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What to Expect with EC + a Mobile Baby: EC with a 5-11 month old baby

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Does Baby going mobile spell the end of EC? Not a bit! In Part 2 of our 3-part series on “what to expect”, I demystify this super-busy time in Baby’s development and give you a roadmap of just what to expect, when, and how it affects EC (and how it helps make EC successful!)

You will hear:

  • a parenting roadmap for this busy time, including:
  • how often mobile babies pee + poo
  • ideal times to catch mobile baby pee + poo
  • how to do observation time so you don’t go crazy
  • EC gear for the mobile phase
  • how to help separation anxiety
  • when the Wonder Weeks occur during the mobile phase
  • what sleep regressions during this time signal
  • top 5 things to expect

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What’s your favorite part of doing EC with a mobile baby? Need help troubleshooting the Movers and Shakers period?

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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 Celine on June 16, 2022 at 6:01 am

    Hi, I started EC with my now 8 months old and it was going pretty well. However I see we are hitting a bit of regression and potty resistance. I am starting to fall back to the easy catches, but my main issue is that since transitioning to solids, I have caught maybe 1 poo in the last month. Like yesterday I knew she needed to, I offered regularly, but she ended up pooping in her diaper when I was away and she was with dad (who doesn’t do EC). What can I do to help her poop? When she needs to poop, she’s super fussy on the toilet or potty (I often try both) and starts screaming and crying. So I don’t want to traumatise her…

    • Andrea Olson Andrea Olson on June 18, 2022 at 4:45 pm

      You are doing great! EC is not a linear journey and there will be periods of regression and resistance. Often these periods are during times of change, whether it be a physical milestone, or family changes, moving and things of that sort. It sounds like her transitioning to solid foods has disrupted her EC routine, and that is okay. She’s getting used to the changes. Going back to easy catches is totally okay, and a great way to continue helping her with her potty needs. I recently launched a new subscription service called Potty Tribe where several EC and Potty Training coaches and myself hold weekly zoom meetings to help caregivers troubleshoot the weeks potty issues. I would recommend checking it out for more help and to hear from other people who are going through or have gone through the exact same thing you are.

  2. Avatar Christine Huitema on February 8, 2024 at 1:59 pm

    Hi Andrea, I listen to your videos and podcasts lots to help on our EC journey. Thanks for all the wonderful advice!
    I have a question for my 11 month old baby. We started EC at 4 months and now with a totally mobile exploring baby he is interested in playing with the mini potty or toilet seat. I discourage that because it’s gross and I always say a toilet is not a toy.
    So my question is: is it wrong to discourage touching the toilet or mini potty? He may get confused with sometimes he is allowed to touch it for potty needs but don’t always touch it. Should I just hyper clean the toilet during this time frame and let him be familiar with it? Thanks in advance!

    • Andrea Olson Andrea Olson on February 13, 2024 at 5:38 pm

      Familiarity is encouraged. While yes we want to establish that the potty is not a toy, if he is taking an interest, encourage it. Playing with the potty while keeping it for it’s intended purpose is okay. If he has a favorite toy or teddy bear, you can play that teddy has to go potty and play putting him on the potty. And yes, just be sure to clean after play, or another alternative is to get a potty simply for play purposes. He could have the one in the bathroom that is strictly for toileting and one in his play room that is for play and the occasional pottytunity.

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