Diaper-free? No sh*t!
As I mentioned in my post about babies and cough syrup, I'm preggers. My mind has been increasingly floating towards news about parenting, babies and tots, and that's how I came across this story about a new way of potty training your kid. As far as I can tell, it mainly involves letting your child run bare-assed around the house and having them signal to you when they have to go, at which point you take them to the bathroom. My question is, what happens at night? Or if you're busy? And how easy is it going to be for these kids to adjust to using the potty regularly later, without mama (or dada, I guess) in tow?
I get the idea of trying to help the environment (no diaper waste) and avoid diaper irritation, but cloth can do that just as well. Maybe I need to do more research, but it sounds sort of hippie-dippie to me. And I'm kind of a hippie sometimes, so that's saying something. When I find out more, I'll fill you guys in--as of 11am PDT today, diaperfreebaby.org was down because of bandwidth overuse.
But some parents begin going diaper-free at birth, and the infants can initiate bowel movements on cue as young as 3 to 4 months, said Elizabeth Parise, spokeswoman of DiaperFreeBaby.org, a network of free support groups promoting the practice.
Unlike some methods of toilet training, there are no rewards or punishment associated with it.
Dr. Mark Wolraich, professor of pediatrics and director of the Child Study Center, said the practice essentially conditions young children to go to the bathroom at predictable times or show clear signs when they must go.
"To be truly toilet-trained, the child has to be able to have the sensation that they need to go, be able to interpret that sensation and be able to then tell the parent and take some action," said Wolraich, who also is editor of the American Academy of Pediatrics' book on toilet training.