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Shifting from EC to Potty Training: What’s the difference?


You’ve heard there’s a difference between EC and potty training, but what is it, and why? Is there a point when it’s better to shift gears? In today’s episode, Nicole breaks down when it’s appropriate to use EC vs potty training, and how you can transition from one to the other.


You Will Hear:

  • The major differences between EC and potty training
  • When it might be appropriate to shift from EC to potty training
  • How to determine which method is best-suited for your child
  • The philosophy and science behind why EC doesn’t work for older toddlers
  • Helpful considerations before beginning potty training


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Resource Recommendation

Go Diaper Free: my popular EC book that simplifies EC, beginning to end

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Which did you try with your kiddo(s): EC or potty training? What did you learn? Would you do things the same way again?


I look forward to discussing with you in the comments, below!

xx Andrea

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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 Frances on March 21, 2023 at 6:13 am

    We have started toilet training our son when he was 20 months old, from December 26 2022. It read liked it was going to be a hard initial couple of weeks and then he would get the hang of it.
    Here we are 3 months later and he is having lots of accidents. He has requested the toilet only a handful of times. Just wondering if that is normal

    • Andrea Olson Andrea Olson on March 21, 2023 at 3:40 pm

      Sometimes our littles need more prompting and to be offered the potty frequently, since they can often get caught up in their games and play times and don’t want to miss the fun to go to the bathroom. Perhaps working through a reset could help him with that mind body connection. Spending some time diaper free or in a trainer to help him feel wet when he goes could be all it takes for it all to click for him.

  2. Avatar KN on March 21, 2023 at 12:21 pm

    I’ve been practicing EC with my 14 mo since 2 mo. We are about as wrapped up as can be right now as she’s not walking yet. I’ve also been a close follower of Janet Lansbury. Just about the only place where my perspective just doesn’t jive with hers is in the potty learning realm, and to me, both EC and this approach to potty training are VERY in line with respectful parenting. She doesn’t seem to agree and I just don’t get it. Listening to this podcast just made the parallels SO obvious. I can’t be the only one to see this, right?

    • Andrea Olson Andrea Olson on March 21, 2023 at 4:09 pm

      Yes! EC is very much about respectful parenting. We are learning to listen to our babies when they ask for our help, and we then follow through and help them with their potty needs. EC is not about training our babies, and is instead about training parents and caregivers to respond to their babies needs. It is little different then learning to feed our babies when they are hungry. Only instead of offering food to their hunger, we offer then the potty when they need to relieve themselves.

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