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Does having another baby impact an older child’s potty success?


“You've probably heard that bringing home another baby can set you way back in the potty training department with your older child. But is that true? And if so, what's the best way to handle it? In this week’s episode, we cover how to set your older kiddo up for potty success when adding another little one to your family.


You Will Hear:

  • Why it’s a good idea to wrap up or finish potty training your older child before bringing baby home
  • How to avoid potty regression with your older child by setting them up for success
  • Factors to consider when preparing for how to handle any possible regression
  • Strategies for getting back on track if regression occurs


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Go Diaper Free: my popular EC book that simplifies EC, beginning to end

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Did you experience potty regression with an older child after bringing a baby home? What are your best tips for preventing or dealing with it?


xx Andrea

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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 Alicia on July 7, 2023 at 9:17 am

    I was excited to read this but sadly it makes me feel more defeated. We have ECed since week two of our sons life and we will have a girl coming along in September when he’s 14 months. Pregnancy is not easy for me and he just started walking. Those two things (lack of usual attention from me and focus on perfecting walking) coupled with dad being sick the last two days and not able to play with him, brought him to absolute regression. Looking at me and beginning to poo, then I rush him to the toilet and he won’t finish or pee, then pees in diaper (or all over the floor I’m the case where I wasn’t expecting him to be holding it and just not need to go yet) a few moments later. Yesterday I just put the diaper on and gave up. The hybrid plan (which seems to be what everyone refers me to and I have read it but was trying to find a time around the one year mark to dive in) requires me to chase a one year old all over the house for two days to see if he’s going and then rush him to the potty. My seven months pregnant self is exhausted. I’d love any advice that anyone can offer about any conceivable way to wrap up before baby girl comes along.

    • Andrea Olson Andrea Olson on July 30, 2023 at 3:15 am

      Hi Alicia. Oh mama, I feel your pain and heartache. Something I tried to highlight in the hybrid plan is that it’s FLEXIBLE. You don’t have to do it full out. I definitely do not want you chasing a naked toddler all over the house! The point is to get him to independence anyway, not to have you following him around and catching everything for him. For now I would finish out the re-set you’re doing, then stick to the easy catches (not ALL of them every time, just those that actually feel easy for you), and start to integrate some of the naked teaching outlined in the hybrid plan. It doesn’t have to be 2 full days, it can be a few hours here and there. Check back in with the first page of the plan, option 2 for more on this. You can also see my episodes about regression at walking and when we took Twyla out of diapers for some inspiration on how to start helping him build that independence outside of naked teaching. Be sure to check in with the book owner’s community if you need extra support! Hang in there, mama. You’ll get through this!

  2. Avatar Alicia on July 8, 2023 at 12:59 am

    Submitting a test comment here to see if the problem still exists.

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