The impact of modern diapers on American standards of toilet readiness

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I’ll be the first to admit that the idea of a baby on a toilet was foreign to me. If I saw youtube videos of an infant pooing on a toilet, I might have had the same reaction as this guy: Screen Shot 2014-06-27 at 11.47.55 AM Screen Shot 2014-06-27 at 11.47.46 AM Fortunately, I met Izzy Soriano who taught me how to birth my baby naturally and about elimination communication or EC. Now, EC is not potty training. It is a gentle, natural, non-coercive process by which a baby learns with the loving assistance of parents and caregivers to communicate about his or her elimination needs.”  Why did I start EC? Well, at 6 weeks my baby peed on me 5 times in one day. No, I didn’t hold him diaper-less. He peed every single time I opened his diaper and before I could get his new diaper on. At this point, most parents would learn the tricky art form of covering the baby up quickly. However, I remembered something Izzy said, “babies naturally want to be clean. That’s why they tend to pee when you’re changing their diaper or when you place them in a clean diaper.” It made complete sense.

I started holding my son over the sink after I watched this video:

This is my own son at 8 weeks. He looks like a little ooma loompa here 🙂 You’ll have to turn up the volume because you can hear his huge poo:

Children in the U.S. currently have one of the slowest average expectant potty training ages at 18-60 months. Does that mean the physical and mental capacities of our babies are delayed? Nope. US history indicates that the convenience of the modern, super absorbent polymer diaper influenced this shift in just the last 40 years.   A study in the US National Library of Medicine states The Digo [in East Africa] believe that infants can learn soon after birth  and begin motor and toilet training in the first weeks of life. With a nurturant conditioning approach, night and day dryness is accomplished by 5 or 6 months.” 

At 5 months now, my baby makes every single poo and 50-75% of his pee in his toilet. When I’m out, I have a method of holding him over the adult toilet. Here is a detailed description of my journey:

To be clear, I encourage every pee and poo in his diaper or out of it. I see this method as giving my baby the opportunity to pee and poo outside of his diaper and not forcing him to pee and poo on the toilet. The result is no blow out or up the back poos, less diaper consumption, and a baby that genuinely reacts with glee after peeing and pooing on command.

Disclaimer: I share all this content because friends seem to be genuinely interested in some methods I follow. I have no intention on saying one method is better than another. I simple share content to inform others so that parents can do further research and make the best decisions for their own lifestyles and capabilities! Please let me know if you have any questions. I’d love to answer your comments.

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Mindy Song is a mother of one, a video artist, and musician from Orange, CA. She is an advocate of social justice with interests in globalization, socio-economics, and the history of women’s rights in developing nations. By day she is a marketing specialist for a dental imaging company, milk pumper, and wannabe supermom. By night she is an asian fusion chef, art critic, and blogger.
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