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Preparing for EC with a newborn


We had our daughter Isadora on September 24, 2013, at 4:14am. Weighing in at 8lb even and a short 18 3/4" long, she's a beaut! I'm preparing a series of instructions/storytelling on starting EC from stay tuned for that.

The day before going into labor, I recorded this episode #15 of the Go Diaper Free Podcast: Preparing for EC with a New Baby. Funny how that timing worked out, eh?

Listen to this episode if you are expecting a child and would like to know what to gather, gear- and resource-wise, prior to your birth.

You will hear:

  • What gear you need to gather such as clothing, diapers, potties, creams, and pads
  • What you may not know you did not need
  • What learning resources you will need
  • The importance of not "winging it"
  • Your support network (or lack thereof)
  • Exactly how I prepared for Isadora's arrival, with the intention of ECing from Day 1
  • Plus much more...

Links and other resources mentioned today:

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Have I missed anything? Shout out any essentials I might not have mentioned about preparing for EC with a new baby 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 July 14, 2014

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Baby Meets Potty: A deep dive into how to start EC with your newborn 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 Runmeg22 on October 8, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    What about the no cry sleep training?

    • Avatar Andrea Olson on October 8, 2013 at 1:40 pm

      Sorry I left that out Meg! I’ll update the post in a sec, but the one I’m reading up on and going to implement from weeks 6-12 (it is really for young babies; over 4 months and there is way more crying b/c the teacing window is slimming)…is the audio version (most up-to-date) of Suzy Giordano’s Twelve Hours’ Sleep by Twelve Weeks Old – – which is limited crying…not cry it out, which she deems completely useless. CIO teaches nothing. Some babies will cry as they get themselves hooked into the next sleep cycle. It’s also probably not going to work well with nighttime EC, regarding catching pees at night. But since she says it’s ok to change a poopy diaper in the middle of the night, I take that as it’s ok to potty for poop in the middle of the night if you catch the signal. But, again, I will update more when we try it out. Just a warning for purist AP parents: this book suggests a feeding schedule of every 4 hours by 4 months old. This is coincidentally how the French to it, a’la Bringing up Bebe (a book which I love). They adapt the baby to the family’s lifestyle…and mealtimes…a concept which I’m leaning toward versus having my boobs ruled by my baby. She’s at every 2.5-3 hours right now, sort of on her own. I’m teaching her not to snack. Excited about this hybrid way of doing things! Meg – thx for asking and take care! xx Andrea

      • Avatar Emma on July 17, 2017 at 10:13 pm

        Andrea I would love to know the updates of how you implemented the principles in both the books. Feel curious to align it with EC and AP.

      • Avatar Shauna Dermigny on March 6, 2019 at 1:50 pm

        I would love to hear an update on how the sleep training went!
        I’m down with that way of nursing with my next baby too. With my first, I nursed around the clock and even comfort nursed wayyy too much. It was exhausting, I’m trying to steer clear of that this time around.

  2. Avatar Mary on May 1, 2019 at 9:55 am

    Thanks for posting this! I’m expecting my first baby, and am so happy I stumbled across EC before giving birth. I’ve been having a hard time determining what gear I’ll need or not need, and knowing that I can do EC without technically “needing” a bunch of special gear makes it seem less complicated.

    • Avatar Andrea Olson on May 2, 2019 at 1:48 am

      Congratulations on your pregnancy Mary! It is wonderful you are learning all about EC before baby arrives. You can do EC without special gear, but some of it really makes it more convenient! xx Andrea

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