Easy Catch #3: Poop

Easy Catch #3 Poop

Today we'll talk poop.

Not much else to say other than helping baby poop in the toilet vs. his diaper is a no-brainer!

Who likes changing poopy diapers? I don't.

If you want to avoid changing poopy diapers, use elimination communication's easy catch #3.

We'll dive deep into this topic for about 3 minutes. Enjoy:

You'll also learn:

  • how to deal with stealth pooping
  • what you can say to get baby to wait and finish on the toilet
  • the signal to cue baby that it's okay to poop
  • how this easy catch establishes healthy habits for your baby.

Your turn!

Please report back in the comments below after you've tried this easy catch. Did it work? Have you done it before? Did you learn anything new?

I look forward to reading and replying to your comments!

xx

Andrea Olson

About Andrea Olson

I'm Andrea and I spend most of my time with my 4 children (6, 3, 2, and newborn) and the rest of my time teaching other new parents how to do Elimination Communication with their 0-18 month babies. I love what I do and try to make a difference in one baby or parent's life every single day.

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14 Comments

  1. Mallory Rae Brechbiel on June 2, 2017 at 11:07 am

    Andrea, I’m having trouble! I’ve been doing EC since my son was 6 weeks old. He did awesome!! Up until a couple months ago…. I don’t know if I caused it but he refuses to poop on the potty. He did it for months but now…. he won’t, ever! He will only go pee on the potty. So help me!!! I don’t know what to do, I set him on the potty and re assure him it’s okay to poop there. But he refuses, he likes to poop standing up now that he walks and stuff. He is 16 months old and I’m worries because I thought he would be fully trained in a few months. But I’m feeling super discouraged and I feel like it’s been a waste of time 😭😰 what would you do!!?
    Sincerely, Mallory

    • Carissa on June 2, 2017 at 11:22 am

      Mallory, I have a very similar situation with my almost 15 month old. He pees on the potty great, but it’s way harder to catch his poops. A big problem is that he’s not regular in his BMs, so they could come at any time (or he’ll go a couple days without pooping and then poop several times on a row). I really think he likes to stand while pooping. When he was EBF he pooped on his potty a lot, but ever since he started really eating solids, it’s been​a struggle.

      • Andrea Olson on June 5, 2017 at 12:24 pm

        Carissa – thanks for chiming in! I’m sorry you’re having the same issues. Pls see my note on this thread to Mallory. I think privacy, seat reducer, and a tone/vibe shift would also help your LO! xx Andrea

        • Carissa on June 5, 2017 at 1:24 pm

          Andrea, thanks so much for the ideas! I actually just started looking into potty training, and I think he’s showing a lot of readiness signs. And I actually caught a poop this morning by intercepting him as he was pooping in a corner! I think privacy is a big factor right now.

    • Andrea Olson on June 5, 2017 at 12:18 pm

      Hi Mallory! I would do one of a few different things. 1. I would potty train him with my book, The Tiny Potty Training Book, as soon as possible. It is more direct than EC and great for those who resist – they resist because they want full control, and training him would solve that!. 2. I would keep doing EC but work on your vibe and tone – very matter-of-fact and “this is what we do – we poop here” and also give PRIVACY by putting him on a toilet seat reducer ON the big toilet and turning your back, busying yourself with other things in the bathroom, or actually leaving the room (“oops! I forgot something in the living room … be right back!). Those things should help! xx Andrea

  2. Christina on June 3, 2017 at 11:58 am

    I started with catching poops because they were the easiest to spot. We’ve had a few mid-poop catches but have caught most of them. My LO started peeing on the toilet spontaneously one day after we had been catching the poops for just over a month. It was amazing to see that at 4 months old he understood what to do…

    • Andrea Olson on June 5, 2017 at 12:16 pm

      Christina, that is wonderful! Babies are so amazing. I think it probably feels so good to them to not have to soil themselves/their diaper that they begin to apply it to pees, too. Makes sense. :) Best wishes on your continued EC! xx Andrea

  3. Alaina on June 12, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    I’ve been practicing EC with natural timing/transitions since birth. He’s 2.5 months now and I’m maybe 50% on catching poops. I agree–it’s my favorite catch! So satisfying! But, I feel like I’m winging it in some ways. I generally know what time of day to expect it, which sometimes mean I take him to potty when he doesn’t need to (and I feel like I’m hovering). And, frequently, he goes just minutes after starting to nurse. He seems unhappy if we pause nursing to potty (fussing/bucking in position). So, I’m not sure what to do differently at those times? Thanks!

    • Andrea Olson on June 20, 2017 at 4:02 pm

      Hey Alaina! That is pretty common and it will pass before you know it. He is probably relaxed and then lets it all hang out during nursing. What to do? Nurse over a PUL-backed pad (https://godiaperfree.com/pads) or over a top hat potty (I’ll have these in stock at http://tinyundies.com in a few months) and grunt-cue (mmm-mmm) when he begins to go. I’ve done it over a mixing bowl, too. You could also just cue while he goes (same grunt) into the diaper, and know that this shall pass soon enough. :) xx Andrea

  4. Teresa on June 20, 2017 at 6:45 am

    I’ve been infant pottying my 3rd baby since a few weeks old and is now 6mths and still EBF. She stopped having regular morning poops around 4mth. I’d try to offer the top hat and get pee but never poops. After a month of misses I began using a baby constipation drink of 5ml the evening before (prune juice & probiotics) and pottying her in the morning. That has mostly worked but still the poop can come as much as 1-2hrs after waking which can stress our morning routine. I watched your video and will now change the sound from Psss-Psss to a grunt and lift under the thighs to make a true squat & see if that helps it come faster. Does anyone else feel that mothers & baby’s diet adds to constipation or ease of the poops? Has anyone else heard of tips and external tricks used to ease flow of the poops?

    • Andrea Olson on June 20, 2017 at 4:09 pm

      Hi Teresa! Changing sounds is a good idea, as is adjusting your hold. I also, however, have had personal experience with fluctuations in baby’s poop (both its consistency – thick or runny – and its timing) with my newest baby, Branson, and I think sharing this may help shed some light for you. He seems to have much thicker, play-doh-like poop during times of extra sleep and what I assume to be growth spurts. He has runnier poop when he’s on a regular rhythm, his day-to-day. He is also EBF, and currently 4 months old. That said, EBF babies can poop several times a day (even at 6 months) OR can poop once per week. There’s no way to schedule the poops – they come when they come – and there is not much constipation in babies this young, although I could be wrong. If you have anything “strong” in your diet or it’s imbalanced in some way (for example, too much of one particular type of food, or too gassy of foods, etc.), it would likely impact baby’s digestion as well. Prunes and probiotic never hurt! I wouldn’t try anything else because (1) it’s hard to make a normal poop routine with a 6 month old, and (2) soon enough that all will change. I do understand that you are trying to catch the poops more and I agree it is awesome. Just do what feels right, and also see what happens if you stop the prune cocktail for a week…perhaps baby is just showing signs of a new pattern, which is directly related to his rate of growth.

      Another regulating factor would be to introduce solids. You’d likely get a consistent morning poop after baby becomes used to eating solids (along with breastmilk, of course).

      And, again, Branson and my other 3, along with many of my readers’ babies, all stopped having regular morning poops at some point. It is a part of the ongoing spiral of growth spurts and the body re-establishing homeostasis, on its own. We can enhance that if we want to, or we can wait it out.

      Let me know what works, ok?! :) xx Andrea

  5. Lindsay on June 20, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    I was ECing my baby after 3 weeks. I tried to catch the middle feeding pee/poop. I didn’t have a potty so I used a plastic Tupperware bowl. Not many catches because it was uncomfortable for both of us but when I stopped attempting I remember seeing this “why are you ignoring me” look on that sweet face. I felt horrible for stopping but I couldn’t do it. It stressed me out.
    Now I’m ready and more confident, but LO is 3.5 months. We’ve had some catches and a lot of misses. What I’m noticing is no warning for pooping. It’s frustrating but I’m working on offering potty time after waking up from naps and before bath. Very few catches but I’m hoping that eventually it’ll happen. How long do I hold my LO in position to pee or poop? I try for 5 minutes but very little happens. If I set LO down and walk away then there is pee when I return. What do I do to connect timing?

    • Andrea Olson on June 20, 2017 at 4:32 pm

      Hi Lindsay – I know that very look – the one that baby gives you when you pause EC in some way. And it can make the guilt run like water. Resist that guilt! You didn’t do anything wrong and you can totally get back on track. Stealth pooping at 3.5 months is totally normal. I would absolutely keep doing what you’re doing, working your way back into it. Eventually poop will become more rhythmic and/or obvious…as everything changes. It always does. :)
      You can try for 5 minutes and if you’re not getting any, set baby on a Kushies pad (https://godiaperfree.com/pads) and let the pad catch the pee. Cue along with it if you see her go. We’re at 4 months old with baby #4 over here, and I often do that. He is clearly learning how to roll over and occupied with absorbing his new environment. The world is opening up. He is super-slow-starting on the peepee. No worries. All normal.
      Have you tried to start from the beginning, with my book? It would help you cover all your bases, for sure. I’m planning a sale for next week, if you’re on my email list, so stay tuned. But if you do have it, try to do some re-learning or initial observation time, ok?
      xx Andrea

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