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Getting a young toddler to signal


You’ve heard of young toddlers signaling that they have to go potty, but when it comes to your kiddo, there isn’t a signal in sight! Is there anything you can do to help your LO give you a heads up? Or are you stuck with the silent treatment? Find out in today’s episode, as we discuss what you can do to encourage your toddler to signal for the potty.


You Will Hear:

  • What signals we recommend you teach your child
  • Strategies for encouraging your kiddo to signal
  • How to teach different signals for the bathroom and going potty, and why this is important
  • When to move from sound cues to teaching signals and why
  • Tips for setting realistic expectations around signaling
  • How changing your baby’s back-up can influence signaling


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How did you get your baby signaling? If your baby doesn’t signal yet, which of these suggestions are you going to try?


I look forward to discussing with you in the comments, below!

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 Elaine on February 14, 2023 at 7:54 am

    I am immediately switching from psss sound, and going to consistently use my word and sign

    • Andrea Olson Andrea Olson on February 21, 2023 at 8:59 pm

      That’s awesome momma! You got this!

  2. Avatar Jonah on February 18, 2023 at 11:29 pm

    Hi! My baby does tell me when she peed but after. How can I make her tell me say wee-wee before she goes? Thanks!

    • Andrea Olson Andrea Olson on February 21, 2023 at 9:06 pm

      Hi Jonah! Working on communication as she pees can help a lot in this area. When you get a catch just reiterating to her the word or sign that you use together, as she is going, to help her make the connection beforehand. Also perhaps switching up the backup you use to help create greater sensitivity to when she needs to go. For example if you are using diapers, then switching to trainers, or if you are already using trainers then switching to undies could be the missing piece for her.

  3. Avatar Natalie on February 24, 2023 at 11:12 am

    I’ve been trying to use the Tiny Potty book to teach the potty sign using sign language. I also use that sign when I put him on the potty. He has done the sign back while sitting and I praise him. Still working on him telling me this way to go to the potty.

    • Andrea Olson Andrea Olson on February 26, 2023 at 7:26 pm

      Great Job Natalie! You got this momma!

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