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How Shayla did EC with her baby: An interview with Hey Shayla!

When a friend told new-mom Shayla she should check out EC, Shayla said, “what on earth is that?” Hear Shayla’s EC journey (including the surprise pregnancy that started it all), her best EC hacks, plus loads of fun as Shayla and Andrea chat all things motherhood - ovulation cycles, childbirth, potty training - and of course, EC!

You will hear:

  • Shayla's surprise entry into motherhood
  • how shayla heard about EC (and met Andrea!)
  • Shayla's EC hack for starting with a mobile baby
  • how EC impacted Shayla's parenting
  • what one thing has made a huge difference
  • shayla's best piece of advice

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Andrea Olson

About Andrea Olson

I'm Andrea and I spend most of my time with my 5 children (all under 10 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.)

4 Comments

  1. Avatar Anna on December 21, 2021 at 2:52 pm

    My sister told me about EC when she had her daughter; she attempted EC only in the morning to catch poos. Her baby did potty train right at 2 yo. My EBF baby is 9.5 weeks, and we started EC at week 3. I catch her poop 95% of the time now.
    It’s amazing how she started showing specific facial signals to poop at about week 7 or 8. By week 5, we were catching about 75% — I was relying on a combination of my intuition and the clock (considering the time after she fed/slept). My baby knew to push and poo every 2 hours by the time she was week 7; as long as she was over a restroom sink. Her peeing signs are still developing, so I barely catch her pee. When I do, it’s by chance when she is going poo. We cloth diaper during the day, so it’s great not to wash poo diapers 95% of the time. She’s at the point now where she will “shart” (lol), but will not fully go until the next potty-tunity, unless ofc if I am not paying attention long enough she will go in the diaper, then I’ll quickly put her on the potty and she finishes :) She doesn’t go poo often at night, but definitely woke me up to catch her poo a few times!

    Around week 6 we had a hard time holding her up in the sink; she was getting too heavy to hold for more than 10 mins. I obviously only hold her that long when I know she has to go and waiting for it. So we bought a baby potty toilet to set up a “EC station” in the bedroom with a large mirror close enough for her to see her own reflection (imitating the bathroom EC experience); she had become used to seeing her reflection as she went over the sink, so otherwise she would hold her poo and cry until she can see herself and got into the “position” lol. It’s been nice not having to walk over to the bathroom in our large master bedroom. She did have a hard time going poo in her potty elsewhere besides home (seemed like she likes the privacy and already become accustomed to know what’s comfortable). When she’s “all done” she relaxes her shoulders and smiles at me through the mirror. I’m starting to position the toilet without the mirror, so that she can begin to get comfortable going without the reflection of herself. She’s slowly been responsive to this but still loves the mirror in front of her. It’s wonderful knowing I’m meeting all her needs to my best ability, and in effect, all her fussiness are all justified.
    I actually did a bunch of learning and research and saw Shayla’s videos about EC in the process while I was pregnant! So thankful to God to be educated about EC and to practice something that is innate and natural for and with my baby! Thanks to my sister and Andrea! <3

    • Andrea Olson Andrea Olson on January 14, 2022 at 7:23 pm

      Amazing!! You are doing a great job connecting to your little one and listening to her needs.

  2. Avatar Anna on December 21, 2021 at 3:03 pm

    My sister introduced me to EC; she practiced EC in the morning to catch her poo when she was about a year old. Her daughter was out of diapers by 2 yo.
    My EBF baby is 9.5 weeks, and we started EC at week 3. I catch her poop 95% of the time. It’s amazing how she started showing specific facial signals to poop at about week 7 or 8. By week 5, we were catching about 75% — I was relying on a combination of my intuition and the clock (duration after she fed/slept). Her peeing signs are still developing, so I barely catch her pee. We cloth diaper during the day, so it’s great not to wash poo diapers 95% of the time. She’s at the point where she will “shart” in her diaper and go at the next diaper change! Unless ofc I don’t pay attention long enough, then she will go in her diaper (I then quickly take her to the potty and she will finish!) She doesn’t go poo often at night, but definitely woke me up to catch her poo a few times!

    Around week 6 we had a hard time holding her up in the sink; she was getting too heavy to hold for more than 10 mins. I would only hold her that long when I know she has to go, based on time and her gestures. So we bought a baby potty toilet to set up a “EC station” in the bedroom with a large mirror close enough for her to see her own reflection (imitating the bathroom EC experience); she had become used to seeing her reflection as she went over the sink, so otherwise she would hold her poo and cry until she can see herself and got into the “position” lol. It’s been nice not having to walk over to the bathroom in our large master bedroom. The baby potty is a game changer! She first had a hard time going poo in her potty elsewhere besides home (seems like she likes the privacy and already become accustomed to know what’s comfortable). I’m starting to position the toilet without the mirror, so that she can begin to get comfortable going without the reflection of herself. She been doing great, and slowly becoming more and more responsive When she’s “all done” she relaxes her shoulders and smiles at me through the mirror.. It’s wonderful knowing that I’m meeting all her needs to my best ability, and in effect, all her fussiness are all justified.

    I did quite a bit of learning and researching while I was pregnant and came across Shayla’s video! So thankful to God to be educated about something that is innate and natural (and not crazy) for and with my baby! Thank you to my sister and Andrea!

  3. Avatar Fatima on December 22, 2021 at 11:17 am

    During the ‘bumps in the road’ like where they go on strike don’t stop. I noticed my baby would only strike with toilet but not sink or bush outside or we would start using a jar or bowl and he would quit having strikes.. he just wanted to go outside usually instead!

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