Posts by Andrea Olson

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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Why I’m only catching the morning pee (or poo) lately.

baby pooping face three - the big push

We are going through an elimination communication potty pause. Yes, yours truly, Andrea Olson, queen of infant potty training, also has potty pauses. But. I am catching the morning pee (and poo if I’m lucky). This is what Branson, 10 months, looks like on the toilet right after he wakes up: Happy. Willing. Engaged. Pottying! Then, he gives a…

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Potty Training: The 3 things you should NOT do

Potty Training - 3 things you should NOT do

There are 3 specific things you should NOT do when potty training your toddler. How do I know? Well, truth be told, I have never personally potty trained any of my 4 children. I did elimination communication with each one and started them at birth, and I never had to actually potty train any of…

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How long should potty training take?

How long should Potty Training take

Usually parents in the midst of potty training their toddler are the ones asking this question: how long should potty training take? And, usually these parents are asking it because they feel like it might be taking them a bit too long (um, like, having been at it for over 6 months now). Today I…

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Why we don’t potty baby every 15 minutes

Why we don't potty baby every 15 minutes (clock timing)

Once upon a time, I met a new mama at a playground in Berkeley, California, and we started to chat about EC. She told me: “Oh, I tried that. I just got so sick of taking my baby to the potty every 15 minutes!” Being a tad bit confused, I asked her to tell me more…

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When you can expect to be done with elimination communication

When you can expect to be done with EC

Last vid we spoke about when you can stop using diapers. That video is here if you missed it. Today we’re going to talk about when you can expect to be done with EC. This is called completion, graduation, and being finished, already. Elimination Communication does *not* have to drag on. It should be completed, at some point, because…

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