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A Few Thoughts on Nighttime EC

Translations of this post: Italian


Is it ok to just nurse baby back to sleep in the middle of the night? Or should you offer the potty every time baby stirs? Will you ruin EC if you don’t offer? Will you go crazy with lack of sleep if you do? Today I address a hot topic in the EC community: whether to potty during the night hours or not, and how to go about it (or how not to!) so EVERYONE gets the best sleep possible.

You will hear:

  • when to do nighttime EC (and when NOT to!)
  • how to spot sleep deprivation in yourself and how it presents in baby
  • the ultimate goal of nighttime EC
  • how to pick your path of nighttime EC
  • when to consider sleep teaching
  • how to evaluate if co-sleeping is right for you
  • when to reconsider your nighttime/sleep philosophy
  • how to do nighttime EC with your child in a separate room
  • what to do if all else fails

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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 Kaila Garcia on July 1, 2023 at 2:37 pm

    Great episode! Thank you for covering options for nighttime EC.

    My son is 4 months and we’ve been practicing EC with him since 2 weeks.

    My partner and I deeply value our sleep and acknowledge its importance, so we bedshare with our son (following the Safe Sleep 7 of course,) and do not practice EC at night.

    Our son and I sleep on a waterproof pad to catch milk dribbles and possible pee accidents, and my son sleeps in a single disposable that we change him out of in the morning.

    No diaper rashes, no major wake ups in the middle of the night, and my son links his sleep just fine (yay!)

    I do look forward to how EC at night or before bed will help our son when he transitions out of diapers in toddlerhood!

    • Andrea Olson Andrea Olson on July 30, 2023 at 2:57 am

      Hi Kaila! So glad you found the episode helpful. And it sounds like your family has found a great nighttime routine that works well for all of you. Great set-up, too!

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