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Counting catches and misses: What I really think about keeping score

Counting catches and misses

Should you keep track of every single catch and miss throughout your day? We're going to talk about that with today's topic: catches and misses.

I recently saw an image on Instagram of a parent who was meticulously keeping track of catches and misses on their phone. Afterwards, I had some strong feelings about that approach! 

Because of my experience ECing five babies (and helping 100,000s of other parents do the same), I think “now” would be a good time to talk about whether this approach is helpful or harmful.

You will learn:

  • When to use an observation log
  • The difference between observing and counting
  • How to avoid unnecessary pressure
  • How to get back to what EC is all about
  • Where to put your focus!

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From one of our readers:

"Count the catches, not the misses"

- Michelle D., from Australia

Michelle says she is no expert, but her older two often come and join her youngest when he's on the potty. See cute picture below:

babies in potties

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I look forward to chatting with you in the comments.

xx Andrea

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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 Liza on July 2, 2019 at 10:45 am

    Oh boy did I count my misses back when I was doing EC with my first! It made me so stressed out and high-strung, my husband thought I was having a serious problem! Now with my second, I remind myself what EC stands for: Elimination COMMUNICATION. So sometimes there can be MIS-communication and that’s fine – just learn from it!

    • Avatar Andrea Olson on July 14, 2019 at 8:44 pm

      Hi Liza! It will totally make you crazy! I’m glad you have found a more relaxed perspective this go around. xx Andrea

  2. Avatar Amber on July 2, 2019 at 3:33 pm

    Oh boy is this me! My career was in data analytics, so I geek out over data. I have stats on milestones, sleep, food intake and timing, and potty behaviors for both of my kids from 0-12+ months. It is so easy for me to obsess over documenting it, but I am thankful for it. It is great to be able to compare my younger daughter to my son at a comparable age to remind myself what’s normal (within a range, obviously, because no two kids are alike). I have started to realize, though, that once you get past the newborn/starting solids stage the stats aren’t as useful. This podcast was a good reminder to chill and just connect with my kids. I’m going to take that challenge starting tomorrow to let myself be more PRESENT. Great advice, Andrea!

    • Avatar Andrea Olson on July 14, 2019 at 8:45 pm

      Hi Amber! If numbers help you without it adding stress, go for it! Like you said, just work on being more present. xx Andrea

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