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Old 01-18-2007, 02:53 PM   #11
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Re: Do you know about diaper history?

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well diapers werent always used, way back in the day, and even now in many "less civilized" countries people recognized that a baby had control over their elimination needs and just cued into it and they would just stop wearing them and give them a tree or something to go on. Now a days its called Elimination Communication.
Too right! In some parts of the world folks still don't use diapers. The book, The Gentle Wisdom of Natural Infant Hygeine, has a nice chapter on this subject. We are ECer'd but since we have wall to wall carpet, we're full time cloth diapered as a back up as well. I so wish we had different flooring.

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Old 01-18-2007, 03:30 PM   #12
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Re: Do you know about diaper history?

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well diapers werent always used, way back in the day, and even now in many "less civilized" countries people recognized that a baby had control over their elimination needs and just cued into it and they would just stop wearing them and give them a tree or something to go on. Now a days its called Elimination Communication.
a former employee of my husband's (who worked in our home, he ran a small business from home) was from Russia, and had never seen diapers - cloth or otherwise - in her life before she came to the US. they EC there, in conjunction with "swaddling clothes" basically rags that they swaddle the babies in and just wash 'em up if they get pooped and peed in. at least, in the rural area she's from. urbanites in moscow use diapers for the most part nowadays. she thought baby clothes were a total hoot - just like big person clothes only so tiny! she'd never seen anything like it! she was also quite shocked (and rather disgusted) when she found out how late some kids potty train in the US, as she'd never met a kid in her life that wasn't full time using the potty by the time they were 15 months (and that was old).
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Old 01-18-2007, 06:45 PM   #13
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Re: Do you know about diaper history?

I was told that my great-Grandma hung wet diapers (most likely handmade flats, i.e. rags) on the line for reuse as long as they weren't poopy. She did rinse out the poopy ones. I guess she had a washday in there sometime?

Can you imagine!

I love hearing about the history of EC. The more I hear, the more sense it makes.

I have a Better Homes and Gardens big hardback Baby Book from 1961. I found it at Goodwill, and it happens to be the year my oldest brother was born so I asked my mom about what I read in it. My brother wore plastic pants (often the bloomers that went with the outfit set) just when they went somewhere, otherwise he just wore a pinned diaper. Even for naps - they laid babies on pads...and they also kept the nursery window open at night b/c the 60F chilly night air was "good for them". They had potty chairs with belts and buckles and the common age was 12-15 mo. The book is full of fascinating stuff!
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