Cloth Diapering

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Comment by Cherylyn on October 25, 2009 at 6:57pm
Has anyone here tried both Indian prefolds and Chinese prefolds? I'm trying to decide which kind to buy to replace my prefolds that are falling apart. Indian prefolds are less expensive, softer, and more absorbent, but don't last as long as Chinese prefolds. Which kind do you all prefer?
Comment by Cindy Lerner on September 22, 2009 at 10:38am
Thank you for setting me straight on the EC. I have read that book and we started 3 days ago. The first day I caught 3 pees and the 2nd and 3rd day I caught 7 or 8 pees. It was so awesome the first time she did it and then when I was able to know that she had to go and she did, it was amazing to have that connection with my baby. That's what the book is really teaching is to use your intuition and all that I'm doing is just learning to respond to my baby's needs and she's learning to trust that I will do so. Today we have not caught anything and I think we're a little off because she did not get a good nights sleep. Does anyone use EC at night. I'd like to, but not sure how to really get started. Any advice would help.
Comment by Cindy Lerner on September 13, 2009 at 4:04pm
Yeah that's what I'm finding out that it's hard to know when she needs to go. I just got the book Diaper Free so I can't wait to get started. I will just be consistent and patient and I know we will do ok. And thanks Sonja for the soap advice. I have been using pocket diapers for about 3 months now and they are just starting to hold the smell sometimes so I ordered the Rockin Green to try. What scent do you recommend? They have so many.
Comment by Bonnie P on September 11, 2009 at 5:55pm
Remember, in the start it's not so much that you're potting training her, more like you're training yourself to know her routines and signals. A lot of parents that use EC stress the "communication" part of the name.
Comment by Cindy Lerner on September 11, 2009 at 11:50am
Thanks I've got the book on order. I use cloth diapers, but if I could wash one less it would be great. My whole family thinks I'm crazy because I want to potty train my 6 month old. I can't wait to tell them when it works.
Comment by sonja lange on August 31, 2009 at 8:19am
I have read mixed reviews on Charlie's soap - I started with Nellie's and I loved how clean the diapers got, but I use pocket diapers with microfiber inserts and they really hang on to soap and smells, so they started stinking. After MUCH research, I tried a new brand from a stay at home mom called rock'n green. It is amazing and no more stink!
Comment by Toya Lane on August 31, 2009 at 6:18am
Im so excited and ready for my baby to come just so that I can begin my cloth diapering journey, that everyone says is crazy. I am curious about what people have to say about Charlie's Soap for diapers. Any other laundry suggestions are welcome
Comment by Jennifer L. Hensley on August 28, 2009 at 7:20pm
I had to Google what EC was:

It's an interesting concept:

The terms elimination communication and natural infant hygiene were coined by Ingrid Bauer and are used interchangeably in her book, Diaper Free! The Gentle Wisdom of Natural Infant Hygiene (2001). Bauer had traveled to India and Africa, where she noticed that most mothers would carry their diaperless babies constantly, yet she saw no elimination "accidents" as would be expected in industrialized countries where babies wear diapers almost continuously from birth. Subsequently, she raised her own children with minimal use of diapers, and eventually began to share her approach with other mothers and caregivers — initially through Internet-based parenting support groups and eventually through her book and website (link missing).
Comment by Bonnie P on August 28, 2009 at 6:21pm
This may not be much help to you, since we primarily EC for poops not pee. My son always goes in the morning, and otherwise I'm always listening for him. If he gets really quiet while playing or starts grunting or straining or seems to be holding his breath, that usually means he needs to go. Even if I'm wrong and he doesn't have to poop, just by putting him on the toilet, he usually pees. I've noticed that when he pees on the toilet, he catches his breath a little right before he starts. We started ECing at 3 months (but not consistantly) and full time at around 5 1/2 or 6 months. At first I would just hold him above the toilet with his thighs resting on the front of the seat until I got a soft toilet seat that is small and fits inside of the regular seat. Then I just had to hod him to make sure he wouldn't fall off. Now that he's almost a year, he sits by himself and knows that if he leans too far forward that he'll fall off. But I had no idea how to any of this stuff properly (I didn't even know it had a name) when I started, so I'm sure there's some better ideas out there :)
Comment by Cindy Lerner on August 28, 2009 at 2:53pm
Can you ladies who do EC tell me more about the signs that your babies show when they need to go potty? I try to look for signs in my 5 month old especially when I catch her peeing on the changing table or in the bath. But I can't seem to see any difference in her behavior. I really want to learn how to do EC but not sure how to start or if it's too late. Also what kind of potty can you sit a little baby on or do you just hold them? Please help. Thanks.

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