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The 9 EC No-no’s: a few things you’ll want to avoid when doing EC


In this session of The Go Diaper Free Podcast, we’re going to cover what can get in your way with Infant Potty TrainingWhat can make EC feel like a subtle version of hell.

I call ‘em the 9 EC no-no’s. They are things you’ll want to avoid at all costs.

I've been helping parents like you for the last almost-3-years on my private support forum, and we've discovered some patterns. There are specifically 9 things that trips folks up. Not really more, not really less, at this point anyway.

And so in this session of the podcast we're gonna cover them, one by one, briefly but completely, so you can get that virtual 'heads-up' as you start, continue, or wrap up your EC journey pottying your baby.

In this episode, you'll learn:

  • The #1 thing all parents need to know about EC (hint: it's not about the all)
  • The places where we all fall short...but also how to address them
  • How what you've learned in other EC books may be causing problems with completion and, well, the whole EC process, really
  • Why the Internet makes things great/horrid all at the same time
  • The #1 cause of EC potty pauses (potty training strikes)
  • Something more about the Hotel California
  • The biggest mistake folks make (it's #9)...been there, done that
  • Plus much more...

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Thank you again for tuning wishes with your beautiful baby.

xx Andrea

Download the transcript

If you can't listen to this episode right now (um, sleeping baby!?) and read the transcript here:

Transcript: THE 9 EC NO-NO’S

Which EC "no-no" is one that you weren't aware of? Please share it in the comments below.

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 Laura on July 16, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    Thank you for these reminders. Somehow I got stuck on relying just on timing for catching pees, and of course there was rebellion with my little one but I wasn’t seeing what I was missing. Observing for pee signals is more of a challenge but I wasn’t investing the time to meet the challenge and be consistent.

    • Avatar Andrea Olson on July 16, 2013 at 5:00 pm

      You’re welcome, Laura…it’s easy to just rely on timing because that’s how we most operate in our day to day lives! At least I do. Glad that these reminders are helpful for you to keep seeing the “bigger picture.” :) xx Andrea

  2. Avatar Hannah on October 7, 2016 at 8:40 pm

    Thank you Andrea!

    I’m so bad for over offering potty and making my days all about potty. I really try to chill out but I’m learning that I can be too intense about EC sometimes. I’m getting better. Who knew that going diaper free would teach me so much about myself lol.

  3. Avatar M. on March 22, 2017 at 9:35 am

    Hi Andrea! The link to the transcript doesn’t work… I can’t listen to podcasts during my day, so really appreciate it if there’s a way to get the information that doesn’t rely on speakers!

  4. Avatar Sandra on February 22, 2024 at 11:33 am

    Hi I just started listening to your podcast. Already loving it.
    Just one thing.. could you turn down the volume of the intro and outro? We listen to your podcast during our daily walk with head phones and after every episode my ears bust haha
    Thank you!

    • Andrea Olson Andrea Olson on February 25, 2024 at 8:05 pm

      Thank you so much, I’ll see if we can get this fixed!

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