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Preparing the environment for easy toileting: Part 4 of our Montessori-inspired EC series

Translations of this post: Italian

preparing the environment

Hi again. Today's episode is the fourth and final show in our four-part series based on the Montessori approach to toilet learning, starting at birth. Over the course of four weeks, we have been deconstructing Merry Hadden’s fantastic Montessori toileting article and emphasizing how elimination communication is a truly Montessori-friendly toilet learning method.

We talked, in our last three episodes, about how babies follow the natural laws of development, the adult's role and preparations for toilet learning, and remedial toilet learning over 2 years old.

Today's episode is all about preparing the environment for toileting in your home.

This is my favorite part of our series because it is full of action steps that you can take today to set up your home, and your baby, for success.

It is chock-full of practical advice on how to make toilet learning a seamless and easy task for everyone in your home...just by preparing the environment (a very “Montessori” thing!).

Today I’ll share:

  • How to dress your child for success
  • How to help your child dress and undress
  • How to encourage independence
  • How to teach proper hygiene
  • Why using a routine is the key to your success
  • Some advice for parents who utilize a daycare or preschool
  • And much more - for a total of 20 amazing tips!

Links and other resources mentioned today:

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What have you done to prepare your environment for potty independence? Any tips? Please leave a comment below!

I look forward to chatting with you in the comments.

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 Suzy Cook-White on December 10, 2019 at 2:14 pm

    I had a potty in almost every room.

    • Avatar Andrea Olson on December 30, 2019 at 8:37 pm

      That really does make it easy Suzy! xx Andrea

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