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What to do when EC doesn’t go as planned

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What if you do everything “right” with elimination communication, but it doesn’t work out the way you planned? Was all that work for nothing? Should you just give up and potty train later? Tune in this week to hear Nicole’s experience with EC disappointment, and get some tips on how to resolve those regrets and recover your EC practice.


You Will Hear:

  • Nicole’s personal story of overcoming disappointment
  • How you can still benefit from any amount of EC practice, even when it doesn’t go “as planned”
  • Tips for resolving feelings of guilt or disappointment about your experience
  • Resources for recovering or restarting your EC practice


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Have you gone through EC or potty training disappointment? How did you process your feelings about it?


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 DarkOman on September 19, 2023 at 6:20 am

    Hi Andrea,
    I was subscribed on your blog and newsletter even before my son was born, and I thank y0u for what you’re doing – it’s important.
    As wor the disappointments – I hadn’t one and my son is already autonomous in going “pupu” or “pipi” and washing his potty by him self in bidet, He’s doing it sinse 2years and 4 month.
    Why no disappointments? it’s very simple. You shouldn’t have a false expectations. you need to follow some simple rules but do not force your kid. When the moment arrives – he/she will do it automatically. So was for bottle, so was for “titty of mama”, so was for potty. Keep calm and do diaperfree ;)

    • Andrea Olson Andrea Olson on September 20, 2023 at 11:31 pm

      Hi! Thank you for being part of our community, and yes, setting realistic expectations is key!

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