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What age can my child be out of diapers by?


Why do we say parents can ditch diapers by walking? Is there something magical that happens when your child can move about on two feet? What if you feel he's ready to be done with diapers earlier, or you totally missed the window? We tackle all of this in today's episode.


You Will Hear:

  • What age(s) completion is possibly by vs total potty independence
  • What factors play into when parents typically choose to ditch daytime diapers/span>
  • How most toddlers react if parents try to continue EC past 18 months
  • When nighttime independence can be expected
  • Tips for setting realistic expectations for what maintenance will look like after diapers


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Did walking change anything in your EC practice? When did you ditch diapers and why?


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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 Scout on July 28, 2023 at 8:55 pm

    Hi GDF team, thanks so much for this. My 12 month old is very mobile, he’s been walking since 10 months and so I know he’s definitely ready to be out of diapers. In general I can usually get him to pee on the potty, but he cries and refuses to sit on the potty when he poops. If I take him mid-poop he stops. I know he has no problem sitting on the cold potty because he’ll even sit on it to play without pants on when he doesn’t need to potty – so what gives?? I think he might be afraid of the poop?

    Not sure how to proceed here. It feels wrong to hold him over the potty when he’s struggling and screaming to get away. I’m a book owner, so feel free to point me to anywhere in the book or the mighty networks.

    • Andrea Olson Andrea Olson on July 30, 2023 at 3:41 am

      Hi Scout! This is a common issue. Some kiddos are way more comfortable standing while pooping. There are also some who get nervous when it’s time to poop because they just don’t like the feeling. Trying a nice curved, deep seat reducer could help, along with a book or songs or special toy to help him relax and at least finish pooping on the potty. Even a little privacy may help! There are a some details on this and a few other tips in the troubleshooting section of the book (stops pooping and won’t continue, currently page 303). It’s a trial-and-error kind of thing, and the book owner’s area in Mighty Networks or the Facebook group are both great places to get ideas from coaches and other parents. In the end, this too shall pass. You’re doing awesome!

  2. Avatar Lauren on July 30, 2023 at 8:54 pm

    My son is almost 16 months and still not walking. He shows zero interest in standing on his own or walking. My husband and I have done EC with him since he has been 12 months old and he does well with it though! We use the seat reducer, and also have switched to mainly cloth diapers during the day. Should we still wait until he’s mastered walking to ditch the daytime diapers? Or should we do anything different if he waits until 18 months to master walking?

    • Andrea Olson Andrea Olson on August 5, 2023 at 7:46 pm

      Hi Lauren! Switching to cloth is a good move. If you’ve got my book you can check out the chapter on the Building Blocks of Potty Independence. He can’t be totally independent until he can walk, but you can still work on helping him master all the parts of the potty routine he’s able to right now, so that when he’s finally walking it will be a pretty quick wrap-up. He may not be a fan of walking until he’s closer to 2 years old, who knows! So instead of putting a hard timeline on it, make do with what you’ve got and take advantage right now of his willingness to learn the pieces he can. You’re doing awesome!

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