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How to Solve Potty Resistance During Wrap-up: For Elimination Communication and Potty Training

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Your EC experience was going great until you started to pass the baton. Then, wham, resistance! What does this mean? Is the process doomed to failure? Should you just “wait until they're ready”?

Listen today to hear why resistance happens during wrap-up, two tools to solve it, and how to tweak your mindset for the smoothest experience possible.

You will hear:

  • why resistance happens
  • how this applies to you (even if you're not wrapping up, yet!)
  • two routes to wrapping up your EC (or diapering) experience
  • the two tools you need to address resistance
  • how to tweak your mindset to solve resistance
  • tips for poop issues with late potty trainers

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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.)


  1. Avatar Cassandra Neal on December 7, 2021 at 8:35 am

    I have a 13 month old and struggling with getting him back on the potty. I will try sit down and pull pants down to see if that helps any. But how can I give privacy when he can fall into the toilet or fall off his baby toilet? He’s still crawling…

    • Andrea Olson Andrea Olson on January 14, 2022 at 6:23 pm

      Looking away can sometimes help, and getting busy. Like doing something on your phone.

      You can also try putting pillows down in front of the potty if you are afraid of your little one getting hurt if he falls off.

  2. Avatar Melissa Miller on December 8, 2021 at 10:31 am

    Oh my gosh this is exactly the guidance I need today! I’m in this process and feeling close to putting it off because my daughter is getting so upset! So, thank you! I have three follow up questions… (1) My daughter gets panicked if I try and put her on the adult toilet (with a reducer). Can you offer any guidance to helping her get comfortable on it? and (2) when I give her privacy she hops right off the potty. If I close us into the bathroom will she eventually stay seated on the potty when I turn my head? (3) If I’m working toward putting her on the adult potty, is there any problem with also having the tiny potties around the house for her to go on that by herself if she wants? or should I just simplify and have her only go on the adult toilet?

    • Andrea Olson Andrea Olson on January 14, 2022 at 6:28 pm

      Love when things work out like that!

      To answer your questions:
      1. Do some role playing with a doll or lovey that sits on the toilet. You can try distracting her while she is on the toilet. Sometimes having them look at photos of themselves or reading a book. Talking about sitting on the toilet a lot throughout the day.

      2. That’s great that she stays seated when you are in the bathroom. Offering privacy by turning your head or pretending to do something can give her privacy with your presence. You may also try saying… I’ll be right back… I forgot something, and then step out for a minute.

      3. No problem to have other potties around the house available. Or for her to even use those independently when you are busy.

  3. Avatar Kristin on December 8, 2021 at 9:11 pm

    My first baby I did EC really inconsistently and finally potty trained at 2.5 years, and it did feel like finally, though it was earlier than most, and it was over in a couple of weeks and I thought, wow this is great, why didn’t we do that ages ago. Baby 2 is 9 months now and I’ve been way more consistent with EC though don’t really ever do diaper free time. I’d been thinking do it til about 2 and then potty train, but this post came at a good time for me and I’m feeling hopeful for wrapping up EC earlier. (yes I have the book, I read most of it early on but never got around to the wrapping up bit of the book yet)

    • Andrea Olson Andrea Olson on January 14, 2022 at 6:32 pm

      Thank you for sharing your story, and glad the post gave you some motivation to wrap up sooner!

  4. Avatar Charlène on December 10, 2021 at 11:44 am

    Hi Andrea,
    Thank you for all your resources. I admire tour work.
    I have been reading a lot of your EC teachings and tried to apply them.
    My son will be 18 month next week. Last month I bought your potty training book ans started the process. By the Book. For 2,5 days (all I had).
    Now. I have a consistency issue. I had it with EC, and I have it with potty training. I am alone in believing in the process. My husband thinks it is all more or less crazy. He will do the same as me (and he has all along), but only once it has started working. And if it does not require an extra effort.
    The nanny won’t quit the diapers for now, I guess until there are no more accidents (?), but then my son cannot learn until he us left without diapers …
    So. I am the crazy pee-poop-obsessed mom. This mom has been travelling for work a lot lately, knowing that my son is – most probably – not being potty-trained at home “By Andrea’s Book”. So it is dragging on…

    I would really really enjoy a podcast about Husband Resistance !! Pleeeeaaaase . I have been meaning to ask you that for… Nearly 18 months ! ;) :-) And I could totally share my experience on this.

    Thanks again for all the work !

    • Andrea Olson Andrea Olson on January 14, 2022 at 6:41 pm

      Remember to be gentle on yourself. Husband Resistance is a rough one. Here is a post I have done on the topic:

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