New Baby Trend: Diaperless Tots Roam the World in the Buff
An alternative parenting trend seeing a recent surge in popularity called “Elimination Communication,” is a method of potty training where, instead of using cloth or disposable diapers, parents watch their children carefully and wait for signs that he or she may need to go to the bathroom. Moms and pops then hold their children over a bowl, toilet, bucket, or sink to let them use the restroom.
According to an article from CBC News, once both baby and parent are used to this tactic, a vocal cue can then be used to motivate their child to urinate or defecate on command.
Reasons some parents are adopting the “Elimination Communication” method of potty training, include: lessening the impact of diaper waste on the environment, lessening the water wasted on washing cloth diapers, avoiding the discomfort of diaper rash, and becoming more intimately connected with their children. Some parents are fascinated with the idea that they are “rediscovering an ancient practice used in other cultures,” according to an article from the New York Times.
Like the Times, I wonder what those civilizations would have done had they known about Pampers.
Perhaps “potty training” is the wrong term for this new method. According to a non-profit support group website called www.diaperfreebaby.org, “Elimination Communication is not potty training. It is a gentle, natural, non-coercive process by which a baby, preferably beginning in early infancy learns with the loving assistance of parents and caregivers to communicate about and address his or her elimination needs. This practice makes conventional potty training unnecessary.”
The idea is that infants have a natural instinct to signal when they need to go to the bathroom. By picking up on these signals, parents should supposedly be able to quickly run them to a nearby toilet or even a tree if they are outside.
In theory, the diaperless trend may seem like some parents’ fantasy. No more diapers and a baby who uses a toilet just like they do. But the trend may be more trouble than it is worth. The Weekly Standard mentions a woman who “scattered little bowls around the house to catch her daughter’s offerings.”
Even if diaper free tots avoid smelly garbage cans or diaper genies full to the brim with soiled packages, what about washing the bowls? What happens if they have an accident?
According to the Times, a lot of pediatricians are skeptical about this alternative approach. In fact, some say that saving time, avoiding the inconvenience of finding a toilet, and escaping potential colossal messes may be worth the price that comes with purchasing and disposing of diapers.
Even so, hundreds gather for “meetups” in New York City to exchange tips on practicing “Elimination Communication.” According to the Weekly Standard article, one of these tips involves “how to get a baby to urinate on the street between parked cars.”
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