274 episodes

Andrea Olson of Go Diaper Free explains elimination communication - the concept of pottying your baby, as early as birth - which is what people have done for all of human history and in today’s world where there are no diapers. She makes it easy to integrate EC into your modern lifestyle as a new parent, demystifies how to know your baby needs to go, how to take them to the toilet instead of primarily relying on the diaper, and makes EC approachable, accessible, and fun, for all parents...whether part-time, with or without diapers, and in any region of the world. Contrary to popular marketing messages, diapers are tools, not toilets, and babies are ALL born “ready” to use the toilet. Learn how to connect with your baby on this very natural level with Andrea’s expert guidance, and experience the freedom of a life without dependence upon diapers, a life without traumatic toilet training, a life where your baby gets a head start on developing motor skills, communication, and learning by prioritizing this age-appropriate skill (0-18 months). EC honors your baby’s dignity and makes parenting THAT much easier! Stop changing blowouts...and learn how to listen to your baby’s requests for good hygiene. Learn more at godiaperfree.com. (PS - Andrea also occasionally covers potty training, for those of you who find us after 18 months.)

The Go Diaper Free Podcast Andrea Olson

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.7 • 159 Ratings

Andrea Olson of Go Diaper Free explains elimination communication - the concept of pottying your baby, as early as birth - which is what people have done for all of human history and in today’s world where there are no diapers. She makes it easy to integrate EC into your modern lifestyle as a new parent, demystifies how to know your baby needs to go, how to take them to the toilet instead of primarily relying on the diaper, and makes EC approachable, accessible, and fun, for all parents...whether part-time, with or without diapers, and in any region of the world. Contrary to popular marketing messages, diapers are tools, not toilets, and babies are ALL born “ready” to use the toilet. Learn how to connect with your baby on this very natural level with Andrea’s expert guidance, and experience the freedom of a life without dependence upon diapers, a life without traumatic toilet training, a life where your baby gets a head start on developing motor skills, communication, and learning by prioritizing this age-appropriate skill (0-18 months). EC honors your baby’s dignity and makes parenting THAT much easier! Stop changing blowouts...and learn how to listen to your baby’s requests for good hygiene. Learn more at godiaperfree.com. (PS - Andrea also occasionally covers potty training, for those of you who find us after 18 months.)

    Infant pottying in cold weather

    Infant pottying in cold weather

    It may be summer here in our part of the world, but I know many folks in our EC community hail from regions that are in winter right now. And no matter where in the world you are, it’s never too early to get yourself ready to stay consistent in your EC all year round! Listen to this week’s episode if you want to know all about cold weather pottying! 
    Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/20
    Get my free easy start guide for EC https://godiaperfree.com/start
    Start EC with your baby today with my popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook 
     

    • 12 min
    Shopping with a diaper-free baby

    Shopping with a diaper-free baby

    Can you even run errands and do your thing– WHILE your baby is diaper-free?? Doing EC while shopping does NOT have to be stressful or terrifying. In fact, just as with travel + EC, shopping diaper-free can often go much more smoothly than reducing your diaper dependency at home! I’ll tell you all about how to keep up EC and still run your errands– you DON’T have to be stuck inside! Let's start shopping diaper-free!
    Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/19
    Get my free easy start guide for EC https://godiaperfree.com/start
    Start EC with your baby today with my popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook
     

    • 8 min
    Travel without losing your EC progress

    Travel without losing your EC progress

    Planning a trip this summer? Does the idea of pottying in a train or a plane freak you out? What about pottying on a road trip or a nature hike? In this week’s episode, I’ll tell you about ALL the different forms EC can take while you’re away from home. Don’t let pottying stop you from going on adventures with your LO! 
     
    Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/18
    Get my free easy start guide for EC https://godiaperfree.com/start
    Start EC with your baby today with my popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook

    • 14 min
    How to take your baby to the potty

    How to take your baby to the potty

    So you got the “4 Roads to Potty Time” down pat. You know WHEN your baby needs to go. But what do you actually do NEXT to catch that pee or poo?? In this week’s episode, I go over exactly what “pottying a baby” can look like, whether you have a newborn, a mobile baby, or a toddler! 
    Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/17
    Get my free easy start guide for EC https://godiaperfree.com/start
    Start EC with your baby today with my popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook
     

    • 11 min
    My birth story: An almost unassisted birth

    My birth story: An almost unassisted birth

    Unassisted birth. Freebirth. Self-directed birth. What is an undisturbed birth REALLY like?
    Maybe you’re deciding if (or you already decided!) you want your own unassisted birth. Maybe you just want to deepen your understanding of natural birth in general. Maybe you’re just curious to hear my story. Whatever your journey, tune in for a play-by-play of my (almost) unassisted birth.
     
    Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/16
    Get my free easy start guide for EC https://godiaperfree.com/start
    Start EC with your baby today with my popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook

    • 25 min
    Preparing for EC with a newborn baby

    Preparing for EC with a newborn baby

    Are you expecting a little one soon? Wondering how to prepare for your newborn's arrival with Elimination Communication in mind? We've got you covered! This week’s episode is jam-packed with essential tips and must-haves for starting EC from day one. You don’t need to wing it! I’ll tell you about everything you need to make your journey as smooth and enjoyable as possible.
     
    Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/15
    Get my free easy start guide for EC https://godiaperfree.com/start
    Start EC with your baby today with my popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook
     

    • 19 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
159 Ratings

159 Ratings

brainslikepickles ,

Thanks for the encouragement and tips

I had to work a little to find help with this topic, and appreciate the short, focused episodes. Some are more useful than others at different ages, so I find it works best to browse through the archive and find episodes most relevant to where you are.

JudyBeth4 ,

Toddler training

This podcast has really helped me out during the first few days of potty training with my toddler, since I also have a 7 month old to chase! Listening to the podcast gives me the encouragement, reminders, and confidence I need to keep moving forward even when I miss a pee! Keep working hard mamas and dadas!
Give your child the keys today!!

AnnaRDecker ,

Andrea is the EC wizard!

I am so grateful for this resource! I stumbled into EC by accident when every time I opened my 7 day old sons diaper thinking he’d gone, he would poop and pee on me! I decided to start putting him over the toilet when my “mommy sense” would tingle, and you bet your bottom dollar, he’d pee! The rest is history….in the making. He’s now 8 months old and I haven’t looked back.
Every one has thought or currently thinks I was kidding or is legitimately crazy but it’s actually MUCH easier than I expected. I work part time and EC part time, but I’m consistent in when i do take him. “The easy catches” that Andrea talks about it the BEST place to start and to stay consistent in. Also, “transition times” help me remember to take him (before after bed/naps, before after car ride, etc).

I rarely ever use wipes, I get more positive connection with my baby, less mess, and I am gleefully looking to the day when my baby crawls or walks to the tiny toilet and potties himself before the age of 5 🤪

Potty training my two older sons was a living nightmare gone bad, so this has been an absolute dream. My two olders were in diapers until 3 and pull-ups until 4 and countless soiled undies until 5+. NO THANKS.

I can honestly tell he enjoys it, feels better when he’s relieved, and is even proud of himself! Yes, I truly can already see his joy when he realizes the power he already has over his body.

Thank YOU, Andrea! I have no idea where I’d be without your help. 🙏🏼

Also - when would be a good time to transition to Tiny Undies? How often does he need to be staying fully dry before going for it?

Top Podcasts In Kids & Family

Calm Parenting Podcast
Kirk Martin
Good Inside with Dr. Becky
Dr. Becky Kennedy
Greeking Out from National Geographic Kids
National Geographic Kids
Circle Round
WBUR
But Why: A Podcast for Curious Kids
Vermont Public
Disney Magic of Storytelling
ABC11 North Carolina

You Might Also Like

Baby-Led Weaning with Katie Ferraro
Katie Ferraro
Down to Birth
Cynthia Overgard & Trisha Ludwig
Birthing Instincts
Dr. Stuart Fischbein + Midwife Blyss Young
Free Birth Society
Emilee Saldaya
Simple Farmhouse Life
Lisa Bass
Evidence Based Birth®
Rebecca Dekker, PhD, RN