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The baby care cycle: One rhythm that could work for you

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The baby care cycle

Hiya. Today we're going to talk about The Baby Care Cycle, or rather - what to do, in which order, with a new baby.

When your new baby gets fussy, you (like I used to do) may start grasping at straws trying to figure out what she wants.

You might first try the boob, then rocking and soothing, then the boob again, maybe try to get her to go to sleep, maybe then change a wet or poopy diaper, maybe offer the potty….taking care of a new baby can feel like one gigantic mess of “guesses.”

If your baby is fussy and you just aren't sure what you should try first, or in which order, this episode may help (at the least, I think it will help you figure out WHERE IN THE WORLD TO PUT POTTYING into the hour by hour baby-raising equation).

Let’s go on a little walkabout today where we’ll find a rhythm for your baby-rearing (so you can stop the guessing game already).

You will learn:

  • The baby cycle that I use in my own house
  • How to set a healthy care cycle from the beginning
  • How to adjust cycles to your child's temperament
  • How optimal cycles can change with age
  • A few tips from our readers!

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I look forward to chatting with you in the comments.

xx Andrea

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 Rachel on July 23, 2019 at 8:07 pm

    Love the podcast and diagram! the diagram is super useful to share with my husband who doesn’t get as much time with our baby while he is at work. It helps him understand what stage in the cycle we are up to without always having to ask me what to do with our baby!

    • Avatar Andrea Olson on August 11, 2019 at 10:14 pm

      I’m so glad to hear it is helping Rachel! xx Andrea

  2. Avatar ali on July 23, 2019 at 10:06 pm

    great post! Gave me a feel for what to expect with a newborn. also the first time I heard someone reference Babywise without the CIO part, so that was good for me to have open-mindededly heard. thanks for sharing your wisdom!

  3. Avatar Maximilian on July 20, 2021 at 1:43 am

    Woo amazing work! Learnt about ex just before our baby was born about 2 weeks ago and finally finding a moment to dive deeper into this knowledge. Our little girl is 10 days old and while watching this video I paused just after you mentioned that coming off the boob could be a sign of needing to go potty. I had to go help my partner with our upset bubba as she wasn’t feeding and getting a bit frustrated. Brought in our baby bath for a quick test and did the per signal and straight away she peed into the bath.
    Ahhh mum and I were so surprised and happy and suuuper proud of our little champion communicator.
    Thanks so much for sharing all this knowledge freely. I hope to get your book to support you in your sharing journey.
    It’s amazing how aware and communicative our Bubba’s are.

    • Andrea Olson Andrea Olson on July 24, 2021 at 10:10 am

      Yay! Congratulations on your first catch and applying what you learned. 🎉

      Keep up the good work. 👍

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