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Why starting EC with a mobile baby can be super fun, and challenging.

Pros and Cons of Starting EC with a Mobile Baby

Starting Elimination Communication with a 6 month baby, up to 12 months old, is absolutely recommended. And common!

Most of you found out about EC (or had the guts or wherewithall to start doing it) when your baby was around 6-12 months old. I'd say about 63% of you are in this boat.

This can be such a fun time to begin EC, and because of obvious reasons (um, mobility! exploration! curiosity! preverbal connections!), it can be a pain in the rumpus.

In today's video I go into the pros and cons of starting EC at 6-12 months old. If this applies to you, my hope is that it will help you feel like you're not alone, and on the right track. :) It's just 6 minutes long:

You'll learn:

  • ​why this age supports EC learning
  • why your baby might not be crawling over just to say "hello" (sorry!)
  • why you should use my Getting EC Back on Track MiniCourse to start EC at this age (the super-easy way to begin!)
  • how many babies in today's world are potty trained (and done) during this window of age
  • why babies stop signaling during this age (and what you can do about it - esp my Potty Time Master Course and my book).

Please comment below with whether you started at 6-12 months, or not, and why!

No judgment here...just super-curious to hear what you all are doing. :)

Next time we'll discuss starting with a young toddler. Stay tuned by subscribing to my channel at youtube.

xx Andrea​

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Resource Recommendation

Potty Time Master: a MiniCourse that helps you get extremely good at detecting the 4 ways to know baby has to pee.

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

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 ec on December 12, 2017 at 6:51 am

    Hello! I started EC with my baby when she was about 2 months old and it was great until approx 6 months when I went back to work. She is 8 months old now and goes to daycare every afternoon with no EC there. We never have a poo miss (she only goes at home and signals), but now we miss pees a LOT. We used to catch almost everything with after-wakeup pees (those still work) and timing pees (now don’t work at all.. she refuses, but then pees 5-10 mins later so I do think my timing is correct). I don’t want to force the issue, but have also been missing much more than I would like. I don’t have time for so much laundry, so when we run out of your trainers (they are AMAZING by the way!), I switch to disposables for backup (which we use at night time anyway) and I feel like that is just counterproductive. Any recommendations/encouragement?

  2. Avatar Racquel Gregory on July 17, 2020 at 3:09 pm

    I used your method with my daughter starting at 3 months. She was fully trained (normal accidents aside) at 7 months and by the time she walked we just trained her to use her potty! However my son is a different story. He started at 6 months and was doing great! we had all poos and many pees caught! Now at 12 months he squirms, fusses and otherwise tries to get out of my hold. He then will go minutes later in his diaper. He does signal with a grab to his diaper when he finishes….
    Just frustrated, as we had so much success with previous kid! Any ideas?

    • Avatar Andrea Olson on July 17, 2020 at 6:10 pm

      Hi Racquel! Every kiddo is so different, so don’t worry there. This is actually a really common age for potty resistance. There’s a lot going on developmentally and potty just isn’t their priority. I would suggest heading into wrapping up soon. You might find my story about wrapping up EC with Twyla helpful. Don’t worry, it will get better! xx Andrea

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