Elimination communication challenges

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Elimination communication challenges

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The biggest challenges with elimination communication: The first is honestly that you have to be vigilant. You do have to keep an eye on him, you have to be looking for cues. When he makes the sign for potty, or when you see him make a face when you think he might need to go, you’ve got to put him on the pot. You can’t say, “I’m on Facebook right now, I’m sorry. I’ll come back to you,” or whatever it is. You just have to be on the ball all the time and that’s a little tiring, it’s a little exhausting. The other downside, honestly, for us is nighttimes. A lot of people say, “Put them to bed without pants on at night, with just diapers underneath and just swap out a diaper if he pees.” But with a boy, sleeping on his back, I always was worried that he’d pee in his own face or something, so we’ve never done that. And we’ve had a lot of challenge getting him to sleep through the night, because if he’s the least bit wet, he wants to be changed. So we can’t – still at 18, 19 months – we’re still occasionally changing him in the middle of the night. And that’s honestly the biggest problem for us.

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Megan Hyndman is the mother to two-year-old Finnegan and a newborn, Saoirse. She is a writer, yoga teacher and private tutor and has recently started her own tutoring company, Honors Educational Services.  She and her husband Jason have been married since 2006, and since that time they’ve gone from a couple who thought they never wanted kids to a family of five, if you count the dog – and the 60-lb Rottweiler mix is definitely one of the kids.  The first baby under six months either parent ever saw was their own son, after a home birth, so they had to learn everything from scratch.  As a home birthing, cloth-diapering, infant potty-training, breastfeeding, sort of co-sleeping parent planning to home school, who also vaccinates, circumcises, disciplines, watches TV with Finn way more than she should and works full time, Megan doesn’t really fit into any “Mommy groups” – and that’s okay with her. Megan’s parenting philosophy is the same philosophy she tells her tutoring students: Use What Works for You.  

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