Would you be prepared to let your newborn go diaper-free? Hipster parenting trend sees babies potty-trained just weeks after birth (but be warned, it can get messy)






A new parenting trend that sees babies as young as newborns go without diapers has been taking the U.S. by storm.

The method, known as 'elimination
communication', or EC, requires infants to learn to signal when they
need to use the bathroom - though the teaching method, it seems, can get
quite messy.


Regardless, DNAinfo.com reports that it is becoming
increasingly popular with parents looking to rein in finances and keep
babies' bottoms rash-free.




Nature's call: The diaper-free method of potty training known as elimination communication is becoming increasingly popular with parents looking to rein in finances and keep babies' bottoms rash-free (stock image)

Nature's call: The diaper-free method of potty
training known as elimination communication is becoming increasingly
popular with parents looking to rein in finances and keep babies'
bottoms rash-free (stock image)


Kaitlin McGreyes from Astoria, New York, who started practicing EC with her nine-month-old son Cesar as a newborn, says she saved money by buying fewer diapers, but she got 'peed and pooped on a lot.'

In a bid to keep things clean she said: 'At two weeks old I set up a little
Tupperware container near our diaper-changing station.





 

'When I was
nursing him, he had a big fart and I rushed him to the potty and held
him over it.'



The eventual aim with EC is for parents to read
their children’s body language and enable them to urinate and defecate
in an appropriate place.



'In New York no
one cares what you are doing. You can hold your baby to pee pretty much
anywhere'

To cue the action they are advised to make 'peeing' sounds.

One of the benefits of going diaper-free for some mothers is that it eliminates the chance of a rash.

Pardis Partow, 41, from Brooklyn, New
York, also decided to try EC with her one-year-old son, Parker, after he developed
diaper rash.

Like Mrs McGreyes she learned that there are frequent 'misses'.


'I kept seeing him leave a trail of pee. The dog looked at me and said, "This isn’t fair. Why can he do that?"' she recalled.



Alternative method: Pardis Partow, 41, from Brooklyn, New York, decided to give her year-old son, Parker, some diaper-free time at home after he developed diaper rash

Alternative method: Pardis Partow, 41, from
Brooklyn, New York, decided to give her year-old son, Parker, some
diaper-free time at home after he developed diaper rash


Most
EC advocates do not go diaper-free 100per cent of the time, though and many
choose to use cloth covers or wipes when they leave the house for
convenience or during the night.


Sarah Longwell-Stevens, an early
childhood educator and postpartum doula, who has been using the method
with her one-year-old daughter, believes living in New York City has its
advantages for EC practitioners.




Financial incentive: Kaitlin McGreyes, pictured with her husband Kelbyn, says she saved money by buying fewer diapers

Financial incentive: Kaitlin McGreyes, pictured with her husband Kelbyn, says she saved money by buying fewer diapers


'In New York no
one cares what you are doing,' she said. 'You can hold your baby to pee pretty much
anywhere. Especially since few people would have any idea what you are
doing.'



Indeed, Marija Mikolajczak told DNAinfo that she did EC everywhere she went in Manhattan with her son, now six.


'We
would get off the subway, I would take him into the toilet. [Sometimes] it was hard to find a public bathroom in New
York.'


'I’ve not owned a dog in the city, but I can relate,' she said, adding that at parks and
playgrounds she would find 'a little area of grass or some bushes was good.'


Fellow locals aren't impressed though. One Williamsburg mother-to-be told
MailOnline: 'There is no way I’ll be doing this. I’m all for saving the
environment and protecting babies from rashes, but I’m not treating my
unborn like a dog!'


And a post today about the practice on FreeWilliamsburg.com generated more scathing remarks from the trendy locale's residents.

'This is disgusting,' one read. You hipsters are animals and are making Williamsburg into a pigpen [sic].'

But for Mrs McGreyes, the benefits far outweigh the negative criticism.


'I had never been so proud,' she said. 'I love that I can tell when he needs to go and have an idea of
what might be bothering him.'







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