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Part-time EC explained: how to do EC only some of the time, with daycare, etcetera


In this sesh of The Go Diaper Free Podcast, we're going to cover Part-time EC - whether you work outside of the home or are choosing to do EC just part of the time, I'll give you an overview of what doing EC and having a life can look like.

So many folks put off trying or starting EC because they believe you have to be with your child 24/7 to do infant potty training; that you have to do EC 100% full time or not at all.

This simply isn't true.

But me simply stating it isn't true isn't quite enough either, now is it?

So, in this episode of the podcast we're going to explore part-time EC, what it can look like, and how some folks choose to do it. Some keys to the castle, if you will.

If you work outside of your home or you just want to do EC with more balance (ie: not all the freaking time), this is your show. Give 'er a listen!

You will hear:

  • How Andrea embarrasses herself with her EC arrogance (yet again) at toddler gymnastics (I swear the story is applicable to this episode's topic!)
  • 7 ways to enhance your part-time elimination communication practice
  • 5 tricks to make anyone's EC practice (part-time or full-time) much more convenient
  • Practical advice on how to integrate my suggestions with balance
  • Plus much more...

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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 October 14, 2013

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 Lou on November 2, 2013 at 11:34 pm

    Loved this podcast–provided me with some re-inspiration/motivation and let me know that even though we have not been “perfect” with our EC’ing, we are doing what we can to get our son diaper free. Thanks for this article, for this site, and for your service–keep up the awesome work you are doing for us!

  2. Avatar Mariana on October 1, 2019 at 11:57 am

    I love your podcats, blog posts and videos. Thank you! You’ve been helping my family a lot.

  3. Avatar Tracey on April 3, 2024 at 3:10 pm

    Part time works great for me! I catch most poops and only miss pees when I’m too lazy to get up and take her, like while cosleeping. She’s 3 months now and we started at birth.

    • Andrea Olson Andrea Olson on April 7, 2024 at 7:14 pm

      Yes part-time still gets great results as far as learning how to meet our little one’s bathroom needs! So happy you found us! You got this momma!

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