I can also feel, in my mothering, the beauty of supporting her in her eliminative functions, which many of us feel shameful about and would prefer to deny — hence diapers, which hide the eliminating act itself. Also, she will wake up dry in the morning and wait till you carry her into the bathroom to do her business. Consider also Ingrid Bauer's comprehensive book, as well as talking to other mothers, especially women from countries such as India and China. She can sleep all night without a diaper. Another Opportunity for Gentle Nurturing Babies are not the passive beings they were once believed to be. The writing is terrible, the author conflates unrelated cultural trends and blogosphere hear-say with actual information.
Some babies move their body a certain way or just give you 'the look'. The infants were never swaddled, nor were diapers used. Receptacles include a sink, a large mixing bowl, the toilet, a potty, the bathtub or some bushes. She could tell us her needs in plenty of time to get to the toilet, or could take herself to the potty. Nicholas was so delighted when she first did this that he clapped, and so she would stand up and applaud herself afterwards.
For many parents in the United States, the idea of potty training before a baby is able to walk, or even before age 2, is not just horrifying but reprehensible -- a sure nightmare for parents and baby, not to mention a direct route from the crib to the psychiatrist's couch. Rather it is an enlightening process for baby and mother and possibly other carers that makes conventional toilet training unnecessary, because our babies have never learned to ignore their body's signals. I already knew it was awesome and didn't need to read 100+ pages about that. Hold him over the potty or a basin and try to change the location to keep his interest. Bowel movements are in a toilet or potty, not on baby, and poopy diapers will be almost eliminated.
When Maia turned two, I began to wean her from night nursing, and so her overnight peeing diminished significantly. Nicholas found this really tricky when he was caring for her in the morning. I wish I'd discovered it six months earlier than I did. This is a valid concern, but one that is easily allayed when you've seen this gentle approach in action. It is a means of infant care as old as humanity itself, commonly used in many cultures around the world today, and despite what naysayers may have you believe, it does actually 'work'. We started practicing these techniques when our son was about 2 mos old and at 17 mos was completely out of diapers. In our society, mothering is often seen as a chore — a time in our lives when we are unintellectual, and unproductive.
Her signal for poop was usually noisy wind, and sometimes she'd pull off the breast as a means of signaling that she needed to go. McKenna Elizabeth Antunovic Gill Rapley and Tracey Murkett Jacqui Castle Jan Hunt Jan Hunt Missy Willis Jan Hunt Jan and Jason Hunt Jan Hunt Darcia F. We are now out of the woods, thankfully, but the stress of that season of training which, for us, was abou I looked into this method when my first baby was about 6 months, but I never really got beyond cloth diapering. Yet none of them were soiled when finally examined by the doctor. I would love some suggestions that may support the both of us here! I was left to figure out motherhood -- and single motherhood -- for the first time on my own. They tell us through body language, noises from the bottom end as well as the top , fussiness, and also by the subtler, psychic communications that result from the intimate sharing of body space between mother and baby.
American and Europeans appear to be far behind women in China and Mali and India and many other countries these days, and this book is meant to get us up to speed. However, it is always the baby who decides whether they need to go or not. Bauer uses the analogy that breastfeeding mothers gradually develop a breastfeeding relationship with their infants that allows them to 'know' intuitively when their infant is hungry, and that eventually infants develop ways to indicate this need. This book described my toddler twins to an absolute T and really helped me. Especially getting her to do 2.
I imagine other readers might have similar reactions, which is a shame, because the rest of the material seems very sound. It makes cloth make more sense too yep, agree with it all. Many thanks, Elle Elle, Try the classic in-arms hold instead of using a potty. It made me think of changing my approach to diapering and I took away some great ideas which I was able to successfully implement at home. Once you start, you can't help but take baby to the potty, as the whole idea of actually wanting baby to pee and poop in a diaper suddenly seems so wrong and unnatural. Ingrid Bauer, author of the book Diaper Free! I will be looking for more books on the subject, but unless you're playing the parenting game exactly as she does, this book might not be the one for you.
A valuable addition to the library of any pregnant or new mother. Granted, it seems like it's an easier path if you have the luxury of staying home with your baby without returning to work in the first year or two. I prefer that my baby use a potty rather than sit in her waste for any length of time. When my husband returned, we both discovered how much we love the ease of cloth pocket diapers with snaps. It also helped me tremendously to have cloth diapers as a back-up but not to put a cover on top. .