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Starting but not catching a thing: When you start EC…but nothing goes in the potty.

GDF Podcast 35

Today on the Go Diaper Free Podcast we're talking about what to do when you've started EC, but are having trouble getting a catch.

Specifically, I'm answering a listener question from Debbie from Layton, Utah who has just started EC with her 8-month old daughter.

“Hi. My name is Debbie. I'm from Layton, Utah. My baby Cosette is eight months old, and I am just now starting EC. I have been trying for about a week now, and I've been trying to catch the transitions, so like after the high chair and the bed, the naps and waking up in the morning, but I can't seem to catch anything. She always has already peed in her diaper by the time I get to her in the morning. My question is, how can I get her to wait until I get her on the potty? Do I just keep trying and hope that she eventually puts two and two together?”

It can be disheartening when you've started Elimination Communication and every time you provide a pottytunity your baby has already gone!

Today we'll take a step back and talk about two paths that you can take when beginning EC that might help on your journey.

Listen to the full podcast episode for a special musical surprise at the end!

You will hear:

  • The two paths for beginning EC
  • How to incorporate the four easy-catches
  • The power of naked, diaper-free observation time
  • How to meet your baby where they are
  • How to catch that first wake-up pee
  • What specific tool can provide more catches (you'd be surprised)

Links and other resources mentioned today:

The Go Diaper Free Book

Free Observation Log

Podcast Episode - Easy Catch #1

Podcast Episode - Easy Catch #2

Podcast Episode - Easy Catch #3

Podcast Episode - Easy Catch #4

"Nipple Confusion" by Aly Halpert + Friends

Top Hat Potty at

Mini Potty at

Easy Start Guide for EC (Free Download)

Download the transcript

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Transcript: Starting but not catching a thing

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I look forward to chatting with you in the comments.

xx Andrea

Resource Recommendation

Go Diaper Free: my popular book that makes EC dummy-proof

Top Hat Potty at

Mini Potty at

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 Chelsea on March 19, 2019 at 12:08 pm

    Prior to discovering EC, my husband and I (both data scientists) were using an app to record all our baby’s diapers, feedings, and sleeps. We’ve always been ones to change the little guy as soon as he’s wet/dirty, so this data became our de facto observation log when we started EC last week. It’s great because the app has different display modes that let you see potty time in relation to wake ups, nursing, and previous potties. It’s super easy to spot his naturaly timing. Now that we’re ECing, we add notes to each potty record like what cues we noticed, whether it was a miss or a catch, etc.

    Andrea there’s probably a business opportunity here for a baby tracking app designed for EC parents – just saying.

    • Avatar Andrea Olson on March 19, 2019 at 12:41 pm

      Haha! Thank you Chelsea! Would love to know the name of the app, and yes, have been wanting to create an EC app for a long time now…but…babies. I think it’s wonderful that you both have such a deep knowledge of your LO already – kudos!!! Enjoy the experience! xox Andrea

      • Avatar Chelsea on March 19, 2019 at 12:44 pm

        “[B]ut. . .babies.” AMEN SISTER. The app we use is called Baby Manager.

  2. Avatar Kathryn on April 29, 2019 at 10:13 am

    I’m looking forward to listening to this episode and getting started.

  3. Avatar Brigid on May 1, 2019 at 12:09 pm

    4 weeks old and held him in the classic position over the sink for the first time this am. Diaper and clothes were still on, but taking those off is going to be step 2. Fingers crossed we start getting some catches. =)

    • Avatar Andrea Olson on May 2, 2019 at 1:49 am

      Go for it Brigid! You will do great. xx Andrea

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