#36 A camel

GDF Podcast 36

Today on the Go Diaper Free Podcast we're talking about what to do when starting elimination communication with a mobile baby who hardly ever pees...and waits for naptime to go. Or, what we call this here at GDF - a camel.

Specifically, we are answering a listener question from Anne from Minneapolis, Minnesota who is ECing her 7.5 month old.

“Hi. My name is Anne. I've been trying EC for about a month and a half. And we've been stymied because he is an infrequent pee-er. His preferred method is to just pee right as soon as we put him down for a nap, which screws up the nap and also makes EC pretty hard. I can hold him over the potty and he might eventually pee, but then he'll pee just a little bit, I'll put him in a diaper, put him down for his nap, and then he will pee some more. He also, I think, pees right when he wakes up before I have a chance to even get him out of bed. So it's been a challenge. He also never caught a poop. Does not poop outside of his bed. So it's been a struggle, and we keep at it, some days more than other days, but I'm hoping there will be a developmental change that will make this easier, but any input you have is very welcome. Thank you.“

It can be so frustrating to start EC and hardly ever get a catch...especially when offering plenty of pottytunities.

When nothing quite lines up when beginning EC with a mobile baby, many parents give up.

But not Anne! Today we'll talk about a few methods, and routine changes, that may help a child (like Anne’s, who can hold it for ages) relax enough to use the potty during awake time.

Listen to the full podcast episode for a special musical surprise at the end!

You will hear:

  • Potty choices that may help baby relax
  • Why knowing baby’s timing is power
  • Tricks to getting that morning pee
  • Ways to relax baby before offering the potty
  • How to catch that first poop
  • Which developmental leap may change everything, and
  • Alternative paths for when EC just isn’t working for you

Links and other resources mentioned today:

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Transcript: A camel

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Do you have a “camel” or a child who has an interesting potty rhythm? Please leave a comment below with your experience!

I look forward to chatting with you in the comments.

xx Andrea

Resource Recommendation

Go Diaper Free: my popular book that makes EC dummy-proof

Top Hat Potty at TinyUndies.com

Mini Potty at TinyUndies.com

Andrea Olson

About Andrea Olson

I'm Andrea and I spend most of my time with my husband and 5 children (newborn to 8 years old) 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 Anne on March 28, 2019 at 2:14 pm

    Hi this is Anne again! Just an update: it turns out our child was not getting enough milk, so he was constipated and not peeing enough. It took us a while to figure this out because he was exclusively breastfed and then started getting solids. Infrequent pooping is normal in both those circumstances. But then his percentiles started dropping, so that was a good clue. Anyway, we started supplementing and he started peeing and pooping when not asleep. Just another possibility.

    • Avatar Anne on March 28, 2019 at 2:15 pm

      Ps Thanks for taking my question!! The tips are really helpful!

    • Avatar Andrea Olson on March 29, 2019 at 2:28 am

      I’m so glad you figured out what was causing his constipation! I hope he gets back on track with his growth soon, that is worrying I’m sure. xx Andrea

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