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Shopping with a diaper-free baby: how to navigate EC while running errands


Running errands with our babies.

Does it make you worry?

Now consider this: Running errands with our diaper-free babies.

Have I pushed your anxiety level up a few notches?

Not to worry moms and dads!

Doing EC while shopping does not have to be terrible, or terrifying. In fact, just as with travel + EC, shopping diaper-free can often go much more smoothly than reducing your diaper dependency at home!

This session of the Go Diaper Free Podcast will teach you how to take that next step...and step out the door with your baby, while keeping up EC on your errands! Let's start shopping diaper-free!

The main points taught in this podcast include:

  • 5 tips for successful elimination communication while shopping or out and about
  • the first thing you should do when arriving anywhere
  • at what time you should offer a pottytunity while running your errands
  • how to know when a baby in a baby carrier needs to potty
  • how to handle pottying a young toddler, or get them to tell you they need to go, within the flow of shopping
  • using your baby's natural rhythm to guide your out-of-the-home pottying routine
  • how your own intuition comes into play
  • how to stay in tune with EC if you're using your stroller while shopping
  • how to stay aware of your baby's pottying needs while shopping diaper-free
  • plus much more...

Right click here to download the MP3 or click the play button at the top of this post to listen to the full episode.

Links mentioned in this episode:

Got some tips for shopping diaper-free? Success stories? Learning the hard way? Do share in the comments below.

Stay tuned for my next episode by subscribing here on iTunes! Thanks so much...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 Kimberly on December 18, 2013 at 2:11 am

    Cannot wait to start listening!!! Summary, main points, links to what’s mentioned? Are you serious? This is so amazingly great. Thank you!!!

  2. Avatar Ashley on April 3, 2017 at 9:32 pm

    My baby is terrified of public restrooms. How do I help her with that?

    • Avatar liljesofie.g on February 8, 2019 at 12:37 pm

      Hey Ashley,
      Some things you could do:
      Put a post it on the autoflush.
      Have travel seat reducer that you also use at home, one that she is comfortable on, and that she likes to use – it will give a homey feeling.
      And I would also consider having an eco-roomspray with me, that I would first introduce at home. You can make one yourself. Simply fill a spray bottle with water and a few drops of eco-essential oils of your (or maybe your daughters) choice. A great smell could be lemon and vanilla, One of my own favorites is Peppermint.
      Simply make the public restroom smell like something she knows and loves. I have used that trick for my son until he felt ok with public restrooms being different every time and never hurting him in any way at all.

  3. Avatar Sherry on May 24, 2018 at 9:17 am

    I’ve personallt limited outings due to EC : (
    Definitely wanting to listen to this podcast! Would love my freedom again.

  4. Avatar Flore on June 28, 2018 at 6:26 am

    Hello Andrea, we tried EC at an outdoor festival a few weeks ago. We took the potty with us and it would ba hunged to the baby trolley. It was a success despite our daughter’s part time potty pause!! Some people asked questions (either amused and enthusiastic, or a little surprised, but no one was shocked ; my daughter was 10 month old at that time). This was in south of France, where sphincters are supposedly not mature before the age of 2.5.
    We also tried last week end as we were with family, mostly outdoors, we had the potty with us but we had decided to get her to pee in the grass while holding her on our laps.
    From time to time we go to the playground near the house and she also pees in the grass from my laps.
    Well it DOES work outside of home!!

  5. Avatar liljesofie.g on February 8, 2019 at 1:23 pm

    Where is the transcript to this session?

  6. Avatar cmdigman on May 8, 2019 at 1:21 am

    We always have great success with EC out and about. Just last week we were a couple hours away from home. I went to change my son and discovered we did not have any diaper back ups or underwear. My son went commando and we survived the day diaper free out and about. We took pottytunity When he woke up or we had to make a stops.

  7. Avatar kmwvb.1621 on March 21, 2020 at 12:33 pm

    just wondering if there is any transcript for this podcast?

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