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Wet pants! Okay or not okay??

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Today I debunk a common myth about wet pants and share what wet pants actually teach us, how to respond (and stay calm!), and when wet pants may not be okay.

You will hear:

  • The common myth about wet pants in EC
  • What wet pants can teach baby – and you, the parent
  • When wet pants are NOT okay
  • How to handle sudden wet pants during developmental change
  • Tips for being prepared for wet pants while on the go
  • how to be prepared for wet pants at home
  • what to keep in mind during a wet pants episode

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Do you think wet pants are okay or not okay?

I look forward to discussing with you in the comments, below!

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 Sara on July 19, 2022 at 11:41 am

    “We’re not going to have that same rebellion that we’ll have with a two or three-year-old. So, definitely put in the investment of time now….”

    It would be helpful to include recommendations on how to handle this for a child in the 12-18 month range who is not yet walking: in that case, would the goal be to wait, even if we’re entering the toddler resistance phase? Or do you have a method that includes non-walkers for this age range?

    • Andrea Olson Andrea Olson on July 19, 2022 at 11:45 pm

      In my book Go Diaper Free I outline a plan where I help you tackle every phase from newborn to walking. With babies and toddlers in the 12-18 month range you might have some potty resistance especially if you are just now introducing them to it, however the level of resistance won’t be nearly the same as it would be with a two or three year old, who is very vocal and has a solid sense of independence.

  2. Avatar Joliane Tembwe Lofunge on July 25, 2022 at 9:14 pm

    Hi Andrea, you mention wet pants being ok until after the potty training experience… Do you mean after the maintenance period, when they reach potty independence, or right after the 7 day potty training experience? My son potty trained at 15 months but still isn’t potty independent at now 18months. Some days we have no accident, and other days, we may have 3 wet undies (and that often coincides with poop, because I have a stealth pooper who WON’T poop in the potty. Are wet undies still ok for my son? If they’re not, what should I tweek? Thanks a lot!

    • Andrea Olson Andrea Olson on July 29, 2022 at 8:06 pm

      Hi Joliane! Wet pants or undies are inevitable while practicing EC, (0-18mos), there are bound to be misses. At 18 months they may not be totally potty independent and that is okay! Wet undies or trainers are teaching body awareness and helping along the potty training experience at his age. There might be some changes worth implementing. I have another post on this here . You are doing great and above all trust yourself on it. If you don’t already have my book, it recommend getting Go Diaper Free for EC or The Tiny Potty Training Book for 18 months+. For more help I also have my new subscription service Potty Tribe where every week on Friday coaches get together over zoom to help with the weeks EC or potty training experience!

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