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Easy Catch #2: Diaper changes

Easy Catch #2 At Every Diaper Change

If you've ever gotten peed on when changing your baby's diaper, you will probably benefit from this easy catch (#2 of 4).

Let's not get peed on again!

When you change your baby's diaper, you can offer the potty even if baby is already wet.

Oftentimes, our babies only let out a pre-pee to save some for later, for when the diaper comes off...because babies won't ever hold it so long that they hurt themselves.

(Babies are majorly into self-preservation.)

Watch this 4 minute video on elimination communication's "easy catch" #2: Diaper changes:

You'll also learn:

  • why babies hold it when wearing a diaper
  • whether cold air makes babies pee
  • how to establish a healthy changing routine, and,
  • how this ONE easy catch, alone, can set you up for potty training success (if you end EC on that note).

Your turn!

Please report back in the comments below after you've tried this easy catch. Did it work? Have you done it before? Did you learn anything new?

I look forward to reading and replying to your comments!


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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 Oksana on May 22, 2017 at 10:29 am

    I was babysitting a 7 month old and she peed every time I changed her diaper. Drea never did that even when I wasn’t doing EC with her, so it was new for me. I think next time I will ask the parents if I can potty their baby.

    • Avatar Andrea Olson on May 22, 2017 at 2:15 pm

      Oh definitely! Let us know if they do and what happens. I bet baby’s instincts are still in alignment with hygiene. Diaper off? Time to pee!

  2. Avatar Kathryn on May 22, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    Our 7 week old was peeing almost every time we took her diaper off for the first few weeks. Now she doesn’t pee on the changing table, maybe because she knows she’ll get a pottytunity when the diaper comes off!

    • Avatar Andrea Olson on May 22, 2017 at 2:18 pm

      Great point Kathryn! Our 13 week old also waits between diaper coming off and pottytunity. Since about 5 weeks or so. Aren’t they incredible?? :)

  3. Avatar Monica on May 22, 2017 at 3:18 pm

    I do this catch *every* diaper change, day or night, with on and off success. Baby got used to it pretty quickly, and so did I, that is is just part of the routine.
    I also have a friend who says with absolute certainty that his son pees when he takes the diaper off because of the cold air. The way he said it was so convincing, but I know it is baloney! I will refer him to this video! Thank you, Andrea!

    • Avatar Andrea Olson on July 26, 2017 at 3:44 pm

      Hey Monica – awesome!!! Thanks for educating your friend, too. ;oP

  4. Avatar Lisa on May 22, 2017 at 4:16 pm

    When our second was born, the midwife showed us this catch and it was so cool because when the baby would fall asleep nursing I would change his diaper to wake him up and then sit him on the potty and nearly every time he would pee and poo and then be ready to finish his feed. It was almost like he was waiting for us to put him in the potty, which from this video he probably was! We never had a blowout or diaper rash like we did with our first.

    • Avatar Andrea Olson on July 26, 2017 at 3:45 pm

      That is so wonderful, Lisa. Thank you for sharing! I’m happy to hear that your midwife showed you this way. Now there is no going back :)

  5. Avatar Lisa on May 23, 2017 at 5:30 pm

    Yep, I do this every time. If he doesn’t go when I offer then I’m pretty confident I won’t get peed on during the change. I wish I had done this when my daughter was a baby (she’s 3 now). I kept a prefold under her for changes cuz she’d pee every time, but I didn’t know enough about EC then.

  6. Avatar Haley on June 20, 2017 at 5:40 pm

    Is there any risk of offering the potty too much with every diaper change? Up until now I’ve been doing very casual ec with my very active 7 month old and now she cries when I offer her the potty.

    • Avatar Andrea Olson on July 26, 2017 at 3:46 pm

      Hey Haley! Nope, not at all. If they don’t need to go, they won’t. But doing it every time can simply show them that this is a regular option for when they take a break from all the developmental milestones and wake up to – oh, yeah! potty time! :) If your baby resists the offer, simply re-diaper. Eventually you will have her out of them anyway. :)

  7. Avatar elisa on August 28, 2017 at 7:12 pm

    Thanks for the video and awesome site! I love your book!

    Our little one is 4.5 months old, and we have been doing EC “casually” since she was about 2 months old when I noticed these diaper-change pees! We have been catching almost every poo with signals, and while we have not found pee signals we catch a fair number just by offering in the morning/after long naps, and during diaper changes. This had been going great until about two weeks ago. But now, the *second* the diaper is off the peeing begins which means I end up getting peed on a lot because I don’t get time to place her over the potty. Any tips??

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