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Overwhelm Starting at 8 weeks old: Should I even try??


Feeding, pottying, sleeping (and the lack thereof!) - it can feel like everything is new with a new baby! Here's how to take EC from feeling like “too much” to being the golden element in your new baby's rhythm.

You will hear:

  • why EC is not “all or nothing”
  • ONE thing to start with when EC seems overwhelming
  • why babies pee when the diaper is removed
  • how to choose which easy catch to begin with
  • what to do when the last thing stopping you

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What one piece of advice would you give a new mama feeling overwhelmed about starting EC with her baby?

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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 Amanda F on January 25, 2022 at 8:31 am

    I’ve been doin EC part time since about two weeks, baby is now 3 months. It’s addictive. Realizing I’m not going for perfection, just creating good routines for the future with a goal of less diapers and out of diapers earlier allows me to relax and have fun with it. Starting with the easy catches helps to boost confidence. My little one expects a pottytunity at diaper changes now.

    • Andrea Olson Andrea Olson on January 31, 2022 at 4:11 am

      You wrote my best advice to anyone just starting out! ❤️

  2. Avatar Rachael on January 25, 2022 at 9:19 am

    We love the tips from Andrea! Her book is full of useful and encouraging tips. At whatever age you are starting it is sooo worth it. You will love the connection with your baby and realizing how intelligent and smart they are from the very beginning. My baby (9 weeks) loves sitting on the potty and talking to me. If you are overwhelmed just pick one or two consistent times a day to do EC and you will be amazed!

    • Andrea Olson Andrea Olson on January 31, 2022 at 4:17 am

      Thanks! You are amazing, and I love your advice at the end. Such a great piece of EC wisdom!

  3. Avatar Micah on January 25, 2022 at 1:23 pm

    I was so overwhelmed before about 3 months that I didn’t try EC until 3.5 months. The good thing is, it doesn’t have to be all or nothing! We started “trying out” EC but after that first poop catch, we were hooked! Sometimes we do full time, others it’s part time at best. I always catch the poops but even that is totally worth it!

    • Andrea Olson Andrea Olson on January 31, 2022 at 4:18 am

      Yes! Even if all you get is the poops, I agree it is so worth it!

  4. Avatar Heather in Hamburg on January 25, 2022 at 3:30 pm

    I knew that I didn’t want to use disposable diapers all of my baby’s life, but didn’t know where to begin. Cloth had so many options, and the wool covers need so much care, I started EC at 5 weeks, and it majorly reduced the amount of diaper work – changing, washing and waterproofing.. I didn’t know about the connection building that comes with it., but I feel a stronger bond with my baby than I thought possible. My tip: just start in the morning after wake-up. It’s an easy, satisfying catch, and still works one year later.

    • Andrea Olson Andrea Olson on January 31, 2022 at 4:24 am

      Yes, yes, yes, and I completely agree about that bond. Hard to explain that the bond, but it really comes when practicing EC.

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