There are 4 sure-fire "catches" in Elimination Communication. This is the first.
The wake-up pee works because of basic biology.
Every human emits the AntiDiuretic Hormone (ADH, or Vasopressin if you wanna get scientific with me!) during sleep to prevent them from peeing or pooping themselves during that time.
When you wake up, and when every human wakes up, that hormone wears off.
Healthy babies don't pee or poop during sleep.
(Neither do you.)
They pee when they begin waking up, sometimes between sleep cycles.
Thus, at wake-up is the perfect time to potty baby because the hormone wears off and the bladder fills.
Watch the video to learn more about this easy catch (which, mind you, is a GREAT way to start elimination communication with your babe!).
It is just 3.5 minutes long:
You'll also learn:
- why cavepeoples' caves were dry and clean
- how to know baby needs to pee if she's in another room
- whether to nurse or potty first after waking, and why.
Do you use this easy catch with your baby, and how is it working (or not) for you? Leave your answer in the comments below.
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Hi, I'm Andrea Olson with Go Diaper Free, and I've taught hun ... Not hundreds, tens of thousands of people worldwide how to do elimination, communication from birth, or whenever they find out about it. Today, I'm going to talk about Easy Catch #1, the 'Wake up and Pee'.
Okay, so Easy Catch #1, the 'Wake up and Pee'. When any human being wakes up, they naturally need to go to the bathroom. Now I'm going to ask you, do you need to pee when you get up in the morning? I mean, who would say no to that, right? You probably need to wake up and pee in the middle of the night too, if you're like me.
Every baby is the same. They're not dumb, and they're not incontinent, they're just small human beings. They have the same exact hormones that you have, just in differing levels, but their instincts and their hormonal levels helped to keep the caveman's caves dry and clean of poop and pee back in the day, and they continue to do that today. So you have a diaper backup on your baby, I'm assuming. I always use those for mine.
When they wake up, with a newborn when they start to wiggle and start to shift, that hormone, that anti-diuretic hormone wears off, and all of a sudden the body produces urine, and all of a sudden they've got to go. So you might feed them first and then they probably pee in their diaper when they're relaxed and nursing. I always like to potty my babies right when they wake up and they're still a little bit sleepy, and then feed them because I, as an adult; I wake up in the morning, I go to the bathroom, then I
make my breakfast, right?
So it establishes a really good habit. Now sometimes, babies are really fussy and really insistent on eating right away. So, you can nurse over a pad, or you can nurse and then when they pop off the breast, which is a signal they need to go to the bathroom, you can potty them and then continue nursing, then they'll get a full feed. So the 'Wake up and Pee' is Easy Catch #1, it is absolutely awesome. You have to take advantage of nature here. It is the best way to get a catch. If you're not catching
anything throughout the rest of the day, you'll probably get the first one of the day.
Now, if your baby sleeps in another room, use a monitor so that you can hear when the baby first starts to wake up. Also, don't wake up a baby if they're just sort of rolling over and continuing to sleep, but know your unique baby and experiment. If this works for you, this could be a great time to establish a really healthy start of the day for everybody. Starting off the day well with EC usually results in a very successful catch rate for the day. So, everybody's working together and it's great.
Take advantage of nature, do the Easy Catch #1, wake up and pee. If you want to learn more about anything to do with EC, just go to godiaperfree.com. I've got lots of free start guides and also things that you can pay for, because hey; this is what I do for a living. You can also like this video, leave a comment below, interact with me, subscribe. I will teach you everything I know about EC.
Thanks so much for tuning in today!