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How To Start Potty Training


It’s time to start potty training! But wait… HOW? Today Nicole talks about how to start potty training off on the right foot, and shares tips to help the process go more smoothly for everyone.


You Will Hear:

  • How to decide whether to start with EC or potty training
  • Tips for easing-in to potty learning
  • How to tell when your kiddo needs to go
  • How to do diaper-free observation with a mobile toddler
  • Considerations and strategies for potty training while in daycare
  • How to schedule potty training when you’re a working parent


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Resource Recommendation

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

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What tips do you have for getting started with potty training? What worked for 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 Annie-Claire on March 1, 2023 at 6:22 am

    Hi Andrea, thanks for your work. Both my girls (17 and 39 months) poop in standing position. The older one usually prefers to wait for the night diaper to do her #2, even if she sometimes tries on the toilet. So poop is definitely not an easy catch! EC was going fairly well with my youngest, but we had to stop over the winter for various reasons, and she was all day in disposable diapers. Now she started walking and seems to be getting the same road as her elder sister. How can I get them to eliminate on the potty / toilet, and not in standing position? They don’t seek privacy, they just stand up to poop. Whether they have a diaper or not.

    • Andrea Olson Andrea Olson on March 4, 2023 at 4:29 pm

      Perhaps doing a reset and giving them diaper free time, so you can see any signals they may give. Also perhaps changing up their eating routines so they aren’t going only at night but rather during the day. Having diaper free time so as soon as you see them going you can transfer them to the toilet will help them make the connection that their diaper is not a toilet and to try to make it to the potty on time.

  2. Avatar Kristen Chandler on April 15, 2024 at 8:54 pm

    Hello! My son just turned 15 months old a few days ago. I have never done EC with him. I have both of your books, the one for elimination communication and the one for potty training. I’m in the process of reading through both books at once, and I’m wondering should I start with EC or just go straight into potty training, since he is so close to 18 months and I have not done any EC with him before? Or is there an expedited EC method? I’m not done reading your books yet, so I just wanted to ask your advice on that. I would like to get him out of diapers as soon as possible.

    • Andrea Olson Andrea Olson on April 21, 2024 at 10:02 pm

      Yes there is a hybrid plan in the EC book for mobile babies! You got this momma!!!

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