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Signs of Potty Training Readiness


There are about a million and one opinions out there about how to tell if your child is “ready” for potty training. But what about those of us who have practiced EC, or who want to potty train at an age that’s considered by many to be “early”? How do we cut through the noise and figure out the truth? Save the internet searches and tune into this week’s episode for a straight-forward take on when you can ditch diapers.


You Will Hear:

  • How to determine potty training “readiness”
  • What skills your child will need to master in order to reach potty independence
  • Why you might want to wrap up EC with a potty training experience
  • The difference between interest and readiness, and why it matters


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Is your child showing any of the signs that tell us they are capable of becoming potty independent? Which one(s)?


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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 Tamora on October 3, 2023 at 8:39 am

    Hello there, I’m just found you all two weeks ago. My little one will be 16 months in two weeks. I purchased a potty, undies, and the 0-18 month month book. I just started reading and I’m getting a little overwhelmed by where to begin. Should I just begin with the hybrid? And when observing how often and for how long do these observations take place. In my head, it’s an all day thing but that’s not realistic for me since I work full time away from home. Can I begin at night when I get home? If so, how do I begin. I’d love any feedback.

    • Andrea Olson Andrea Olson on October 7, 2023 at 11:44 pm

      The hybrid plan would be a great starting point! I’d recommend you also check out our facebook groups, there you can get more support from other mommas going through it with you. Observations on your days off during your little ones awake hours, while your little is diaper free are super helpful, this way you can see what their pottying schedule looks like and you can figure out what works best for you both. You got this momma!

  2. Avatar Meike on October 3, 2023 at 11:07 am

    Hi! The wrong transcript is added (that of episode 251). Love the podcasts! (extra in written form haha)

  3. Avatar Tristin on April 23, 2024 at 10:07 am

    Hi Andrea,

    I think my 25 month old is well past the resistance phase (although any suggestions of mine are definitely met with a “no”) because I removed the need for clothing manipulation. We go sans pants all day long, and he helps himself to the potty every time. Any time there’s clothing on, whether that be tiny trainers, a diaper, or just shorts/pants, he has 0 want to remove the clothing and will pee or poop himself. When we try to discuss pee or poop in our pants not being healthy or sanitary, that seems to not be of interest to him. I’m thinking the comfort of something sitting on his privates really reminds him of what we did before EC at 6 months—just going straight into that warmth.

    I removed pants/shorts/undies around 19 months on vacation and we have only had a handful of accidents (poop) since then, so he knows his body cues well. I’m lost though on how to get him to want to remove clothes to go potty instead of just going on himself. Any suggestions for potty time by me or my husband are met with resistance though. How can we encourage him to take that step of independence with clothing removal? Sometimes I don’t even suggest the potty, I just remove his pants and place him on it without talking about it and we are about 50/50 with that method. But it’s been almost 6 months now where we haven’t unlocked this next true potty trained step of clothing removal /vocalizing he needs help to remove his clothes.

    What’s next for us?

    • Andrea Olson Andrea Olson on April 27, 2024 at 5:20 pm

      Hi Tristin, Is he able to remove his own clothing? If yes, then it sounds like a behavioral issue, given that he knows his body’s cues very well. Natural consequences here might be what does the trick. If he soils himself, have him clean up the mess (with help of course), but he is the one responsible for cleaning it up. When he soils pants or undies, giving him a very quick shower (not a bath, it’s not play time) since he soiled himself and needs cleaning. Cleaning their own poop, followed up with a shower is usually enough of a deterrent after a few times. If he can’t remove his pants on his own then, work with him, teaching him the best way to get things on and off.

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