I first encountered diaper-free kids on a trip to China, where I witnessed little ones running around in split pants. “How do parents know that they have to go?” I asked. “Oh, they just know,” I kept hearing. When I returned home I checked out a couple books on the subject. Here are a few titles I found on Amazon:
Infant Potty Basics: With or Without Diapers– The Natural Way by Laurie Boucke
The Diaper-Free Baby: The Natural Toilet Training Alternative by Christine Gross-loh
So how do parents know when their babies have to go? They observe their children for signals and use cues to help their babies go on a little potty rather than in a diaper. After reading one of Laurie Boucke’s books, I vowed that one day I, too, would raise my baby diaper-free. My main motivation was to avoid diapers altogether and save the planet. My only problem was that I didn’t have an actual baby at the time.
A few years later, my daughter was born, and suddenly observing her signals and using cues seemed too overwhelming for me. I am sad to report that I did not even attempt to potty train her at birth. I still think infant potty training sounds like a great way to help out the environment. Has anyone here given it a try? Please post a comment–or drop us an email–and let us know how you kept your baby out of diapers!