The Newest Thing in Going Green – Elimination Communication
If you have a baby in your life, you know disposable diapers aren't very green. Maybe you've gone with cloth diapers, thinking it's a nice way to be kind to Mother Earth. But if that's not green enough for you, then give "elimination communication" a try. That's the diaper-free method of child-rearing. Parents are drawn to the method as a way of preserving the environment from the ravages of disposable diapers, as well as reducing the laundering of cloth diapers and preventing diaper rash. Many of them like the thought that they are rediscovering an ancient practice used in other cultures. But mostly, they say, they like feeling more in touch with their babies’ most intimate functions.
For new parents, some communities have diaper-free meetups, where parents exchange tips like how to get a baby to urinate on the street between parked cars.
Parents watch for cues that mean their baby needs to go the bathroom -- cues like a certain cry or squirming or a grimace. Parents then associate those cues with their own noises, like "sss," or grunting. Mom and dad will make those noises — the elimination communication — to the baby while holding him over the toilet or the sink for perhaps 20 seconds.
Parents who practice elimination communication admit there are misses, but even cleaning up a small mess on the floor is easier, they say, than laundering diapers.
If you are interested in more information about this new method of "diaper-less" babies. Here is an article from Discovery Health.
When I first read about it I thought "that is just crazy" but then how is it any different than trying to potty train a new puppy!
What do you think? If you were raising your children again would you try elimination communication?