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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 • 158 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.)

    Transition Times: Part 3 of when does my baby need to pee

    Transition Times: Part 3 of when does my baby need to pee

    Most babies hold their pee in various situations, so pottying them before or after these events is usually successful. These are typical times that most babies usually need to pee. We call this generic (or common) timing, and it’s one of the 4 “Roads to Potty Time” that help you determine when your baby needs to pee. This week’s episode will cover how to use generic timing to balance your own busy life. Don’t miss it!

     
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    • 12 min
    My elimination communication story (with baby #1)

    My elimination communication story (with baby #1)

    Sometimes we just need to share our stories! Today I share my entire EC journey with my first son, Kaiva, from beginning to end. I hope that my journey ECing Kaiva informs your EC practice or helps you in some way. Tune in to this week’s episode to hear our story, and let me know what you take away from it.
     
    Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/11
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    Start EC with your baby today with my popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook
     

    • 18 min
    Natural Timing: Part 2 of when does my baby need to pee

    Natural Timing: Part 2 of when does my baby need to pee

    When does your baby need to pee? There are four ways to find out. Today's episode covers #2: your baby's natural timing. If you can get acquainted with your baby's natural timing, EC will be that much simpler for you! Tune in to learn how to recognize your baby’s inherent pottying rhythm.

     
    Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/10
    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
    Myths + misconceptions about EC

    Myths + misconceptions about EC

    Infant Pottying can be rare in most Western countries. People have strong reactions to what seems odd to them: A baby without diapers? Pottying at that age? Asking to go to the bathroom...at birth? Mostly, these reactions stem from common myths and misperceptions. Tune in this week to hear me clear up 5 of these myths and set the EC record straight. 
     
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    Start EC with your baby today with my popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook
     

    • 12 min
    Baby Signals: Part 1 of when does my baby need to pee

    Baby Signals: Part 1 of when does my baby need to pee

    EC is great… if you know what to look for and if you've got some information on-hand about the different ways to know your baby has to potty. I’m going to teach you 4 ways to know when your baby needs to pee: The 4 Roads to Potty Time! Today’s episode is part 1 of 4: Baby Signals. Tune in to learn the most common EC signals with real-life examples.
    Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/08
    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 
     

    • 13 min
    EC vocabulary and ec(bonics)

    EC vocabulary and ec(bonics)

    What is a miss? What is a pottytunity? What exactly is a peenie-weenie?? This week's episode covers the vocabulary that most people use when talking about doing elimination communication with their babies. This one is sure to entertain!
     
    Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/07
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    Start EC with your baby today with my popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook

    • 15 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
158 Ratings

158 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?

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