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What to Expect with EC + Young Toddlers: EC with a 12-17 month old


The honeymoon’s over, so they say, when Baby starts walking. 😔 But does toddlerhood really mark the end of understanding and enjoying your Baby 🤔 (or the end of success with EC)? In part 3 of our 3-part series, I debunk a host of toddlerhood myths and lay out a roadmap of what to expect, when, and how to roll with this time of emerging independence like a parenting pro 👏 (including how to achieve potty independence)!

You will hear:

  • a roadmap for parenting young toddlers including
  • how often toddlers pee and poo
  • when the Wonder Weeks occur during this phase
  • what sleep regressions to expect
  • how to interpret resistance during the toddler phase
  • what skills your toddler is working on
  • top 12 things to expect

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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 Shannon on May 4, 2022 at 2:40 am

    Thank you so much for this Andrea!

    After doing very part time EC with our son, I decided to get your tiny potty training book and actually finish with potty training here at 16 months. It’s going very slowly because we’ve all been sick for the past week (starting about day 4 of potty training). I’ve been refusing to go back to nappies, as I am afraid I’ll lose my determination if I do that. But I’ve secretly been wondering if I’m somehow making the wrong call and he’s getting used to peeing his pants.

    Anyway, turns out, worst case is I’m just doing EC with pants backup instead of a diaper backup. I felt much better after reading this, so thank you!

    • Andrea Olson Andrea Olson on May 4, 2022 at 8:23 pm

      Thank you! I’m glad this helped you!

  2. Avatar Sandra on August 17, 2022 at 10:18 am

    My 15 month old has now been out of diapers at home and daycare for 3 weeks and we are encountering resistance when we know it’s time for him to pee and we put him on the potty and he gets up, or on the reducer he cries and clenched his body. We remove them and a few mins later he pees on himself, either a few drops and we catch the rest on the potty or all of it. He doesn’t resist every pee on the potty. So I am not sure why the resistance when he actually needs to go.

    • Andrea Olson Andrea Olson on August 21, 2022 at 11:37 am

      There could be a lot of reasons behind potty resistance, anything from a developmental milestone, to family life changes can effect potty routines. He could be practicing how long he can hold it, he may need more privacy. I have a new subscription service called Potty Tribe where several coaches and I help mommas such as yourself troubleshoot EC and potty training on the weekly, that may be a great starting point for more detailed help!

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