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The Nature of “Assisting” Babies with the Toilet

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Does EC “force” the potty on your baby “before she’s ready”, as some have claimed? Today I unpack Maria Montessori’s groundbreaking philosophy on child development and how it perfectly meshes with the wisdom of generations of EC-ing parents around the globe. Hear how you can help your child build confidence and courage as you implement the Montessori way into EC (and parenting) practice.

You will hear:

  • The montessori mindset and how it meshes with EC
  • The power of rhythm in building mental “muscle memory”
  • How to instill courage in your child
  • Benefit of consistency in EC (and daily rhythm!)
  • Setting up your mindset for your child’s success
  • Ways to integrate the Montessori way into pottying (and parenting!)

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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 Andra on July 12, 2022 at 3:16 pm

    I really resonate with this and we had a successul EC with my baby, until a month ago, when he just won’t sit on the potty anymore 🙈 he’s 13 months, he used to ask for it when it was time (I teached him sound and sign) but now nothing. We have the green potty from IKEA and he used to love it right from the start. I don’t know what to do any more. I keep offering but I don’t want to make it a negative experience by pushing it too much. Any suggestions? Thanks

    • Andrea Olson Andrea Olson on July 12, 2022 at 10:31 pm

      Taking a break and coming back with a renewed and positive mindset will do wonders! Remember EC is a non linear journey, there will be great highs and low lows, but consistency is key. At 13 months there are also a lot of mew developments for babies. He may be working on something else right now. Give yourself grace and patience, you’ve got this momma, you are doing great!

  2. Avatar Andra on July 13, 2022 at 1:57 am

    Thank you so much, Andrea! Very helpful ❤️

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