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My baby sits on the potty but won’t go


Your little one is more than happy to sit on the potty, but sitting is only half the battle! How can you get her to actually go? Today we're troubleshooting questions from three mamas whose babies have the sitting part down, but are struggling to actually get the pee in the potty.


You Will Hear:

  • Tips for transitioning from taking your kiddo to the potty, to her taking herself
  • Why sitting should not be a focal point of your EC practice or potty training plan/span>
  • How independence and privacy impact potty success
  • The effect your baby’s growing bladder - and ability to hold pee - can have on your potty routine
  • Common signs it’s time to ditch daytime diapers for go


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What is your best tip for getting baby to pee when it’s time to go?


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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 Saranya S on July 11, 2023 at 1:31 pm

    Gently rubbing a baby wipe under their belly button will help make them pee when they are sitting on the potty.

    • Avatar Erin on July 11, 2023 at 11:06 pm

      Thank you! I will give that a try!

  2. Avatar Erin on July 11, 2023 at 4:10 pm

    I potty trained my first two at 18 months old (I found the Tiny Potty Training book before training my second), but I have decided to train my third at 16 months to take advantage of the summer time weather and slower paced schedule (I homeschool my older two, and potty training while homeschooling didn’t sound fun!) We are on day 4. He’s been naked from the waist down, and we have been on one outing commando with no accidents. He will now say ‘pee’ when he starts to pee, but as soon as I move him to the potty, he clams up and that’s the end of it! I’m sure I experienced this with my first two, but I just don’t think he has figured out how to consciously release his urine yet. Are there any tricks to get us over this hump, or do I just stick with the naked bottom and short commando outings until he figures out how to let it go?

    • Andrea Olson Andrea Olson on July 27, 2023 at 3:05 am

      Hi Erin! Wow, I’m so glad you found my book and have been able to use it with a few of your kiddos! It sounds like one of two things may be happening. He might be getting a bit startled by the move to the potty, which can cause him to tighten the sphincter back up and to need more time to relax and let it out once he arrives at the potty. Try bringing the potty to him and gently sitting him down. The other thing that may be happening is he’s needing more privacy. Try sitting him down and walking away, or at least turning your back. It might take a few tries for him to stay and finish, but he will catch on pretty quickly that you’re giving him space to finish his business. Keep it up, mama, you’re doing great!

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