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English, Children-Kids, 1 season, 275 episodes, 2 days, 23 hours, 32 minutes
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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.)
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#13 The 5 Biggest Potty Training Mistakes

Did you know Elimination Communication has an expiration date? If your kiddo is 18m+ and you’re still doing EC, you HAVE to listen to this episode! It’s time to switch gears to potty training. There are 5 big potty training mistakes parents I surveyed stated they could have done differently. Tune in to today’s episode to learn how to correct them, or avoid them altogether!   Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/13 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
6/4/20248 minutes, 6 seconds
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#268 We're starting over

Surprise! We are re-launching the podcast! With over a decade of guidance, questions from the community, troubleshooting tips, encouragement, and more, we’re refreshing the original episodes and bringing them back all shiny and new. Whether you’re wrapping up your last kiddo or just hearing about elimination communication for the first time, there’s something for everyone. Tune in to hear what you can expect coming up on the Great Podcast Re-set.   Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/268 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   LINKTREE:   https://godiaperfree.com/268/?invite=870  
2/27/20247 minutes, 19 seconds
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#267 How to hold a newborn for elimination communication

Are you feeling a little confused about how to hold that squishy new baby over a potty? This week’s episode is for you! We’re sharing 16 different hold variations and what scenarios they’re best for, so you can potty your baby anytime, anywhere. Check it out!   Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/267 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
1/30/202412 minutes, 38 seconds
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#266 How to tell when it's Potty Time

Elimination Communication sounds great and everything – hold your baby over a potty or the sink when you know they need to pee. Ummmm okay, how am I supposed to know when a baby needs to pee? Actually, there are 4 different ways to help you figure it out. Tune in to today’s episode to hear all about them!   Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/266 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
1/16/20246 minutes, 58 seconds
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#265 Diapers are not full-time toilets

Did you know that when disposable diapers were first invented, they were wildly unpopular? But after some genius marketing (and a lucrative partnership with a famous pediatrician), they are now the “standard” in most industrialized societies. So what did parent’s do before diapers became the cultural norm? Find out in today’s episode!    Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/265 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   
1/9/20245 minutes, 31 seconds
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#264 Part-Time EC with a Newborn for New Moms (and Dads!)

So you want to try elimination communication, but you’re worried about new parent overwhelm and it being “just one more thing.” Or maybe you’re already there, but you just can’t shake that gnawing feeling that EC might be right for you. Tune into this week’s episode and hear how the magic of part-time EC could be just the thing for you. Plus super-easy tips to get you started!   Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/264 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
1/2/202414 minutes, 25 seconds
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#263 Teaching a toddler to climb onto the big potty

Has this ever happened to you? You’re trying to wrap up elimination communication (or you’ve started potty training), and your kiddo INSISTS on using the big potty. Not only that, she refuses to let you help her get up there! How the heck are you supposed to encourage independence without letting her hurt herself? Tune in this week for a step-by-step that will help you conquer this common conundrum. Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/263 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   
12/26/202313 minutes, 44 seconds
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#262 How to ditch diapers during the holidays

Okay, time for some tough love. Some of you will use any excuse under the sun to delay ditching diapers. A big one we hear a lot is the holidays. We get it, there’s a lot going on. But the holidays could also be the PERFECT time to wrap up elimination communication or start potty training. All you need is a little strategy. Here are the 5 steps to ditching diapers during the holidays - or really anytime!   Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/262 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 
12/19/202312 minutes, 28 seconds
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#261 4 Surprising Factors That Influence EC

“I remember starting Elimination Communication with my third baby back in 2020. ‘This will be easy!’ I thought…. But this time around, it just wasn’t as natural.” Have any of you encountered surprises while practicing EC? Today on the podcast we’re sharing a post by one of our certified coaches, Ariane, who has some great tips for how to handle those unexpected challenges.   Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/261 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
12/13/202311 minutes, 27 seconds
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#260 Elimination Communication Signaling 101

Have you been trying elimination communication with your baby but she just doesn’t signal when she needs to pee? Have you wondered how to get her to start signaling? Maybe he was signaling for a while and then suddenly stopped! Now what? Tune in for today’s episode where we troubleshoot these common EC frustrations and share tons of tips to get you back in sync with your baby.   Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/260 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
11/28/202313 minutes, 43 seconds
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#259 Mompreneur Life with Andrea

Andrea’s back to share what she’s been up to over the last year - besides freebirthing and ECing her 6th beautiful baby, Marilyn, of course. Tune in for this special episode as Andrea and Nicole chat all things mom-ing-while-running-a-business (or two). Hear how Andrea got to where she is now, what she’s learned along the way, and how YOU can benefit from her years of experience and become a Mompreneur yourself! Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/259 Join the Mompreneur Collective: https://www.facebook.com/groups/andreaolson  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 
11/21/202338 minutes, 24 seconds
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#258 How to encourage self-dressing

Have you seen the Bear/LEARN undies over at Tiny Undies? Cute, right? But what are they for and how do they help with Elimination Communication? Hint: it has to do with self-dressing and overall potty independence. Don’t miss today’s episode, when we’ll talk about how, and why it’s important.   Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/258 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
11/14/202311 minutes, 48 seconds
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#257 What it really means when there's pee on the floor

No parent really wants to clean up pee – off the floor, the couch, the car seat, or anywhere! Not only that, we’ve attached so much meaning to pee misses, it can be hard not to let it make us feel like a failure. First off, pee on the floor does NOT make you a failure, mom and dad. But it does have meaning! Tune in for today’s episode, where I’ll teach you how to be a pee interpreter.   Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/257 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
11/7/202315 minutes, 32 seconds
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#256 Fringe Benefits of Elimination Communication

You’ve heard about the popular benefits of Elimination Communication, like saving money on diapers and a deeper bond between you and your baby. But that’s not all! There are over 70 more advantages to practicing EC, and some of them may surprise you. Tune today as we share a handful of the most interesting and unexpected benefits of EC!   Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/256 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   
10/31/202315 minutes, 25 seconds
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#255 The Parent's Role in EC vs Potty Training

Did you know that elimination communication has an expiration date? Or rather, there’s an age at which it’s no longer developmentally appropriate, and when our child reaches that age, it can get messy (pun intended!). Believe it or not, the biggest things that need to change at this stage are YOUR mindset and view of your role in pottying, and your child will follow suit! Could it really be that simple? Tune into today’s episode to find out!   Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/255 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   
10/17/202315 minutes, 55 seconds
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#254 How to wrap up EC when your child is in daycare

Have you been putting off wrapping up EC because of concerns about daycare or preschool? We get it, it feels soooo intimidating! But guess what? Your child is going to become diaper free at some point, and if you’re a family with two working parents, that’s most likely going to happen with the help of your childcare provider. So might as well knock it out now before that toddler phase is in full swing! Tune in this week for some encouragement and practical tips to help you ditch diapers at daycare.   Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/254 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
10/12/202317 minutes, 13 seconds
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#253 Signs of Potty Training Readiness

There are about a million and one opinions out there about how to tell if your child is “ready” for potty training. But what about those of us who have practiced EC, or who want to potty train at an age that’s considered by many to be “early”? How do we cut through the noise and figure out the truth? Save the internet searches and tune into this week’s episode for a straight-forward take on when you can ditch diapers.    Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/253 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
10/3/202314 minutes, 4 seconds
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#252 My baby won’t poop when I’m angry or upset!

Did you know that if we’re stressed, our babies can feel it? Not only that, if we are carrying stress or tension in our bodies, our babies might not be able to pee or poop! Dee, our certified coach in Quebec, has contributed another humorous and informative post about the role of coregulation in EC. Tune in for another witty and relatable episode, and learn how you (and your baby) can be more relaxed during potty time.   Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/252 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
9/26/20237 minutes
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#251 What to do when EC doesn't go as planned

What if you do everything “right” with elimination communication, but it doesn’t work out the way you planned? Was all that work for nothing? Should you just give up and potty train later? Tune in this week to hear Nicole’s experience with EC disappointment, and get some tips on how to resolve those regrets and recover your EC practice.   Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/251 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
9/19/202313 minutes, 57 seconds
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#250 I potty trained my toddler *after* starting EC with my second baby

What do you do if you want to start eliminating communication with your newborn, but your toddler still isn’t potty trained?? This is the conundrum Dee, one of our certified coaches, faced when her second baby was born. Tune in this week as we bring her humorous and all-too-relatable story to the podcast, and find out what she did to help both of her kiddos become diaper free.   Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/250 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 
9/5/20236 minutes, 3 seconds
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#249 Elimination Communication with Twins

Double the trouble, or double the fun? What do you do with two or more babies who need to pee at the same time when you only have two hands? Tune in for this week’s listener-submitted question asking how to juggle twins and EC, plus some expert advice from one of our certified coaches who is a twin mama herself. This episode is chock-full of great tips for any parent, whether you have singletons or multiples, so don’t miss it!   Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/249 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   
8/29/202312 minutes, 12 seconds
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#248 Tips for EC and potty training in public

It’s finally heeeeeere! The solution we have all been waiting for to that darn autoflush sensor: FlushHush! Tune in for a special preview and tips for use in today’s episode. But first we’ll talk about how to handle EC or potty training when you’re out and about. You won’t want to miss this!   Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/248 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   
8/22/202315 minutes, 17 seconds
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#247 Marilyn's Birth Story

My baby was completely stuck for an hour of pushing and I didn’t know what to do! I’m back with the story of the unassisted home birth of my 6th (and final) baby, Marilyn. I share all the super-juicy details, and why I made some of the decisions I did during the labor and birth. Tune in to hear it all, and be sure to check out the show notes afterward for my list of home birthing supplies!   Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/247 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   
8/15/202320 minutes, 26 seconds
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#246 Public Toilet Trauma

My baby got flushed on! Raise your hand if you hate the autoflush sensor, especially when it goes off before you’re done with your business. And every parent knows, it’s even MORE damaging for our child when the public toilet prematurely flushes. It can totally traumatize our poor babies, not to mention completely derail our elimination communication or potty training efforts. Tune in to today’s episode to learn about the full impact of this nightmare problem… plus a sneak peek into a game-changing solution!   Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/246 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
8/8/202313 minutes, 8 seconds
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#245 What to do if your baby poops or pees in the bathtub

There’s a poop in the pool! Or in this case, the bathtub. Is this your parenting nightmare? Tune in this week to find out if it can be prevented, and how to handle it if you’re faced with a floater. Let’s dive in!   Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/245 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 
8/1/202312 minutes, 3 seconds
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#244 What age can my child be out of diapers by?

Why do we say parents can ditch diapers by walking? Is there something magical that happens when your child can move about on two feet? What if you feel he's ready to be done with diapers earlier, or you totally missed the window? We tackle all of this in today's episode. Tune in to hear what age we can expect babies to be out of daytime diapers by. The answer may surprise you!   Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/244 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   
7/18/202311 minutes, 14 seconds
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#243 My baby sits on the potty but won't go

Your little one is more than happy to sit on the potty. But sitting is only half the battle! How can you get her to actually go? Tune in today as we troubleshoot questions from three mamas whose babies have the sitting part down, but are struggling to get the pee in the potty.   Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/243 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   
7/11/202313 minutes, 30 seconds
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#242 Does having another baby impact an older child's potty success?

You've probably heard that bringing home another baby can set you way back in the potty training department with your older child. But is that true? And if so, what's the best way to handle it? Tune in and find out how to set your older kiddo up for potty success when adding another little one to your family.    Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/242 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   
7/4/202311 minutes, 41 seconds
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#241 When should you be concerned about your baby's poop?

“Is my baby’s poop normal?” If you became a parent in the last 20 years or so, you have probably typed this question into an internet search bar at some point. And if you practice elimination communication, the photos (and some of the advice) that you found were probably less-than-helpful. Today we’re talking about how baby poop can change over the course of your EC journey, and when you might want to seek professional help. Tune in to find out what’s normal and what to keep an eye out for - without having to look at any poop pictures!   Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/241 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
6/27/202314 minutes, 14 seconds
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#240 My newborn sleeps thru the night without sleep training - this is how!

My top 3 baby sleep tips plus 1 game changer - in this episode about baby sleep WITHOUT sleep training, without crying it out, without fuss! My 6th baby is now sleeping 10-12 hours a night. Tune in this week and I’ll share with you how I got her to sleep through the night without sleep training! Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/240 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   
6/20/20238 minutes, 54 seconds
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#239 Can I stop my baby from pooping while in the high chair or car seat?

Does your EC’ed baby seem to hold their poop and wait to do their business until they’re in the car seat or high chair? It’s like they know! Well, turns out they do. This is a super-common issue that can also be super-frustrating. Tune in to today’s episode for some tips on how to avoid it.   Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/239 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   
6/13/20235 minutes, 40 seconds
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#238 What to do when your child won't sit on the potty

EC has been going great and then suddenly, out of nowhere, your baby just won't sit to go potty. What exactly are you supposed to do with that? Tune in to this week’s episode as we troubleshoot questions from three mamas who are going through this exact, super-frustrating dilemma.   Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/238 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
6/6/202317 minutes, 40 seconds
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#237 Potty Training and Driving

I hear it every summer: “We want to start potty training, but we're going on a road trip.” - “We're going to be on vacation, so there's no point in starting until we get back.” - “We're just going to have to put her back in diapers for the car ride anyway, right?” Hear the answers on today's episode, where we set you up for road trip success in EC and potty training. Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/237 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   
5/30/202315 minutes, 47 seconds
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#236 What age should a child be potty trained by?

With all of the conflicting information - and opinions - out there, how do we as parents set realistic expectations for EC and potty training? Tune in this week as Nicole cuts through all the noise to bring you the facts about what age you can expect your LO to be wrapped up by, and how you can help the process along.   Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/236 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   
5/23/202317 minutes, 17 seconds
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#235 What if I can't read my baby's timing?

EC was going great. Then… BAM! Suddenly you’re out of sync and you just can’t catch a break - or a pee! Tune in to today’s episode, where we talk all about why this happens, and what you can do to get back on track.   Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/235 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
5/16/202315 minutes, 56 seconds
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#234 Surviving Potty Meltdowns

Everything seems to be going just fine with EC (or potty training), when suddenly your LO has a total nuclear meltdown about using the potty. What gives? Join us for today’s episode where we talk all about what can cause potty meltdowns, what you might be able to do to try to avoid them, and how to survive them.   Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/234 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
5/2/202323 minutes, 49 seconds
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#233 How to Start Elimination Communication: A Beginner's Guide to EC Gear and Techniques

Starting Elimination Communication but not sure exactly *how* to start? This week’s episode of the Go Diaper Free podcast is here to help! Whether you're a first-timer or an experienced parent, our beginner's guide will take you through all the gear and techniques you need to get started on this natural approach to infant hygiene. Tune in now and start your journey towards a diaper-free lifestyle today! Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/233 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
4/25/202326 minutes, 12 seconds
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#232 Elimination Communication for Beginners: A Simple Guide to Infant Hygiene

Elimination Communication for Beginners: A Simple Guide to Infant Hygiene. You'll learn how to make this simple practice a part of your daily routine with your little one. It’s not rocket science, and anyone can do it! Join us for this informative episode of the Go Diaper Free podcast.   Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/232 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
4/18/202323 minutes, 57 seconds
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#231 What to do when baby spits up while pottying

When you’re pottying your baby, you don’t usually expect anything to come out the other end! But spit-up can happen any time, including during potty time. In today’s episode, I share some tips for handling (and hopefully preventing) spit-up during EC.   Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/231 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   
4/4/20237 minutes, 13 seconds
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#230 My baby resists the potty and pees on the floor right after. What do I do?

What do you do if your infant does not want to use the potty at all… and then pees on the floor minutes later? Why might this happen, and how can you get (back) on track? Today’s episode covers it all, plus some helpful tips to avoid resistance at different stages.   Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/230 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   
3/28/202316 minutes, 5 seconds
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#229 Shifting from EC to Potty Training: What's the difference?

You’ve heard there’s a difference between EC and potty training, but what is it, and why? Is there a point when it’s better to shift gears? In today’s episode, I break down when it’s appropriate to use EC vs potty training, and how you can transition from one to the other.   Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/229 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   
3/21/202318 minutes, 33 seconds
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#228 Can EC Prevent Colic?

Did you know your newborn might cry because they have a natural instinct to stay dry? Could there be a connection to excessive crying bouts (like “colic”)? Find out in today’s episode as I take you through some possible explanations for your baby’s unexplained fussiness.   Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/228 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
3/14/202321 minutes, 12 seconds
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#227 More About Poop: Blowouts

Blowouts are just part of life with a baby… or are they?? What if you could get through the baby years, all the way to potty independence, without ever encountering this explosive event? In today's episode, I explain how that’s totally possible, even with part-time EC!   Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/227 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   
3/7/202312 minutes, 21 seconds
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#226 What is a "Potty Pause?"

You’ve heard murmurs about the dreaded EC “potty pause” but what on earth is it, and why does it happen? Today I share some valuable insights from a long-time EC mentor that will help you to understand the “potty pause” on a deeper level, and maybe even view it in a positive light!   Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/226 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
2/28/20239 minutes, 23 seconds
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#225 Building Sound Association

Have you ever seen (or heard) parents making sounds during EC that cue their baby to go potty? Ever wondered how in the world they do that??? It’s called sound association, and I talk all about how to accomplish it in today’s episode.   Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/225 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
2/21/20239 minutes, 54 seconds
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#224 Getting a young toddler to signal

You’ve heard of young toddlers signaling that they have to go potty, but when it comes to your kiddo, there isn’t a signal in sight! Is there anything you can do to help your LO give you a heads up? Or are you stuck with the silent treatment? Find out in today’s episode, as we discuss what you can do to encourage your toddler to signal for the potty.   Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/224 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
2/14/202312 minutes, 7 seconds
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#223 How do I deal with setbacks after completion?

Your LO is finally potty trained! Or so you thought…. Today Nicole answers questions from two mamas who have run into challenges after their kiddos completed potty training.   Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/223 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 
2/7/202322 minutes, 43 seconds
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#222 All About Poop!

We all know babies poop (a LOT). But what do you do when your baby poops while nursing, in the high chair, only while standing, or in his undies? In today’s episode, Nicole helps 4 mamas problem-solve their poop predicaments.   Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/222 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
1/31/202318 minutes, 48 seconds
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#221 How much play on the potty is too much?

Toys and books can be helpful tools to encourage your kiddo to sit on the potty and stay there… until they become a distraction! Today Nicole breaks down how and when toys can help the process, and what to do when they start to hurt it.   Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/221 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
1/17/202310 minutes, 17 seconds
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#220 Night, Night, Night Potty

Nighttime pottying can be a great addition to your EC practice, but only if it helps everyone get more sleep. In today’s episode, Nicole troubleshoots 3 questions from mamas who want to catch more pees while still catching their z’s.   Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/220 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 
1/10/202315 minutes, 1 second
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#219 How to start EC with a stealth-pooping baby

You want to try EC, but your baby is a sneaky pooper and hates the potty. What do you do? Today Nicole explains how you can still begin EC, and even catch a few poops!    Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/219 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
1/3/202313 minutes, 48 seconds
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#218 How to start potty training

It’s time to start potty training! But wait… HOW? Today Nicole talks about how to start potty training off on the right foot, and shares tips to help the process go more smoothly for everyone.   Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/218 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
12/27/202217 minutes, 38 seconds
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#217 How long should I keep baby on the potty?

You did it! You offered your baby the potty and she peed! But how can you tell if she’s finished? In today’s episode, Nicole will break down how long to keep baby on the potty, plus how to tell if your wee one is, well, done weeing.   Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/217 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
12/20/202214 minutes, 20 seconds
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#216 Teaching “Get to the Potty!”

Your toddler tells you when he needs to pee, but what can you do to teach him to take himself to the potty? In today’s episode, Nicole shares some helpful tips to get your LO moving in the right direction.   Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/216 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 
12/13/202210 minutes, 27 seconds
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#215 Newborn EC with an Older Sibling

Wanting to EC from birth when your newborn arrives, but worried about how you’ll focus with an older sibling at home? We’ve got you (and your baby’s bottom) covered! Today Nicole will share helpful strategies to make EC with your second babe a little easier.    Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/215 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 
12/6/202214 minutes, 13 seconds
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#214 Dribbles After Peeing

Your LO tells you, “all done,” after peeing in the potty, but when she stands up there are extra dribbles. Today Nicole will share some strategies to help get all of the pee *in* the potty.    Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/214 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 
11/29/202214 minutes, 38 seconds
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#213 Starting with a Delayed Newborn

How do you start EC with a newborn who has been in the NICU and may have delays? Today my new guest host, Nicole, will discuss some strategies and considerations for practicing EC with a delayed or special needs child.   Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/213 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 
11/22/202218 minutes, 3 seconds
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#212 "Help! We have complete resistance!" (part 2)

Everything was going just great – what’s up with the sudden resistance? Today I share part 2 of the “what, how and why” of sudden EC resistance, and how you can interpret and respond to it like a parenting pro.   Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/212 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 
11/8/202215 minutes, 57 seconds
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#211 Interview with Melissa Ambrosini about Wholy Mama

Best-selling author Melissa Ambrosini joins me again to share her journey through conception, pregnancy, post-partum & introduction to motherhood. We dive into all the things together and talk about her exciting new course, Wholy Mama and how it came into existence! Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/211 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 
10/25/202236 minutes, 1 second
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#210 "Help! We have complete resistance!" (part 1)

Everything was going just great – what’s up with the sudden resistance? Today on Ask Andrea I share part 1 of the “what, how and why” of sudden EC resistance, and how you can interpret and respond to it like a parenting pro. Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/210 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
10/18/202220 minutes, 4 seconds
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#209 Newborn Cries While Pottying

You’ve looked forward to this experience, but now, baby cries when you offer the potty. What is wrong? Does crying mean EC is a lost cause? Today on Ask Andrea I address the very common experience of newborns crying during pottying and offer tips to make the experience much more comfortable for baby and parent.   Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/209 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
10/11/20228 minutes, 12 seconds
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#208 Boys + EC

EC with boys – is it really that different than doing EC with girls? Boys bring both unique advantages to and a need for creativity with EC. Today on Ask Andrea, I address three common situations (that actually, girls can experience, too) – touching self on the potty, touching pee in the potty, and spraying while peeing. Listen and then weigh in with your insights!   Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/208 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
9/29/202213 minutes, 10 seconds
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#207 What’s More Convenient: EC or Diapers?

Elimination Communication is often perceived as inconvenient. It's different; unknown; potentially...{gasp}...dirty. Today I debunk this myth clearly and calmly, and show how pottying your baby (when started and practiced properly) is actually less mess and time-consuming than dealing with diaper changes. Plus I share my best tips so you can do Elimination Communication with balance, convenience, and sanity intact!   Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/207 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
9/6/202215 minutes, 20 seconds
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#206 Dr. Sears, Diaper Rash & Natural Diaper Rash Treatment

“All babies have diaper rash.” Really? If you, like me, have been around the EC circuit for a while then this claim from Dr. Sears probably has you scratching your head. If you have been diapering full-time and your baby has suffered from diaper rash, listen today for my secret weapon to eliminating (or preventing altogether) diaper rash once and for all.   Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/206 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 
8/30/202219 minutes, 19 seconds
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#205 Why I’m only catching the morning pee (or poo) lately

Ah, the dreaded “potty pause.” Does it really have to sink your EC ship? Today I throw back to the time when 10-month-old Branson hit a full-on potty pause, and share how we sailed through successfully, in four simple steps.   Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/205 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
8/23/202212 minutes, 21 seconds
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#204 How we got Cooper to stop peeing the bed at night at 2.5 years old

You ditched daytime diapers (yay!), now how do you help your child stay dry at night? Today I share a throwback to the time when we were assisting BOTH our 2.5yo and 1yo toward nighttime dryness. Hear all the tools, tips, and troubleshooting of helping Cooper stay dry (and how we made super progress with 1yo Branson, too).   Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/204 Get my free easy start guide for Potty Training at https://godiaperfree.com/starting-potty-training/  Start Potty Training today with my popular Tiny Potty Training Book: https://godiaperfree.com/potty-training-book/ 
8/16/202210 minutes, 9 seconds
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#203 The "dangers" of early potty training

Is it really physically or psychologically damaging to potty train early? Today I share what the evidence actually says about potty training. (Hint: it’s not the message we are getting from the diaper companies.) If you have questions about the “safety” or “appropriateness” of early toilet learning, this one is for you! (Yes, we’re going to unpack the “readiness” issue, too.)   Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/203 Get my free easy start guide for Potty Training at https://godiaperfree.com/starting-potty-training/  Start Potty Training today with my popular Tiny Potty Training Book: https://godiaperfree.com/potty-training-book/ 
8/9/202232 minutes, 16 seconds
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#202 Baby Sleep (that aligns with your parenting style!)

What if your baby doesn’t “sleep like a baby”? Do you have to go “hard-line” or ditch your own intuition just to survive baby and toddlerhood? What if there was a holistic, science-based approach to helping baby (and you) sleep? Today I interview Nicole from the Baby Sleep Site, who shares the gentle approach she has utilized to help 1,000s of babies (and their parents) experience much-needed sleep.   Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/202 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
8/2/202236 minutes, 41 seconds
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#201 Potty Milestones

Would you love a roadmap detailing exactly what developmental + pottying milestone to expect when? Me, too! That’s why I created my new signature programs, and today I’m sharing a sneak peek! Hear when specific developmental milestones from 6 months to 18 months might happen, and how they mesh perfectly with specific pottying milestones (i.e., how they set you up for success!).   Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/201 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 
7/26/20229 minutes, 29 seconds
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#200 Wet Pants!

Wet pants! Today I debunk a common myth about wet pants and share what wet pants actually teach us, how to respond (and stay calm!), and when wet pants may not be okay.   Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/200 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
7/19/20228 minutes, 54 seconds
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#199 The Nature of "Assisting" Babies with the Toilet

Does EC “force” the potty on your baby “before she’s ready”, as some have claimed? Today I unpack Maria Montessori’s groundbreaking philosophy on child development and how it perfectly meshes with the wisdom of generations of EC-ing parents around the globe. Hear how you can help your child build confidence and courage as you implement the Montessori way into EC (and parenting) practice.    Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/199 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 
7/12/202212 minutes, 7 seconds
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#198 How often will my baby pee?

Did you ever wonder how often Baby will pee at any given age? Or how to go about catching it, especially with a newborn who seems to pee every time you blink? Today I share all about common pee (and poo) intervals for the newborn up to 18 month period, as well as a resource for starting solids and my brand-new in-depth roadmaps for your baby’s specific age.   Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/198 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 
7/5/20227 minutes, 46 seconds
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#197 How to Handle Changes as Your Baby Develops

How do we handle the ups and downs of EC with a growing baby? Today I share THREE ways to respond to changes as baby develops plus tools for YOU, the parent, and the magic mindset piece for confidently rolling with change.   Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/197 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
6/28/202212 minutes, 7 seconds
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#196 Regression at Walking

“I thought we were gonna be wrapping it up, but it's the opposite!” What do you do when you hit regression after Baby starts walking? Should you just give up and put her back in diapers? Today I demystify this common EC experience + share several ways to respond and flow with this phase like a pro. Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/196 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 
5/31/20227 minutes, 24 seconds
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#195 Top 10 Most Frustrating Parts of EC

If only EC was always smooth sailing from start to finish! Thankfully, there’s no need to fret about encountering hiccups – I’ve got your back as I unpack the top 10 most frustrating aspects of EC AND how to un-frustrate them.   Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/195 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
5/24/20228 minutes, 31 seconds
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#194 Wrapping Up 2 Kids at Once (not twins!) with Potty Training

Need to ditch diapers with more than one child? Is a two-in-one experience even possible? YES it is, and today I share ALL.THE.STEPS. to wrapping up with two kiddos (of different ages) at the same time. (Yes, you can totally use this method even if you haven’t done any EC!)   Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/194 Get my free easy start guide for potty training at https://godiaperfree.com/starting-potty-training/  Start potty training today with my popular Tiny Potty Training Book: https://godiaperfree.com/potty-training-book/ 
5/17/20229 minutes, 21 seconds
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#193 A Few Thoughts on Nighttime EC

Is it ok to just nurse baby back to sleep in the middle of the night? Or should you offer the potty every time baby stirs? Will you ruin EC if you don’t offer? Will you go crazy with lack of sleep if you do? Today I address a hot topic in the EC community: whether to potty during the night hours or not, and how to go about it (or how not to!) so EVERYONE gets the best sleep possible.   Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/193 Get my free easy start guide for EC https://godiaperfree.com/start Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook 
5/10/202214 minutes, 15 seconds
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#192 What to Expect with EC + Young Toddlers

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)!   Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/192 Get my free easy start guide for EC https://godiaperfree.com/start Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook 
5/3/202213 minutes, 39 seconds
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#191 What to Expect with EC + a Mobile Baby

Does Baby going mobile spell the end of EC? Not a bit! In Part 2 of our 3-part series on “what to expect”, I demystify this super-busy time in Baby’s development and give you a roadmap of just what to expect, when, and how it affects EC (and how it helps make EC successful!)    Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/191 Get my free easy start guide for EC https://godiaperfree.com/start Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook 
4/26/202212 minutes, 19 seconds
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#190 What to Expect with EC in the Newborn Phase

Do you ever wish you had a roadmap for what to expect, developmentally, at baby's different stages, including how it affects EC? Today I’m going to unpack just that, starting with the newborn phase (including a sneak peek at my brand-new newborn program!). This is part one of a three-part series - stay tuned for parts two and three addressing mobile babies + toddlers!   Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/190 Get my free easy start guide for EC https://godiaperfree.com/start Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook
4/19/20228 minutes, 51 seconds
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#189 How to Solve Road Trip Potty Resistance

You've got places to go, places to be – what to do when little ones won't pee?? Today I share all my best tips for road trip potty success so you (and babe) can chillax, get back on the road quickly, and keep the fun in family travel.   Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/189 Get my free easy start guide for EC https://godiaperfree.com/start Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook 
4/12/202215 minutes, 11 seconds
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#188 Interview with Dr. Bob Sears

Dr. Bob Sears, board-certified pediatrician and I discuss childhood vaccination schedules in light of Pfizer's renewed application for EUA of their controversial injection for babies 6 months to 5 years. Hear Dr. Bob’s nearly three-decades of experience with children’s health issues and his perspective on how to raise healthy kids in today's increasingly toxic world. Wherever you stand on this issue (even if you're not sure), as parents we have the right to do our due diligence and make the choices that are best for our own families, without coercion, without shaming. Unfortunately, much of the information out there is one-sided, so this episode is meant to balance that so you can make an INFORMED decision regarding your own family. As you know, I am allllll about sovereignty and raising children naturally. That’s what pottying our babies from birth is truly rooted in! So although this episode is “different,” Dr Bob and I make lots of references to this style of parenting throughout the interview. Hope you enjoy this fresh, well-researched perspective!   PLEASE NOTE: If this topic is sensitive for you, I highly recommend listening in full or skipping this episode altogether. I strongly believe this decision is each person's to make, for themselves and their children, and I have no judgment for your choice in the end. My goal is to decrease division, actually. Right now we really need each other, so if you have done your due diligence and we end up disagreeing, no worries, no judgment. I just feel this is a very important and timely, almost urgent, topic, and I hope you enjoy the information.   Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/188 Get my free easy start guide for EC https://godiaperfree.com/start Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook 
4/8/20221 hour, 22 minutes, 51 seconds
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#187 Ashley Yeh: Montessori + EC

Ashley Yeh, NAMC-certified Montessori guide, shares how the Montessori method brings order, peace, and confidence to children and their families. Hear Ashley's EC story and how Montessori and EC maximize potty learning success (spoiler: Ashley did not practice EC full time!)   Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/187 Get my free easy start guide for EC https://godiaperfree.com/start Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook
3/29/202241 minutes, 18 seconds
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#186 Meg Faure on Unlocking Sensory Personalities

Meg Faure, Occupational Therapist and infant specialist, shares how parents can go from surviving to thriving by understanding their child's sensory personality and how that affects sleep, feeding, health, play – and EC!   Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/186 Get my free easy start guide for EC https://godiaperfree.com/start Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook  
3/22/202254 minutes, 34 seconds
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#185 100% eyes-on-potty at all times??

Everything was going great; you knew Baby's timing like clockwork! But now when you offer the potty, she arches her back and squiggles like she's done before she's even started!  What to do with a baby you know has to go and won't?? Hear what causes potty time “resistance” and four solutions to roll with it like a pro!   Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/185 Get my free easy start guide for EC https://godiaperfree.com/start Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook
3/15/202210 minutes, 52 seconds
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#184 Multitasking house chores with EC

How in the world do you get anything done around the house AND and also potty your babe...and not end up with a giant mess on the floor?? Today I'm sharing super-actionable steps to simplify your EC and home-keeping routine (and experience more wins with both, in the process).   Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/184 Get my free easy start guide for EC https://godiaperfree.com/start Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook 
3/8/202213 minutes, 31 seconds
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#183 When it's hard to find the right balance with EC

Do you have a hard time finding balance with all.the.things EC (or parenting??)? You want the best start for your baby, but you feel like if you have to catch (or miss) one more pee, you're gonna go crazy? If this is you, STOP RIGHT NOW for my best advice for recognizing out-of-balance signals plus two super-simple ways to restore balance in EC (and parenting!).   Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/183 Get my free easy start guide for EC https://godiaperfree.com/start Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook
3/1/20227 minutes, 40 seconds
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#182 Baby plays with potty and doesn't sit on it

Feeding, pottying, sleeping (and the lack thereof!) - it can feel like everything is new with a new baby! Here's how to take EC from feeling like “too much” to being the golden element in your new baby's rhythm.    Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/180 Get my free easy start guide for EC https://godiaperfree.com/start Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook  
2/22/202211 minutes, 50 seconds
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#181 Freedom Schooling

Have you wanted to check out homeschooling but wondered how to fit “all the things” into your already busy days? Are you worried you won't be able to juggle multiple kids, or toddlers in the mix? Need help navigating your state's regulations (or even where to find them?)? You do NOT want to miss this JAM-PACKED interview!!   Peggy and I share how ANYONE, ANYWHERE can start giving their child/ren the gift of an empowering, engaging, life-long learning experience RIGHT NOW. (This is the SAME method I use with my kids, while also running three businesses!) And yes, we answer the socialization question! PLEASE NOTE: I staunchly believe that parents are the best people to decide what's in their own childrens' best interests. Peggy (and yours truly!) touch quite a bit on FREEDOM in this episode, including how that relates to all the stuff that's been a huge part of everyone's life, lately. If those topics aren't your cup of tea, feel free to skip listening to the episode and jump right to the resource section for all the links homeschooling, curriculum, focus time, and work-from-home! No hard feelings, no judgment. Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/181 Get my free easy start guide for EC https://godiaperfree.com/start Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook
2/16/202248 minutes, 40 seconds
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#180.5 Interview Maureen McDonnell of mamm.org

Maureen McDonnell, RN, founder of Millions Against Medical Mandates and I discuss Pfizer's recent application (and surprising withdrawal) for EUA of their injection for babies 6 months to 5 years. If you have been concerned with the spiking accounts of side effects of the injection, DROP EVERYTHING and listen in! Wherever you stand on this issue (even if you're not sure), as parents we have the right to do our due diligence and make the choices that are best for our own families, without coercion, without shaming. Unfortunately, much of the information out there is one-sided, so this episode is meant to balance that so you can make an INFORMED decision regarding your own family. As you know, I am allllll about sovereignty and raising children naturally. That’s what pottying our babies from birth is truly rooted in! So although this episode is “different,” Maureen and I make lots of references to this style of parenting throughout the interview. Hope you enjoy this fresh, well-researched perspective! PLEASE NOTE: If this topic is sensitive for you, I highly recommend listening in full or skipping this episode altogether. I strongly believe this decision is each person's to make, for themselves and their children, and I have no judgment for your choice in the end. My goal is to decrease division, actually. Right now we really need each other, so if you have done your due diligence and we end up disagreeing, no worries, no judgment. I just feel this is a very important and timely, almost urgent, topic, and I hope you enjoy the information. Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/180.5 Get my free easy start guide for EC https://godiaperfree.com/start Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook   Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/180.5 Get my free easy start guide for EC https://godiaperfree.com/start Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook  
2/12/202257 minutes, 19 seconds
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#180 Melissa Ambrosini on doing Elimination Communication with her baby

Best-selling author Melissa Ambrosini shares her EC and first-time motherhood journey, including the hardest part (and how she overcame it!), her favorite EC tool, and her best piece of wisdom for new and seasoned mamas alike on EC, motherhood, and life!   Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/180 Get my free easy start guide for EC https://godiaperfree.com/start Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook 
2/8/20221 hour, 8 minutes, 59 seconds
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#179 I know she has to go and won’t

Everything was going great; you knew Baby's timing like clockwork! But now when you offer the potty, she arches her back and squiggles like she's done before she's even started!    What to do with a baby you know has to go and won't?? Hear what causes potty time “resistance” and four solutions to roll with it like a pro!   Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/179 Get my free easy start guide for EC https://godiaperfree.com/start Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook
2/1/202212 minutes, 7 seconds
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#178 Overwhelm Starting at 8 weeks old

Feeding, pottying, sleeping (and the lack thereof!) - it can feel like everything is new with a new baby! Here's how to take EC from feeling like “too much” to being the golden element in your new baby's rhythm.    Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/178 Get my free easy start guide for EC https://godiaperfree.com/start Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook
1/25/20229 minutes, 3 seconds
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#177 Getting Caregivers to Consistently EC

What do you do when your babysitter gives you a weird look about EC? How can you give caregivers the tools and confidence to practice EC with your child even when you're not around? Listen for THE thing to do plus tips for setting your child's caregiver up for success!   Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/177 Get my free easy start guide for EC https://godiaperfree.com/start Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook 
1/18/202211 minutes, 36 seconds
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#176 Newborn Poops While Nursing

That look, that grunt...right smack in the middle of breastfeeding (or bottle feeding). What is an EC-ing mama to do with poops during a feed? Learn why this happens, how to prevent it (yay!) and three ways to handle poops during breastfeeding.   Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/176 Get my free easy start guide for EC https://godiaperfree.com/start Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook  
1/14/202212 minutes, 20 seconds
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#175 Picky Eaters 101 (+ Helping Your Little Kids Eat Healthy!)

Dietician mom Jennifer thought she knew ALL the tricks to healthy eating...until her son refused to eat what she served!  Hear how Jennifer met experience with expertise and refreshed her family's feeding strategy....and how you, too, can take the power struggles out of feeding and give your kids a healthy relationship with food!   Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/175 Get my free easy start guide for EC https://godiaperfree.com/start Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook 
1/4/202259 minutes, 20 seconds
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#174 The Purpose of a Pottytunity

What are pottytunities and when can you use them in your EC or potty training journey? Hear about the practice EC parents rave about as “EC magic”, including four easy options to try today – and even what to do when a pottytunity doesn't “work.”    Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/174 Get my free easy start guide for EC https://godiaperfree.com/start Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook  
12/28/20218 minutes, 29 seconds
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#173 How Shayla did EC with her baby

When a friend told new-mom Shayla she should check out EC, Shayla said, “what on earth is that?” Hear Shayla’s EC journey (including the surprise pregnancy that started it all), her best EC hacks, plus loads of fun as Shayla and Andrea chat all things motherhood - ovulation cycles, childbirth, potty training - and of course, EC!   Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/173 Get my free easy start guide for EC https://godiaperfree.com/start Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook 
12/21/202139 minutes, 38 seconds
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#172 Mama Posture + Back Pain While Pottying Your Baby

You get the signal, you scoop up your babe, you're in position over the sink and cueing...but ugh, Baby is heavy! Is struggling with in-arms pottying a rite of passage with EC or is there a better way? Listen for how to avoid back (and wrist!) pain while pottying an in-arms baby (plus posture tips for nursing and using the top hat potty!)   Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/172 Get my free easy start guide for EC at https://godiaperfree.com/start Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook 
12/14/202113 minutes, 28 seconds
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#171 How to Solve Potty Resistance During Wrap-up

Your EC experience was going great until you started to pass the baton. Then, wham, resistance! What does this mean? Is the process doomed to failure? Should you just “wait until they're ready”? Listen to hear why resistance happens during wrap-up, two tools to solve it, and how to tweak your mindset for the smoothest experience possible. Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/171 Wrap up EC with your 12-18 month old with the Hybrid Plan included in Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook   Start potty training your 18+ month old today with the Tiny Potty Training Book: https://godiaperfree.com/potty-training-book 
12/7/202116 minutes, 12 seconds
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#170 Biological Sleep + Reclaiming Parenthood without Fear (plus EC!)

Sleep – we all know we need it, but how to get it with a baby or toddler? Should you “sleep train”? What if it doesn't feel right? Who do you turn to for advice?  Today I chat with Taylor Kulik, Sleep & Well-being Specialist, who unpacks how reclaiming our intuition around biological sleep yields improved wellness (and sleep!) for babies and their parents. If you've been looking for help with baby sleep, you don't want to miss today's podcast! Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/170 Get my free easy start guide for EC https://godiaperfree.com/start Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook  
12/1/202137 minutes, 28 seconds
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#169 How Early Can I Start Potty Training?

Is it ok to start potty training “early” and how early is too early? What about “readiness”? How long should the process take?  Today we'll also explore the decision facing us: do we do potty training, early potty training, or this thing called “elimination communication?” What age you can start, what to expect and what tools you need for a successful experience for you and your child. Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/169 Get my free easy start guide for Potty Training at https://godiaperfree.com/starting-potty-training/  Start Potty Training today with Andrea's popular Tiny Potty Training Book: https://godiaperfree.com/potty-training-book/  
11/23/202118 minutes, 44 seconds
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#168 How I learned about Elimination Communication

Today I share the story behind it all! How I learned about elimination communication as a natural alternative to diapers and toilet training. Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/168 Get my free easy start guide for EC at https://godiaperfree.com/start Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook 
11/16/202115 minutes, 42 seconds
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#167 Inconsistency in Potty Training!

Your toddler goes to the toilet willingly today, but pees his pants all day tomorrow. He tells you when he needs to go pee all week, and the following week...nothing. What gives with all the potty training inconsistency?! 🤷‍♀️ If YOU are experiencing inconsistency in potty training your toddler, have no fear. There is both a reason for this AND a fix for it! Today we’ll cover why toddlers (and parents) become inconsistent during potty training AND what we can do about it. You will hear: The first step to fixing inconsistency (it’s both hard and simple!) What inconsistency will derail How to become consistent, even if you use a daycare WHY children are all over the place with potty training What lack of interest and inconsistent cooperation REALLY means The fix for this issue Two bonus suggestions that will get you consistent in EVERY area of parenting, from today forward! Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/167 Get my free easy start guide for EC at https://godiaperfree.com/start Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook   
11/9/202110 minutes, 48 seconds
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#166 Dealing with Inconsistency in Elimination Communication

If you are finding major inconsistencies in elimination communication, today’s show is 100% for you. Today I cover both of these situations, in full: You not being consistent in offering your baby the potty and Your baby not consistently telling you he needs to go, cooperating in going, or showing an interest in using the toilet If you have experienced either of these situations, great!👌 In today’s show, you will hear: My #1 tip to get back into consistent potty time with your baby The one woo-woo thing you MUST do to get back with it 😂 How to make infant potty time a HABIT with your baby Examples of events that you can “peg” this new habit to Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/166 Get my free easy start guide for EC at https://godiaperfree.com/start Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook 
11/2/202112 minutes, 56 seconds
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#165 Our Common Enemy

Our Common Enemy. We're gonna chat about how the cards are stacked against us in this diapering culture, and how best to WIN big with Elimination Communication, from as early as birth, despite this culture!   Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here:  https://godiaperfree.com/165 Get my free easy start guide for EC at https://godiaperfree.com/start Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook 
10/27/202115 minutes, 58 seconds
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#164 Night-time EC: Tips & tricks to help you and your baby sleep better

Today’s episode is a guest post from one of our certified coaches, Maja, and it’s all about nighttime EC. Here’s a snippet: “In one of the articles I stumbled upon when my daughter was around 6 months old, the author claimed that children pee in between the sleep cycles and that some babies dislike soiling themselves so much it makes them cry and fuss. I immediately felt that this could be it for us, but the idea of getting up to offer the potty at night, on top of everything else, seemed like a nightmare - and like a sure way to spend even less time sleeping. Little did I know that this was exactly what we needed to improve our sleep! I hit rock bottom at about 9 months old, recalled this article, and tried to give it a go - figuring out the how-to’s as we went, which I’ll lay out right now.”   Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/164 Get my free easy start guide for EC at https://godiaperfree.com/start Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook 
10/19/202112 minutes, 20 seconds
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#163 Babyled Weaning - Interview with Katie Ferraro

Welcome to the show! So, if you’ve been here for any length of time, you know that I do NOT interview people on my podcast. However. Katie Ferraro interviewed me about elimination communication for her podcast, Baby-led Weaning Made Easy, a few weeks ago. It was SO Good that I felt compelled to share HER topic, babyled weaning or BLW, with y’all on my podcast! EC and BLW play very nicely together and fall under that same parenting umbrella of: hey, respect my natural biology and rhythms and listen to me, mom! Learn about Baby-led Weaning TODAY in our super-fun interview!   Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here:  https://godiaperfree.com/163   Get my free easy start guide for EC at https://godiaperfree.com/start Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook 
10/14/202130 minutes, 59 seconds
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#162 Potty Liberation

Today’s episode is a guest post from our Cerified Coach Emily in NY. A snippet: “Here's the thing. Putting babies on potties was common practice up until the 1950s. Way back when, parents did anything they could to avoid washing poopy cloth diapers. Although disposable diapers are undoubtedly the norm in the US today, I’d say it’s also still pretty normal - not that “fringe” or “crunchy” - to want to avoid changing them. So on that basis alone, I contest that we need to bring EC back into the mainstream, where it belongs, and where it has traditionally and historically been.” Hear the rest of Emily’s contribution to our podcast here today! Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/162 Get my free easy start guide for EC at https://godiaperfree.com/start Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook 
10/5/202110 minutes, 9 seconds
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#161 RIE + EC - do they mix

Over the years I’ve been approached by many, many parents who are practicing RIE - which is a form of respectful parenting that focuses on not interrupting a baby’s play - about whether elimination communication complements or contradicts it.   Most of these parents were convinced that EC would be disrespectful, considered an unnecessary “interruption” to baby’s play that would interfere with their proper development.   Hmm. Well, I disagree with this. I actually believe the two practices are quite compatible, so I decided to finally research RIE and lay it all out for y’all!   Today I’m going to go through, point by point, RIE’s Basic Principles to demonstrate where EC and RIE align nicely...and where they may not.   I also want to introduce you to the lovely idea of RIE! If you haven’t heard of it, I hope you learn something new today.   Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/161 Get my free easy start guide for EC at https://godiaperfree.com/start Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook 
9/28/202117 minutes, 45 seconds
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#160 The Unexpected Benefits of Early Potty Training

Today’s episode is a guest post from Go Diaper Free Certified Coach Tracy Gillett, who blogs at Raised Good and teaches parents EC (and many other things) in the Vancouver area of British Columbia, Canada. Here’s an excerpt: “I read about Elimination Communication (EC). It blew my mind. I remember my husband’s raised eyebrows when I told him about it. Was this a step too far? Could a helpless little baby seriously pee in a potty? But it made sense. And it felt natural. After all we’re the only species in the animal kingdom using diapers. It didn’t take much to convince us. We were intrigued and had to try it. But something I read didn't make sense. The suggestion was that the most important element of EC isn't actually potty training but, communication.   What were they talking about?, I wondered.   In our fast paced, have-everything-now world, isn’t the purpose of EC to reach potty independence quickly? To reach the finish line, avoid misses, and get out of diapers as soon as humanly possible?    That’s what I assumed. But I was wrong.”   Enjoy the rest of Tracy’s story in today’s episode!   Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/160 Get my free easy start guide for EC at https://godiaperfree.com/start Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook
9/21/20215 minutes, 20 seconds
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#159 Gassy/Fussy Babies

Anyone who’s tried to decode their newborn baby’s various cries and fusses knows that it can be virtually impossible! Is baby hungry? Tired? Cold? Uncomfortable? In pain? (Or, for those of us doing elimination communication: does baby have to go potty and wants the diaper removed first??)   However, what if your baby cries and fusses ALL the time?? You set her down, she fusses within moments. Won’t nap without being worn in the baby carrier, won’t sleep unless you heroically rock her for 45 minutes straight, will cry if the car is not racing down the road...   If this sounds familiar, figuring out EC signals inside all those fusses can be crazy-making.   Today I’m gonna give you some advice I’ve given several mamas over the years, and something that I didn’t truly and FULLY decode until after my 5th baby, Twyla, was born a few years ago.   Here are 5 reasons for fussiness/gassiness in your baby, and a quick note on how to resolve each of them.   Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/159 Get my free easy start guide for EC at https://godiaperfree.com/start Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook 
9/14/202112 minutes, 22 seconds
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#158 Using EC for...your menstrual cycle??

How to catch your menstrual blood in the toilet without using a tampon or pad?? Wha???   I, thinking I was the ONLY one who did this, have also been “catching” my monthly cycle in the toilet every night for about the past 2 years. So, when Jenn told me she wanted to write this article, I couldn’t believe I wasn’t the only one applying Elimination Communication (or infant potty training) principles to my moon cycle!   Without further ado, here is Jenn’s article on how she catches her menstrual blood in the toilet instead of elsewhere...and how that relates to EC.   Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/158 Get my free easy start guide for EC at https://godiaperfree.com/start Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook 
9/7/202111 minutes, 31 seconds
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#157 Encouragement

Today I’m gonna share a bunch of testimonials from mamas (and one daddy) who’ve done Elimination Communication and/or potty training with their babies, using the Go Diaper Free resources as their guide. These are amazing and I hope that they both warm your heart and inspire you just like they do for me. Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/157 Get my free easy start guide for EC at https://godiaperfree.com/start Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook 
8/31/202135 minutes, 35 seconds
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#156 Successful Potty Training with your Daycare

Parents, you may be wondering how to be successful at potty training while your child is in daycare much of the day. For most parents these days, some type of childcare is part of their child’s week. Whether its grandma’s house, a dayhome/in-home daycare, full or part-time daycare, or even a drop-in at the gym…. So how do you potty-train while your child is in someone else’s care? There was a time, not so long ago that daycares took some responsibility over potty-training, or even led the process completely. What do we do to get daycares to support potty training NOW?? Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/156 Get my free easy start guide for EC at https://godiaperfree.com/start Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook 
8/24/20217 minutes, 52 seconds
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#155 Kaiva's story - 11 years later!

My oldest son turns 11 years old this week!! He’s always been the “star” of my book and videos, bringing EC to the world in a big way (and he’s proud of it!). In celebration of this wonderful event, I’d like to share a little bit about how I believe doing elimination communication with him, from birth, has impacted his life as a now pre-teen. As part of today’s show, I would also like to encourage you to listen to Kaiva’s full EC story in episode 11 of the Go Diaper Free Podcast at godiaperfree.com/11. Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/155 Get my free easy start guide for EC at https://godiaperfree.com/start Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook 
8/17/20217 minutes, 35 seconds
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#154 How EC Helped Ease My Mommy Guilt

Today’s episode is about mommy guilt. And how elimination communication can soften the guilt...even if you have to leave your baby every day to work outside the home! Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/154 Get my free easy start guide for EC at https://godiaperfree.com/start Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook 
8/10/20215 minutes, 15 seconds
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#153 Disposables vs compostables vs cloth diapers

Today we’re going to have a lively debate: what is the best diaper for elimination communication? Are disposable diapers okay for elimination communication, or should they be avoided at all costs? Do you have to commit to cloth diapers to make elimination communication successful? (OMG major overwhelm!) Do compostable diapers even work? (Or do they fall apart right when the pee hits them?!) I’m going to unveil the mystery of “which diaper to use for elimination communication” (or infant potty training) right now. Keep in mind: With elimination communication, diapers are used as a “back-up,” not a full-time toilet We are only using diapers for 12-18 months with elimination communication, versus 3-4 years if you’re doing conventional toilet training. With that in mind, let’s go through the pros and cons and, at the end of today’s show, I’ll make my recommendation! Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/153 Get my free easy start guide for EC at https://godiaperfree.com/start Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook 
8/3/202113 minutes, 31 seconds
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#152 How To Start Your EC Day Right

You know those days where everything (including EC) just doesn’t go right from the beginning? How about, instead, those days where everything (including EC!) seems to flow just about perfectly? What?!? You mean you don’t have those? Well, I’m here to tell you how to create those kinds of days from the get-go. Todays’ episode is a guest post from Jen, our Certified Coach in Apple Valley, CA. Enjoy! Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/152 Get my free easy start guide for EC at https://godiaperfree.com/start Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook 
7/27/20217 minutes, 46 seconds
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#151 Now crawling, more misses

Today we’ve got another question from, not one, but TWO of our Go Diaper Free readers from the US and Thailand. It’s all about what do I do if my baby poops or pees in her pants because she’s started crawling? This is another super-common problem that warrants a deeper answer...let’s do it! Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/151 Get my free easy start guide for EC at https://godiaperfree.com/start Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook 
7/20/202111 minutes, 58 seconds
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#150 The Whole Nine Yards? EC for working mums/families

In today’s guest post, Caroline (one of our German EC coaches) considers the sum of job + household + kids + sudden unforeseen adventures that all in all seem to leave too little time or energy for more…. Does this sound familiar? Have you caught yourself facing the same challenge: that you cannot possibly match EC with your current lifestyle? Then please listen to today’s show...there might be a surprisingly easy (and motivating :)) answer to how to do elimination communication with very little time...especially while being a working mom or dad. Today, Caroline will explore how we can fit in part-time elimination communication into our already-busy lives as working parents. Enjoy and be sure to get the full show notes and add your comments or questions here when you’re done listening: https://godiaperfree.com/150 Get my free easy start guide for EC at https://godiaperfree.com/start Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook 
7/13/202111 minutes, 15 seconds
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#149 My baby hates sitting on the potty but always pees outside easily. What should I do?

Today’s episode is about a very, very common issue with elimination communication: My baby hates sitting on the potty but always pees outside easily. What should I do? Today we’ll answer this reader’s question...and get your baby using the inside potty or toilet within days or weeks. Because getting a baby who loves peeing outdoors to use the inside potty is priceless! Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/149 Get my free easy start guide for EC at https://godiaperfree.com/start Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook 
7/6/202110 minutes, 3 seconds
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#148 Confession: Why I Potty Trained My Son at 15-Months-Old

Today’s episode is a guest post from Robin Kinney, our EC Coach in Madison, Wisconsin. I love how Robin has learned how to weave EC with potty training and I hope you are inspired by her story! How bending the rules, believing in your child, and finding the right kind of support can make all the difference in your potty training experience...why I potty trained my son at 15-months-old. Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/148 Get my free easy start guide for EC at https://godiaperfree.com/start Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook 
7/1/20218 minutes, 49 seconds
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#147 What Would an Indigenous Person Say About Pottying Their Baby?

What would an indigenous person say about pottying their baby? How do babies go diaper free in indigenous cultures? Do babies even wear diapers in intact communities and third world countries? Today I answer Emily’s question about the attitudes indigenous women have toward pottying their babies in third world countries...and I try to pull together the pieces of what we know today. Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/147 Get my free easy start guide for EC at https://godiaperfree.com/start Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook 
6/22/202113 minutes, 35 seconds
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#146 I’m getting a divorce

Today, I have news: I am getting a divorce. Surprise! I’m sharing about my divorce today to connect with you in a real way, be witnessed by our beautiful community, address how YOU might ground your potty routines in the midst of a big transition, and to share what I’m calling into my life now (and ask for your prayers and blessings on it). I made a fun FAQ for our divorce to sort of address it in a humorous way...enjoy and please, be happy for all of us, if you can. Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/146 Get my free easy start guide for EC at https://godiaperfree.com/start Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook 
6/15/202117 minutes, 31 seconds
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#145 How to EC an Extremely Fussy Baby

Today I share about “How to EC an Extremely Fussy Baby”...to help you figure out WHY your baby is so fussy in the first place, what works in terms of doing EC anyway, and, overall, how to manage this difficult wrench in the perfect wheel of “I’m totally doing EC from birth.” This is how to do elimination communication if your newborn baby is fussy! Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/145 Get my free easy start guide for EC at https://godiaperfree.com/start Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook
6/8/202121 minutes, 25 seconds
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#144 Potty Training after Elimination Communication (does it make you a failure?)

Are you a failure if you wrap up elimination communication with potty training?? Our guest post today is from Ariane, one of our certified coaches who started EC at 3 months and, at 22 months, was ashamed that she had to wrap it up with potty training. She shares her story today...and it’s quite inspiring! I also share at the end how to avoid having to wrap up elimination communication with potty training (but sometime’s it’s just inevitable!). Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/144 Get my free easy start guide for EC at https://godiaperfree.com/start Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook 
6/3/202112 minutes
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#143 Pros and Cons of Starting EC with a Young Toddler

Today I’m sharing the audio from my video on the Pros and Cons of Starting EC with a Young Toddler. You can watch the video over on the Go Diaper Free YouTube Channel, or listen to it today, right here and now! This episode is sponsored by my Wrapping Up EC minicourse, which will teach you how to complete what you’ve started with my book, Go Diaper Free. These two will set you up with success to start and finish ECing your young toddler within the 12-18 month span. Visit godiaperfree.com/wrapup to sign up for that class. You can also read the written transcript of todays’ show over at godiaperfree.com/143 where I’ll also conveniently link to all the things I mention in today’s episode. I’ll also be replying to comments over there, so come on by when you’re finished learning about the pros and cons of starting elimination communication with a young toddler (just walking, like one year old)! Get my free easy start guide for EC at https://godiaperfree.com/start Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook
5/25/20218 minutes, 17 seconds
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#142 What is the one thing you would tell people to keep in mind when doing EC?

One of my fave readers asked me many years ago: What is the one thing you would tell people to keep in mind when doing elimination communication? And my answer hasn’t changed much since the first time I wrote this way back when: The most important thing I can share with people about elimination communication is...found in today’s episode! Including practical ideas of how to make EC great. Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/142 Get my free easy start guide for EC at https://godiaperfree.com/start Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook 
5/18/20218 minutes, 29 seconds
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#141 Pros and Cons of Starting EC with a Mobile Baby

Today I’m sharing the audio from my video on the Pros and Cons of Starting EC with a Mobile Baby. (Listen to episode 139 on Newborns if you haven’t already.) You can watch the video over on the Go Diaper Free YouTube Channel, or listen to it today, right here and now! This episode is sponsored by Getting Back on Track with EC, my minicourse on restarting EC (or starting EC from scratch) with a mobile baby. This combined with my book, Go Diaper Free, will set you up with success to start ECing your mobile baby in the most effective way. Visit godiaperfree.com/backontrack to sign up for that class. You can also read the written transcript of today's show over at godiaperfree.com/141 where I’ll also conveniently link to all the things I mention in today’s episode. I’ll also be replying to comments over there, so come on by when you’re finished learning about the pros and cons of starting elimination communication with a mobile baby! Get my free easy start guide for EC at https://godiaperfree.com/start Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook
5/11/20217 minutes, 59 seconds
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#140 How do I get my baby to shift his morning poo to a slightly later time?

So what do you do if your baby poops REALLY early every single morning? YOU want to get more sleep. I’ve been there. But BABY has other plans. Poop plans. Today I answer this very question from a reader in Arkansas. Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/140 Get my free easy start guide for EC at https://godiaperfree.com/start Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook
5/4/20215 minutes, 33 seconds
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#139 Pros and Cons of Starting EC with a Newborn Baby

Today I’m sharing the audio from my video on the Pros and Cons of Starting EC with a Newborn Baby. You can watch the video over on the Go Diaper Free YouTube Channel, or listen to it today, right here and now! This episode is sponsored by Baby Meets Potty, my newborn minicourse. This combined with my book, Go Diaper Free, will set you up with success to start ECing right at or after the birth of your baby. The minicourse has lots of footage of me ECing all 5 of my babies within minutes, hours, days, and weeks of their births. This is truly the only way to learn EC from the start. Visit godiaperfree.com/newborn to sign up for that class. You can also read the written transcript of todays’ show over at godiaperfree.com/139 where I’ll also conveniently link to all the things I mention in today’s episode. I’ll also be replying to comments over there, so come on by when you’re finished! Get my free easy start guide for EC at https://godiaperfree.com/start Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook 
4/27/20216 minutes, 57 seconds
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#138 How to have an undisturbed, and maybe even unassisted, birth

If you’re curious about freebirth 🤰 today’s show is definitely for you. Yeah, this isn’t EC or potty training, but it’s related. Because HOW your baby comes into the world MATTERS. Even if you don’t think you’d EVER have the GUTS to birth unassisted, I will share how our 9 core freebirth principles can be applied to ANY BIRTH, at home or in hospital, with or without a caregiver. 🤙 I’ve had two of my five babies unassisted and they were amazing, satisfying, and unbelievably smooth. This is how to have a freebirth. Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/138 Get on the waitlist for my newest book, Brave New Birth, at bravenewbirth.com. Coming end of April 2021. Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook 
4/20/202125 minutes, 48 seconds
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#137 Why (& How) We Skipped Naked Observation Time

When you're getting started with elimination communication, observation time is a crucial component. However, our Certified Coach Natalie Robbins would go so far to say naked observation time can actually be avoided entirely. Naked time CAN be a great tool for getting to know your newborn baby's signals, and especially helpful if you are starting with an older baby or potty training, to sweep that mini potty underneath them mid-pee. But if it's too cold to leave your baby undressed, or maybe you aren't too keen on the potential mess, you'll be glad to learn that you may be able to avoid naked observation without hindering the observation process. Today, Natalie shares five equally-effective alternatives to naked observation time so you can learn your baby's signals and jumpstart or improve your EC practice. She’ll also reveal several reasons why you may choose to skip naked time, like they did, and peek into their thought process around the whole thing. Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/137 Get my free easy start guide for EC at https://godiaperfree.com/start Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook 
4/13/202114 minutes, 40 seconds
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#136 5 Reasons to stick with the Potty Training Plan (even if you want to quit!)

Today’s show is a guest post from our Certified Coach, Kate Falk, about 5 Reasons to stick with the Potty Training Plan (even if you want to quit!) and 5 Tips for getting through the hard parts. Kate offers A LOT of elimination communication and potty training classes and consultations and gets A LOT of parents who are ready to give up on potty training. The number one reason clients schedule a consultation with her is that they’re frustrated by potty training and/or they can’t make sense of how to progress through the potty training process. They want to quit potty training because yes, potty training can be super challenging, at least parts of it. But somewhere deep down, the clients sense there’s a light at the end of the tunnel, even if they currently don’t see it, and that potty independence is a possibility. Today’s show contains what Kate has culled from many years of potty training coaching. She’s going to share WHY you should stick with potty training (even when you want to quit) and exactly how to get through the most challenging parts of potty training. (You may be reassured to know the majority of families who’ve done our Potty Training Plan had very similar questions and concerns. Parents got stuck on the same issues, and fortunately, the advice on how to proceed works for most families! Let’s get YOU unstuck, too.) Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/136 Get my free 3 day potty training primer at https://godiaperfree.com/starting-potty-training/  Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook 
4/6/202112 minutes, 57 seconds
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#135 Encouraging Independent Play

Today I’ve got a special guest on the show: Avital from The Parenting Junkie. She teaches parents how to love parenting and parent from love. We’re going to talk about the importance of independent play for babies and toddlers, and how helping your baby play independently makes elimination communication and early potty training so much easier. Today we’re discussing the importance of independent play, and how you can start folding this invaluable, sanity-building practice into your parenting today...with babies as young as newborn! This is a game-changer for new moms and dads, y’all, and completely in alignment with elimination communication and early potty training (because the goal there is independence as well!). Enjoy! Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/135 Get my free easy start guide for EC at https://godiaperfree.com/start Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook
3/30/202136 minutes, 58 seconds
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#134 Starting Elimination Communication at 2 years old

Today I’m going to answer a question from one of our readers: can I start Elimination Communication at 2 years old? Is Elimination Communication (EC) age-appropriate for older toddlers, or should we skip it and do something else at 2 years old, regarding potty training or otherwise? Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/134 Get my free easy start guide for EC at https://godiaperfree.com/start Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook
3/23/202111 minutes, 11 seconds
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#133 Privacy on the potty

Tell me if this has happened to you: Your baby has been using the potty fine and all of the sudden is resistant and won’t sit on the potty, perhaps peeing on the floor 5 minutes later or in the diaper soon after the pottytunity has ended. She fusses and you get nervous that you’re doing the wrong thing. Does EC work? Is my mother-in-law right? Am I permanently damaging my baby? Why is she screaming and trying to run away? So much second-guessing! The thing is, this is pretty normal. It’s a sign. Today we’re going to discuss why your baby is really resisting the potty, and how to give your baby the thing he’s screaming so loudly for - privacy on the potty - but doesn’t know quite how to say it yet! Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/133 Get my free easy start guide for EC at https://godiaperfree.com/start Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook 
3/16/202111 minutes, 45 seconds
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#132 No mo' diapers

If you're one of those who was caught between shopping trips and other parents got to the diapers and wipes aisle first, this is my heart-into-action for you: what you can do if you're running out of diapers. We will discuss options to use fewer diapers for younger babies and also a couple options for toddlers who are newly walking. We also have some energy-saving tips for laundering cloth diapers on the cheap. So, if the store has run out of diapers, do these things! This is a guest post from our Certified Coach Laura Durkee in Lima, Ohio...we’ll be answering comments over on the blog post after the show (see link below)!   Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/132 Get my free easy start guide for EC at https://godiaperfree.com/start Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook 
3/9/202110 minutes, 25 seconds
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#131 How parents are ruining the environment

This is a little letter that I wrote to parents several months ago. I think it was around Earth Day, around when we do Go Diaper Free Week every year. And it started off as a bit of a rant, but it turned into this sort of productive thing: What can we do about the fact that we parents are one of the largest groups of people who are ruining the environment? Not that it's entirely our fault - because we were raised in a diapering culture, and this is all we know. But when we know better, hopefully by the end of today's episode, we can make some changes. I'm going to give you some challenges at the end, so stick around for that. Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/131 Get my free easy start guide for EC at https://godiaperfree.com/start Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook 
3/2/202110 minutes, 31 seconds
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#130 The gentlest form of respectful parenting

Today is a guest post from our Certified Coach, Maru, from London. She shares: If you, like me, follow a gentle and respectful parenting approach, you might be confused about whether EC is part of this or not. Two of the most popular US and UK gentle & respectful parenting guides (Sarah Ockwell Smith and Janet Lansbury) are not big fans of EC (but what I’ve found is that they have a very superficial understanding of it).  What could be more respectful than responding to your baby’s non-verbal communications? With everything happening around the world today, it’s time to become more open minded about what is normal in other cultures. Today she shares more about this very important observation: that elimination communication is THE most respectful practice of natural parenting. Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/130 Get my free easy start guide for EC at https://godiaperfree.com/start Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook
2/23/20216 minutes, 16 seconds
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#129 How to tell a brand new mom about elimination communication

In today’s episode, I'm going to teach you how to talk about Elimination Communication. I'm going to model it by sharing how I tell new moms about EC. And for all you new moms who are listening to this episode today, this is what I have to say to you about EC. A little public service announcement: 100% of parents who start EC later or miss the boat entirely tell me that they wish they would have heard about EC sooner and started sooner. EC starts early because it's easier that way, because it's dependent on babies' inborn instincts. They're born this way...and today I’ll explain more about the benefits of EC and 4 quick tips to try out elimination communication today. Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/129 Get my free easy start guide for EC at https://godiaperfree.com/start Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook 
2/16/202114 minutes, 27 seconds
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#128 Can a non-verbal child be potty trained?

Why Bother to do elimination communication with a Non-Verbal Kid? So your child doesn't signal, eh? His poo communication involves looking up from play (and if you're not there to catch his eye, oh well!), and he is more than content to pee through his trainers, through his pants, and through your sofa without blinking? Ah, the one that crushes EC dreams. Or is he? In today’s show we have a guest post from Laura Durkee, our certified coach in Lima, Ohio, where she answers the question: can a non-verbal child be potty trained? Why bother doing elimination communication with a toddler who doesn’t talk yet? Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/128 Get my free easy start guide for EC at https://godiaperfree.com/start Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook 
2/9/20217 minutes, 1 second
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#127 Bucking Baby!

Why would a baby who you're trying to potty in-arms (with the EC hold, under their thighs, their back leaned up against your torso) all of a sudden stiffen and straighten their legs so that you basically can't hold them in potty position anymore...and refuse to go to the bathroom? We will discuss 5 Reasons Babies Resist Being Held for Elimination Communication and 17 Ways to Get Your Baby to Stop Resisting the In-arms Potty Position. We call this specific baby move “bucking” - trying to escape the potty position altogether - and discuss how to get past this discouraging (and common) elimination communication struggle. Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/127 Get my free easy start guide for EC at https://godiaperfree.com/start Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook
2/2/202118 minutes, 18 seconds
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#126 How do I start EC or toilet learning with a young toddler (12-18 months old)?

If you’ve just found out about infant potty training, or elimination communication, and your baby is between 12 and 18 months old, you’re not too late! You may feel like you’ve missed the boat. Like the potty train has left the building but forgot you and your little toddler. Today I answer one concerned reader’s question about starting toilet learning at 14 months old, and I’ll share my tips for starting Elimination Communication during the 12-18 month age. Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/126 Get my free easy start guide for EC at https://godiaperfree.com/start Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook 
1/26/202120 minutes, 19 seconds
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#125 Diaper-free time

A new trend has emerged in the field of Elimination Communication: Babies are learning to pee on the floor, whenever, wherever. I've been doing a lot of work with my readers on my private support Forum and have been trying to figure out, for a long while now, why this has been happening. Why Do Lots of ECed Babies Pee All Over the Floor? The answer is inside! Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/125 Get my free easy start guide for EC at https://godiaperfree.com/start Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook
1/19/202117 minutes, 50 seconds
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#124 How do I balance bare-bum time and diaper-free time

When doing elimination communication with your baby, how much bare bum, naked time do you allow, and how much “diaper-free” time (with some type of a back-up) do you do...and does any of this even matter? Yes, it does. Today I answer this question from multiple mamas in our audience who wonder how to balance these two very important parts of infant potty training: bare-bum and diaper-free time! Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/124 Get my free easy start guide for EC at https://godiaperfree.com/start Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook 
1/12/202110 minutes, 27 seconds
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#123 Mess-free potty learning from birth?

Today’s guest post from certified coach Louisa Rickman of the UK is like an overview of EC as a viable potty learning option, from birth onward...very helpful refresher and a great introduction for those of you who are new to EC and Go Diaper Free. Potty training doesn’t have to begin with older toddlers. EC is a gentle, child-led method of infant potty learning, suitable from birth to 18 months. If this is the first you’ve heard of Elimination Communication, it probably sounds a bit weird! But once you get used to the idea and consider the benefits for baby, parents and the environment, you might never look at nappies (diapers) the same way again! Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/123 Get my free easy start guide for EC at https://godiaperfree.com/start Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook 
1/5/202112 minutes, 31 seconds
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#122 How do I move from part-time ECing to more full-time ECing?

Maybe this has happened to you: you’ve been doing just the morning pee or just poops and feeling pretty good about part-time EC, but now your situation has changed, or your energy has picked back up, or you’re just tired of using diapers anymore...how do you move from part-time elimination communication to full-time ECing? What, exactly, is the next step in potty training our infants and moving towards being truly “diaper-free?” One of our readers asked this question, so today I’m gonna give it a full answer. Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/122 Get my free easy start guide for EC at https://godiaperfree.com/start Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook 
12/29/202010 minutes, 47 seconds
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#121 Praise

Is praising during potty training good or bad? Should we praise our babies when they use the potty while doing elimination communication? This is a great question and one that I feel fairly strongly about...and I’ll answer whether you should praise your baby (with stickers or M&M’s or good job’s) while doing EC or potty training (or not).   Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/121 Get my free easy start guide for EC at https://godiaperfree.com/start Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook
12/22/202010 minutes, 45 seconds
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#120 Clean-up

Clean-up, clean-up, everybody do your share...how do we clean up during observation and after pottying our babies with elimination communication, and are there any tricks? Today we’ll answer this question from one of our readers. Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/120 Get my free easy start guide for EC at https://godiaperfree.com/start Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook
12/15/202012 minutes, 20 seconds
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#119 How to Transform Your Onesies Into Tiny T-Shirts

Today’s show is a guest post from Coach Natalie in Indianapolis. Please see the written version at godiaperfree.com/119 for all the photos of today’s tutorial! If you're like me, the moment you started practicing EC, those onesie snaps became one of your biggest headaches, right? I mean, snapping and unsnapping every couple hours….no big deal. But every 30 minutes?!?! Forget it. And so…the snaps were left hanging unsnapped, they were snapped to the side, sometimes snapped over the shoulders. Snapped everywhere except where they were meant to be snapped. Add in cloth diapers and Tiny Trainers, and you really get tired of those onesies! There's a practical solution to this difficulty - turn your onesies into t-shirts! The pattern I'm going to share with you today is SO easy - anyone can do it, even if the only sewing tools you own are a needle and some thread. Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/119 Get my free easy start guide for EC at https://godiaperfree.com/start Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook
12/8/202010 minutes, 45 seconds
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#118 Starting EC and observing a naked baby if really busy or traveling

Many people say “I can’t start EC because I am too busy. This baby pottying business is NOT for busy moms.” But I say, “Baloney!” I have 5 kids spanning 8 years and run two businesses...busy is my middle name, and I’ve pottied all 5 of my babies from birth. Not to brag, but I’m definitely fully qualified to share some tips about how to start EC when you’re super-duper busy in today’s show. Whether you’re traveling or too busy to focus on starting elimination communication with your baby, this episode is for you! Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/118 Get my free easy start guide for EC at https://godiaperfree.com/start Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook
12/1/202012 minutes, 12 seconds
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#117 4 Reasons EC Works

Elimination Communication often puzzles new parents because it doesn’t fit in with what we have heard or seen about parenting. In our culture, babies wear diapers. They wear diapers all day long, all night long. Babies have a diaper on their butt practically from the moment they are born until they are “ready” to potty train, usually around age 3.   To understand why EC works, we need to forget everything we heard about full-time diapering and delayed potty training for a second. If we change our paradigm for a moment, we can see that EC actually makes a lot of sense. Let’s look at 4 reasons this is true.   Today’s show is a guest post I’m sharing from Ariane Blais-Lacombe, our certified coach serving Quebec, Canada. Enjoy and please join us over at the full show notes, and add your comments or questions, here: https://godiaperfree.com/117   Get my free easy start guide for EC at https://godiaperfree.com/start Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook 
11/24/202013 minutes, 59 seconds
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#116 Potty Location

Placing the potty in each room, potty here/there/everywhere... how does pottying your baby in multiple locations affect elimination communication, and should we be pottying our babies in the same place every time? Super confusing! Today I’m going to answer that specific question from one of our community members. PS - in the written version of today’s post (godiaperfree.com/116), we’ve included a little gallery of some of our readers’ potty stations. Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/116 Get my free easy start guide for EC at https://godiaperfree.com/start Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook 
11/17/20204 minutes, 28 seconds
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#115 Balancing Work and LIfe

Working from home adds an extra challenge to the already-demanding task of caring for a baby. Or is it the other way around? Caring for a baby (or toddler) can make work extra challenging. I would argue that practicing Elimination Communication can actually make your working and caretaking struggles easier. Here’s how - in a guest post by one of our certified coaches, Natalie Robbins.   Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/115 Get my free easy start guide for EC at https://godiaperfree.com/start Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook 
11/10/202016 minutes, 12 seconds
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#114 Dressing baby for cold weather pottying

Today I’m sharing the answer to one of our readers’ questions: “How do you recommend keeping a young baby warm when starting EC in a cold winter climate? My baby is now 11 weeks old, and I use cloth diapers with her and cue her when she goes in them these days. I’ve been using baby legs and socks on her feet, but that still leaves an exposed area between the thighs and diaper, which makes her cold in my chilly home.” I’ll share the answer to this and more in today’s episode! Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/114 Get my free easy start guide for EC at https://godiaperfree.com/start Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook 
10/27/202010 minutes, 55 seconds
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#113 Signs vs. signals in elimination communication

Today I’m going to clear up the difference between signals and signs - and whether it truly makes a difference what you call it. Someone recently mentioned that some signals are actually signs and it got me thinking, so let's define both of those and talk about whether it matters. I'm going to give you examples of both of them and, most importantly, we're going to talk about how they can help you potty your baby with more success today. Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/113 Get my free easy start guide for EC at https://godiaperfree.com/start Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook 
10/20/20208 minutes, 55 seconds
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#112 Separation Anxiety

Separation anxiety in little babies: the struggle is real! How does it affect elimination communication, and what do we do about baby’s separation anxiety related to potty time? Today I’m going to answer that specific question from one of our community members. Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/112 Get my free easy start guide for EC at https://godiaperfree.com/start Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook
10/13/202010 minutes, 26 seconds
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#111 I’ve stopped breastfeeding...forever

I stopped breastfeeding forever two weeks ago. 😭 Today I’m sharing how it feels to have breastfed all 5 of my babies over the course of 10 years, what has happened, how I’ve weaned, and what I’ve learned along the way. (Plus how elimination communication + breastfeeding have been the MAGIC KEYS to my new mom confidence.) Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/111 Get my free easy start guide for EC at https://godiaperfree.com/start Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook
10/6/202016 minutes, 6 seconds
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#110 Mamas just relax

Today I’m sharing a guest post from Natalie in Indianapolis (she’s one of our coaches). A snippet: “I hate to break it to you, but counting diapers, or obsessing over the number of catches isn’t going to help the EC process - if anything, it’ll probably set you back.” If you’re guilty of keeping count, this episode is for you! The answer of “what to do about this” - and 4 clear tips to keep it stress-free - are in her post. Listen or read now. Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/110 Get my free easy start guide for EC at https://godiaperfree.com/start Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook 
10/1/20208 minutes, 37 seconds
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#109 Playing with the potty

A lot of people who teach potty training say, "Don't leave the potty out. It's not something to be played with." But when we're doing Elimination Communication with babies ages 0 to 18 months, everything is played with. Everything is put in their mouth. Everything is handled, explored, through all of the senses, all the time. Today we’ll discuss whether it’s ok for babies to play with the potty or seat reducer, and how we can use this as a signal that they may need to go. We’ll also cover setting boundaries and what to do if the playing never becomes productive! Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/109 Get my free easy start guide for EC at https://godiaperfree.com/start Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook 
9/22/20209 minutes, 7 seconds
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#108 EC from scratch

Today our Certified Coach Natalie shares various DIY potty options, diapering choices, information sources, and clothing preferences that will allow you to practice EC in a VERY budget friendly manner. If the budget is tight, or you want to try EC but aren’t sure you’re committed, here are some simple solutions you can try using items you already have at home.   Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/108 Get my free easy start guide for EC at https://godiaperfree.com/start Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook
9/15/202012 minutes, 28 seconds
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#107 Stone Age

In today’s episode I've woven the philosophies of EC & the Continuum Concept together in a way that demonstrates how child-centeredness and infant potty training simply do not mesh. The thing is, if you are making this mistake, you probably don't even realize that you're doing this at all! I’ll share why babies sometimes resist pottying, why the Terrible Twos exist in toddlers in the first place, and what you can do about it. Like, today. ;) Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/107 Get my free easy start guide for EC at https://godiaperfree.com/start Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook 
9/8/20208 minutes, 6 seconds
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#106 Stealth pooping

Today’s episode is about stealth pooping - and what to do about it! It is a guest post from our certified coach Samantha in California who proposes 4 strategies to get good at catching poops when your baby gives no advance signals. “One of the ‘easy’ catches, as taught by Andrea, has never been an easy catch for us, and that is poop. My son is now 14 months old and I am now finally coming to terms with the fact that I have a stealth pooper.” Enjoy the very practical advice Samantha gives us for those babies who poop without warning, and how you can make your elimination communication practice THAT much better when you master this challenge, once and for all.   Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/106 Get my free easy start guide for EC at https://godiaperfree.com/start Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook 
9/1/20208 minutes, 10 seconds
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#105 Worldwide EC Survey Results

Do you ever wonder how most of us practice Elimination Communication (EC), what are our reasons and our difficulties, and what are our results? If we start early, will we truly finish early? At what age are babies able to be poop trained? Pee trained? How often do potty pauses happen? Are partners involved in EC (like, for real)? Finally: real facts about #IRL EC. Today I simplify + share the astounding results of Nuria’s study of over 1,000 ECing mothers from around the world...including the average age of EC completion and the profound positive impact of starting potty training in the first year of baby’s life. It’s amazing...please join me! And share this one far and wide! Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/105 Get my free easy start guide for EC at https://godiaperfree.com/start Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook 
8/25/202033 minutes, 17 seconds
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#104 EC and...toothbrushing?

Today I’m sharing a guest post from our certified coach, Maru, in London. “The one thing that remains a constant from the day our babies are born is nappies (diapers). The mental hurdle of ditching nappies is huge (for parents mostly, but also for toddlers). I’m going to share a tip that, from my experience, has made the whole thing a lot easier to grasp:  potty training is not that different from getting kids to brush their teeth. If we treat it this way, we’ll feel less daunted, more confident in our parenting, and more committed to getting it done as soon as possible.” Listen to today’s show to find some helpful tips (and anytime she mentions toothbrushing, swap it for potty training).   Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/104 Get my free easy start guide for EC at https://godiaperfree.com/start Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook 
8/18/20207 minutes, 9 seconds
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#103 EC at the beach

Today’s episode is about how to potty your baby at the beach with EC. I’ve been doing our recent beach adventures alone because my husband has had to work while we’re there. In the past, I've often gone to the beach alone with five children. How do you do it and keep up with EC, Andrea? That sounds impossible. Well, let's go through 10 tips that I have for you to do elimination communication, aka infant potty training, at the beach.   Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/103 Get my free easy start guide for EC at https://godiaperfree.com/start Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook 
8/11/202014 minutes, 52 seconds
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#102 When the first time is not the charm

You've heard all this amazing stuff about EC, it sounds fantastic, you maybe even read the book, maybe you just got my EC easy start guide…and you're like, okay, I'm going to try this. You hold your baby over the receptacle and they don't go. When your first time trying EC is basically an absolute flop, what do you do? If this has happened to you, or you fear that it might happen to you if you haven't started yet, I have some solid advice to share today, including 7 reasons your baby didn’t go the first time, and 8 things you can do about it, today. Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/102 Get my free easy start guide for EC at https://godiaperfree.com/start Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook 
8/4/202017 minutes, 11 seconds
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#101 Me + EC: A love story

Storytime again...but not with me. One of our certified coaches, Nechama, has written a humorous and soul-searchingly honest account of her “love affair with elimination communication.” I especially LOVE the end. Enjoy! Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/101 Get my free easy start guide for EC at https://godiaperfree.com/start Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook 
7/28/20208 minutes, 13 seconds
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#100 5 babies, all ECd from birth

Woo-hoo, let's celebrate, y’all. We've reached a hundred episodes. I'm so excited. And today’s episode is a recap of our 10-year journey. I'm totally going to wing this one. I have no notes. All I have is my memories, which have been awesome, of ECing all five of my babies from birth over the last 10 years. And yes, 10 years ago, almost to the day, I had my first baby. Let the elimination communication stories begin! Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/100 Get my free easy start guide for EC at https://godiaperfree.com/start Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook 
7/21/202019 minutes, 46 seconds
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#99 EC + Pregnancy

Have you struggled doing elimination communication with your baby while being pregnant with another baby? If so, you’re not alone. Today’s episode is a guest post written by our Certified Coach Laura Durkee about EC + Pregnancy. She shares vividly and with brutal honesty her challenges, and lessons learned, around ECing her second child while pregnant with her third.  Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/99 Get my free easy start guide for EC at https://godiaperfree.com/start Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook 
7/14/20208 minutes, 44 seconds
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#98 Observation + Intuition = Success

Today’s episode is me sharing a guest post from our certified coach Kate Falk. Her very unique perspective is: if observation and intuition can make EC 100% successful, why do most parents only use one or the other? Join me today as I read Kate’s article and then join us in the conversation after! Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/98 Get my free easy start guide for EC at https://godiaperfree.com/start Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook
7/7/202010 minutes, 44 seconds
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#97 ECing boys

This episode is all about how to EC boys. What is different, what is the same, and what tips I have having ECd 3 boys and 2 girls, myself, from birth. Hopefully I can share some perspective and make things a little easier for all. In today’s show I’m also going to share some super-thoughtful tips from readers and followers in our Go Diaper Free community who have boys. We’ll discuss differences in outcomes, toilet seat logistics, body mechanics, and a few tips and tricks to make ECing boys that much easier.   Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/97 Get my free easy start guide for EC at https://godiaperfree.com/start Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook 
6/30/202022 minutes, 20 seconds
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#96 When will my baby resist the potty?

When starting elimination communication with your baby, you probably have a bazillion questions, like: How often will my baby need to pee? When can I expect my baby to be potty independent? I’ve heard about potty pauses - when can I expect my baby to resist the potty? And that last question, my friends, is what we’re going to address today. But, I’m not going to guesstimate when your baby might resist the potty. I’m going to share with you the actual results I’ve gathered from surveying 855 people from our community who’ve done EC with their babies. I’ll also share why the resistance happens, and what to do about it. Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/96 Get my free easy start guide for EC at https://godiaperfree.com/start Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook 
6/23/202014 minutes, 3 seconds
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#95 Twyla's 18 month update + amazing nighttime success

For those of you who’ve been following our journey with our 5th and final baby, ECd from birth - Ms. Twyla Bean - here is our 18 month elimination communication update. So many things have been so organic this time and I couldn’t be more pleased with implementing the things that I teach y’all to do with your babies. And our nighttime success has been mind-blowing! Today we’ll go through Twyla’s last 6 months, stage by stage, along with take-aways that you can use with your sweet baby. Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/95 Get my free easy start guide for EC at https://godiaperfree.com/start Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook 
6/16/202016 minutes, 43 seconds
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#94 Dream pee

If you don’t want to use diapers at night, want your child potty trained at night, but keep having accidents (or, in elimination communication lingo, “misses”)...look no further. The “dream pee” might just solve your nighttime woes.   Across my own 5 babies, I found that a strategically placed dream pee helped them stay dry at night, and sleep better, during certain times of their baby and toddler years. In today’s show, I’ll share what a dream pee is, whether you should do them, how to prepare your space, how to do the dream pee, and what to do if you hit trouble. By the end of the show you’ll see how a dream pee can help your nighttime dryness goals for your 12 month plus baby or toddler. And if you have a baby 0-12 months, you will see what’s coming next, and the difference between a dream pee and baby-led nighttime EC.   Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/94 Get my free easy start guide for EC at https://godiaperfree.com/start Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook 
6/9/202021 minutes, 40 seconds
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#93 Normalization

Early potty independence can cause better toddler behavior, freeing up the brain to learn. It’s called “normalization” in the Montessori school of thought, and something I feel compelled to share with you about today! Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/93 Start EC with your baby today with our free Easy Start Guide: https://godiaperfree.com/start
6/2/202018 minutes, 48 seconds
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#92 Simplicity Parenting + EC

Today we’re going to talk about the lessons I’ve learned from one of my favorite books, Simplicity Parenting by Kim John Payne, and how his advice can create a slower, more meaningful foundation to your elimination communication practice with that sweet lil baby. When I had my first child, Kim’s book had just been published. I ate it right up! The book shared all the things I needed to hear at that time to create the family rhythms, calm space, and focused connection that I knew in my heart I wanted, but didn’t quite know how to build. It also helped me keep the brand new, newly released iPhone out of my hands and my focus on my newborn baby. It helped me push back against the “toy creep” that has threatened our family for almost 10 years. Man, I owe Kim a giant thank you for writing this book. And I was thinking about it the other day, how this book informed my journey as a new mama, and wanted to share those secrets with you today...especially how they relate to infant pottying. The subtitle of this book is “using the extraordinary power of less to raise calmer, happier, and more secure kids.” If that’s what you want, let’s dive in! Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/92 Start EC today with my free easy start guide: https://godiaperfree.com/start
5/26/202024 minutes, 34 seconds
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#91 Potty Training Triplets

Today we have a very special guest contribution from Betsy of MamaMadeStrong - she potty trained her triplets in 8 days, total. She’s about to blow your mind and inspire the heck out of ya. Learn the strategy she used to successfully and pain-lessly get all 3 of her daughters diaper-free in the time others in our community get over the hump with one! Betsy - thank you for allowing me to share your story today! Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/91 Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook
5/19/202016 minutes, 45 seconds
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#90 Infant Potty Training in Indigenous Arctica + America

Up for some more diaper-free stories from indigenous cultures? Yes, please! Today is part 2 of sharing stories from indigenous peoples around the world who still potty their babies and do not use diapers. We continue on today with infant potty training in the indigenous Arctic regions and the Americas. Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/90 Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook
5/12/202017 minutes, 19 seconds
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#89 Constipation woes

Today we’re gonna discuss baby constipation: what it is, why it happens, and how to solve it. This episode mostly applies to children and babies who have already started solids. We’ll discuss reasons babies get constipated, the surprising side effects of constipation in babies, and baby constipation remedies...a whole slew of options that can help your baby get regular and comfortable with poops once again! Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/89 Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook
5/5/202016 minutes, 59 seconds
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#88 At what age can I potty train my child?

Today I’d like to share about ages and methods. To clear the air, so to speak. And to give permission! When am I allowed to potty train my child, to do elimination communication, or wrap all that up...when can I honestly shoot for having a potty independent child? Today we’ll talk specifics...when can you teach the potty, and which method should you use at each age...all answered, just click below to read or listen. anyone’s permission but your own.)   Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/88 Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook
4/21/202016 minutes, 21 seconds
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#87 Infant Potty Training in Indigenous Asia

Up for some more diaper-free stories from indigenous cultures? Yes, please! Today is part 2 of sharing stories from indigenous peoples around the world who still potty their babies and do not use diapers. We continue on today with infant potty training in indigenous Asia. Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/87 Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook
4/14/202022 minutes, 37 seconds
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#86 Just START

If you’re sitting on all this information but haven’t gotten up the gusto to start elimination communication with your baby, and you maybe don’t even know what’s stopping you, this episode is for you! By the end of it, I hope you will feel empowered to JUST START. We’ll start by discussing what could be stopping you from starting EC with your baby. (Because if we don’t know what we’re dealing with, we can not overcome it!) Following that, we’ll cover the easiest way to start EC and specific other approaches that will hopefully help.   Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/86 Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook
4/7/202016 minutes, 4 seconds
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#85 Infant Potty Training in Indigenous Africa

I don’t know about you, but I am all about some good storytelling! Today I’m going to begin sharing some stories about how a few groups of indigenous peoples around the world, in today’s world to be specific, potty their babies and do not use diapers. Today we are going to start with some of the indigenous peoples of Africa. I get asked this question all the time: do people do “elimination communication” in indigenous communities, or is it altogether something different? We’ll discuss that first on today’s show. Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/85 Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook
3/31/202030 minutes, 29 seconds
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#84 To daycare...without diapers

Today we’ll discuss how to send your toddler to daycare or preschool without diapers. I’ll share what we did, provide you with some tips, and give you a few handouts that will help you make the same steps with your 1 year old to 3 year old child. Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/84 Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook
3/24/202017 minutes, 1 second
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#83.5d 5 Reasons why now is the time to potty train

I feel ridiculously passionate about sharing tools with you and your friends during these really strange times. One more little extra podcast/written article for ya to round out our week. (The first was how to refresh or start EC with observation time, second was wipes alternatives, third was diaper alternatives.) Kate is our certified coach in Wyoming and she just wrote an amazing and short post on potty training during this time - whether from scratch or to wrap up EC. She wrote it and then I read it for a bonus episode on the podcast...for today, right now!NOTE: If you’re listening far later than the coronavirus pandemic, and you have 3-7 days off from work and want to potty train, this one is also for you. ;) Get full show notes - AND our free download: The Potty Training Plan PDF - here: https://godiaperfree.com/83.5d Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook
3/21/20209 minutes, 28 seconds
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#83.5c Disposable diaper alternatives

We have another bonus episode right now where we’ll discuss disposable diaper alternatives - which can be applied to the current coronavirus self-isolation situation OR any time in the future when diapers might be sparse...OR if you are ready to stop using and throwing away so many darn non-biodegradable diapers! Right now, families are discovering shortages of disposable baby care items like baby wipes, which can feel scary if that is the product that your family is most accustomed to using. We can help with some strategies, using household items you may already have (or even none at all… read on!). Here are some disposable diaper alternatives. Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/83.5c Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook
3/18/202018 minutes, 17 seconds
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#83.5b Reusable baby wipes + baby wipe alternatives

We have another bonus episode right now where we’ll discuss disposable baby wipe alternatives and offer some reusable wipes options - which can be applied to the current coronavirus self-isolation situation OR any time in the future when wipes might be sparse...OR if you are ready to stop using and throwing away so much baby-related trash! Right now, families are discovering shortages of disposable baby care items like baby wipes, which can feel scary if that is the product that your family is most accustomed to using. We can help with some strategies, using household items you may already have (or even none at all… read on!). Here are some disposable baby wipe alternatives. Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/83.5b Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook
3/18/202011 minutes, 26 seconds
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#83.5a 10 Golden Rules for Observation Time

Today we have a bonus episode by one of our Certified Coaches, Ariane Blais-Lacombe, for those of you self-isolating due to coronavirus (or for ANYONE who wants to get better at EC) who now have some spare time (30-60 minutes) on their hands. Naked observation time is crucial to beginning your EC journey. Letting your baby be naked and watching him without pottying him yet will provide you tons of useful information to know your baby better and potty him or her more accurately. I’ll share Ariane’s 10 Golden Rules for Observation Time, learning when to potty baby, and how to read your baby with the information learned during observation time. Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/83.5a Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook
3/18/202017 minutes, 17 seconds
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#83 An elevator pitch for EC

In this episode I’ll give you the elevator pitch for Elimination Communication - or how to talk about pottying your baby without seeming judgy or crazy. Today’s show is sponsored by my free masterclass about how to bring EC to your town with confidence and structure - “How to make money (and change the world) telling others about EC - My 3-step method.” In it, you’ll discover my simple method (and my very special secrets) to bring EC to your town, make money, and gosh-darnit, change the world...doing what you're already doing, anyway. Save your seat at godiaperfree.com/coachclass. So, I’ve definitely talked about how to tell others about EC before, but, while researching my upcoming signature EC courses, I’ve gotten a bunch of requests for an even MORE abbreviated version of how to talk about elimination communication without getting the stink-eye, or worse yet, shunned by other parents. Today I’ll give you a few concise options, followed by my biggest tip on how to bring an awareness of EC to YOUR town...especially if you don’t know a single other soul who does it. Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/83 Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook
3/10/202013 minutes, 50 seconds
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#82.5 Super-part-time EC success story

If I had a dollar for how many moms didn’t start elimination communication because they had to return to work, use a daycare, and didn’t think it would be worth the effort...man, I’d have a bunch of dollars! You see, I am convinced that with the right story in your mind, you too will realize that you CAN do EC super-part-time, use a daycare, and still have early potty independence. You can have it all. And we are going to use Andrea’s example to prove it, once and for all. Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/82.5 Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook
2/25/20207 minutes, 28 seconds
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#82: Elimination Communication + Potty Training with TWINS

Today I’m going to help those of you with twin babies learn how to start elimination communication or potty training with your twins*. I’ll also share some advice from two moms of twins who’ve successfully done elimination communication with their babies, one of whom has wrapped up EC by potty training her twins, to boot. What did they do to make ECing twins work? *Even if you don’t have twins, I think you’ll find today’s episode inspiring...and maybe even get an idea or two for your own home! Because, if you have twins, you have to be organized. We can all learn from these mamas. Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/82 Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook
2/18/202013 minutes, 21 seconds
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#81: A toddler + a baby.

When you have your second baby, you’re definitely doing double duty from then on out. Who’s with me? It can be a big challenge to keep up with elimination communication with your baby while you have a young toddler afoot. But does EC have to go on the back burner while you wrangle your toddler (and possibly finish toilet training him or her)? I say, “no.” Today I’ll go through 10 easy steps to make sure you’re doing this baby + toddler + potty time thing correctly. Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/81 Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook
2/11/202015 minutes, 12 seconds
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#80: No signals, no patterns

Today’s episode is about ditching the diaper-free goals...and focusing on the process instead. We’ll talk about how focusing on the goal of being diaper-free can sabotage your plans...and what to do instead - whether you’re doing elimination communication or potty training with your baby or toddler. Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/80 Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook
2/4/202013 minutes, 44 seconds
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#79: Doing EC with an injury

Doing Elimination Communication with an injury or pain can be a daunting task. Taking your baby to the potty can feel overwhelming or impossible when you are hurting, healing, and perhaps limited in your mobility. Since I am currently healing from an injury (listen to today’s show to find out which body part I’ve broken!), I wanted to talk about this today and offer some helpful tips to get you through this without losing track of your EC practice with your baby. Pssst....If you do NOT have an injury but you DO have low back pain or a very heavy baby, today’s show is also for you!   Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/79 Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook
1/28/202019 minutes, 12 seconds
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#78: Twyla is diaper-free!

Many of you mamas and daddies doing Elimination Communication might be wondering how to take your baby out of diapers by around one year old. What are the steps to have a potty trained 1 year old? How do you wrap up EC by the time baby is walking? And, after you take your baby out of diapers at 1 year old...what do you do next? Like, oh, this is wonderful and all! Yay we’re out of diapers! But what do I do now? Today I’m going to share why we’re taking Twyla out of diapers at 13 months old, what we’ve been doing, step by step, our challenges and solutions, and what we plan to do, very next. Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/78 Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook
1/21/202020 minutes, 31 seconds
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#77: Potty power

Today I’m going to talk about the best potties for elimination communication...and give you up-to-the-moment advice on which potties are the best for each age and stage of toilet learning. Having an EC-specific potty is often the MAGIC KEY to helping baby move forward. Your potty choice can truly make or break your success with EC. Read the full written version and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/77 Start EC with your baby today with Andrea’s free Easy Start Guide: https://godiaperfree.com/start
1/14/202016 minutes, 11 seconds
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#76: The EC wardrobe

Today I’ll teach you how to create the perfect elimination communication wardrobe - what kind of clothing is best for elimination communication? Dressing baby appropriately can only help make EC easier! The right clothing can empower babies to “do it myself” instead of peeing in their underwear (or all over the floor). Read the full written version and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/76 Start EC with your baby today with Andrea’s free Easy Start Guide: https://godiaperfree.com/start
1/7/202014 minutes, 54 seconds
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#75: How to begin elimination communication

Today I’ll share how to begin elimination communication, at each stage and age. We will go through this quickly and simply so you can get a glimpse of what starting EC can look like, and feel way less intimidated to start if you haven’t already (or have only partially begun, or half-assed it so far - you know who you are! 💁‍♀️). I’ve definitely explained how to start elimination communication before, and today it will be a bit different! Read the full written version and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/75 Start EC with your baby today with Andrea’s free Easy Start Guide: https://godiaperfree.com/start
1/2/202012 minutes, 3 seconds
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#74: Tiny changes for good habits

If you want to get better at elimination communication (or any type of potty learning) by taking MINIMAL action...and you would like to guarantee you’ll stick with having a diaper-free kiddo (without falling off the wagon like so many do), please listen to today’s show. I’m going to share some very practical concepts from the book Atomic Habits that will help you improve immediately...plus you can use these wherever you’d like to make a permanent, positive change in your day to day routines and activities. Read the full written version and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/74 Start EC with your baby today with Andrea’s free Easy Start Guide: https://godiaperfree.com/start
12/26/201917 minutes, 2 seconds
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BONUS: Should you potty train at Christmas?

With most people having at least some time off work, Christmas (or Kwanzaa, or Hanukkah, or simply “the holiday break”) may seem like the perfect time to get on with potty training, but here are 5 things to consider before making your decision. Read the full written version and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/holidaybonus Start EC with your baby today with Andrea’s free Easy Start Guide: https://godiaperfree.com/start
12/24/201910 minutes, 12 seconds
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#73: Forget about goals

Today’s episode is about ditching the diaper-free goals...and focusing on the process instead. We’ll talk about how focusing on the goal of being diaper-free can sabotage your plans...and what to do instead - whether you’re doing elimination communication or potty training with your baby or toddler. Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/73 Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook
12/17/201918 minutes, 14 seconds
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#72: Preparing.

Today's episode is all about preparing the environment for toileting in your home. This is my favorite part of our four-part Montessori series because it is full of action steps that you can take today to set up your home and your baby for success. Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/72 Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook
12/10/201917 minutes, 35 seconds
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#71: Remedial.

Today's episode will focus on part three - remedial toilet learning past two years of age. Merry refers to any potty training after two years of age as “remedial” toilet learning. Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/71 Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook
12/3/201913 minutes, 36 seconds
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#70: Adults.

Today's episode is the second in a four-part series based on the Montessori approach to toilet learning, starting at birth. Today's episode will focus on part two - the role of the adult and preparations. Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/70 Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook
11/26/201913 minutes, 5 seconds
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#69: Natural Development.

Today's episode is the first in a four-part series based on the Montessori approach to toilet learning, starting at birth. Today's episode will focus on part one - the natural laws of development so you can understand what Mother Nature intended for your baby from the day s/he was born. Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/69 Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook
11/19/201912 minutes, 14 seconds
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#68: Duped.

Today's episode is on a topic that I'm extremely passionate about. It's called Duped: how disposable diapers have changed the way we parent. It's all about the messages that we receive that lead us to think we need to do things a certain way! Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/68 Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook
11/12/201918 minutes, 37 seconds
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#67: How to save money on diapers

Any way you slice it, the expenses involved with raising a baby can add up - even more so when you have 5 kids like we do! But there is one area where you can cut costs significantly. Today's episode is all about how to save money on diapers. Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/67 Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook
11/5/201919 minutes, 46 seconds
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#66: When daddy won't do EC

When two partners don't see eye to eye on parenting decisions, it can make things really hard. Today's episode is all about what to do when daddy won't do elimination communication: how to get your husband on board with infant toilet training. Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/66 Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook
10/29/201911 minutes, 56 seconds
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#65: Fear of the autoflush toilet

Today we're going to talk about how to help your child overcome a fear of autoflush toilets. Autoflush toilets are seriously the bane of my public toileting experience. Who invented them and why didn’t they take into account child-sized users? Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/65 Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook
10/22/201911 minutes, 16 seconds
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#64: How to clean pee out of a mattress

So, today we're going to talk about something that most EC parents will need to know how to do at least once(but probably more like once a week) and that is how to properly clean pee out of a mattress or rug(or something else).  Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/64 Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook
10/15/20198 minutes, 43 seconds
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#63: EC + Down Syndrome

Let's talk about practicing elimination communication with a special needs child, and more specifically, I'm going to offer some advice and techniques for doing Elimination Communication with a baby who has Down Syndrome.  Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/63 Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook
10/8/201929 minutes, 53 seconds
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#62: Why my BFF didn't do EC

Today, I'm going to share a story with you of why my BFF didn't do EC, and hopefully you can take away something from my story if there is a similar relationship in your life!  Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/62 Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook
10/1/201912 minutes, 57 seconds
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#61: Pees 5 minutes later

Have you ever had this happen to you? You offer your baby a pottytunity, your baby doesn't go, but then baby pees five minutes later in the diaper or on the floor. This is actually really common. Let's talk about a few of the reasons this might happen, and what you can do about it. Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/61 Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook
9/24/201912 minutes, 51 seconds
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#60: Won't sit

Today we're going to talk about what you can do when your baby won't sit on the potty (or won’t stay seated on the toilet). I will share 17 things that you can try that have worked for other parents. Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/60 Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook
9/17/201917 minutes, 43 seconds
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#59: Passing the baton

This episode is all about gradually transitioning from elimination communication being mostly parent-led to mostly child-led. Overall, we’ll talk about how to support your child’s potty independence during a time when it is developmentally spot-on. Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/59 Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook
9/10/201916 minutes, 21 seconds
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#58: A peek into my work/baby/EC balance

A lot goes into operating my various EC and mama-centric businesses. I'll share how I balance it all while raising five kids under the age of eight. And how do I keep everyone (hubs included) from becoming addicted to convenient diapers? Here are some tricks that I've learned along the way! Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/58 Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook
9/3/201921 minutes, 19 seconds
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#57: Behind the scenes at Go Diaper Free

I've had a lot of people ask me questions such as "Andrea, how are you able to reach so many EC parents?" "how do you run your business without being a crappy mom?" and "what magic goes on behind that curtain?" Today I want to tell you all about it and also extend a special invitation. Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/57 Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook
8/27/201919 minutes, 22 seconds
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#56: A day in the life: ECing a young toddler

Your baby is walking, busy learning and developing, and maybe already going to daycare or preschool. Obviously, during this time of rapid change, your EC routine is also going to change. But how? Follow along as I walk you through a day of EC with a young toddler, and what it looks like in our home. Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/56 Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook
8/20/201910 minutes
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#55: A day in the life: ECing a mobile baby

Is your baby starting to pull up, rock on all fours, or show other signs that full-on mobility is around the corner? Are you wondering how EC might change or what your day might look like? I’m going to give you another little peek into my home, and how we do EC all day long with our mobile baby. Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/55 Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook
8/13/201915 minutes, 44 seconds
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#54: A day in the life: ECing a newborn

This is the first in a three-part series where I’ll share what a typical day of EC in my household looks like...newborn, mobile, and toddler. Consider it a peek into our home! I've practiced EC with five babies from birth, and I am going to let you know what to expect. Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/54 Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook
8/6/201915 minutes, 17 seconds
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#53: The Ultimate Guide to EC Back-ups

We are going to talk all about back-ups in an ultimate post that covers everything you ever needed to know! Which types of back-up can you choose from? Which are appropriate when? Which will help your baby learn the *most* at which ages and stages? Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/53 Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook
7/30/201944 minutes, 56 seconds
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#52: The baby care cycle

Have you ever had this happen to you? Your baby is fussy or otherwise seems to need a change in routine, and you just aren't sure what you should try first?  We are going to dive into this topic so you can start to find a rhythm with your baby and have an updated toolbox to pull from! Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/52 Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook
7/23/201915 minutes, 51 seconds
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#51: How to play with a baby

The meal trains have ended; the relatives have left; now what!? Other than nursing, pottying, and napping, what exactly are you supposed to do with your sweet little bundle all day?  Let's talk about ways to interact with and play with your baby. Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/51 Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook
7/16/201920 minutes, 47 seconds
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#50: The unassisted waterbirth of our 5th baby: Full Birth Story

Twyla (my 5th baby) was born on November 20, 2018 at 5:51am in an unassisted birth, waterbirth, freebirth...many names for what happened, but, basically: I birthed her in our bathtub with no outside assistance or interference, whatsoever. Just me, my husband, and our baby.​ This is our story. Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/50 Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook
7/9/201925 minutes, 51 seconds
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#49: Counting catches and misses

Should you keep track of every single catch and miss throughout your day? Because of my experience ECing five babies, I thought it would be a good time to talk about whether this approach is helpful or harmful. Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/49 Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook
7/2/201915 minutes, 38 seconds
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#48: The purpose of a diaper

Today we're going to talk about diapers, or more specifically: the purpose of a diaper. "Well, isn't the purpose of a diaper quite obvious, Andrea?" Well, I actually have a really strong opinion about this one. Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/48 Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook
6/25/201911 minutes, 4 seconds
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#47: Teaching baby to signal

Pottying your baby is a whole lot easier when they can tell you that they need to go...but if your baby doesn’t already signal, or has suddenly stopped signaling, how do you teach them to do so? Let's talk about that and hopefully increase the level of communication between you and your baby. Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/47 Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook
6/18/201912 minutes, 34 seconds
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#46: The re-set

What should you do when EC feels overwhelming, or you’re feeling unsuccessful and just need a break from it all. Maybe there is resistance at potty time, or maybe you're feeling stressed. The solution is the re-set, and I will share what it looks like and why you may need to do it immediately. Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/46 Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook
6/11/201911 minutes, 25 seconds
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#45: Starting solids

Are you considering starting solid foods with your baby? Or do you know it’s coming soon? When what goes in changes, what comes out does as well...so let’s talk about what to expect when you start solid foods, and how it can affect elimination communication. Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/45 Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook
6/4/201914 minutes, 21 seconds
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#44: How do you potty train a baby?

We’re going to answer: How DO you potty train a baby? Although I've spent years breaking this topic down into smaller nuggets of information, I’d like to share my simplified answer to this big question...the way I explained it to a bunch of 3rd graders on Career Day at my son’s school. Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/44 Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook
5/28/20199 minutes, 32 seconds
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#43: Why newborns cry while peeing

You hold your newborn baby over the potty, as carefully and calmly as you’ve been taught...and then your baby begins to cry! Why does this happen? And what can you do? This is actually a common phenomenon, and also one that I've experienced personally. We're going to talk you through it. Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/43 Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook
5/21/201912 minutes, 29 seconds
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#42: Why babies resist the potty

When your baby resists the potty while doing elimination communication, it can be a frustrating experience. You might be wondering what is going on, and if there is something that you did to cause the resistance! Don't worry. Potty resistance is normal, and I'm going to help you get through it. Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/42 Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook
5/14/201915 minutes, 51 seconds
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#41: When to move from diapers to undies

Eliminating diapers from your daily routine and your budget is something we all look forward to as parents. Obviously, the decision is ultimately yours, but we are going to talk about your options concerning when might be the right time to cut diapers out of your life. Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/41 Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook
5/7/20196 minutes, 15 seconds
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#40: Transitioning to the big toilet

Whether you are going straight from an in-arms hold or from a mini potty, transitioning to a big potty is an important, often confusing, step. Let's talk about what to do when transitioning to the big potty is your goal. Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/40 Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook
4/30/201910 minutes, 10 seconds
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#39: Moving from in-arms to a potty

Maybe your child is getting heavy or they are starting to show you that they can sit up. If you have been holding your newborn in-arms over a container or top hat potty, you might be wondering "when can I start my baby on a mini-potty?" It's a great question that we will dive into today. Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/39 Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook  
4/23/201912 minutes, 26 seconds
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#38: Sound association

We're talking all about the hows, whys, whens and wheres of sound associations during EC. Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/38 Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook
4/16/201910 minutes
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#37: The poop enigma

Today we'll talk about a few things you can do to help get your child back on track if they start resisting the potty...and begin pooping their pants after a near-lifetime of not pooping their pants. Listen to the full podcast episode for a special musical surprise at the end! Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/37 Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook
4/2/201912 minutes, 51 seconds
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#36: A camel

Let's talk about what to do when starting elimination communication with a mobile baby who hardly ever pees...and waits for naptime to go. Or, what we call a camel. Today we'll talk about a few methods, and routine changes, that may help a child relax enough to use the potty during awake time. Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/36 Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook
3/26/201918 minutes, 32 seconds
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#35: Starting but not catching a thing

Let's talk about what to do when you've started EC but are having trouble getting a catch. We'll take a step back and talk about two paths that you can take when beginning EC that might help on your journey. Listen to the full podcast episode for a special musical surprise at the end! Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/35 Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook  
3/19/201912 minutes, 8 seconds
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#34: Sleep causing a potty pause

Let's talk about what to do when changes in sleep cause a potty pause. I think many parents can relate to a change in sleep routine causing changing in pottying behavior. This isn't easy! But getting back on track is possible, and we'll go over some methods that will help you! Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/34 Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook  
3/12/201915 minutes, 8 seconds
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#33: When is baby done?

You've put your child on the potty, a little bit has come out, but you're unsure if baby is done. You wait forever and really don’t know if what you’re doing is right. Let's talk about some ways to know when your baby is finished eliminating, and how long is too long to hold them over the toilet. Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/33 Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook
3/5/201912 minutes, 8 seconds
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#32: Easy Catch #4: In’s and Out’s

I refer to easy catch #4 as the Holy Grail of easy catches, because it's the best way to incorporate EC into your routine. Easy catch #4 is all about transition times (when you take your baby out of the car seat, or before you put them in the carrier, or after a bath, etc.) to offer a pottytunity. Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/32 Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook  
2/26/201910 minutes, 41 seconds
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#31: How to tell others about EC (and not seem crazy)

You're a passionate EC parent. But you still feel a little awkward talking about EC in public or with new parents. Sound familiar? You aren't the only one! Let's go over how to break the ice and inform others about elimination communication with confidence, and without sounding crazy. Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/31 Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook
2/12/201915 minutes, 56 seconds
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#30: Easy Catch #3: Poop

Have you noticed when your baby is pooping? Maybe you hear it, see it, or the look on their face is unmistakable. Whatever cues you in, chances are you're aware of what is about to fill your baby's diaper. Let's talk about what you need to know and the steps to take once the grimacing begins. Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/30 Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook  
2/5/20196 minutes, 58 seconds
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#29: Easy Catch #2: Diaper changes

Babies are creatures of habit, and since the diaper change is part of your parenting routine, why not use the opportunity to teach your child? Learn why babies pee all over you once that diaper comes off, what makes the diaper change an easy catch, and how to incorporate it into your new routine. Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/29 Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook  
1/29/20195 minutes, 28 seconds
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#28: Easy Catch #1: The wake-up pee

Easy catches are a gentle and easy way to test the waters, so to speak, and begin to experience what elimination communication is all about! Take advantage of a time of day when you are likely to experience success - when your child wakes up from a nap or nighttime sleep. Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/28 Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook  
1/22/20198 minutes, 52 seconds
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#27: Baby signals: stopping, starting + changing!

How will you recognize when your baby needs to potty? And how can you teach them to signal? Baby signals can differ depending on the developmental stage of your baby, so we'll cover some of the common signals you will see for various ages and how you can recognize them. Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/27 Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook    
1/15/20199 minutes, 27 seconds
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#26: Getting Elimination Communication Back on Track

Many parents completely fall off the EC wagon during months 8-14 when baby is becoming mobile, and mom and dad are getting back to "normal" life and work. If you're in this situation, don't worry. I'm going to give you a surefire way to get EC back on track quickly. Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/26 Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook
8/17/20189 minutes, 48 seconds
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#25: Nighttime Elimination Communication

Pottying your baby in the night hours can be very hard, especially with sudden resistance after months of doing it without a hitch. Today's episode covers Nighttime EC in-depth, along with how to do it, what you'll need to do if things go poorly, and what I've done with my own babies. Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/25 Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook
1/14/201616 minutes, 14 seconds
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#24: A Brief History of Diapers

Where have we been over the centuries regarding diapers? When did they hit the scene? And how have they affected potty training, our environment, our children, and us as parents? EC educator Andrea Olson answers these questions and more in this brief 12-minute history of diapers. Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/24 Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook  
8/15/201512 minutes, 53 seconds
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#23: Potty Pauses: A Refreshing New Perspective

In this session, I share with you long-time DiaperFreeBaby Mentor Kerste Conner's refreshing perspective on potty pauses as part of the process. Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/23 Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook  
6/19/201411 minutes, 47 seconds
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#22: The Pottying Trailblazer: Laurie Boucke Interview Part 2

Laurie shares her best advice for those who are new to EC or having difficulty with it. We will also learn how she framed her EC methodology. She also shares what age is best to start EC and what age is best to start potty training (and how age can determine which potty training method to use). Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/22 Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook
6/5/201428 minutes, 25 seconds
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#21: The Pottying Trailblazer: Laurie Boucke Interview Part 1

Laurie was first to write about EC back in 1979 after discovering it with her 3rd child. She will share the story of how she came up with the term "infant potty training" and a little about her journey with her son.   Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/21 Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook
2/13/201414 minutes, 24 seconds
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#20: Cold Weather Elimination Communication

Doing cold weather EC? Tricky...so much that some parents just pause their practice until it's warm again or don't start until spring hits. Wherever in the world you are, if you experience a cold season or climate, it will be helpful to know of some tricks for EC with your baby in cold weather. Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/20 Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook
1/4/201412 minutes, 24 seconds
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#19: Shopping Diaper-free

Doing EC while shopping does not have to be terrible or terrifying. In fact, shopping diaper-free can often go much more smoothly than reducing your diaper dependency at home! Learn how to step out the door with your baby, while keeping up EC on your errands! Let's start shopping diaper-free! Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/19 Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook
12/17/20138 minutes, 33 seconds
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#18: Travel + Elimination Communication

ECing while traveling away from home, whether domestically or internationally, doesn't have to be difficult. In fact, it can go more smoothly than EC at home does! Learn 15 wonderful tips on traveling while pottying your baby (instead of depending on diapers) and making it a diaper-free vacation. Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/18 Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook
12/11/201314 minutes, 58 seconds
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#17: How to Potty Your Baby

Listen to this session to find out how to potty your baby, whether you have a newborn baby, a mobile baby, or a young toddler. In less than 12 minutes you'll hear the general overview of this relatively simple process. Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/17 Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook
11/4/201311 minutes, 45 seconds
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#16: My Birth Story: An Almost Unassisted Birth

We had our daughter Isadora on September 24, 2013, at 4:14am. Weighing in at 8lb even and a short 18 3/4" long, she's a beaut! This is our story. Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/16 Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook
10/22/201325 minutes, 1 second
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#15: Preparing for Elimination Communication with a New Baby

Listen to this episode if you are expecting a child and would like to know what to gather, gear- and resource-wise, prior to your birth. Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/15 Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook
10/1/201319 minutes, 3 seconds
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#14: When does baby need to pee? Part 4 of 4

This is the final piece to the puzzle: Your Intuition. I give lots of examples about what your intuition might look or feel like. And we look at some alternatives for those of you who aren't particularly intuitive by nature. Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/14 Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook
9/21/20138 minutes, 51 seconds
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#12: When does baby have to pee? Part 3 of 4

Most babies hold their pee in various situations, so pottying them before or after these events is usually successful. These are common times that most babies usually need to pee. And it's also important to use generic timing to balance your own busy life. Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/12 Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook
8/27/201312 minutes, 13 seconds
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#11: My Elimination Communication Story

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. Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/11 Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook
8/21/201318 minutes, 30 seconds
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#10: When does baby need to pee? Part 2 of 4

Every baby has an inherent pottying rhythm; a certain amount of time lapses between feeding and peeing, and between waking and peeing. And between each subsequent potty thereafter. If you can get acquainted with your baby's natural timing, EC will be that much simpler for you. Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/10 Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook
8/14/201312 minutes, 54 seconds
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#9: Elimination Communication Myths + Misconceptions, Part 1

Infant Pottying is somewhat 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? Myths and misperceptions fuel these reactions, and I'm going to try to clear up some of them. Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/09 Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook
8/7/201312 minutes, 55 seconds
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#8: When does baby need to pee? Part 1 of 4

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 baby has to potty. There are countless signals and I give real-life examples, how to figure out what they are, and more. Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/08 Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook
7/30/201313 minutes, 4 seconds
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#7: Elimination Communication Vocabulary + EC(bonics)

Learn the vocabulary that most people use when talking about doing EC/infant potty training with their babies. This one is sure to entertain...and hopefully clear up some of the questions in your mind. One of our community's families has also developed their own personal language - (ec)bonics. Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/07 Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook
7/10/201315 minutes, 23 seconds
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#6: Elimination Communication 101: Part 2

I’ll cover some basics that will help you orient yourself towards the big picture of what EC is, including the 4 events that lead to potty time, alternatives to diapering and doing diaper-free time, types of EC and what to expect, and what sort of support is helpful when doing EC. Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/06 Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook
7/10/201313 minutes, 35 seconds
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#5: Part-time Elimination Communication, Explained

Whether you work outside of the home or are choosing to do EC just part of the time, I'll give you an overview of what doing EC and having a life can look like. We're going to explore part-time EC, what it can look like, and how some folks choose to do it. Some keys to the castle, if you will. Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/05 Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook
6/18/201312 minutes, 58 seconds
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#4: The 9 Elimination Communication No-nos

We’re going to cover what can get in your way with Infant Potty Training. What can make EC feel like a subtle version of hell. I call ‘em the 9 EC no-no’s. They are things you’ll want to avoid at all costs. Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/04 Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook
6/18/201311 minutes, 47 seconds
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#3: When to Begin Elimination Communication

I share with you when to begin EC, including the optimal starting age, starting where you are, and what to do if you're exceeding the optimal window for EC altogether. Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/03 Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook
6/18/201311 minutes, 33 seconds
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#2: Elimination Communication 101: Part 1

I answer the question "What is Elimination Communication?" You’ll also hear me explain 10 things that EC is not. Sometimes it's easier to understand what something isn't prior to learning what it is...so we'll start there. Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/02 Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook
6/18/201315 minutes, 5 seconds
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#1: The Benefits of Elimination Communication

What are the benefits of doing EC 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? I'll share with you the top 18 reasons why other parents are going diaper-free...and loving it. Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/01 Start EC with your baby today with Andrea's popular book, Go Diaper Free: https://godiaperfree.com/thebook
6/10/201317 minutes, 14 seconds