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The Parent’s Role in EC vs Potty Training


Did you know that elimination communication has an expiration date? Or rather, there’s an age at which it’s no longer developmentally appropriate, and when our child reaches that age, it can get messy (pun intended!). Believe it or not, the biggest things that need to change at this stage are YOUR mindset and view of your role in pottying, and your child will follow suit! Could it really be that simple? Tune into today’s episode to find out!


You Will Hear:

  • How to plan ahead for wrapping up if your child is not yet walking
  • Quick tips for determining if it’s time to shift to potty training
  • An overview of how the “Ten Ways of Being” contrast with an EC mindset
  • Resources for additional support if you’re finding it tough to wrap up, or transition from EC to potty training - we got you!


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What helped you most in your transition to wrapping up or potty training?


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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 Natalie on October 17, 2023 at 10:05 am

    What helped me the most with potty training to wrap up EC was buy in from daycare and my husband (though grudgingly). My son had been resisting EC and diapers from about 18 months. He wasn’t yet walking well, but he didn’t really want to be in diapers anymore. I had tried potty training with the Tiny potty training book around that time, but I think I was too determined for it to go well that I missed that he wasn’t quite developmentally ready with his gross motor skills and he was resisting even more.

    At 27 months, we had a week at home to try again since he had a cold that excluded him from daycare. I tried to mind my attitude and wasn’t as pushy (and probably scary for him) as before. Also having 2 potties helped so one was always close by: he wasn’t a fan of the air lifting.

    Then when he was back at daycare, I made sure to tell them his approximate timing interval and when he last peed. And I sent him with 3 full changes of clothes. When I picked him up, I always asked when he last peed so I knew if we had time to make it home or if we should try before leaving. It wasn’t always 100% and there was lots of laundry and cleaning the car seat.

    But now at almost 3, he’s able to know when he needs to go and will accept prompts if he’s doing a pee pee dance. There are still the occasional misses, but he really gets into things and forgets to go and we miss his signals, especially if he’s sitting.

    • Andrea Olson Andrea Olson on November 1, 2023 at 6:32 pm

      That’s amazing! So glad to hear your little one is doing so well!!!

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