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Mama Posture + Back Pain While Pottying Your Baby


You get the signal, you scoop up your babe, you're in position over the sink and cueing...but ugh, Baby is heavy! Is struggling with in-arms pottying a rite of passage with EC or is there a better way?

Listen for how to avoid back (and wrist!) pain while pottying an in-arms baby (plus posture tips for nursing and using the top hat potty!)

You will hear:

  • posture solutions to lessen back pain and enable in-arms pottying
  • back-friendly pottying holds for babies with and without head support
  • the correct way to use a top hat potty (and nurse your babe!)
  • whole-body posture hacks for the early days of parenting
  • how to tell when you may need more help for your back or pelvic floor

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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 Anisa on December 14, 2021 at 2:17 pm

    This is my second round doing EC (with my now 8 mo old boy) and I’m struggling with carpal tunnel syndrome related to holding him. I just listened to this episode and I understand about back and wrist posture while pottying but I specifically struggle with keeping him seated on the potty when he needs to go, especially surrounding sleep times. When he wakes to bee either from bedtime or nap, he wants to first latch on then will release while nursing. This requires me to hold him in a nursing position. Sometimes I can do this with the top hat potty but more often than not, his pee missed the potty even though I’m mindful to try and hold his penis down. Other times he’ll resist being in a knees up position (while nursing) even though I know he has to pee/poop. I know this because when I bring him to my chest to relax before trying again, he’ll usually bear down and release while I’m holding him. As a result I’m constantly holding him in a nursing position while my wrists holding him at the thighs over the sink, he’s 25lb and it’s taking a toll! I can’t see pottying him at the toilet while sitting on a stool working out with the way he resists. Any tips for position recommendations for resisting babies who need to nurse while pottying?

    • Avatar Jules on December 15, 2021 at 4:54 pm

      We put some real effort into learning to nurse in a seated position, which was a challenge but has paid real dividends – my six month old can sit on the potty and nurse while I sit on the floor facing him. (We learned by starting each of our daytime nursing sessions in sitting and then switching to cradle when he came unlatched the second time)

      • Avatar Anisa on December 16, 2021 at 12:31 am

        We definitely nurse in a seated position too when he’s willing to relax into sitting on the potty! Sometimes I’ll start him in a cradle/classic EC hold then ease him onto the potty once he is comfortable nursing, anything to reduce the time I’m holding him up like that!

        • Andrea Olson Andrea Olson on January 14, 2022 at 6:50 pm

          Absolutely, and such a great way to transition him. Seems like it keeps everyone happy.

      • Andrea Olson Andrea Olson on January 14, 2022 at 6:49 pm

        Smart! Love how things evolved naturally for you both.

    • Andrea Olson Andrea Olson on January 14, 2022 at 6:46 pm

      There is an age where babies become unable to both nurse and pee at the same time. At this age I would try to nurse him a little, then offer him the potty, then start nursing again.

  2. Avatar Amanda on December 14, 2021 at 2:27 pm

    Dude, I have just recently started noticing this tingling in my hands on occasion and had NO idea that pottying my baby could be a contributing factor. My second baby is huge–he’s in the 99th percentile and already wearing 6 month clothes at 12 weeks. I will be much more mindful of how I’m holding my hands when pottying from now on.

    • Andrea Olson Andrea Olson on January 14, 2022 at 6:48 pm

      Glad you will be more Mindful, and I hope it helps correct the tingling in your hands. 😊

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