Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Diaper Free by Three...

...weeks????

An op-ed in today's NYT:
[I]t turns out, there is a group of parents - supported by a pediatrician, some child-rearing experts and, of course, a Web site - who disagree. The diaper-free-by-three movement - and the three here is three weeks, not three years - claims that babies need never wear diapers again.

According to the Web site diaperfreebaby.org, diaper liberation comes as caretakers develop an "elimination communication" with their infants. "Elimination communication" is a fancy term for "paying attention," in the same way we notice other stuff babies communicate like hunger, tiredness or a desire to be picked up.

In this case, parents watch for the kind of fussiness, squirming and funny faces that come before a baby urinates or has a bowel movement. Caretakers should also pay attention to any daily routines that the baby follows, like urinating after feedings or when waking up. At that point, it's a simple matter of holding the baby on the pot, and pretty soon he or she connects the toilet with its function, and the pattern is set.

3 comments:

Derek said...

This might work if...

...society didn't mind us taking our kids with us everywhere we went;

...people would magically drop their intolerance for the occasional urine stream or bowel movement that escaped if we missed an "elimination communication";

Feel free to add your own.

Sabrina said...

One word....BLOWOUTS!!!

....for any breastfed infant, this would never work, b/c there is no warning. LOL

Amanda said...

If I tried to do this with Henry, I would spend half my life holding him over a toilet.