This is a diary of Millie's Elimination Communication Journey on the 1st July. She is 3months old.
Awake at 7am, remove night time nappy (which is wet) and take her to the toilet and put her in EC position. She does lots of baby poop. (thick and yellow for a change). Breastfed baby poop smells lovely IMO!!!
|Millie just born|
Back to bed with nappy on. I want more sleep so don't respond to her pee needs at this time.
Wakes 9.30am screaming. Take off very wet nappy for more poop. Calms down.
Lying on bed with no nappy. She lies on a sheepskin rug and a prefold. The prefold gets almost all of pee if I miss and the sheepskin rug is waterproof and dries very quickly (think of sheep). Breastfed Baby pee does not smell and is sterile.
10.15am Millie starts to get upset give her a peeop but she's just had enough of being down and wants held.
|Peeop in Israel|
10.30am peeop before going downstairs. Nothing.
10.40am peeop before milk. Nothing.
Whilst nappy free we sit her on a prefold in case of misses. If she is sitting on the sofa, we use a towel or prefold.
10.50am comes off boob upset. Looks at me a certain way with fists in mouth. Take her to the toilet for a Poop and pee. Falls asleep on boob
|Maia 5months Ellie 2|
Once you start ECing, your baby will know their elimination needs are being met and they will start to hold for longer to give you a chance to get to the toilet or bowl or whatever.
Generally morning ECing generates the most pees in a concentrated amount of time. I am usually doing school runs and dog walking so I only go nappy free when I am feeling up to it. At home it's much easier.
12pm Millie wakes up so take her for a wakeup pee.
Just like most people, babies need to pee when they wake up. The 'wake up pee' is the easiest one to catch.
12.15pm Millie with daddy as I have a shower. I hear a cry out from other room. Another pee!! Luckily daddy had a feeling and had Ellie bring him a prefold so he didn't get wet!!
|Maia 26days old|
A funny thing about intuition is that sometimes your own need to pee can be mistaken for your baby's need!! For some reason this amuses me no end!! It's a good one to remember.
12.43pm pee op with daddy before nappy, nice big pee looking at smiley baby in the mirror
12.45pm Millie in nappy whilst we are at a workshop.
Elimination Communication is all about the communication and should not be confused with training or become something that you MUST succeed in. I made this mistake with my first and became totally obsessed with doing it properly and getting it done that I completely lost sight of her needs and abilities. It caused quite a lot of consternation for both of us. This is why part time EC helps me as it takes the pressure off both of us.
3.50pm peeop nothing
4.15pm milk and small poop
4.30pm peeop before going in car it's a peefusal so she ends up peeing on prefold in carseat on way home
Peefusals, as I call them, are times when she basically refuses to go when she clearly needs to for instance when she hasn't peed for a while. I am not sure why they peefusal but it's possible it comes from too many peeops. Or they are asserting their independence.
5.10pm peeop at home nothing as done in car!
6.25pm wakes from sleep very upset. Pees. Relaxes.
6.50pm Hubby has Millie whilst I make dinner and she's got lots of little squits going on and is unhappy. He decides it's nappy time because hes had enough really and she is ready for big sleep
9pm Millie stirs in her sleep. I know she needs to pee because she has her bum stuck in the air! Another reliable sign. As I am right beside her, I gently take her nappy off and give her a feedpee. She does a massive pee and goes right back to sleep.
A feedpee is when I give Millie a peeop at the same time as giving her milk. It sounds contorty but it's actually really simple once they have sorted out their latch. The action of sucking helps her relax enough to pee.
10.30pm Millie starts to stir again so I take her for a pee but she wants milk first. She is semi asleep and I know she needs to pee but I am distracted by keeping Ellie's organ recital to a low volume that she pees onto the prefold. It's fine! I'm dry! She's comfortable again and settles back to sleep
12.30am . She must have stirred, peed and gone back to sleep but because I was downstairs with unsleeping girls, I missed it.
Babies do not pee in their sleep. Often, babies who wake after only being asleep for a short time are waking themselves with the need to pee. They start off squirmy and get uncomfortable as they try to hold it in. They then usually wake up more, become upset, are given a boob which helps them release the pee and settle back to sleep. Sometimes though the need to pee is enough to wake them too much and it is harder to get them back to sleep.
If they have never been given the opportunity to eliminate anywhere except their nappy, they will eventually lose the ability to hold it for any length of time and just eliminate but they will still be woken by the need to pee for a while until they end up learning to sleep through their elimination needs.