Posts by Andrea Olson

The unassisted waterbirth of our 5th baby: Full Birth Story

my unassisted birth waterbirth andrea olson

PLEASE NOTE: The below post contains graphic photographs and some nudity. You’ve been warned! :) As this was a natural birth, it is natural that I include some unedited documentation of what happened. Also, if you’d like to be the first to know when my next book, The Unassisted Birth Manual, is available in the…

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Tantrums…I’m at my wit’s end.

branson toddler meltdown in preschool picture

Our 4th baby, Branson, is 19 months old now and he has turned into our Master Tantrum Thrower, Honorary. Luckily, regarding potty time, he is not resistant. (This is mostly due to the fact that we consciously took him out of daytime diapers at 12 months old.) Everything else? OMG. He throws himself on the…

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Branson’s 17 month Elimination Communication Update

Branson 17 months

Perhaps you know that my youngest is now 17 months old…and may want to know where we are these days regarding his Elimination Communication progress. (Even if you’re only on this website for potty training, definitely read the below as it can show you what young toddlers are truly capable of…even if yours is older…

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At what age can I potty train my child?


New parents in the western world are constantly wondering: when can I begin potty training? (Some don’t even realize that, with the right information, they can even begin potty training their baby.) In this article I will share what ages are best to begin potty training your child. We’ll look at options for the first year…

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Make a paradigm shift: Diapers are a back-up, not full-time toilets


Primitive “diapering” methods often involved placing soft, absorbent materials under baby’s bottom inside the sling or papoose. Their purpose was to add extra protection during times of cold weather, travel, and busy-ness. Their purpose was NOT to serve as a full-time toilet. Those early humans who did not need a “back-up” for their babies (ie: lived…

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