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Forum: Elimination Communication   07-05-2013, 05:20 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 856
Posted By AndreaOlson
Hey there, seraf! Sign up for my newsletter and...

Hey there, seraf! Sign up for my newsletter and I'll let you know about it next year! It will be annually the week after earth day. :)
Forum: Elimination Communication   07-05-2013, 06:10 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 856
Posted By AndreaOlson
As the person who started the 1st Annual Go...

As the person who started the 1st Annual Go Diaper Free Week (following the Great Cloth Diaper Change) this year in April, I am all for ANY public awareness of EC, positive or negative! I did...
Forum: Elimination Communication   06-26-2013, 02:07 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 278
Posted By AndreaOlson
It is normal to have these feelings - we who've...

It is normal to have these feelings - we who've been through it have been where you are! So, just to normalize that a bit. Secondly, your son is only 5 months old…to expect to catch all the pees,...
Forum: Elimination Communication   06-24-2013, 10:49 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 602
Posted By AndreaOlson
I started at birth by observing and cueing along...

I started at birth by observing and cueing along with my son, and then began pottying him at 2 weeks old, going for just the poops and every other pee (or less)…they pee all the time! I found that...
Forum: Elimination Communication   06-13-2013, 11:17 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 231
Posted By AndreaOlson
Been there, experienced that. What I did was...

Been there, experienced that. What I did was diaper him at night for 2 whole weeks, no nighttime EC, and then he asked less and less at night. From then on out I did use a diaper backup at night,...
Forum: Elimination Communication   06-05-2013, 07:37 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 160
Posted By AndreaOlson
I would drop both cueing noises and just start...

I would drop both cueing noises and just start using a single sign (like the shaking "T" for toilet/potty) or a single word (potty) as your cue. He seems to be ready for a next level of...
Forum: Site Help   04-27-2013, 02:19 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 235
Posted By AndreaOlson
Yes, it's perfect. Thanks Cynthia!

Yes, it's perfect. Thanks Cynthia!
Forum: Site Help   04-26-2013, 04:01 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 235
Posted By AndreaOlson
Hi Cynthia. I realize this is an old post but I...

Hi Cynthia. I realize this is an old post but I am having the same issue. I need to change my custom user title from "Elimination Communication Educator at ECSimplified.com" to "Elimination...
Forum: Elimination Communication   03-26-2013, 05:48 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 217
Posted By AndreaOlson
Haha! Doh! Here it...

Haha! Doh! Here it is: http://www.jamieglowacki.com/the-pulling-down-of-the-pants/
Forum: Elimination Communication   03-23-2013, 01:22 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 204
Posted By AndreaOlson
If it's warm enough there I'd just cover with a...

If it's warm enough there I'd just cover with a blanket and have a prefold or something underneath him til the cord falls off. I didn't use anything for my son until that happened (it was also the...
Forum: Elimination Communication   03-23-2013, 01:21 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 217
Posted By AndreaOlson
Check out my friend Jamie's post on how to deal...

Check out my friend Jamie's post on how to deal with clothing with potty training. Your son is old enough to experience completion and her book is something I'd highly recommend (I send all my...
Forum: Elimination Communication   03-14-2013, 02:08 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 437
Posted By AndreaOlson
I'd try split crotch pants or better yet chaps...

I'd try split crotch pants or better yet chaps and put a cloth prefold over those held in place with a diaper belt…very easy to remove for a quick potty while keeping her legs very warm and dry. You...
Forum: Elimination Communication   03-14-2013, 02:07 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 245
Posted By AndreaOlson
Do you have a potty cozy? It would help it feel...

Do you have a potty cozy? It would help it feel more comfortable. I have a DIY potty cozy (from an old t-shirt) up on my blog if you want to go over there and do a quick search for it. Additionally...
Forum: Elimination Communication   03-14-2013, 01:51 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 358
Posted By AndreaOlson
I think the 10-11pm thing is a great idea and...

I think the 10-11pm thing is a great idea and you should try it for 2 or 3 nights and see how it goes. If you don't see it helping *everyone* get more sleep, then nix it and trust your intuition...
Forum: Elimination Communication   02-13-2013, 04:11 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 243
Posted By AndreaOlson
Yup, up on the toilet seat reducer on the big...

Yup, up on the toilet seat reducer on the big toilet and he can't really escape. :o)
Forum: Frugality & Finances   01-31-2013, 08:28 AM
Replies: 196
Views: 8,848
Posted By AndreaOlson
My top frugal tip is to do Elimination...

My top frugal tip is to do Elimination Communication (aka infant potty training) from birth with your baby, and cut back on diapering costs (including purchasing disposable diapers, washing cloth...
Forum: Elimination Communication   01-08-2013, 01:36 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 264
Posted By AndreaOlson
First of all, it is actually really common for...

First of all, it is actually really common for babies who tend to spit up to spit up during EC. So know that you're not alone; lots of my readers actually have that problem. If you want to try a...
Forum: Elimination Communication   12-10-2012, 06:59 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 208
Posted By AndreaOlson
It's not really common to have problems at 2...

It's not really common to have problems at 2 months already, but you do and that's where you are. Honestly, all babies are different and so are all the ladies who do EC. What I would do is try to...
Forum: Breastfeeding Challenges   12-04-2012, 12:27 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 314
Posted By AndreaOlson
Something to consider is that some babies will...

Something to consider is that some babies will pop off the breast and seem like they're finished eating when they actually need to go pee or poo, so that sort of disturbs their feeding session long...
Forum: Babywearing   12-04-2012, 12:23 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 448
Posted By AndreaOlson
I'd suggest the Beco carriers. They pretty much...

I'd suggest the Beco carriers. They pretty much look like an Ergo but the Beco Gemini has a fold-up and fold-down headrest and the Beco Butterfly 2 has a removable headrest or sleeping hood and both...
Forum: Elimination Communication   11-21-2012, 03:51 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 375
Posted By AndreaOlson
Easy there, mama. I don't mean to cause any kind...

Easy there, mama. I don't mean to cause any kind of wars here. What I do wanna say though is that I've had several conversations - as a DiaperFreeBaby mentor myself - with the Associate Director of...
Forum: Breastfeeding Challenges   11-21-2012, 03:46 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 401
Posted By AndreaOlson
This may or may not be the problem but sometimes...

This may or may not be the problem but sometimes a baby will disengage her latch because she actually needs to go pee or poop. So you might wanna look into elimination communication and maybe learn...
Forum: Elimination Communication   11-15-2012, 11:08 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 375
Posted By AndreaOlson
Hey there! This is totally not easy to be in and...

Hey there! This is totally not easy to be in and I'm sending you lots of support. At 17 months, it sounds like he is nearing the point of needing to do things himself a little bit more, so what I...
Forum: Elimination Communication   11-15-2012, 10:46 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 954
Posted By AndreaOlson
Yup, I've definitely felt like the odd one in...

Yup, I've definitely felt like the odd one in Mommy and Baby Yoga before and at the playground. I would just say nothing when you leave, if you can, and if somebody asks, just say you're gonna go...
Forum: Elimination Communication   11-15-2012, 10:40 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 575
Posted By AndreaOlson
Since it sounds like your son likes the position...

Since it sounds like your son likes the position but doesn't like the dressing and the undressing part, I would recommend when switching from disposables to move straight to something like...
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