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100% eyes-on-potty at all times??: How to not get exhausted by too much EC, and get some me time, too


100% eyes on at all times on the potty – it's exhausting! Does successful EC have to be like this? How do parents who practice EC get any “me” time? If you've ever felt this way, listen as I bust a big fat EC myth and share super-actionable ways to dial the stress back and parenting joy up.

You will hear:

  • a big fat EC myth about potty-centeredness
  • what to do if baby NEVER signals
  • how the Continuum Concept might be your missing magic piece
  • what really happens when babies are always the center of attention
  • when a backup is awesome
  • what to do when you're exhausted by EC (or any element of parenting)
  • three super-actionable ways to dial the stress back and parenting joy up

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xx Andrea

Andrea Olson

About Andrea Olson

I'm Andrea and I spend most of my time with my 6 children (all under 12 yo) 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. (And I love, love, love, mango gelato.)


  1. Avatar Leanne N on March 15, 2022 at 11:59 am

    Thank you Andrea ❤️ This concept has been a huge learning curve for me over the past 7 years, and I’ve grown so much in learning how to balance my responsibilities with my needs! However, I’ve recently noticed that when life gets busy or seasons change, my default mode is to drift back into an unhealthy place where I’m doing all of the responsibilities and none of the self care. Just a few days ago I had a major wake up call that I need to redesign my life again, and put my own needs back on the list of things that matter. Thank you for sharing this! It was EXACTLY what I needed to hear today.

    • Andrea Olson Andrea Olson on April 11, 2022 at 9:44 pm

      You got this!

  2. Avatar Sondra O. on March 15, 2022 at 2:57 pm

    Thank you for validating this Andrea. I am on my second kid now and EC is so much better this time than the first one! The first baby I started at 10 months, and I was driving myself crazy trying to get as many catches as possible, all the up’s and downs with resistance were really killing me. But at around 20 months we finally got the chance to potty train and things went so much smoother than if we never tried EC. And I realized it was just a matter of exposure and practice that really helped her along. Now she’s fully potty trained at two years old!

    With my current new newborn, I started at around three months and I am just offering before and after naps. I feel so much less pressure to catch anything. Because I know it’s all about just making it part of our normal routine. Transition times are the most helpful, so I really want to get those ingrained into our routine now before we develop resistance later. As she gets older I’ll try offering more but again will not focus on the outcome, just on the learning process and keeping it as low pressure as possible.

    • Andrea Olson Andrea Olson on April 11, 2022 at 9:43 pm

      I’m so happy that this helped!

  3. Avatar Sondra O. on March 15, 2022 at 3:08 pm

    For my first I started at 10 months and went crazy trying to catch everything and it was just psychological torture I felt like I was constantly failing. But potty training at 20 months went well, fully potty trained at 2 years old!

    Now on my second, for my newborn, we started at three months and are just doing before and after naps and bedtime. No pressure just learning and making it a part of our routine. Transition times are so helpful so I want to get those part of our routine. I feel so much better and looking forward to focusing on the process and not the outcome.

    • Andrea Olson Andrea Olson on April 11, 2022 at 9:41 pm

      You got this momma!

  4. Avatar Fabi on March 15, 2022 at 5:17 pm

    Ugh, I thought I had to catch all pee and poo and I was trying to figure out how to do that but it definitely is exhausting. Thank you for the, now obvious, advice; I don’t have to be eyes on potty all day.

    • Andrea Olson Andrea Olson on April 11, 2022 at 9:40 pm

      Definitely do not need to have eyes on the potty all day, that is exhausting. Super happy that this podcast helped!

  5. Avatar Kalise on April 2, 2022 at 4:07 am

    This is just the best thing I’ve heard all year. I was trying to catch everything and felt so frustrated when I missed. I even started to miss poops which was the easiest for us as a newborn. Thank you so much for this podcast I feel relieved and have a new interest to carry on but only doing every other.

    • Andrea Olson Andrea Olson on April 11, 2022 at 9:36 pm

      I’m so happy this podcast helped!

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