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The Language of EC

What is a “miss?”

When an EC’d baby’s eliminations do not go in an appropriate receptacle (potty, toilet, sink or Nature), this is termed a “miss.” The opposite term would be a “catch,” meaning the elimination did go in an appropriate receptacle. The term “miss” refers to a missed opportunity, rather than a mistake or failure, which is the implication of the conventional toilet-training term “accident.” Experienced EC’ing mom Elizabeth Parise says “a miss” sounds friendlier. It’s par for the course when EC’ing, and even a miss gives you information about your child’s rhythms, patterns, and signals in hindsight.


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