#45 Starting solids (and how it affects elimination communication)

GDF Podcast 45

Today we’re going to talk about a fun topic: what to expect when starting solid foods with an EC'd baby!

Are you considering starting solid foods with your baby? Or do you know it’s coming soon? Yay! Starting solid foods is an exciting journey, and one I'm just starting with my six-month-old, Twyla.

So, break out the apple sauce, sweet potato, and banana. Today we're going to talk about what to expect when you start solid foods, and how it can affect elimination communication.

When what goes in changes, what comes out does as well...so let’s talk about what to expect.

You will learn:

  • What will change when your baby starts eating solids
  • Signs your child is ready to try solid food
  • The foods we like to start with in our family
  • How to adapt your potty routine
  • What the poop actually looks like as you add solid foods to baby’s diet

Links and other resources mentioned today:

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Photo Gallery

As mentioned in the podcast, here are some photos for you:

Our first homemade baby food starting solids

Our first homemade baby food starting solids

Twyla's first solid meal

Twyla's first solid meal

Newborn poop, exclusively breastfed (EBF)

Newborn poop, exclusively breastfed (EBF)

Stage 1: poop transitions to solids

Stage 1: what poop looks like when you start feeding baby solid foods

Stage 2: poop transitions to solids

Stage 2: what poop looks like when you start feeding baby solid foods

Stage 3: poop transitions to solids

Stage 3: what poop looks like when you start feeding baby solid foods

stage 4 what poop looks like when you start feeding baby solid foods

Stage 4: what poop looks like when you start feeding baby solid foods

Starting solids: poop cleanup step 1

Starting solids: poop cleanup step 1

Starting solids: poop cleanup step 2

Starting solids: poop cleanup step 2

Starting solids: poop cleanup step 3

Starting solids: poop cleanup step 3

Starting solids: poop cleanup step 4

Starting solids: poop cleanup step 4

Potty in the sink trick for starting solids

Potty in the sink trick for starting solids

Twyla happy after a nice big bowel movement

Twyla happy after a nice big bowel movement

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Have you started solids yet? If yes, how has it impacted EC? If no, has anything in this episode helped you prepare? Please leave a comment below with your experience!

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 TinyUndies.com

Mini Potty at TinyUndies.com

Andrea Olson

About Andrea Olson

I'm Andrea and I spend most of my time with my husband and 5 children (newborn to 8 years old) 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.)

14 Comments

  1. Avatar Aysha on June 4, 2019 at 7:26 am

    I found EC was very hit and miss before starting solids. Once my daughter was in a routine of having 3 meals a day and her poo was more formed we really came into our own and now she is 10 months and we catch most of her eliminations.

    • Avatar Jo M on June 4, 2019 at 7:41 am

      I was the opposite! My daughter’s EBF poops were like clockwork, on waking and at around 4pm. I introduced solids at 6 months and her poops were completely random. It took until about 9 months to really start catching them again. Now at 13 months I catch most of them. She usually needs to poop when I’m cleaning the kitchen after a meal. If she’s playing quietly, she’ll stop and sing out, or if she’s chatty she’ll go quiet. Either way, she sits like she’s riding a Harley, arms and legs outstretched, revving her little fists 😂

      • Avatar Andrea Olson on June 5, 2019 at 10:27 am

        Hi Jo! Solids definitely change their elimination pattern. It’s also not uncommon for babies to hit a potty pause around 6 months old, there’s a lot going on developmentally. I’m glad things are back on track! I love her signal, how adorable. xx Andrea

    • Avatar Andrea Olson on June 5, 2019 at 10:25 am

      Hi Aysha! Solids really can help with setting up a more regular schedule for eliminations, I’m so glad that happened for her. It sounds like you have a great EC practice going! xx Andrea

  2. Avatar Florencia on June 4, 2019 at 8:33 am

    Sorry but I can’t find the link to the website related to baby sleep. Can you help me with that? Thanks!

    • Avatar Andrea Olson on June 5, 2019 at 10:29 am

      Hi FLorencia! The links are listed under the section above “Links and other resources mentioned today”. Here is the Baby Sleep Site link. xx Andrea

  3. Avatar Brandi on June 4, 2019 at 11:12 am

    Was that how much she pooped in one day and how it changed or was that over a few days? Right now I’m bf and he poops around 6-8 times a day which I feel is alot. Is that alot? Thanks

    • Avatar Andrea Olson on June 5, 2019 at 10:34 am

      Hi Brandi! Every baby is so different. Some breastfed babies poop once a week, some poop several times a day. As long as he’s happy, not in discomfort, etc it is fine. If you’re concerned, of course speak with his doctor. xx Andrea

  4. Avatar Latriece on June 4, 2019 at 11:26 am

    Your emails come in at the PERFECT time i am struggling with something. I love it! This was great because Ive started solids and BLW with my babe and her poops are random but i find that when my back is turned and i am busy I make sure to look back at her very often and I am able to catch the poops when i see her pushing and i say wait, lets go to the potty and bammmm she goes poop in the big potty. I do have a question though. I noticed she still kind of resists when she is on the mini potty, but she might go when i hold her over the big potty but sometimes resists as well. (she is very independent and can tell she wants to do her own thing lol) I was thinking of purchasing one of those seat potties that go on the big toilet, what do you think? She can sit up on her own shes 7 months but she still topples over if i dont hold her on the mini potty.

    • Avatar Andrea Olson on June 5, 2019 at 10:35 am

      Hi Latriece! Yes, you can absolutely use a seat reducer with her. You might just need to support her a bit so she doesn’t tip off. xx Andrea

  5. Avatar Sarah Kaye on June 5, 2019 at 2:04 pm

    This podcast came at the perfect time! Our daughter is about the same age as Twyla, and we’re getting ready to start baby led weaning in the next week or so. Thanks for prepping us for all the changes, with great visuals to boot! ;)

    • Avatar Andrea Olson on June 13, 2019 at 2:40 am

      I’m so glad it was good timing! Good luck with baby led weaning, solids are such a fun milestone. xx Andrea

  6. Avatar Maiken on June 7, 2019 at 1:26 pm

    I love how your Twyla is just a few weeks older than my daugther. Everything you have posted for the last 6 months has been so relevant to me ❤️
    We just started solids, and Viola has dinner with us every night. And has started pooping 5+ times a day. Today i’ve stopped counting. She used to go once or twice a day, and do it well 😅 now it’s mostly mini poos scattered through out the day. And suddenly she refuses to use her potty and wants to use the toilet without the seat reducer😂

    • Avatar Andrea Olson on June 13, 2019 at 2:43 am

      I’m so glad you’ve been able to use the info with your daughter. Solids really can throw a wrench in the works, it will get better. It’s also a fairly common age to have some resistance anyway. I’m glad you figured out that she’ll use the seat reducer! xx Andrea

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