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Teaching a toddler to climb onto the big potty


Has this ever happened to you? You’re trying to wrap up elimination communication (or you’ve started potty training), and your kiddo INSISTS on using the big potty. Not only that, she refuses to let you help her get up there! How the heck are you supposed to encourage independence without letting her hurt herself? Tune in this week for a step-by-step that will help you conquer this common conundrum.


You Will Hear:

  • At what age your child will realistically be able to get onto the big toilet independently
  • Where to find helpful visual aids for mounting the big potty
  • Tips for encouraging climbing the potty independently AND safely
  • Tools to prevent sitting resistance and encourage overall potty independence


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Is your LO obsessed with getting up onto the big potty? How did you help them master it?


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 Katie on December 26, 2023 at 12:08 pm

    For my three year old it made all the difference when we just caved and bought a potty seat that includes the little step up ladder and handles and all. When she could climb up all by herself, she was so proud!
    Even my 18 mo old prefers it over his little portable one. He still can’t quite get up by himself, but he loves using the big potty like everyone else. Amazing what little changes like that can do for their learning.

    • Andrea Olson Andrea Olson on December 29, 2023 at 6:45 pm

      Yes!!! Our littles are so capable!

  2. Avatar Kristen on December 31, 2023 at 3:41 pm

    Ive looked everywhere and I can’t find the Isadora Teaches videos. I have both books and I’m on Mighty Networks. Please point me to where to find them!

    • Andrea Olson Andrea Olson on January 10, 2024 at 5:49 pm

      I believe they are on youtube and instagram.

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