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Our Common Enemy


Today on the Go Diaper Free Podcast we chat about how the cards are stacked against us in this diapering culture, and how best to WIN big with Elimination Communication, from as early as birth, despite this culture!

You will hear:

  • Who the Big Enemy truly is
  • How invasive their marketing has become
  • 16 message they’ve given you that are actually false

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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 Laurel B on October 27, 2021 at 9:47 am

    Thanks Andrea! Marketing and the “big bad money-greedy businesses” will do anything nowadays to manipulate one to think a product is necessary!! It is so dangerous! That coupled with society’s desire for instant gratification and the resistance towards a disciplined life make diapers too inticing.
    I have been ECing my babe 2 for 9mos now (since birth). After having read Ingrid Bauers book, I researched more and found your site and podcast! O my goodess, you have created such an encouraging resource and community to break out of the cultural confines of diapering.
    We had to move several times since babe was born and ECing hasn’t been easy but I am now at the point where I am sooo glad we stuck through and plodded along during ‘no catch’ days. Babe feels so proud and she is definitely aware of herself and needs – it’s just on me and her dad to become aware as she grows and that has been an enlightening exercise that impacts our parenting of her and her sister in so many other areas of life too!
    I could go on but for now: Thank you so much for your encouragement Andrea!

    • Andrea Olson Andrea Olson on November 8, 2021 at 6:00 pm

      My pleasure ❤️

  2. Avatar Mina Elizabeth Dady on October 27, 2021 at 10:40 am

    Hi Andrea!! I’ve been listening to your podcast since I was pregnant with my son who is now 6 months old. We’ve been catching and ECing since about 2 months old. I’m planning on taking your coach program as well as make a YouTube video about JUST this topic. Can I please use your information as apart of my sourcing to spread this information? I can’t wait to work with you more and get little trainers for my boy 😁

    • Andrea Olson Andrea Olson on November 8, 2021 at 6:06 pm

      Thanks for reaching out and I look forward to seeing you in the coaches program! Generally, I am okay with sharing my resources. especially if the information is available to the public, and you are citing where it comes from… ie. me ;), but if you are unsure please email me.

      As there are laws with anything that is copyrighted or shared. Hope that all makes sense.

  3. Avatar Adi Serbaroli on October 27, 2021 at 10:51 am

    I brought my 1 year old for his well baby check and they wanted him in a clean diaper so I asked to let him pee in the potty between diaper changes, which he did before laying on the measuring area, and the nurse said, “huh, I’ve never heard of anything like that before!” No one talks about this but you, Andrea. Get the word out, people! No one knows this is even a thing and I am constantly astounded at by others for doing what I do with my babies. It’s so easy though once you get the hang of it, and it saves diapers, and it creates a better bond between you and your babies, and we have never had diaper rash (except when they leave them too long in diapers at school) and my older one was potty trained waaaaaaaay before all her preschool classmates. Win win. Keep getting the word out

    • Andrea Olson Andrea Olson on November 8, 2021 at 6:07 pm

      Thank you!

      And… YES… Keep spreading the word!!❤️

  4. Avatar Natasha on October 27, 2021 at 4:22 pm

    Very powerful message out there! And it makes me very happy that we’re almost 18 months but diaper free during the day since 13 months!
    (Only diaper left is for the night, unfortunately) but I felt very inspired! Thank you for this reminder, Andrea

    • Andrea Olson Andrea Olson on November 8, 2021 at 6:08 pm

      Great work!

      No unfortunates, you are well ahead of the curve… keep on doing what you are doing, and thanks for your support and being apart of the Go Diaper Free community.

  5. Avatar Christine Urban on November 2, 2021 at 3:13 am

    Hi Andrea, great episode, thx! :) I just wanted to ask: you talk about a blog post that goes in depth about the scientific studies (written by Rebecca I believe you said). I tried searching but could not find it – could you maybe provide a link?
    Thx and all the best, Christine

    • Andrea Olson Andrea Olson on November 8, 2021 at 6:23 pm

      Of course! Sorry you couldn’t find it. Here it is :)

  6. Avatar Lauren on November 20, 2023 at 2:47 pm

    I love how this post is written! The illuminati laugh at us for having our children sit in their own waste… the biggest act of rebellion for us is to reject all of the BS they are trying to force on us

    • Andrea Olson Andrea Olson on November 29, 2023 at 8:23 pm

      Thank you so much!!!

  7. Avatar Kimara Pruitt on December 5, 2023 at 2:53 pm

    How diapers are used is the enemy

    • Andrea Olson Andrea Olson on December 16, 2023 at 2:01 pm

      Many unfortunately don’t know any better. Spread the word and show others how it works, soon enough EC will be the norm!

  8. Avatar Emily on December 5, 2023 at 3:39 pm

    Babies definitely don’t like being in diapers. I decided to sit my first on the potty at 7months and he pooped immediately. It was like instinct. It was very apparent that he was SO happy to discover he could poop without it being all over himself. I hadn’t ever heard of EC but it just made sense I could either get him used to going in the potty or going in diapers so why not get him used to going in the potty, especially when he clearly preferred it. Later I found your website and great advice. He was out of diapers at 15 months.

    • Andrea Olson Andrea Olson on December 16, 2023 at 2:02 pm

      That is amazing!!! You are an inspiration!

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