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Resistance: My baby resists the potty and pees on the floor right after.

By Andrea Olson | Jan 6, 2016

Q: What do you do if your infant does not want to use the potty at all? My baby went through a period of fussing and fighting it when I tried to potty her. I did not want to force her, but I knew she had to go–shortly after we stopped trying she would go pee…

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Note to Self: Prunes really do work for constipation

By Andrea Olson | Jan 6, 2016

I re-learned a very important lesson today with my 3rd ECd baby. Even when doing Elimination Communication with a very young baby, things can get backed up. Constipation happens when moving to solid foods. Somehow I’d forgotten that! Yes, the deep squat position of the EC hold is extremely helpful in preventing baby constipation: Yes,…

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When EC Stops Working: The Elimination Communication “Potty Pause”

By Andrea Olson | Dec 21, 2015

Potty Pause. A not-so-great word. Let me share what it is and what to do about it…. So you’re doing Elimination Communication with your baby and everything was going great for the last few weeks or months. You caught every poo and almost every pee, or the majority thereof. You may not even have studied up…

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How to Know When Your Baby Needs to Pee

By Andrea Olson | Nov 18, 2015

When you’re doing EC with your baby you’re gonna need to know how to determine when your baby needs to pee. In potty training language, this could be considered your baby’s “PeePee Dance.” In EC language, it’s what I call “The Four Roads to Potty Time” and it includes 3 other things in addition to…

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Dr. Sears, Diaper Rash & Natural Diaper Rash Treatment

By Andrea Olson | Nov 4, 2015

Natural diaper rash treatment…it’s possible and simple. In this article I’ll share why and how through the lens of practicing infant pottying. I’m a pretty avid follower of Attachment Parenting practices. We cosleep, breastfeed, babywear…we do Elimination Communication, which is in-line with AP principles (albeit missing from the AP books). In fact, I bought 7…

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Video: 5 month old baby’s pee signal

By Andrea Olson | Nov 2, 2015

My 5 month old baby signals that he needs to pee by fussing. This is the most common baby signal for elimination communication.

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Pottying your baby with toddlers around

By Andrea Olson | Oct 11, 2015

We are driving home from an event in Raleigh and I snapped this photo at Duke Gardens of me ECing Cooper while Isadora helped me by holding his legs and saying “pssss” while he peed. I know a lot of you have had or are about to have a 2nd or 3rd child whom you’d…

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Why Emily Ditched Attachment Parenting

By Andrea Olson | Oct 7, 2015

Attachment Parenting worked in some ways for Emily @Holistic Squid…but not in others. This is a photo she made: Attachment Parenting worked for me. It pretty much rocked and I’d say it worked for me…mostly. There are a few techniques I’d adjust next time around, and a bit more balance I’d bring into it all.…

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Video: Toddler pee signal

By Andrea Olson | Oct 6, 2015

Here’s my first son when he was 17 months old signaling that he needs to use the potty by squatting and then grabbing his crotch.

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Why are we trained to watch our babies poop and THEN change their diapers?

By Andrea Olson | Sep 15, 2015

As a preface, this post is about how we parents have been trained to wait for our babies to go in their diapers. Which is different from noticing that our babies have gone in their diapers and then changing that dirty diaper. This is about watching them, waiting for it to be done, and then…

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