Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend.
Last week I received a link from my friend Dino (you can check him out at https://www.facebook.com/InsightsUnique). This was the link: http://www.businessinsider.com/the-latest-nyc-parenting-trend-is-diaper-free-babies-2013-4?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=thelife
I was intrigued. Diaper free babies. Is that possible? And so I read the article. It’s all about EC (elimination communication). This is a phrase I have heard before. The idea behind it is that by listening and watching your babies queues, you’ll be able to decipher when he/she needs to go to the toilet and “catch” their pees or poos. While I am sure it works for some people, it seems like pretty messy business to me. What if you’re looking away for a few minutes and miss your baby giving you “the look”….turn around and you’ll have a whole lot of cleaning up to do!!
What I do think is important though is to allow babies to go diaper free for short periods of time regularly. Think about it…a baby wears a diaper 24/7 for the first few years of their life. The only time they are diaper free is when they are being changed (which is usually done very quickly) or when they are in the bath. The rest of the time the skin around their bottom is completely covered AND more often than not, damp! For this reason I’d suggest nappy off time for at least 10 minutes everyday.
While it sounds difficult, it doesn’t have it be. When your baby is young you can put him/her on a waterproof mat, that way if there are any accidents its easy to clean up. As they get older and more mobile, you can try to time diaper free time right after you know they have wet/soiled themselves so chances of it happening in the next ten minutes again are slim. It’ll give the bum area a chance to breathe and also helps avoid nappy rash.
When they are younger diaper free time also helps with their motor skill development. It gives babies more freedom to roll around, crawl, put their feet in their mouth, etc. They can obviously do all this with a diaper but it just gives them more space, making them more comfortable.
What’s your opinion? Did you give your baby regular diaper free time or would you be open to trying the EC method?