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Newborn Cries While Pottying


You’ve looked forward to this experience, but now, baby cries when you offer the potty. What is wrong? Does crying mean EC is a lost cause? Today on Ask Andrea I address the very common experience of newborns crying during pottying and offer tips to make the experience much more comfortable for baby and parent.


You Will Hear:

  • what baby crying during pottying really means
  • how to know if EC is helping or not
  • creative responses and tools to make EC more comfortable
  • what you can do if all else fails

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

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Do you have questions or tips about what to do when a newborn cries during EC?

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

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 Paula on October 13, 2022 at 10:27 am

    Hi Andrea. Thanks for this episode. How can I send you a question which could potentially turn into an episode? Thank you!

    • Andrea Olson Andrea Olson on October 17, 2022 at 11:38 pm

      Feel free to post your questions here and if it hasn’t been covered there’s always the potential for a whole new episode topic to come from it!

  2. Avatar Clara on October 18, 2022 at 2:09 pm

    Dear Andrea, thanks for this episode and the whole website!

    My one and a half months old loves the potty and meditates on it in the classical position when he is dressed up, but at night when he is naked he cries so badly when I try to put him on the potty. He only wants to be to my body, breast to belly/ belly to belly. When I hold him just a little bit away from my body he breaks out in fear. We have it really warm so he definitely doesn’t feel cold.

    Do you have an idea?

    Much love and gratitude (:
    Clara and Noah

    • Andrea Olson Andrea Olson on October 21, 2022 at 7:15 pm

      Hi Clara! This past year I recently launched my Potty Tribe, where mom’s like yourself can join every week with my coaches to get one on one help from our whole community. Baby is still so young and is going through so many changes in the first few months. Staying consistent with offering the potty will help as he gets older.

  3. Avatar Katie on March 21, 2023 at 9:32 am

    I have a different situation. My newborn (11 weeks) is crying but not every time we go potty. He often goes just fine- both pee and poop. But sometimes he is very distraught when pooping. Even if I don’t offer the potty or if I take him off when he is crying he is still inconsolable. I figure it must be gas bothering him but he seems super upset— screaming and red faced and nothing will soothe him. I don’t know if it is EC related or not. Is it possible to that since he doesn’t want to go in a diaper he is holding it which is causing gas and discomfort? Is there anything I can do to help him?

    • Andrea Olson Andrea Olson on March 21, 2023 at 3:46 pm

      You are doing great and you got this! Doing some tummy massages, tummy time and helping little one expel the gas built up by doing some simple body movements could help ease some of the fussiness. Always be sure to check in with your pediatrician as well for more help.

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