Todd at ~3.5 months old - December 5, 2014

Todd at ~3.5 months old – December 5, 2014

This will be the first in a series of posts specifically about using Elimination Communication (EC) to facilitate our baby Todd’s early potty “training.”

(Technically, I started writing about this topic in my post, “Diapering Todd (and Early Potty Use).”  As of that post, Todd was 3 months old and he’d peed in the plastic baby potty 3 times.  We were just starting out.)

Elimination Communication (EC) is something that I’d originally heard about from a podcast that I listened to while I was pregnant (BBL: 003 and BBL: 013).  I was immediately intrigued by the idea that potty “training” could begin basically from birth.  It makes sense to me that babies would have the innate desire to stay clean and dry.  It’s obvious to me that babies communicate in a number of non-verbal ways.  Babies start learning from birth, and probably even before that.

EC starts with simple parental observation.  Todd is my baby and I know him better than anyone else.  I’m the one who spends the most time with him.  We’re in constant communication with each other.

I observe how often Todd soils his diapers.  I can estimate how many times he’s urinated based on the degree of saturation.  I recognize that he has a bowel movement after eating.  I pick up on subtle and/or blatant cues that tell me that his movements are imminent or already happening.

Before December 1st, I tried, off and on, to potty Todd using the Baby Bjorn potty on top of his changing table.  I used it intermittently, without much success.  I found it difficult to position him on it without smashing his penis.  He didn’t seem to like it because he would often try to stand up.  Eric had a little better luck than I did.

On Monday December 1st,  I decided to try holding Todd over the bathroom sink for the first time.  I’d been feeding Todd at 5 AM, and I noticed his “poop signs.”  I quickly got up and fortunately, there was only a small nugget in his diaper.  I held him over the sink and he passed the rest of a large poop.  Success!  That was much easier than using the baby potty.  A short while later that morning, I held Todd over the sink again.  He peed.  Success again!

December 3rd ended up being our “official” start date for using EC consistently…

WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 3–

I decided it was time to dismantle the diaper changing station in our living room.  I set it up in Todd’s bedroom instead.  There’s a bathroom right across the hall from his room, so it’s convenient to carry him there after removing his diaper.  (The second changing station is still located in my bedroom, which is also near a bathroom).

After Todd’s morning nap, he peed in the sink for me.  After I fed him, I decided to try holding him over the toilet.  He peed for the first time in the toilet.  About an hour later, he peed in the toilet again.  After a short nap, he peed in the toilet for the 3rd time that day.  Finally, later in the afternoon he did his first poop in the toilet.  We were off to an amazing start!

MY METHOD–

When I position Todd over the toilet, I hold him in a forward squatting position by supporting his chest/underarms with my left arm and supporting underneath his flexed knees with my right arm.  We’re both facing the toilet.  I set his feet on the back of the toilet seat (socks off).

During this time, I make a cue sound, “psss,” and I repeat the word, “pee pee.”  If he poops, I say “poo poo.”

If Todd deposits anything in the toilet, I praise him and act very excited.  I repeat to him, “Todd peed in the potty!”  He lights up in a big smile…so cute!!  His extra cool “reward” is standing or sitting while looking in the bathroom mirror, which he LOVES.

If Todd doesn’t go in the toilet, I still talk to him sweetly and I thank him for trying.  He gets to stand up a little at the changing table before I put a new diaper on.

THURSDAY DECEMBER 4–

Todd peed in the toilet upon waking and then another 5 x during the day.  He pooped in the toilet.

FRIDAY DECEMBER 5–

That day, I did a “test” after Todd drank 6 ounces of formula at 2 PM. I took him to the toilet 4 times within an hour of eating. I observed that Todd peed at least 4 times within that hour. He did 3 pees in the toilet when I offered it in 10-minute intervals. The diaper stayed dry between those intervals.  When I took Todd for a fourth time 30 minutes later, Todd’s diaper was already wet and he didn’t pee in the toilet.

That evening, we drove to our condo in Wenatchee, WA.  When we got there, Todd demonstrated his power of “skill generalization” by peeing twice in the condo toilet…Yay!

SATURDAY DECEMBER 6–

We were in Wenatchee because we ski there on weekends.  Todd peed twice in the toilet before we left the condo to go skiing.  He didn’t pee in the public restroom at Mission Ridge that day, but we gave it a shot.  Todd did poop for the first time in the condo toilet when we got back.

SUNDAY DECEMBER 7–

We were up at 4:30 AM after we all had a good night of sleep.  Between 4:30 AM and ~8 AM, Todd ate 3 times and peed in the toilet 6 times.  The really awesome thing was that he had dry diapers at 5 of those instances.

The real shocker was that Todd’s diaper was still dry after he awoke from a 3 hour nap at the ski lodge.  Todd then peed in the men’s room toilet for Eric.  First public bathroom pee…wahoo!

After I fed him, I tried taking him to the ladies restroom.  His diaper was dry but he didn’t pee.  Instead of calling it quits, I waited several minutes.  Luckily there’s a bench inside the very large handicap stall.  I tried to potty him again without success.  Then, just moments later, when Todd was still sitting bottomless on his dry diaper, he peed.  I stood him up and out popped a small BM.  Oh, well- you win some and you lose some!  A while later he did end up peeing in the restroom for me.

During the drive home, we actually pulled over to give Todd a potty opportunity.  He didn’t go.  I think he was fussing because he was tired.

MONDAY DECEMBER 8–

Todd pooped in the toilet shortly after having his first bottle of the day.  At first I thought he was all done so I stood him on the counter for his reward time.  He started flexing forward and I suspected that he wasn’t yet done.  Sure enough, he plopped out another nugget.  That day, he peed 5 times in the toilet and had 2 dry diapers.

TUESDAY DECEMBER 9–

Todd peed in the toilet after I got him out of his crib.  After he ate, he peed and pooped in the toilet.  He ended up peeing 9 times in the toilet and he had 4 dry diapers.

FINAL THOUGHTS–

Right now I’m very happy with how things are going.  My current goal is simply to teach Todd that the toilet is where he goes for peeing and pooping.  Based on the positive results, I believe this is happening.

At this point, I don’t expect Todd to be able to “hold it,” so I do expect wet diapers.  I’m tracking when the diapers are dry vs when they are wet so that I can better anticipate his needs.  When a diaper is dry I feel great knowing that I got to him “in time.”

Hopefully at some point I’ll be washing fewer diapers.  Presently, the benefit is that the diapers that I do wash are not nearly as saturated with urine as before.  More often, I’m removing a wet diaper that has only been peed in once instead of multiple times.

So that’s all for now!  When things change or when I have more to report, I’ll post another update.

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Weekly Stats:

December 3:  1 pee in sink, 3 pees and 1 poop in toilet
December 4:  6 pees and 1 poop in toilet
December 5:  9 pees and 1 poop in toilet
December 6:  4 pees and 1 poop in toilet
December 7:  8 pees in toilet
December 8:  5 pees and 1 poop in toilet
December 9:  9 pees and 1 poop in toilet

(Note that Todd typically poops once a day)

Recommended Reading:
Diaper Free!  The Gentle Wisdom of Natural Infant Hygiene, by Ingrid Bauer

Todd at 3 months old - November 21, 2014

Todd at 3 months old – November 21, 2014

THIRD MONTH
(OCTOBER 21 – NOVEMBER 21)

WEEK 10 (AND PART OF 9)

Todd’s third month started out with a rough evening on October 21st, when he had one of his (infrequent) bad crying episodes at bedtime.  It seemed that nothing would work…except cuddling with dada.  It was really very sweet to witness.

(Notice that Todd is wearing the Halo SleepSack Swaddle.  That’s because the SwaddleMe wrap was getting too small.  I was also experimenting with letting one arm stay out.  He would wriggle his arms loose eventually, anyway.)

Todd & Eric - October 21, 2014

Todd & Eric – October 21, 2014

The next day, Todd went in for his 2 month pediatrician appointment.  He was weighed and was given his vaccines (I declined the Hepatitis B vaccine).  Other than a brief cry when getting poked with the needle, Todd handled his vaccines well.

Todd is a little guy, in the 6th percentile for weight, the 10th for height, and the 18th for head circumference.  He’s skinny but he’s strong!  (I got on the scale, too.  I was 113.2 pounds, which is ~14 pounds over pre-pregnancy weight.)

This week I started reading books to Todd with regularity.  We also started using the bouncy seat.  In the past, Todd never liked it.  Now, we could sit him up on the kitchen counter and he’d stay happy while we were cooking.

Another exciting activity for Todd was sitting in the front of the mirror with Eric.  He just loves to stare and stare.

Eric and Todd - October 28, 2014

Eric and Todd – October 28, 2014

In general, Todd was getting a lot more alert and interested in everything going on.  He was staying awake more during the day.  On October 30th, I sat him in the Bumbo seat with toys in arm’s reach.

  • Appointment:  Pediatrician (10/22)
  • Todd’s weight at 2 months = 10 pounds, 1.5 ounces
  • Visit to Eric’s work (10/21)
  • Visit to my former work (10/24)
  • Todd sticks his tongue out

WEEK 11

Todd doesn’t have much hair, but I brushed it for the first time on Halloween.  He looked at me with a cute mixture of surprise and pleasure.

Getting his hair brushed - November 2, 2014

Getting his hair brushed – November 2, 2014

On November 1st, Todd held Eric’s hand the whole ride home from Dr Snip.  Our friends Ken and Daisy came up for a visit on November 2nd.  Daisy brought a homemade vegan chocolate and salted caramel cake.  (I “redeemed” my cake coupon, which was a baby shower gift.)

Vegan Chocolate & Salted Caramel Cake - November 2, 2014

Vegan Chocolate & Salted Caramel Cake – November 2, 2014

Todd LOVES to stand…

  • Visitors at home:  Ken & Daisy (11/2)
  • 1st pee in the potty (11/6)

WEEK 12

On November 8th, Todd had his 2nd visit to the mountains.  We drove east on the North Cascades Highway (SR 20) to the Rainy Lake Trail.  This is another stroller-friendly path, 2 miles round trip.  It was cold so we really bundled him up.  Unlike his first trip to the mountains, Todd was awake for the walk and he seemed to enjoy looking up at all the trees.

Todd all bundled up - November 8, 2014

Todd all bundled up – November 8, 2014

Rainy Lake

Rainy Lake

Tree huggers

Tree huggers

On November 10th, I bought the Infantino Swift Soft Baby Carrier (at Target for $15, on sale), to give us options for carrying Todd.  He loves to check out his surroundings while being held upright facing forward.  This carrier is nice and small for his size.  (Todd is still too small for our Ergo.)  A couple days later, I carried Todd in it while shopping for an item at Kohls.

Infantino Swift Carrier - November 10, 2014

Infantino Swift Carrier – November 10, 2014

WEEK 13

All through the 3rd month, Todd typically woke up for one night feeding and then he’d wake up again in the 5 or 6 AM hour.  The length of the first sleep stretch per night varied considerably.

On November 13th, I started dressing Todd in a flannel sleep sack for bed instead of swaddling him.  He was ready!  He had his first 8.5 hour sleep stretch on the night of November 17th to November 18th.

1st night in the sleep sack - November 13, 2014

1st night in the sleep sack – November 13, 2014

On November 14th, Todd fell asleep on the floor for the first time.  I guess he wore himself out playing!  On November 17th, we did a little photo shoot for grandma.  He likes to be propped up in sitting.

Photo shoot - November 17, 2014

Photo shoot – November 17, 2014

I was able to weigh Todd 3 days before he turned 3 months old.  His weight put him between the 5th and 10th percentiles for weight, which maintains his previous trend.

  • 1st time in sleep sack, no swaddle (11/13)
  • 1st time falling asleep on the floor (11/14)
  • 1st full-on giggling episode (on play mat, 11/17)
  • 1st 8.5 hour sleep stretch (11/17 to 11/18)
  • Visit to Eric’s work (11/18)
  • Informal visit to birth center (11/18)
  • Todd’s weight at ~3 months =  11 pounds, 12 ounces
  • 2nd pee in potty and first pee for Eric (11/19)

THIRD MONTH WRAP-UP

Other things to remember about Todd’s third month:

  • Sticking tongue out
  • Drooling
  • Longer sleep stretches.
  • Loves to stand (initiates the push-off w/ legs)
  • Can sit in Bumbo seat without assist but doesn’t like it much.
  • Likes the bouncy seat. Especially the red star.
  • More attentive to the left (was focused more on the right in previous month)
  • Longer attention span on the play mat.
  • Accidentally grabs the ring on his play mat toy.
  • Brings both hands together to try to “grasp” toy
  • Uses base of palms to grab items
  • More chatty “g-la”
  • Reading to Todd, alphabet
  • Imitates “ah”
  • Doesn’t use the pacifier much
  • During tummy time, holds head up and turns it to the side
  • Sucks on fist during tummy time
  • Able to roll from sidelying to tummy and gets arm “unstuck” from underneath him
  • Using quilt on floor for tummy time because he moves off the smaller play mat
  • Loves when Eric sings to him, especially The Beatles “I Will”
  • Manipulating/”playing” with his face wiper washcloths
Eric & Todd (7 weeks old) - October 9, 2014

Eric & Todd (7 weeks old) – October 9, 2014

SECOND MONTH
(SEPTEMBER 21 – OCTOBER 21)

WEEK 6 (AND PART OF 5)

Todd started his 2nd month being fed exclusively by bottle with formula.  We buy Earth’s Best Organic Soy Formula from Amazon for about $25 per can. I mix several 4 ounce bottles in the morning, then repeat at night.

Around this week, Todd ate frequently and consumed 1-5 ounces at a time.  He’d give the obvious “hungry sign” by turning his head from side to side and waving his fists across his mouth.  Between feedings, Todd mostly slept.  He was still waking up to eat about every 3 hours at night.

I was shocked when Todd fell asleep in the Moses Basket on the 24th.  I put him down briefly to go do something, and was surprised to find him asleep moments later.  Normally he won’t sleep during the day unless he’s swinging or lying on a warm lap.

Asleep in the Moses Basket - September 24, 2014

Asleep in the Moses Basket – September 24, 2014

And, speaking of swings…We got a new swing on the 24th.  **TIP:  Buy a swing that has a plug-in!!**  Our first swing blew through batteries and it must have had a crappy motor on top of that.  Thankfully, Graco gave me a full refund.

Todd makes his "sad face," in his first swing that would stop swinging - August 23, 2014

Todd makes his “sad face,” in his first swing that would stop swinging – August 23, 2014

The new swing is a Fisher Price My Little Snugabear Cradle ‘n Swing.  It’s AWESOME.  No more batteries required!!  It swings forward/back or side to side at various speeds.  Todd prefers forward/back and speed 3.  It has a mirrored globe with cute “buzzing bees” for Todd to look up at.  It has 2 selections of music (day and night) and 1 selection of nature sounds, with a volume adjustment.  The music and the “bee buzzing” stops automatically after a certain number of minutes (I never timed it).  The seat has 2 positions of incline/recline.

All comfy in his new swing - September 25, 2014

All comfy in his new swing – September 25, 2014

On September 27th, we embarked on Todd’s 1st long car ride (~2.5 hours each way) and 1st trip to the mountains.  (See “Todd’s First Trip to the Mountains (Mt Baker, WA)

On September 28th, I started using cloth diapers.  (See “Diapering Todd (and Early Potty Use)“)

Todd had a record, 6 hour sleep stretch on the night of 9/29 to 9/30…an exciting development!  But it didn’t become a trend quite yet.

Highlights of this week:

  • Appointment:  Cascade Birth Center (9/23)
  • Todd’s weight = ~8 pounds, 10 ounces at 4.5 weeks old (9/23)
  • 1st (short) nap in Moses Basket (9/24)
  • 1st first stroller walk with just mama (9/26)
  • 1st long car ride (9/27)
  • 1st trip to the mountains (Mt Baker, 9/27)
  • 1st cloth diaper (9/28)
  • Visit to my workplace (9/29)
  • 1st 6 hour sleep stretch (9/29 to 9/30)
  • Stopped recording every wet diaper (9/30)

WEEK 7

Throughout the 2nd month, Todd exhibited what I understand to be pretty typical “evening fussiness.”  It wasn’t too bad.  Then and now, when Todd cries it rarely lasts very long.  Todd was turning out to be an “easy” baby.  We were thankful!

At night, he continued sleeping in his crib.  We’d gotten into a regular bedtime routine.  First, I’d set up my room with dim lighting, soft classical music (Vivaldi is a favorite), and a bedtime bottle.  I’d put him in a disposable diaper and swaddle him in his Summer Infant SwaddleMe wraps.  (I love those!)

Even if he started out fussy, once I swaddled him, he’d start to settle.  I’d rock him in my glider chair and feed him.  Then, he’d be sleepy enough for me to slowly walk him to his crib.  Then, I’d turn on his Sleep Sheep for white noise.  The start-to-finish process would take up to an hour.  On average, he’d be in bed sleeping at ~8:30 PM.

Infrequently, Todd cries when I put him down.  Usually it doesn’t last longer than a few minutes and a pacifier does the trick.  Very rarely does Todd have an “extreme crying” episode, when nothing seems to work.  October 3rd was the first challenging night!

On October 4th, Todd got dressed up for his first party.  It was a memorial gathering for Eric’s high school friend, Eldon.  He died in a skydiving accident.  Todd socialized some and then napped in his car seat for most of the afternoon.

Eldon & Todd - October 4, 2014

Eldon & Todd – October 4, 2014

Party for Eldon - October 4, 2014

Party for Eldon – October 4, 2014

On October 8th, I had my last follow-up appointment at the birth center.  I hadn’t seen Jane since the day Todd was born, so it was really good to talk about a lot of things.  Jane held Todd and he showed his affection by peeing on her shirt!  (We’d just weighed him without his nappy on.  He was 10 pounds.)

Todd with  Jane (Midwife) - October 8, 2014

Todd with Jane (Midwife) – October 8, 2014

  • Appointment:  Cascade Birth Center (10/8)
  • Todd’s weight at 7 weeks old = 10 pounds
  • Visitors at home:  Eric’s parents
  • 1st party (10/4)

WEEK 8 (AND PART OF 9)

On October 10th, we tried out the Bumbo seat for the 1st time.

On October 12th, my sister drove up from Oregon.  The next day, we drove to her house in Bend.  As usual, Todd slept while traveling.  Bottle feeding has its benefits:  I can feed him while he’s still in the car seat.

Todd and I spent the first part of the week visiting my family, and then Eric came a few days later.  I remember starting the week feeling very tired.  Night feedings take their toll after a while!  Eric helped out at night and I was able to get a little caught up.

During that week, Todd had a noticeable decrease in evening fussiness.  One time, though, Ashley and I had an epic laughing attack when Eric said, “We’re losing him!”  Todd had a really hard time getting to bed, because of all the activity and new surroundings.  Things got better at the end of our trip as he got adjusted.

We spent the week relaxing at the house, going out for lunch, and taking walks.  Ashley is the ultimate mother’s helper.  She handles a baby like a pro!

Todd & Ashley - October 15, 2014

Todd & Ashley – October 15, 2014

Eli, Todd & Ashley - October 16, 2014

Eli, Todd & Ashley – October 16, 2014

Walking at Old Mill - October 18, 2014

Walking at Old Mill – October 18, 2014

Trying on his Halloween outfit - October 19, 2014

Trying on his Halloween outfit – October 19, 2014

The night before we went home (10/18 to 10/19), Todd slept his first 6.5 hour stretch.  After we got home, he slept his first 7.5 hour stretch.  Yay, Todd!

  • 1st sitting in Bumbo seat (10/10)
  • 1st trip to Bend, OR (10/13-10/19)
  • Longest sleep stretch, 7.5 hours (10/19 to 10/20)

SECOND MONTH WRAP-UP

Other things to remember about Todd’s second month:

  • Too big for most newborn clothes
  • Practicing sitting and standing
  • Gets lots of compliments on the shape of his head
  • Smiling & starting to coo
  • Stretching arms over head
  • Staring at his right fist
  • Puts fist into mouth during tummy time
  • Looks at himself in mirror of play mat
  • Looks at pictures/quilts on walls
  • Funny tongue flutter when you take the bottle out
  • “Bubble lips”
  • Doesn’t like his arms to be covered with blankets
  • Eric teaching him “mama” & “dada”
  • “Superman” flying with Eric (see video below)
Go Seahawks! - October 12, 2014

Go Seahawks! – October 12, 2014

Baby Todd, you are one lucky boy!  You were born to a family of hikers, mountain bikers, skiers…mountain lovers!  Adventure awaits!  Naturally, your first trip to the mountains would come early

FIRST TRIP – 9/27/14
Artist Point & Bagley Lakes
Mt Baker, WA

On September 27th, when Todd was 5 weeks old, we felt ready to take on a long car trip.  We were itching to get out into the mountains, so we drove to the end of the Mt Baker Highway (SR 542), to Artist Point, elevation 5210 ft.

(By the way, this is where you access the Ptarmigan Ridge Trail.  Check out these spectacular pictures of Mt Baker and Mt Shukshan, from the route.)

Todd does great on car rides of any length.  He falls fast asleep!  I’m not positive, but I think this trip took about 2.5 hours each way.

Once we arrived at the popular destination, we pulled out some chairs and fed the boy.  Mt Shuksan was in the clouds.

Fueling up

Fueling up

Eric & Todd with Mt Shuksan in the clouds

Eric & Todd with Mt Shuksan in the clouds

Todd & Eric

Todd & Eric

We walked along the stroller-friendly nature path, to views of a partially clouded Mt Baker.  I don’t think Todd opened his eyes to look.

Elisa, Todd & Mt Baker

Elisa, Todd & Mt Baker

Some nice people offered to take our picture, with Ptarmigan Ridge in the background.  I’ve hiked that trail before, and we also once did a backcountry ski trip along that route.

Family pic with Ptarmigan Ridge in the background

Family pic with Ptarmigan Ridge in the background

Eric and Todd with Mt Baker in the background

Eric and Todd with Mt Baker in the background

We took our first family selfie.  No one smiled…

First family selfie

First family selfie

Mt Baker from Artist Point

Mt Baker from Artist Point

After we topped off Todd’s tank with some more food, we drove a short stretch down the road to the Bagley Lakes Trailhead.  Another stroller-friendly path greeted us.

The stroller-friendly Bagley Lakes trail

The stroller-friendly Bagley Lakes trail

We tried to show him the columnar basalt, but all he would do is sleep…

Columnar Basalt

Columnar Basalt

Sleepy Todd

Sleepy Todd

Pictures of Bagley Lakes…

One of the Bagley Lakes

One of the Bagley Lakes

Another of the Bagley Lakes

Another of the Bagley Lakes

Clearly, Todd’s first trip to the mountains was memorable for him!  He slept the whole way home, too.

Todd with Table Mountain in the background

Todd with Table Mountain in the background

By the time we left, the clouds over Mt Shuksan had lifted…

Mt Shuksan

Mt Shuksan

Todd at 1 week old - August 28, 2014

Todd at 1 week old – August 28, 2014

Well– I started writing the post called “Baby Todd’s Second Month,” but then I realized that I was spending an awful long time writing just about Todd’s toileting.  It made sense to dedicate a post to the topic.  So here is everything related to Todd’s elimination in his first 3 months.

Let’s start with the set-up.  I didn’t waste my money on a specific changing table with specific changing table pads and covers.  First of all, I don’t have the space for extra furniture.  Second of all, I wanted to use things that would be useful beyond Todd’s diaper days.  I purchased a set of 4 washable bed pads for about $25.

I used a desk in my bedroom as the night time changing area and my sewing machine cabinet in my living room as the day time changing area.

  • First layer:  non-slip shelf liner
  • Second layer:  folded up towel (for padding)
  • Third layer:  folded waterproof bed pad
  • Fourth layer:  cloth diapers
  • “Side wall” layer:  folded cloth diapers
Night time diaper station

Night time diaper station

Day time diaper station

Day time diaper station

I purchased cloth diaper supplies from Green Mountain Diapers while I was still pregnant. I bought 2 dozen newborn and 2 dozen small Cloth-eez Unbleached Organic Prefolds. I also bought a large Blueberry Diaper Pail Liner Laundry Bag, 2 smaller zippered Blueberry Wet Bags, 3 different kinds of cloth wipes (a dozen each), a pack of Snappi Fasteners, and a couple diaper pins.

Green Mountain Diapers order

Green Mountain Diapers order

Note: If you use new cloth prefolds, be sure to wash them multiple times in order to get them ready for use. I had mine ready to go before Todd was born. The Green Mountain Diapers website has lots of instructional content.

Cloth-eez Prefolds, Blueberry Diaper Bags & Baby Bjorn Potty

Cloth-eez Prefolds, Blueberry Diaper Bags & Baby Bjorn Potty

I didn’t have to purchase any diaper covers because I got them used or as gifts.  My initial stash included:  2 Bummis Super Whisper Wraps (size newborn), 2 Thirsties Duo Wraps (size one), 1 Bummis Super Whisper Wrap (size small), and 3 other similar covers (Green Earth, ProWrap).

Cloth Diaper Covers

Cloth Diaper Covers

I recently received another size one Thirsties and 2 g diapers.  My cloth prefolds fit well inside the g diaper liner.  I also have some size medium covers for when Todd gets bigger.

g diaper with newborn prefold inside

g diaper with newborn prefold inside

For Todd’s first 5 weeks, I used only disposable newborn diapers. I’d originally planned to start using cloth diapers right after his cord stump fell off. It fell off when he was 2.5 weeks old (9/9/14), but I waited a little longer because I was still too overwhelmed at the time to start something new.

On September 28th, I put him in cloth for the first time. Once I started cloth diapering, I found out that it’s really easy.

Todd started out in the size newborn cloth covers…his frog covers. Ribbit! I didn’t need to use a Snappi or diaper pin (and I still don’t today). I just fold the prefold, line the cover with it, and put it on Todd.  Voila!

1st time in a cloth diaper (Newborn Bummis Super Whisper) - September 28, 2014

1st time in a cloth diaper (Newborn Bummis Super Whisper) – September 28, 2014

The large laundry bag is actually a lot bigger than I need. I wash the prefolds and the diaper bag(s) every other day. I do a warm/warm rinse-only, no detergent cycle, followed by a hot/cold + extra rinse wash cycle. Since I have 3 laundry/wet bags I always have a bag to put dirty diapers in while I’m doing laundry. The smaller wet bags are a nice travel size for when you leave the house.

With rare exception, I use the same diaper cover all day. I just change out the prefolds. I’m glad that I didn’t purchase more covers, because I definitely have enough. At the end of the day, I put the cover in our regular dirty laundry basket. (warm/cold wash cycle + air dry).

Since we started cloth diapering, Todd’s bowel movement frequency has been about once per day. His soy formula poops are soft but well formed, appear greenish and they don’t really stick to the cloth because they have a slightly oily sheen. Clean up is easy! I conserve on baby wipes by wiping first with toilet paper, then I use 1 wipe to finish the job.

Soy formula poop in a newborn cotton prefold.

Soy formula poop in a newborn cotton prefold.

Since we’re on the topic of poop, I should mention that it’s always really obvious when Todd is going.  First, he gets a certain faraway look on his face.  Then, he emits a series of forceful groans and his face turns all red.  It’s hilarious!  (Sorry, baby…)

We haven’t had any problem with diaper rash. Only briefly in his first month did he have a mild problem, but that’s when he pooped several times a day. At the time, we used The Honest Company’s Diaper Rash Cream (from Target) and it cleared right up.

Todd in his Thirsties diaper at 10.5 weeks old - November 2, 2014

Todd in his Thirsties diaper at 10.5 weeks old – November 2, 2014

For night time, I do use disposable diapers.  Especially now that Todd is sleeping up to 8.5 hours in a stretch, I appreciate the super absorbancy of the disposables.  (Thank you, Costco!)

I haven’t tried using my cloth wipes yet. I still have lots of disposable wipes (Seventh Generation, $2.99 at Target) and they’re really lasting a long time since I only use ~1 per day. Once I run out, I plan to try out the cloth wipes.

(Note that one package of the cloth wipes I bought has really been handy for Todd’s feedings. I call them Todd’s “face wipers.” He doesn’t spit up much, but he can be messy at times, dribbling formula while he eats.)

The latest thing we’re delving into is Elimination Communication (EC).  So far, Todd has peed in his potty three times.  The first time, I thought he was starting to make his “poopy face,” so I quickly moved him onto his potty.  He didn’t poop, but he peed.  That was on November 6th (11 weeks old).  Since then, I’ve put him on his potty occasionally during diaper changes, but he hasn’t produced.  Usually he fights it and tries to stand up.  I don’t push it.  Eric’s had better luck.  Todd peed in his potty two days in a row this week (11/19 & 11/20).

1st pee in the potty - November 6, 2014

1st pee in the potty – November 6, 2014

Usually Todd prefers to take opportunities to pee on the changing table.  We have some Pee-pee Teepees for the sprinkling wee-wee, but to be honest, you need a third hand for them to be effective, and it’s kind of a moving target!  It’s a cute idea, but not very practical.  (Thank you, aunt Ginny- for the gift, though!)

Pee-pee Teepees

Pee-pee Teepees

Here’s Todd today, at 3 months old, showing off his muscular upper back and his g diaper.  A few days ago, he weighed 11 pounds, 12 ounces.

Tummy time in the g diaper - 3 months old - November 21, 2014

Tummy time in the g diaper – 3 months old – November 21, 2014

Todd's g diaper

Todd’s g diaper

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