Diaper Free: The Gentle Wisdom of Natural Infant Hygiene

Diaper Free The Gentle Wisdom of Natural Infant Hygiene Most new parents think of diapers as a smelly expensive and unavoidable necessity The good news is that it s possible even practical to raise your kids without diapers In Diaper Free Ingrid Bauer

  • Title: Diaper Free: The Gentle Wisdom of Natural Infant Hygiene
  • Author: Ingrid Bauer
  • ISBN: 9780452287778
  • Page: 433
  • Format: Paperback
  • Most new parents think of diapers as a smelly, expensive, and unavoidable necessity The good news is that it s possible even practical to raise your kids without diapers In Diaper Free , Ingrid Bauer shows how you can Save thousands of dollars Reduce landfill waste single use disposable diapers are responsible for one third of the non biodegradable waste in landfiMost new parents think of diapers as a smelly, expensive, and unavoidable necessity The good news is that it s possible even practical to raise your kids without diapers In Diaper Free , Ingrid Bauer shows how you can Save thousands of dollars Reduce landfill waste single use disposable diapers are responsible for one third of the non biodegradable waste in landfills Avoid diaper rash Use the Four Tools for Diaper Freedom to enhance your relationship with your baby and deepen communication Based on extensive research, case studies, and the author s own experience, Diaper Free is a warm and helpful companion at every stage, from the first magical days of your baby s life, to complete toilet independence BACKCOVER The true solution to the diaper dilemma Packed with information, examples, and support A valuable addition to the library of any pregnant or new mother Teresa Pitman, La Leche League International

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    • Susan says:

      I was fascinated by this book, but entirely put off by the author. She makes an excellent argument for the feasibility of Natural Infant Hygiene, and gives useful information about "how to". Unfortunately, she is an all-or-nothing attachment parent advocate and comes across as incredibly smug and judgemental. She is very pleased with her life: she lives on a farm (an ORGANIC farm, she's careful to tell us), made a special sling for her babies that allows her to wear them under her clothes, had a [...]

    • Phoebe Fox says:

      My kids did not go diaper free all the time, but my three boys were totally out of diapers by their 2nd birthdays. This book helped me teach them that they didn't have to "go" in their diapers. I do believe that we diaper-train our children in this society, and it's possible to avoid it if one has an open mind.

    • Caitelen says:

      I looked into this method when my first baby was about 6 months, but I never really got beyond cloth diapering. I would let her be loosely diapered at home to keep her aware of her movements, but other than that I never really pursued EC (elimination communication). I went the traditional route of potty training at 2 years and it was stressful for everyone. Especially getting her to do #2. We are now out of the woods, thankfully, but the stress of that season of training (which, for us, was abou [...]

    • Becca says:

      So this book is goofy. The writing is terrible, the author conflates unrelated cultural trends and blogosphere hear-say with actual information. So I did a bit of tooth-grinding on the way through the book. That said, there was some interesting information contained therein. To spare you the task of reading it yourself, here ya go:1. babies are born aware of their body functions but we train them to ignore their body signals by relying on disposable diapers2. parents can become aware of baby's r [...]

    • Nicole Hanson says:

      I read this book after starting to practice EC (Elimination Communication) and it was increadibly helpful in refining our "technique" with our son. We started practicing these techniques when our son was about 2 mos old and at 17 mos was completely out of diapers. He's now nearly 19 mos and happily wearing his nearly-always dry undies.

    • Cheryl says:

      says this was published in 2006, but I read this author's book with a similar title in 2003. It was beautifully written and really conveyed the resectful listening and bonding that occurs when allowing a child to be free of diapers and able to eliminate somewhere away from his body, and that it was actually possible to be in tune with an infant's elimination needs. Inspiring.

    • Jenn says:

      This book changed my life. While I'm not ready to make the leap to "diaper free" I haven't had to wash a poopy diaper in 2 weeks now. The first time I squatted 5-week-old Harlan over the bathroom sink, he peed like he'd been waiting for me to do this all along. No reason not to use this method if, like me, you're going to be home all day with your baby anyways. The book itself is a bit repetitive. If you're in a hurry I recommend reading only the intro and the how-to chapter.

    • Becky says:

      Fascinating. If this practice is as commonplace in less-developed places in the world as she says, I'm ashamed once again at how extravagantly wasteful we can be in the West, and how deeply ingrained the waste is in normal life. Of course, we'll see what I do with a kid of my own. Ha!BTW, I do think she over-romanticizes elimination communication a bit. At the end of the day she's just writing about holding tiny babies over receptacles while they pee or poop.

    • Lucinda says:

      I don't know how I stumbled onto the idea of "Natural Infant Hygiene" aka "Elimination Communication", but I am glad I did and it is very easy to work into my life. I prefer that my baby use a potty rather than sit in her waste for any length of time. She also prefers it. It's working out great! I love the book! And, it makes Americans seem so stupid compared to all the other cultures that already practice this.

    • Robina says:

      i agree with a previous reviewer that this author is a bit overpleased with herself. one of the things that disappointed me about the book was that there was a little too much ingrid b. (or ingrid b. waxing philosophical) a little too little practical tips. that being said, i find the subject fascinating and i personally think this is an inspiring introduction. i just also agree that the tone could put other people off.

    • Heidi Thorsen says:

      This makes all kinds of sense to me-- think about it, how did people deal with babies' elimination before diapers were invented? The babies were not just going all over the house (or hut, or cave, or tent, etc.). In the U.S most people first train their babies to go in diapers, then they have to teach them later that what they've been doing their whole young lives is wrong, and now the kids have to learn to use the toilet. It seems to me like it's much easier to just train them not to pee and po [...]

    • Shira and Ari Evergreen says:

      This is a very helpful book. It gives a great overview of the history of how we've handle babies' toilet needs, revealing the cultural and social aspects of how we treat babies, and what we think about their intelligence and physical capabilities from country to country. 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. Bauer is a sensitive and compassionate person and you can tell a [...]

    • GateGypsy says:

      I first found out about EC/Natural Infant Hygiene when I was searching online for arguments to support cloth diapering. I was about to have my first baby and had concerns about conventional diapering (mainly environmental), and my husband had already had two children in a previous marriage and was staunchly against cloth diapering because of the sheer volume of work he envisioned it requiring.Anyway, almost right away I came across EC and immediately requested this and one other book from my loc [...]

    • Mags says:

      I found this book while I was looking for a perfect diaper. I was tired of diaper change after the 1st month. 2nd month switch to cloth diaper, still lot of changes. What could be more perfect than not using it?! While the disposible diaper package clear instruct to empty the human waste before throw it away, how practical is that? And how many of us following it while out at a park or public? This book save my years of diaper change, from the 3rd month we were on EC, by 2 yrs 2 months(if i must [...]

    • Anastasia says:

      Before reading this book, I knew a little about Elimination Communication-- or Natural Infant Hygiene, as Bauer now calls it-- and I was interested in trying it with my new baby, due in February. But I didn't feel very committed or very convinced that it would work for me; I thought, "I'll just see how it goes."After reading the book, I feel very hopeful and informed, and really committed to making EC work. I feel really excited about this experience and pretty well informed about how to make it [...]

    • Caitlinleah says:

      I might have read this before I had a baby, but now I know how hard it is and I understand that you can parent much better in how to books than real life. As soon as I learned she was into unassisted birth I was done. I live in a city and believe in healthcare. This book is not for me.

    • Linda Ruggeri says:

      I liked this book because it challenged so many pre-set concepts I was exposed to and given as a new mother. 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. Like most parenting books, I find you have to take what works of your and disregard the rest (and not feel bad about it), so I do recommend it as long as you keep an open mind and realize that if you are reading this book it's because we are just tryin [...]

    • Misti Rusk says:

      Very helpful and realistic Great insight and information into the world of elimination communication. I have said many times that I want to raise my baby as close to natural and pure as possible. This book has made this goal even more attainable!

    • Stephie says:

      I highly recommend this book to every parent-to-be, new parent, or parent with a kid in diapers. You know, I recommend it to anyone with diapered (or non diapered) children in their lives!

    • Mikhai Vasile says:

      There definitely were a lot of good things Bauer says but there's also a lot of things that just don't hold water. Read with a grain of salt, and try to apply only the advice that you find useful. Otherwise, this book is a recipe for the overwhelmeds which no mom needs. :)

    • Charissa says:

      I so enjoyed reading the words of this gentle, wise mother. I appreciate her thoughts, not only on the subject of natural infant hygiene, but on mothering, raising kids, and life in general.

    • Ricki says:

      Here's my conclusion after reading several potty-training books. I think that no matter what you do, there is a very good chance that potty-training is going to be a long time commitment and huge hassle. You can do the work in the beginning (EC, from birth to possibly only up to a year), the middle (early potty-training, from 6mo to 2 years), or the end (after 2 years). With my twins, I waited until the end, because people told me to "wait until they're ready" and basically they would train them [...]

    • Heather Boyd says:

      What a sensitively written, supportive, and informative book! Ingrid Bauer is considered to be, I understand, one of the pioneers of Natural Infant Hygiene (aka Elimination Communication (EC), Infant Potty Training). Though initially skeptical of the entire idea of early potty training, I explored the idea of listening to my son's bowel and bladder cues through chatting with another mom about her journey with EC. Still not convinced, the gentle push to try EC came from a recent article in Mother [...]

    • Laura says:

      Very interesting book. It was less about potty training and more about attachment parenting than I realized. It made me feel bad for wanting to use diapers, as mothers that do Elimination Communication "obviously" want to have such a close connection with their child that they intuitively "know" when they need to "go." But it did get me observing Cannon a little closer, trying to put him on the toilet every so often just to get him use to it, and put another tool in my parenting belt.I did like [...]

    • Rebekah says:

      Diaper Free provides a LOT of interesting background information about EC (elimination communication) and has been encouraging to me in various ways. The mention of unassisted birth, breastfeeding, babywearing, co-sleeping, etc was all very comforting to me because I feel rather alone in those different matters and it encourages me to see that I am not the only one who does them. Also, the information she presents about disposable diaper marketing in the US, toilet training myths, and EC in othe [...]

    • Hillary says:

      A fascinating read! I found it intriguing enough to try going diaper free with my 4 month old. This book gives a brief introduction to how cultures in other parts of the world handle potty training at a very early age because many parts of the world do not have Pampers available. Some unexpected effects of this elimination communication ("E.C.") that I experienced was a very strong connection in understanding my infant's needs. I learned that that periodic, short-lived crankiness was the urge to [...]

    • Kelsey says:

      I'm new to the subject, but I felt like this book didn't focus on the mechanics enough. Too much time was spent advocating other things like breastfeeding (which I agree with) or not vaccinating (which I think is ridiculous and harmful). The author admitted in the beginning that she had a certain parenting style that she advocated, but often she veered into that dangerous territory where attachment parents tread too much: anyone who doesn't do things my way is wrong, and their baby will be forev [...]

    • Andrea Paterson says:

      I was, and am, somewhat skeptical about whether or not this technique will be effective. But this book provides great historical, anthropological, and scientific evidence for why it's a good idea to try it out and has me intrigued enough to give it a go once my baby is born. While some reviewers have characterized the author as too smug about her own organic and natural lifestyle I found her tone to be balanced and very low pressure. She provides a number of variations on full-time NIH practice [...]

    • Merrow says:

      I picked this up to find out if some of the outrageous (good and bad) claims I'd heard about Elimination Communication (EC) were true. Most were not! This book includes a history of potty training in the Western world, personal stories, and practical advice on how to implement EC. It seems very impractical to do full time in our Western culture, but what I found most encouraging is that this isn't an all or nothing approach.The author makes a very persuasive argument for this method of potty lea [...]

    • Sarah Joy says:

      This is a fascinating book, all the more so because my best friend Liziee practiced this with her daughter from birth and had an entirely successful and natural experience with the technique. So far I like the way the material is presented and (in contrast to the naysayers in other reviews here) think that Ingrid Bauer is very gentle in her wording - sharing that this is based on her experience, her findings from research, and from OTHER mothers' experiences. She does have the opinion that this [...]

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