#28 Easy Catch #1: The Wake Up + Pee

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During the next four weeks of the Go Diaper Free Podcast I'll be going over the four easy catches! Today's episode is all about Easy Catch #1 - The Wake Up and Pee. If you've just started EC, it may feel a bit overwhelming, and that is perfectly normal. Easy catches are a gentle and easy way to test the waters, so to speak, and begin to experience what elimination communication(EC) is all about!

We'll go over methods for implementing Easy Catch #1 with children of various ages, from newborn through toddler. Whether you want to eventually transition to full time EC, or you just want to familiarize your child with the potty and eliminate a few diapers, you can take advantage of a time of day when you are likely to experience success - when your child wakes up from a nap or nighttime sleep.

You will hear:

  • All about the antidiuretic hormone, and how this knowledge can help you understand your child's potty signals when they wake
  • How to cue your child to potty once they wake
  • What to do if your child wakes up wet
  • How to establish an after-waking potty routine
  • How to balance wake-up nursing/feeding with wake-up pottying

Links and other resources mentioned today:

Easy Start Guide for EC (Free Download)

Go Diaper Free by Andrea Olson

Top Hat Potty at TinyUndies.com

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Transcript: Easy Catch #1 - The Wake Up + Pee

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xx Andrea

Resource Recommendation

Getting EC Back on Track: a minicourse that walks you through observation, logging, and getting back on the EC wagon

Potty Time Mastery: a minicourse that helps you get extremely good at detecting the 4 ways to know the baby has to pee

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

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.)

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11 Comments

  1. Vanessa Wright on January 22, 2019 at 6:35 am

    DS, 5 months, cries if I put him on a potty before the breast. But then he’ll pee while he nurses.
    I wish we had started at birth instead of 4 months!

    • Andrea Olson on February 7, 2019 at 10:41 am

      It’s GREAT that you started at 4 months, Vanessa! If you have any more babies, you’ll definitely get to start at birth, but you’re here now and that is awesome. You can always nurse him over a waterproof pad or have a top hat potty handy – https://tinyundies.com/tophat – and my book goes over a ton of options for pottying during nursing – https://godiaperfree.com/thebook – in case you don’t have that yet. Bottom line: this will pass, soon, so hang in there!
      xx Andrea

  2. Alexis on January 22, 2019 at 8:24 am

    I just started EC with my DD when she was between 6-7 months old. I thought I would never catch this “easy catch”. When she would wake up she typically had already gone in the diaper but I would offer a pottytunity anyways. It’s been one month and she’s starting to hold it and peeing once I get her to the potty (or as the diaper is coming off 🤪). Stick with it, we’re all learning! Thanks Andrea!

    • Andrea Olson on February 7, 2019 at 10:42 am

      Awesome, Alexis! Thanks for sharing. This is proof of what I always say – offer, be consistent, and eventually you and baby will align. Beautiful. xx Andrea

  3. Sarah on January 22, 2019 at 11:54 am

    I’ve always tried to do wake up and pee with my now 2.5 year old son, my challenge is sometimes in the morning he has an erection and I think that’s one of the reasons he resists at that time. I don’t want to push him to do something uncomfortable if that is the case but the morning pee is obviously one of the keys to getting out of nighttime diapers. Has anyone else had this challenge, any thoughts?

    • Andrea Olson on February 7, 2019 at 10:44 am

      Hey Sarah! That is actually a “sign” that he needs to pee! Baby boys will often get an erection right before they need to go. I have an assumption about this: perhaps Mother Nature’s way of helping him pee far, far away from his body? To help him aim by providing him with a temporarily larger hose (for lack of a more PC way of saying it!!)? Have him go. The erection is a sure-fire sign. And I would recommend one of those baby urinals that hang from the wall. That would probably make everything easier – and more fun! xx Andrea

  4. Gloria on January 22, 2019 at 6:43 pm

    this is really helpful! Usually I miss the wake up pee because my 3 month old has woken up without me realizing it. She’s just so chill and happy in the morning! But I’ll definitely start offering the potty at wake up more faithfully because she’s certainly caught onto the potty routine at other times of the day just in the one month that we’ve been doing it. Thanks!

    • Andrea Olson on February 7, 2019 at 10:44 am

      Awesome, Gloria! Let us know how it goes. But from Alexis’ comment, above, I’m sure you’ll see that you guys align on this one, too. xx Andrea

  5. Kari Matadobra on January 24, 2019 at 3:03 am

    We started EC with our 9 month old and have been doing it part-time about 3 weeks. I had a really amazing week in which I caught every morning pee and poop. The next week was just a bit haphazard where I just kept being busy when she wasn’t going and missed it, and I was so discouraged! This week has been better so far. Last night I even took my daughter to the potty every time she woke up in the night and cried, and she fell back asleep pretty quick. If I hadn’t missed her first morning pee this morning (I though she would go back to sleep as it was 5am…), she would have had a dry diaper this morning! WHAT, I would never have thought that possible as I have had to really work on a good overnight cloth diaper for her, and g diapers didn’t seem that comfortable and I feel conflicted about disposables. Usually in the morning she pees about 3 times in 45 minutes. 1-2 min. after she wakes up, 20 min. after she wakes up, and after she nurses or eats food. We have both a little potty and a potty toilet seat. Thank you for the encouragement and insights, Andrea! #1 gave me the confidence to keep going with EC.

  6. Andrea Olson on February 7, 2019 at 10:46 am

    Kari!!! I am so happy to read this. Thank you for sharing, and for sticking with it. Yeah…dry all night does happen some nights, and some nights it doesn’t but it’s not your fault (or hers)…it’s just the non-linear learning curve that is inherent with EC. Stick with it! If you don’t have my book, def pick up a copy. It will prepare you for everything without overwhelming you. If you do have it, you’ll probably already know that peeing 3 times in 45 minutes in the morning is totally normal. You gals are doing great! xx Andrea

  7. Maria on February 15, 2019 at 2:14 pm

    We have been doing EC part time, mostly on waking (and offering on diaper change), for a couple of months (he’s 4.5 months now). Most of the time, our son will pee! It’s great. We’re just working to teach him that there is another place to go other than his diaper.

    I have your book and it’s great but I’m still unclear about one thing. My question is about the cue, “psssss.” Do I do it the whole time he’s peeing? Or just as he starts and to get him to start peeing and then stop and let him pee? (same question for his BM’s and the grunt cue)

    Thank you! xx

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