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Dealing with Inconsistency in Elimination Communication

getnailedbymaria jan 19, 2020

If you are finding major inconsistencies in elimination communication, today’s show is 100% for you. Listen, watch, or read the full episode on this page!

The EC inconsistencies I cover today include both:

  • You not being consistent in offering your baby the potty and
  • Your baby not consistently telling you he needs to go, cooperating in going, or showing an interest in using the toilet

If you have experienced either of these situations, great!

You will hear:

  • My #1 tip to get back into consistent potty time with your baby
  • The one woo-woo thing you MUST do to get back with it
  • How to make infant potty time a HABIT with your baby
  • Examples of events that you can “peg” this new habit to

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What is the ONE consistency fix you’ll implement today? Which habit will YOU “peg” your pottytunities to? Please leave a comment below with your thoughts!

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 Ifeoma on November 2, 2021 at 11:29 am

    I started EC part time with my baby @ 4 months, your baby potty is the best btw :) Now she’s 7 months and when I put my mind to it, I catch most poops and pees. Some days I’m too busy or distracted and I’m ok with it.

    Anyways, what you (and James Clear) said about pegging a new habit to something you already do, is so true and effective! I’ve been wanting to read to my daughter in Igbo (a Nigerian language and my mother tongue) for a while now, but I wasn’t consistent with it. Then one day I grabbed an Igbo book and read to her while she was on the potty. By the time I was done reading, she had pooped and peed, and I was thrilled. I confess, I’ve sometimes taken her off the potty too soon because I thought she was taking “too long.” But now with me reading, my mind is focused on the book and she has time to do her business.

    Whenever I’m reading to her on the potty, she either stares at me like she understands the story or she tries to eat the book LOL. At the end of the potty/book reading session we’re both happy. She’s happy she’s relieved herself, I’m happy I read to her, and we both live happily ever after. The End. 🤣🤣

    • Andrea Olson Andrea Olson on November 8, 2021 at 6:25 pm


      What a beautiful story and thank you for sharing. ❤️

  2. Avatar Julia on November 4, 2021 at 4:40 pm

    We recently restarted offering the toilet (he thinks he is big like us) during his morning nappy change and usually he will wee then. Had been a but slack up to 10onths as he started complaining about being put on the potty. Last night he crawled to the toilet door before his bath so I help him up and he did a wee! You are right in the exposure and idea being important for him to understand, will hopefully make toilet training easy when we get there.

  3. Avatar טל אורבך on November 23, 2021 at 5:48 am

    We have a 6 month old, whom we’ve been trying to EC nearly since birth.
    In the first couple of months it was going pretty well. Not perfect by any stretch of the imagination, but many pees and some poops. Since then, things have taken a serious turn to the worse. Lately she’s back to sometimes peeing in the potty, and even a poop once in a blue moon, but things are really not great.
    However, nearly since day one, the most sure-fire way to get her to poop is to go for a car ride. Changing from the infant seat to an all-in-one convertible didn’t change that either – she still poops mostly in the car – and this totally contradicts what you’re saying, doesn’t it?
    Also, the other day we were at home, and she started pooping, so I asked her to wait and took her to the potty. She couldn’t then resume her heroic efforts, leaving her still pretty full of shit.

    It seems that nearly all of it goes against what I hear in your podcasts and videos. Any thoughts?

  4. Avatar Tal Orbach on November 23, 2021 at 2:32 pm

    Weird. I typed a long comment, hit “submit”, and it just vanished.
    Anywho… we have a 6 month old. When she was about a month old, EC actually worked OK. Catching many pees and some poops. But about a month or a bit more after that, things really stopped working (possibly because we were in the process of moving, so stability was compromised), to the point of catching nothing for weeks on end. Lately it’s getting better, but still very far from good – some pees here and there, and a poop or two, at most. We try to offer the potty at diaper changes and when something in her mood alters suddenly, but it hardly ever works. Sometimes, I feel like the time it takes to get her out of her cloths and into an EC position makes the pottytunity fade away.
    Moreover, there are at least two things that happen opposite to what we’d expect, based on your podcast:
    1. Getting in the car seat is the most reliable way to get her to poop. If I had to estimate, I’d say that at least 80% of the poop to come out of her in the last four months was in car seats. We had two infant car-seats, both got her pooping, and even when we changed to an all-in-one, the trend remained, so it’s not even that it’s the position or anything. What’s worse is that when we’d put her in the infant seat in the house – it would never do the trick.
    2. A couple of days ago she started pooping while we were home. I offered that she wait and I take her to the potty. By the time the diaper was off, there was a tiny bit of poop in it, but the moment had already passed, She couldn’t get to poopin’ again after (though she did try).

    Any advice?

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