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Regression at Walking: I thought we were gonna be wrapping it up, but it’s the opposite!

regression at walking

“I thought we were gonna be wrapping it up, but it's the opposite!” What do you do when you hit regression after Baby starts walking? Should you just give up and put her back in diapers? Today I demystify this common EC experience + share several ways to respond and flow with this phase like a pro.

You will hear:

  • what resistance actually means
  • how to respond to resistance
  • tips for giving your child privacy during pottying
  • show to figure when to offer the potty
  • the ultimate goal of any response to resistance
  • tasks to teach for pottying independence
  • tools for a smooth transition to independence

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Andrea Olson

About Andrea Olson

I'm Andrea and I spend most of my time with my 5 children (all under 10 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.)

8 Comments

  1. Avatar Monika on August 6, 2022 at 4:11 pm

    So, I think this is about where I’m at with my 13 month old. We’ve been doing kind of lazy EC since about 1 month, with a big lapse when we moved at about 4.5 months. I’m trying to really refocus so we’ve been doing a lot of time in undies. I think privacy is something he wants because his misses usually happen within the 5 seconds I leave the room. The problem is that I can’t even get him to sit on the potty most of the time. He arches his back and writhes around and I can’t get him seated long enough to give him privacy. Do you have any suggestions?

    • Andrea Olson Andrea Olson on August 8, 2022 at 9:13 pm

      What kind of backup are you using? Is he in a disposable, a cloth diaper or Tiny Trainers or Undies? I’d first try changing the backup, and focusing on some observation time to see if you can find a rhythm to his potty needs throughout the day. Also, taking a small break and focusing on those easy catches can help get rid of any pressure you may both be feeling. If you don’t already have my book I’d recommend starting there! Also I have a new subscription service Potty Tribe where every week on Friday’s coaches help mommas such as yourself troubleshoot any EC or Potty Training issues you may be encountering!

      • Avatar Monika on August 9, 2022 at 1:01 pm

        Thanks! I use a combo of cloth, disposable, and tiny trainers depending on where/when. I found the podcast episode with suggestions for a baby that won’t sit on the potty and we’ve been pottying outside with more success in the last 24 hours than the previous weeks. He seems much more aware of what is happening and being outside totally relaxes him (he loves watching our chickens!)

        • Andrea Olson Andrea Olson on August 11, 2022 at 7:59 pm

          That’s awesome! I’m so happy a change of scenery helped him! Concentrating more on the use of cloth and trainers may help bring him more awareness indoors as well, that way he can really start to make that mind body connection between feeling a full bladder and being wet when there is a miss.

    • Avatar Ashley S on August 9, 2022 at 6:52 am

      I’m in the same boat. We’re pretty relaxed with EC and were focused on catching poos. We were catching nearly all of them until my son was about 8-9 months and then now we can’t catch ANY. I’d have him on the potty and 2-5 minutes later he’d poop in his nappy. He now completely refuses to even sit on the potty to the point where I don’t want to try anymore as it’s too tiring. I also would love some suggestions!

      • Avatar Monika on August 9, 2022 at 1:06 pm

        I totally relate. Refusing to sit on the potty feels like it makes the whole experience so stressful for us both. I’ve had a hard time with poops after the newborn stage and recently I feel like my attempt to move him when I see the “poop face” makes him hold it in completely. He’s either already started or won’t go when we get to the potty. I’ve taken a break from trying to catch poos and have mostly been focusing on pees. I’m hoping once we have a better routine the poops will come naturally.

      • Avatar Monika on August 9, 2022 at 1:40 pm

        I totally relate. The resistance makes pottying so stressful for us both. I’ve had a hard time with poops after the newborn phase, but recently it seems like moving him when I see the “poop face” makes him hold it in. Either he finishes in his undies or diaper or won’t go when we get to the potty. I’ve taken a break from trying to catch poos and am hoping that when we get a better routine with pees, the poops will come naturally. I also don’t want him to associate going to the bathroom with stress, so changing it up by going outside (only been about 24 hours now) has helped me feel like I’m not giving up.

      • Andrea Olson Andrea Olson on August 11, 2022 at 8:09 pm

        Firstly I would recommend getting my book Go Diaper Free if you don’t already have it, I have an outline for every stage, many practical how to, and troubleshooting for every stage 0-18 months. In The Tiny Potty Training Book I cover ages 18-36 months. So much depends on baby’s age, any life events, developmental milestones, what kind of backup baby is in, as to why you could be experiencing a potty pause. Changing the backup can be a great help to baby, also a change of scenery, introducing a book or toy to help keep baby on the potty. Sometimes doing a complete reset and starting over with some naked observation can help tremendously when trying to narrow down baby’s potty rhythms. I recently launched a subscription service Potty Tribe where every Friday coaches get together to help troubleshoot any EC and potty training issues that may have occurred during the week. I recommend checking that out as well for more help!

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