The next step on our EC journey, Fiona’s naps

When I joined the larger Yahoo! EC list a little over 2 years ago (when my oldest was about 1 year old), I thought I was a complete novice at this EC business even though we had be practicing it since Grace was 3 weeks old.  Now, I find that I knew then a lot more than I gave myself credit for, and I know a lot now, probably more than I give myself credit for about EC.  Also, when Gracie was born, I didn’t know a thing about cloth diapers, didn’t know anyone who used them and thought they were probably no different than what was used in the 1950’s.  Hence I decided before Grace was born to use disposable diapers, thinking well we’ll be out of diapers anyway by 8-10 months old using the EC method.  Well, Grace didn’t read the book before she got here.  At 10-11 months her pause started and I was baffled!  I found the Yahoo! EC list and asked a lot of questions and read *every* post and learned a lot!  I learned more about cloth diapers and considered converting our practice to cloth diapers when she was 6 months but we were moving and had a lot to deal with so I figured I wouldn’t try to complicate my life just then.  Then I thought about converting to cloth diapers again when she was 12 months when we were in the middle of the pause.  But my better sense said a pause isn’t a good time to make my life even more complicated so we stuck with the disposables.  Then when she was about 15 months I figured it was a good time to switch to cloth.  Trainers!  So we bought our first installment of training pants from the EC Store and discovered 6 pants lasted less than a day.  We needed more.  Oh goody because they are so cute!  We ended up with somewhere around 20 pairs of training pants in order to feel like we had enough to last at least 2 days for laundry and sanity sake.   We loved our trainers and Gracie loved them too and she used them till she was probaby 27 months old once she was finally night-time trained.

Our second baby, Fiona, was born when Grace was 18 months old.  At the time, there was no question, Fiona would use disposables.  I didn’t have cloth diapers and with 2 kids, again didn’t want to complicate my life with more laundry and knew that I could still EC Fiona very well with disposables and hopefully, with the second child I’d be even better at the EC and not use as many diapers.  This actually was true.  I used much fewer disposable diapers with Fiona.  Not because I caught more pees, I did that too, but because I didn’t throw away a sposie with only one pee in it like I did with Gracie when she was little.  I got very good at being able to feel a sposie and know how many pees were in it, *and* approxiamately how recent the last pee was by it’s temperature.  This is a somewhat useful skill in EC.  It came in handy for outtings.  I knew a 45 minute outing made Fiona’s diaper feel about 3 pees heavy.  And Fiona went to trainers for daytime much younger than Gracie did, and started using underwear younger than Gracie did.  So overall, even though our family used a lot of disposables for our kids, I consider us rather sucessfull EC-er’s in the end.  Fiona still wears a disposable diaper overnight and for naps, but naps are about to change to trainers this week.

 I used to feel like an EC Cheater for using disposables.  Again with the mommy guilt.  Now, I just know that disposables are a tool like any other and really they serve as a blindfold for baby and mommy.  I want Fiona to wear that disposable overnight because I do not want to be disturbed from my sleep.  But it’s time to take the blindfold off for naps, she’s (finally) sleeping well for naps and now we can address that part of EC.  I’ve learned a lot about EC over the last 3 years, more than I give myself credit for.

 Gayleen

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