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When can you start elimination communication with your baby?


In this 3rd session of The Go Diaper Free Podcast, I share with you when to begin EC, including the optimal starting age, starting where you are, and what to do if you’ve exceeding the optimal window for EC altogether.

The cool thing is that there is a resource for everyone, no matter what age baby, and I aim to match you up with what you will need to make potty independence a reality starting at any age. This episode will help us accomplish that, together!

In today’s episode, you’ll also hear an overview of how starting at certain ages can have positive and negatives, and you'll get a grip on what to do if you're past the whole window altogether...

A hint: EC starts earlier than you'd guess!

You will hear:

  • Which infant potty training start ages make the most sense, and why
  • What "starting early" can involve (it's less work than you'd imagine)
  • An introduction to "Late Start EC"...or what I like to call Starting EC Older
  • How beating yourself up for missing some unforeseen boat can really be tripping you up
  • What exactly to do if you've exceeded the overall EC window of 0-18 months
  • Plus much more...

Links and other resources mentioned today:

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When did you start EC? If you haven’t yet, how old is your baby, and when do you plan to start?

I look forward to discussing with you in the comments, below!

xx Andrea

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This is a re-post of an article originally published by Andrea Olson on August 12, 2013

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 Lindsey on March 19, 2024 at 1:57 pm

    We just started EC with our little one! We couldn’t believe how easy it was to start. She went the first time we put her on the potty! She was about 2.5 almost 3 weeks old. We haven’t gotten to number twos yet but we get excited with every pee she does in the potty! So happy we found your YouTube page!

    • Andrea Olson Andrea Olson on March 21, 2024 at 9:20 pm

      Glad you found our community! You got this momma!

  2. Avatar Rourou on April 1, 2024 at 3:40 pm

    Hi! Just started with EC with our little one. I have a question.
    One of the easy catches are when she wakes up, but when our little one wakes up she is definitely more in the mood for some milk than a change of diaper and potty. She cries soooo much when I don’t feed her first. What do you recommend?

    Thanks in advance 🌹

    • Andrea Olson Andrea Olson on April 7, 2024 at 7:12 pm

      Depending on how old baby is, you can always nurse and potty at the same time using a top hat potty. As baby gets older building the habit that potty comes first will be helpful. This way it won’t be a struggle when they get older. It’s a habit built in, wake up, go potty, continue with our day. You got this momma!

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