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What if I can’t read my baby’s timing?


EC was going great. Then… BAM! Suddenly you’re out of sync and you just can’t catch a break - or a pee! Tune in to today’s episode, where we talk all about why this happens, and what you can do to get back on track.


You Will Hear:

  • Why baby’s timing can become tricky to read
  • Strategies for making catches without relying on timing
  • Small mindset shifts that will help you get through this phase with less stress and more connection
  • Tips for managing EC when schedules and situations have changed


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Resource Recommendation

Go Diaper Free: my popular EC book that simplifies EC, beginning to end

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What has worked for you when you couldn’t read baby’s timing?


xx Andrea

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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 Elisabeth H Jones on July 27, 2023 at 2:26 pm

    In one of your podcasts you mentioned having like a schedule if you can’t seem to figure out their signals or pattern. So, my baby is 3 months old and the longest I’ve seen her hold it is 45 minutes. So, besides the 4 easy catches or whatever that you were talking about, should I take her every 45 minutes? She has a wake and sleep and feeding schedule so schedules are a big YES in our house. I was taking her every 20 minutes before I found your podcast and it’s been super helpful because the day I told my husband I was done, I found your website! Now I feel like I’m starting over… I’ve done observations but so far all I’m finding is that she has no trouble peeing only 10 minutes after she just went… And she sometimes does a small grunt before she pees which gives me enough time to take her but if she’s in the bouncer or playing on the floor and I’m doing dishes… I can’t hear a tiny grunt and it doesn’t seem to be everytime

    • Andrea Olson Andrea Olson on July 30, 2023 at 3:31 am

      Hi Elisabeth! I’m so glad you didn’t give up! I don’t really recommend a strict schedule. All babies have an average potty interval and a range. Your baby’s range might be she’s peeing anywhere from 10-45 minutes, but her average may be 20 minutes. Plus if she’s been sleeping a while, like overnight, it would be normal for her to pee upon waking, and then need to pee again 5 minutes later. Confusing yet? That’s why there are 4 roads to potty time, timing is just one way to get there! It sounds like you’re starting to pick up on her signals, too, which is great! Try using my Log app for a few days and see if you can figure out more of a pattern. You can also check out this episode on reading baby’s timing. Remember, you’re primarily trying to build communication between you and your baby, not catch everything. The back-up is there for when you’re doing dishes, so try not to stress. I only aim for about 50% of the pees and most of the poops, otherwise I’d go mad trying to catch everything. You’re doing great, mama. Keep it up!

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