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A day in the life: ECing a newborn – What it looks like in our home

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A day in the life: ECing a newborn

Let’s walk through a day of doing Elimination Communication with a newborn baby.

Maybe you are pregnant and are considering elimination communication, but just can't picture what your routine might look like. Not to worry! I've practiced EC with five babies from birth, and I am going to let you know what to expect.

This is the first in a three-part series where I’ll share what a typical day of EC in my household looks like...newborn, mobile, and toddler. Consider it a peek into our home! (In case you missed them, here are the mobile baby and young toddler episodes.)

You will learn:

  • What to expect upon waking
  • How pottying fits into the day
  • How I incorporate baths and babywearing into my routine
  • How to use whatever receptacle is closest for pottying
  • How to integrate baby, and EC, into your pre-baby life
  • Where siblings can fit in to the potty process
  • Tips from a few of our readers

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What questions do you have about doing Elimination Communication with a newborn baby? Please leave a comment below with your experience!

I look forward to chatting with you in the comments.

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 Taya on August 14, 2019 at 11:15 am

    Very helpful podcast episode. I have a 4.5 month old and we started EC around 3 months. We went strong for a while but have recently petered out. Today motivated me to get started again! I appreciate you sharing your schedule, I’d like to give it a try. My baby normally wants to eat right after waking up, he fights the potty until after he feeds. Any tips?

  2. Avatar Saritah on July 30, 2021 at 10:53 pm

    What about when my baby screams bloody murder when I offer her a Pottytunity?

    • Andrea Olson Andrea Olson on August 9, 2021 at 1:05 pm

      Not sure how old your little one is, but listen or read this.

  3. Avatar Rebekah on November 25, 2021 at 11:12 am

    So my struggle with my 13 day old is that she will fuss or cry to pee/poop multiple times per nap. And if I take her potty she then wants to nurse because she is “awake”. How do you potty during nap without ending the nap and starting a nursing session.
    At this point she really doesn’t have much of a wake window, so despite multiple wake ups she is still sleeping all day. I love your routine, but I’m thinking maybe this is something I’ll get to in a few weeks once she’s a little more alert?
    She also in the shart (fart poops) stage, which causes trouble at night as she won’t sleep unless she’s done her poop. It’s making night sleeps hard.
    This is my third so you think I would be used to it but you forget how hard the newborn phase is.

    • Andrea Olson Andrea Olson on December 3, 2021 at 8:11 pm

      The newborn phase is really hard… and yes, we do forget so quickly. Hang in there! The saying… the days are long and the years are short, really are true. I am glad you are listening to your intuition! ❤️

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