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How long should I keep baby on the potty?


You did it! You offered your baby the potty and she peed! But how can you tell if she’s finished? In today’s episode, Nicole will break down how long to keep baby on the potty, plus how to tell if your wee one is, well, done weeing.


You Will Hear:

  • Common signs that your baby has finished eliminating
  • Tips for teaching your baby how to communicate that they’re finished
  • How using an observation log can prevent your baby from peeing too often
  • A few ways to encourage baby to stay on the potty and finish peeing


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

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How did you know when your baby was done on the potty? What signals did they give you?


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 Kristin on December 20, 2022 at 3:58 pm

    Tips for a toddler who doesn’t stay on the potty long enough to finish peeing? Not that he’s still peeing as he stands up, but that he comes back 15 minutes later to do more, when I know he can go over 2 hours sometimes. 1- suggestions on how to keep him there, and 2- how to know when he actually is done. Or should I just hope for him to grow out of it as the novelty of taking himself to the bathroom wears off?

    • Andrea Olson Andrea Olson on December 26, 2022 at 11:49 pm

      Try distracting him with a book or toy to keep him on the potty a little bit longer. It helps!

  2. Avatar Sylvia Connell on December 29, 2022 at 10:00 am

    My son just started ec at 15 months he screams and cries when I sit him on the seat reducer until I take him off we get more misses then catches how can I get him to stay on the potty longer? We catch every poop but haven’t caught one pee

    • Andrea Olson Andrea Olson on December 31, 2022 at 8:37 pm

      First off, you got this mama! Try focusing on the easy pee catches, after naps or when he wakes in the morning. Since he fusses at sitting you would try teaching him to stand and aim into a potty on the floor, it might make him more eager to learn. Or you could try distracting him with a book or toy so that he relaxes enough to pee.

  3. Avatar Julie on May 11, 2023 at 8:45 am

    Hi! How do you submit questions for the podcast? Thanks!

    • Andrea Olson Andrea Olson on May 13, 2023 at 12:45 pm

      You can ask here!

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