Posts by Andrea Olson

Why starting EC at birth is easiest…and dang hard

Pros and Cons of Starting EC with a Newborn Baby

Starting Elimination Communication at birth is a no-brainer! I’m gonna share why The Golden Window is 0-4 months old, why starting EC at this age will help you stick with it… and why most parents just don’t start at birth (but should). Whether it’s colic or lovely chafed bits or plain exhaustion, the first few postpartum…

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How to learn your baby’s patterns

How to learn your baby's patterns

Over the many years that I’ve been teaching Elimination Communication, I’ve learned one thing above all else: When you feel lost or unsuccessful, re-learn your baby’s patterns. Every single time…it is the magic antidote for any potty challenge. Babies grow. Bladder sizes increase. Attention spans increase (promise). And we, parents, have to re-learn how often…

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Why I bought a package of size 5 diapers 3 days ago

the diaper as a tool for EC

I have a confession to make. A dirty, filthy, so-not-PC-for-EC, confession. I bought a pack of size 5 Seventh Generation disposable diapers 3 days ago. Let me explain…and in doing so, perhaps you can feel a little less ashamed yourself. He was dry all night at 20 months. Cooper, my 3rd baby, super duper chill,…

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How often do babies need to pee or poo?

How often do babies need to pee or poop

Today we’re gonna talk about the very mysterious timing of babies’ elimination systems…fondly known as #1 and #2. How often do babies pee? How often do babies poop? How often do newborns go? (And why is it easiest to start EC at this age?) How often do toddlers go? What does a regular poop rhythm…

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July Ask Me Anything About EC (watch the replay)

AMA GoDiaperFree Cover Image - JULY 14

Every month I host a “live” Q+A where you can ask me anything about Elimination Communication. It’s our chance to mingle and learn about EC together. (Because who do you know in your neighborhood who does it?!) Today’s ask me anything about EC group was awesome. I answered 19 questions, many with the same motif,…

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Easy Catch #4: Getting in or out of something

Easy Catch #4 Getting in or out of something

Do you pee before a long road trip or at a pit stop? So do babies. Getting into or out of a carseat, high chair or your arms is the perfect time to offer baby the toilet. Let’s face it…transition times are awesome! This easy 5 minute video will explain more: You’ll learn: how babies…

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How to use a top hat potty

top hat potty demonstration

Hi. It’s time to share my favorite potty with you. The top hat potty, or baby potty bowl, is s really the only thing I recommend as “essential” for ECing from birth or in the first year. It is discreet, comfortable, and lightweight. Great for nighttime. On the go. Nursing. Travel. Car pottying. Indispensable. Incredibly…

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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:…

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Easy Catch #2: Diaper changes

Easy Catch #2 At every diaper change

If you’ve ever gotten peed on when changing your baby’s diaper, you will probably benefit from this easy catch (#2 of 4). Let’s not get peed on again! When you change your baby’s diaper, you can offer the potty even if baby is already wet. Oftentimes, our babies only let out a pre-pee to save some…

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