Re: OT--elimination communication....diaper free living

I must admit that the Pampers (they were the first disposable diapers in
Minnesota) came too late for me. I used cloth diapers, diaper pails
(remember them?), Dreft & Hilex; when my son was teething and got diaper
rash, we let him run about in the sunshine for several hours a day with no
clothes (summertime, and doctor's advice). A side benefit to cloth diapers
that no one younger than me remembers is that by bending down to the laundry
basket and stretching up to hang them on the clothesline, you lost that
preggy tummy, and your stretch marks disappeared, much faster than if you
tossed disposables into the garbage. Young mommies were much slimmer in my
day. But they worked harder.

So much for the "good" old days, LOL!

Carolyn in The Old Pueblo

If it ain't broke, you're not trying. --Red Green
If it ain't broke, it ain't mine. --Carolyn McCarty

If at first you don't succeed, switch to power tools. --Red Green
If at first you don't succeed, get a bigger hammer. --Carolyn McCarty

"Sunny" <shemphill@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
I had an acquaintance who tried this with her children. She was a very
"natural" kind of person. No antibiotics, vaccinations or other sorts
of official medicines for her children. She breastfed them until they
were four or five and usually had two or three nursing at a time. She
believed her children would learn good behavior from natural
consequences of their actions. Consequently they were ill-behaved
brats with green snot hanging out of their noses most of the time.

BUT .... they were potty trained by the time they could walk. At least
she was. The only problem happened when she got distracted by a
younger baby and the little one had an accident in his "big boy"
pants. Yuck.

I think the method can work for very dedicated mothers. However, I
came to believe that it had made this woman's children very
unnaturally focused on their eliminations. They talked all the time
about body functions, had their hands in their pants all the time.
Thought everybody else wanted to talk about, see and otherwise
participate in their eliminations.

Personally I think that parents put a huge amount of dedication and
decision making into the whole potty training thing. But in the end,
it's the child who decides whether to respond or not.

My oldest son realized his poopy diapers smelled bad at the age of 2
years and one month. When I told him that he could use the potty just
like Mommy and Daddy and then his poop would just flush away and not
smell bad, he was immediately sold. End of story, no moe wet or dirty

Youngest son had so many ups and downs, poor kid had a rough time. He
would just get it down and then would get sick with something and it
would set us back. So finally I told him that when he turned 3, the
rules said moms couldn't change diapers any more. I put all the
supplies down on a bottom shelf and told him that the day after his
third birthday he would have to start cleaning up his own diapers.
About a week before his birthday he came and asked me if I really
meant it, that he would have to be in charge of his own diapers. I
assured him I was (and by this time I was ready to live with the
consequences of my decision). He looked at me a long minute and then
said "Ok, I guess then that I need to use the potty."

End of story. No more diapers. There were a few wet pants when he
started kindergarten a couple years later, but that faded when he was
reassured and comfortable with school.

I know all about pollution and land fills and carbon and global
warming. But the answer to all this can't be constant focus on your
baby's elimination needs. There's got to be a better way than saddling
moms with yet one more guilt-ridden task. Somebody else can save the
world for a change.