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How Early Can I Start Potty Training? : And which tools should I use to potty train at that age?


Is it ok to start potty training “early” and how early is too early? What about “readiness”? And how long should the process take?

Today we'll also explore the decision facing us: do we do potty training, early potty training, or this thing called “elimination communication?”

What age you can start, what to expect and what tools you need for a successful experience for you and your child.

You will hear:

  • at what age you should start potty training
  • choosing your method: Elimination Communication (EC), early potty training, or potty training
  • how potty training looks at different ages
  • permission for you as a parent to choose when to start, including
  • how to decide when you as a parent are ready
  • benefits of potty training early vs. waiting
  • timeline for completing elimination communication and potty training

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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 Hugo Cardoza on February 11, 2023 at 12:35 pm

    I feel I catch all poop, at age 7 weeks but no pees and baby is heavy > 12 lb so not sure how to carry him (I grab his legs but I am scare is too much for his hip joints) any advice?

    • Andrea Olson Andrea Olson on February 13, 2023 at 4:20 pm

      The classic EC hold is best for maintaining good hip alignment, give that a try and see how it works!

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