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What in the world is elimination communication? Part 1: let’s wrap our heads around this infant potty training thing

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In this session of The Go Diaper Free Podcast, I answer the question "What is Elimination Communication?"

I've included one of the fun radio interviews I gave during the 1st Annual Go Diaper Free Week in 2013 to give you a clear understanding of what EC is, in a tiny amount of time.

In today’s episode, you’ll also hear me explain 10 things that EC is not. Sometimes it's easier to understand what something isn't prior to learning what it we'll start there.

You will hear:

  • The many ways you can integrate EC into your busy lifestyle
  • The nature of gentle EC as a natural alternative to potty training
  • Some of the major misconceptions...and what's really true about infant pottying
  • Why EC simply works
  • Plus much more...

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Did you learn something new today about what EC is (or isn’t)? Share your thoughts below!

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 Elizabeth White on March 12, 2024 at 2:49 pm

    Dear Andrea,
    We have been doing some kind of EC for about 5 months. We do the easy catches (wake, after eating, transitions and before bedtime). We never got a hang of baby’s cues. Sometimes he tells us clearly and waits for the toilet, sometimes it seems to come without any cue that we can discern.
    Baby is now 8 months old. All his poops are in the toilet. When we are out-and-about, he seems to hold his pees for the toilet, sometimes for hours at a time. However, when we are playing, we just can’t pin down his cues. HELP!
    We are in reusable diapers and would love to transition to training underwear, but are at a loss since we just don’t get the cues. Can you please provide some much-needed guidance?
    Thank you kindly. Sincerely,

    • Andrea Olson Andrea Olson on March 21, 2024 at 9:16 pm

      Making the switch to trainers may actually make the cues more evident. You’ll be able to see when he’s wet and can see what cue there may have been. Consistency is key, You got this momma!

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