How to Make an EC Potty Cozy in 10 Minutes (from an Old T-shirt) – Step by Step

elimination communication diy potty cozy step-by-stepWhen practicing Elimination Communication with your new baby, you may eventually choose to add a mini potty into the equation. You can start using one at around 6 weeks old (naturally with you holding your baby securely on it).

But...the major problem with putting a young baby on a mini potty is the plastic...it's hard, it's often cold, and it's not very comfortable...for a baby.

It usually just makes your baby cry...which may lead you to believe it's the potty that's the problem...and stop using it altogether.

But the problem isn't the potty. It's the plastic.

And the solution, as I've mentioned before in previous blog posts, is the "potty cozy."

The Baby Potty Cozy, Defined

A potty cozy is basically a soft, oftentimes liquid-deflecting, quick-drying cover for your mini potty. It makes it more comfortable, warmer, and softer for sensitive little baby bottoms.

Many of my readers practicing infant potty training claim the potty cozy is one of their most essential tools.

I found ours to be absolutely indispensable! We used it during months 2-8 and then again at 11 months when my son was resisting the potty a little (turns out that as a young toddler his mini potty was still uncomfortable as-it-was and he needed a little more fluff and cush for that tiny bum).

Potty cozies are readily available from many shops, including one of my favorites, The Continuum Family, in Canada (you may use my code AO1843 for 10% off your first order). Or this gal on etsy can make ya a custom one. Or...

For you crafty moms and pops, one of my Swedish readers, Ulrika, has generously shared her step by step how-to photos and instructions on how to make a potty cozy from an old t-shirt! And she wanted me to share them with you.

{No sewing machine, sewing experience, or needle-and-thread required...Yay!!}

Without further ado, here we go....

The 10-Minute Potty Cozy: Step-by-Step

1. Choose an old t-shirt (you may also use an old fleece shirt or sweatshirt if you want a more liquid-repellant, more substantial material)

1. Choose an old t-shirt

2. Cut a small hole in the hem at the bottom of the shirt

2. Cut a small hole in the hem at the bottom of the shirt

3. Fasten a safety pin on the end of an elastic band

3. Fasten a safety pin on the end of an elastic band

4. Push the safety pin and the attached elastic band through the hem

4. Push the safety pin and the attached elastic band through the hem

5. Cut across the back of the t-shirt right under the sleeves

5. Cut across the back of the t-shirt right under the sleeves

6. Tighten the elastic band in the hem

6. Tighten the elastic band in the hem

7. Pull the cozy over your potty

7. Pull the cozy over your potty

8. Adjust the elastic band so the opening is a suitable size for the potty and make a knot

8. Adjust the elastic band so the opening is a suitable size for the potty and make a knot

9. Turn the potty upside down and make the cozy fit tight around the potty

9. Turn the potty upside down and make the cozy fit tight around the potty

10. Make a really tight knot with a ribbon or string of yarn

10. Make a really tight knot with a ribbon or string of yarn

11. Cut off the extra fabric

11. Cut off the extra fabric

12. There you go...

12. There you go...

13. Ready to use!

13. Ready to use!

Beautiful. My gratitude to Ulrika Casselbrant, my reader in Sweden, for contributing these lovely photos and instructions.

Please leave a comment below sharing your experience with potty cozies, sources of them in your country, and maybe throw in some other DIY EC tricks of your own.

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About Andrea Olson

I'm Andrea and I spend most of my time with my 3 children (5, 2, and 5 months) 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.

13 Comments

  1. lisacng @ expandng.com on September 26, 2012 at 8:49 am

    Hey, that’s awesome! Useful maybe even for those of us not EC-ing! Tks! It’s so pretty too. Though I might be using my hubby’s vast collection of tshirts ;)

    • Andrea Olson on October 16, 2012 at 10:40 am

      Yes, Lisa! Use those old t’s! :) It’s true, this might even help with toddlers who haven’t ECed and are just doing conventional toilet training…making it less of a struggle for sure. :) Andrea

  2. Ana Paula Delgado on September 27, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    Oh, gosh… Just perfect!!!! How didn’t I think about it before?

    • Andrea Olson on October 16, 2012 at 10:41 am

      I know! Me, too. We definitely could have used this a long time ago, but luckily Ulrika helped us out :) xo Andrea

  3. melina on September 29, 2012 at 12:03 am

    So helpful! Thanks!

    • Andrea Olson on October 16, 2012 at 10:41 am

      Welcome Melina!

  4. Tanya on October 2, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    outrageous. making one asap.

    • Andrea Olson on October 16, 2012 at 10:41 am

      Great! Would love to see a pic of how yours turned out, Tanya. Email to me? xx Andrea

  5. Sheena T on October 3, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    I was so happy to see this! I have a Bjorn potty chair, so the potty cozies I’ve seen for sale wouldn’t work on it. I didn’t have any elastic, so I used some spare ribbon I had. I also added a pinching slide (which I did have) to the ribbon ends. I fit this around the removable potty bucket only, and it works like a charm. The tshirt is so thin that the potty bucket sits flat still. LOVE LOVE LOVE! Thank you so much for sharing!

    • Andrea Olson on October 16, 2012 at 10:43 am

      Woweee Sheena! Thanks for posting this! Your pinching slide and bucket-only modifications are BRILLIANT. Yay!!!!! And that it fits perfectly will probably reduce spillage…which is always a good thing. :) Andrea

  6. Susan on October 4, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    Thank you for posting this! I just noticed this morning how cold the potty seat was and how much colder it’s going to get with the changing of seasons.

    • Andrea Olson on October 16, 2012 at 10:40 am

      So glad to help, Susan! It’ll definitely help you thru the season! :) Andrea

  7. Katelyn Demidow on October 30, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    AH HA! Penelope has been getting mad at me lately with the potty. I have a cover for the little one but I need to start using the big one with her big booty. ;)

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