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Thursday, June 4, 2009

Elimination Communication...???

Okay, so recently it seems like the "green" thing to do is to go the cloth diaper route with a new baby. There are definitely some cute cloth diapers out there and the money you save and amount of waste you keep from throwing in the landfill is well worth the effort, in my opinion.

Unfortunately, we were unable to do cloth diapers with my little one since we moved into an apartment with no laundry facility right before she was born. I didn't think the people at the local laundromat would appreciate me washing her soiled diapers there and neither did I want to run there everyday to keep them clean.

Anyways, I've recently been acquainted with a possible "greener" way to go. Ever heard of Elimination Communication? It's a method of raising your baby with no diapers, sound crazy? Well, in my opinion I think it might be!

Otherwise known as Natural Infant Hygiene or Infant Potty Training, the parents rely on following specific cues from a baby to tell when he needs to go to the bathroom. Traditionally this method was seen and practiced by the whole community, learned naturally over a lifetime.


According to http://www.diaperfreebaby.org/, a network of free support groups promoting a natural approach to responding to babies' elimination needs, "babies know when they need to eliminate and are capable of communicating this need...You might have noticed that your baby pees 5 minutes after nursing, or grunts just before he poops. These types of observations will guide you on WHEN to help your baby eliminate without a diaper. "


There are even local support groups to help you!

In conclusion, I give major props to women who choose to do this with their children. Would I ever attempt it? Probably not. Let's be honest, I think there's already enough stress and guessing at raising a new child. I don't think I would want to worry about if the baby was going to pee on me any minute as well!

Any thoughts?!

6 comments:

  1. I agree this method sounds quite stressful. If you are interested in cloth diapering but understandably not the laundry aspect, check out www.gdiapers.com They are flushable cloth diapers. The only downside is they cost about the same price as disposable- but at least they are biodegradable!

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  2. Also- I LOVE your new layout! It's so trendy! :) And here is the link for all the Gentle naturals products: http://gentlenaturals.com/

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  3. My sister tried Gdaipers and we didn't like them...they are not that fast to change and my sister said that almost every time my nephew peed, it leaked. The ones she uses now are really great She has 12 of the them, they are puffy and brightly colored, velcro, washable and have flushable optional liners if you plan to be out of the house and need to dispose of a large poop...If she's traveling, she just buys chlroine free organic ones at Baby's R Us. I'll check the name on the cloth ones!

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  4. ...and I forgot the cutest part...she knows when my nephew usually poops and has been putting him on the toilet for a while now and he does go on the toilet...he thinks it's funny

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  5. haha, thanks Kristina for the tips!

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