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Natural Timing: Part 2 of when does my baby need to pee


When does your baby need to pee? Four ways exist. Today's episode covers #2: your baby's natural timing.

Every baby has an inherent pottying rhythm; a certain amount of time lapses between feeding and peeing, and between waking and peeing. And between each subsequent potty thereafter.

If you can get acquainted with your baby's natural timing, EC will be that much simpler for you.

Remember that, although it expands over time and circumstance, having this additional knowledge is KEY to success with pottying your baby. Absolutely key.

You will hear:

  • How to create your own EC tracking log to chart your baby's natural timing
  • The two best times to begin timing your baby's elimination patterns
  • Why you shouldn't just randomly time your baby
  • Where you can download logs to do the charting more easily
  • Why you shouldn't over-do naked observation time
  • How doing this 1/2 hour compares to doing it all day long
  • When to test your baby's potty timing again
  • Plus much more...

Links and other resources mentioned today:

  • our community Members' area (with the downloadable logs, which are all included with my book) here on Go Diaper Free
  • EC Simplified: Infant Potty Training Made Easy (version 3.0) by Andrea Olson has been replaced by my new book, Go Diaper Free.
  • Get my Easy Start Guide!

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Transcript download: When does baby need to pee? Part 2 of 4

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What is your baby's natural timing right now? Please share in the comments below!

I look forward to discussing with you in the comments, below!

xx Andrea

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This is a re-post of an article originally published by Andrea Olson on March 10, 2014.

Resource Recommendation

Potty Time Master is my minicourse about the "when" behind pottying your baby.

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 Sandra on November 1, 2013 at 12:24 am

    Good to hear to state you’d drive yourself crazy trying to catch every pee with a newborn! I was definitely going crazy and felt guilty and worried every time I didn’t catch a pee because I thought I wasn’t doing it right. This anxiety translating to my baby because the more misses I had, the more I began to hover at other times.
    Definitely noticing some resisting too and its helpful to hear its likely cause her timing has changed. I will be bringing out the natural timing logs to figure out what the new timing is. Very helpful! Thanks again :)

    • Avatar Andrea Olson on November 1, 2013 at 5:14 pm

      Yes I am waaaay lower pressure with EC w/this babe than my first! It’s easy to start feeling guilty, worried, and incompetent when doing EC with a newborn. Mine also resists when it’s just not time, and I heed that for sure, yet other times it’s clear she just needs a moment. Good luck re-logging things…I’m sure it will help!

  2. Avatar Amy Ryan on December 12, 2013 at 4:28 am

    The links here don’t seem to be working. I’m trying to find the downloadable forms you mention.

  3. Avatar Makala on May 14, 2024 at 11:10 am

    My 10 month old goes every 40 minutes after breastfeeding! After 2 pees she’ll hold it for longer. After waking in the morning she’ll pee every 25 min for 3 pees.. then they space out to 40, 60, 75+ minutes. She doesn’t signal quite yet so we just keep offering. It’s amazing how predictable her eliminations can be!

    • Andrea Olson Andrea Olson on May 16, 2024 at 8:57 pm

      Natural timing is amazing!!! Good job mama!!!

  4. Avatar Steph on May 20, 2024 at 3:20 pm

    Hi Andrea!! You are so amazing to support all the mamas all over the world! My son is 12 months and doing beautifully with EC using the mini potty. I’d like to transition him to the big potty using a seat reducer. However, I’m concerned about him not having contact with a surface under his feet and that will impact our success. I don’t think his feet would reach even a stool under the potty? Would you be willing to share your insight on this?

    • Andrea Olson Andrea Olson on May 23, 2024 at 6:59 pm

      Stool not necessary! At 12 months baby will likely adjust very well to using a seat reducer with no support under his feet. Go for it mama!

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