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Why parents are going diaper-free: The stark benefits of elimination communication


In our first episode of the Go Diaper Free Podcast, we are gonna chat about why parents are going diaper-free. What are the benefits of doing Elimination Communication with our babies? And what pushes parents over the edge of doubt into a world of possibility...a world where babies don’t have to depend 100% on diapers?

Infant pottying has become such a popular topic in the news this year (this happens every few years or so), and lots more new parents are turning to EC in order to avoid 3 years of diapering and conventional toilet training.

If you are interested in starting with your 0-18 month baby, but have yet to get around to it, I'll share with you the top 18 reasons why other parents are going diaper-free...and loving it.

You will hear:

  • How parents are using less diapers, saving money + time, and lessening mess
  • The ways EC makes potty training easier later
  • Exactly how many disposable diapers are landfilled each year in the US (this will surprise you)
  • How Elimination Communication helps parents solve issues such as breastfeeding problems, colic, diaper rash, allergies, and constipation
  • Plus much more...

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What’s your biggest reason for going diaper-free?

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

xx Andrea

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Go Diaper Free: my popular EC book that simplifies EC, beginning to end

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This is a re-post of an article originally published by Andrea Olson on June 10th, 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 Hannah on March 5, 2024 at 8:19 am

    I did cloth nappying with my first because I couldn’t bear the plastic waste, but had never heard of EC. When he was maybe 10 months he started pooing immediately after (or sometimes during!!) bath time. Someone had given us an old potty so I’d have it by the bath and whip him out to sit on it if I thought he was about to do a poo. It really surprised me how instinctively he did wee & poo in response to this – having a bit of early experience with potty definitely gave me confidence to start potty training earlier than our friends, at around 18 months (also couldn’t bear another winter of drying nappies in the house!) Second time round, I started from about 2 months and again was really surprised by how instinctive it was – that you could basically catch all the poos that way without much ‘training.’ It’s so nice not having to mop up poo-explosions – or clean pooey nappies, especially now he’s on solids! I feel kind of cross that no-one told me about this first time round. Even my mum and granny (4 kids each through old-style Terry nappies) keep saying ‘why did we never think of this?’ Crazy that it’s just knowledge that’s been lost culturally. So in summary I guess it’s the environmental argument which is strongest for me, closely followed by not having to clean so much poo off the entire back / clothes…!

    • Andrea Olson Andrea Olson on March 21, 2024 at 9:02 pm

      You got this momma!!! Babies are so very capable!

  2. Avatar Liega on March 5, 2024 at 8:38 am

    It took so long mentally to start EC. I started it with my daughter at 9.5 months. In the beginning just with four easy catches, then poops. I’m happy not to clean messy diaper poops on a super active and rolling infant. Also husband is on board with it. It’s so rewarding.

    • Andrea Olson Andrea Olson on March 21, 2024 at 9:03 pm

      Yes! It is so rewarding! You got this momma!

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