot so she was just in a t-shirt and cotton bloomers/panties (the ones that come with cute dresses) and she was dry all night (in spite of being up 3 times in the night and I didn’t potty her). I took the towel away because it was getting bunched up. 5 nights on she is still diaper free for over 12 hours and dry. At 14 months! It’s all her doing! (I realise posting this will probably set us back into a regression but that is ok! I do have a mattress protector so all is fine.
We have had a fair share of potty pauses and days where I just can’t do it. It’s important to remember that it has to be manageable – it’s not a contest and it doesn’t have to be full time.
Interesting signs I have noticed with BiP recently:
- She’ll bring the potty to me
- She will wait until she is taken out of her highchair or car seat to pee
- She will get off the bed or sofa to pee (even if it’s just on the floor)
- She won’t pee on me
- She has started putting her doll on the potty
- She likes peeing in the garden
- Poops are harder to catch with a diaper free baby
- We’ve had misses and sadly it’s the dog who seems to enjoy the delicacy (*gag*)
By allowing BiP to be diaper free at night, I’ve noticed that she is more into ECing during the day, I realise that I am too. She brings the potty to me, she spends hours playing with her potty and practising getting on to it (previously she was the master of getting off it and peeing nearby!) She is completely aware of her elimination and tells me (non-verbally) when she has to go or if she’s had an accident. I know many EC experts say that the goal of EC is not to potty train early but it looks like it’s already happening naturally.
What are your recent EC experiences?
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