Posts by Andrea Olson

Tantrums…I’m at my wit’s end.

branson toddler meltdown in preschool picture

Our 4th baby, Branson, is 19 months old now and he has turned into our Master Tantrum Thrower, Honorary. Luckily, regarding potty time, he is not resistant. (This is mostly due to the fact that we consciously took him out of daytime diapers at 12 months old.) Everything else? OMG. He throws himself on the…

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Branson’s 17 month Elimination Communication Update

Branson 17 months

Perhaps you know that my youngest is now 17 months old…and may want to know where we are these days regarding his Elimination Communication progress. (Even if you’re only on this website for potty training, definitely read the below as it can show you what young toddlers are truly capable of…even if yours is older…

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At what age can I potty train my child?


New parents in the western world are constantly wondering: when can I begin potty training? (Some don’t even realize that, with the right information, they can even begin potty training their baby.) In this article I will share what ages are best to begin potty training your child. We’ll look at options for the first year…

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Make a paradigm shift: Diapers are a back-up, not full-time toilets


Primitive “diapering” methods often involved placing soft, absorbent materials under baby’s bottom inside the sling or papoose. Their purpose was to add extra protection during times of cold weather, travel, and busy-ness. Their purpose was NOT to serve as a full-time toilet. Those early humans who did not need a “back-up” for their babies (ie: lived…

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How to hold a newborn baby over the potty

pottying newborn branson from above

Many parents want to start Elimination Communication with their babies as early as possible. When they find out that EC can be started at birth, the first question is: How do you hold a newborn baby over the potty? My first response is (as the image above illustrates): well…it doesn’t necessarily have to be done…

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