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(The New York Times)   Latest hipster parent trend: going diaper-less. 'The Onion' wishes it could make things up like: "diaper-free meetups, where parents exchange tips like how to get a baby to urinate on the street between parked cars   (nytimes.com) divider line 216
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2013-04-22 11:09:42 AM

Lorelle: Ms. Shapiro scattered little bowls around the house to catch her daughter's offerings, and her sister insisted that she use a big, dark marker to mark the bowls so that they could never find their way back to the kitchen.

ugh, gross


Heh, my dog always makes it outside.  No dishes!!
 
2013-04-22 11:46:48 AM

res_nihil: Do cloth diapers really save that much waste?  I'd imagine that the water and other resources you'd need to wash them as often as you do would negate other environmental impacts, and unless you're composting or making fertalizer with the feces it still has to be disposed of somehow (or is it just flushed?).


Personally, I didn't care as much about the waste as the expense. We cloth diapered until 1.5 years (after a year, we did disposables only at night because apparently my daughter's bladder is the size of a watermelon). My daughter's eczema became so terrible, we were forced to switch to nekkidness or disposables. Frankly, I kind of hate it. I NEVER had to worry about running out of diapers. I'd just do a load of laundry. Now I have to keep adjusting my Amazon subscription and hope I got it right this time so we don't run out. We are to the point of pull-ups anyhow and the idea of cloth pull-ups with no cover seemed silly to me. All that wool in Houston climate is asking for heat rash and other unpleasantness. I spent about $250 on cloth - prefolds and covers. That was it. For a year of diapering. It's about $.27 per diaper. Our water bill barely went up. Maybe our electric bill did a tad but ... not enough to notice. For a newborn who goes through anywhere from 6-12 in a day... I'll let you do the maths.

I'll be honest. I tried to E.C. because I thought it was an interesting idea. I mean, come on. I know when my dogs need to go out. They get that look in their eyes... I think it lasted about three days before I said "F no." I wasn't going to use a BOWL. Sink, sure. Toilet, of course. That didn't always work out trying to wait to get there.
 
2013-04-22 11:53:22 AM

specialkae: Once upon a time, there was this mythical thing called "diaper service" and the dirty diaper man would come by once a week and retrieve the soiled cloth diapers and return them clean, fresh and ready to reuse. Or so I've heard. I was a child of the 70's and my mom put cloth diapers on my believing them to be more healthy and to avoid diaper rash and paid the poop truck guy weekly. I haven't seen a diaper service truck on the streets for at least 20 years. Someone should open up a business like that again, bet they'd be in high demand.


There is ONE in Houston. ONE. I couldn't get over it. I would've paid for it gladly for the first 3-6 months. It would've been worth every penny. Too bad there's no way in hell I'll be starting one up myself.
/BF BM isn't bad
//formula BM is GODAWFUL
 
2013-04-22 12:47:23 PM
Ms. Shapiro is a doula, which is an overeducated niche occupation that lets wealthy hippies and brave iconoclasts find one more fancy word to throw around with their friends over bowls of artisan water and free range durian fruit smoothies.
 
2013-04-22 12:51:41 PM
We had some parents who let their kid go diaperless. We lost a cherished family tricycle we brought with us from Singapore the day he decided to sit on it after doing his business.
 
2013-04-22 01:39:06 PM

God Is My Co-Pirate: LiberalEastCoastElitist: Feral_and_Preposterous: So when they're in their crib do they just piss and sh*t all over themselves?

Apparently one of the parents is hovering over the child 24 hours a day.

I swear, half the trendy parenting advice right now is setting feminism back 50 years. Why use a stroller when mum can carry the baby for two years? Why use diapers when mum can follow baby around 24-7 with a pooper scooper? Co-sleep! Extended breastfeeding! Don't even think about an epidural!  Make your own baby food from organic pureed lentils! Whatever you do, don't leave your baby's side, and don't even think about having fun!


Jesus I noticed it too.

It's insane, I think a bit of it is Mommy Competition and also people only have 1 or 2 kids, it forces parents to try and make their kid's "perfect" because they only have 1 shot.

Thankfully, I live in the socialist republic of Canada so I will get a year off from work so I can do a middle ground approach.

I also plan to stay away from Mommy bloggers.
 
2013-04-22 02:32:57 PM

Dragonflew: ZombieApocalypseKitten: ///Still dirty diapers that we wanted to be rid of years ago

Dude. Just throw them away. Bronze some baby shoes instead or something.


Speaking of dirty diapers and bronzing shoes, remember when Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes had a kid? They didn't bronze her baby shoes, but... (not-safe-for-lunch photo).
 
2013-04-22 02:52:12 PM

shortymac: I also plan to stay away from Mommy bloggers.


Best advice anyone can give. Although, I really suggest you start your own private blog/LJ/physical notebook for your own keepsake. Honestly, even if you just write something as simple as "shortymac jr had the best smile today!" every day you'll never regret doing it.
I regret not starting my own Day 2.... It's amazing what you forget.
 
2013-04-22 02:52:36 PM
shortymac:It's insane, I think a bit of it is Mommy Competition and also people only have 1 or 2 kids, it forces parents to try and make their kid's "perfect" because they only have 1 shot.

Yeah. I'm due for my first in a few months, and I've had ALL KINDS of people tell me what I "should" be doing. And oh, that brand of diapers you picked is blah blah, use these ones, weaved from the permed hair of a zebra, they only cost $87 apiece! -paraphrased by another pregnant friend whom I've started to ignore.

I'm so fed up with all the "advice" nowadays. Know who I'm taking advice from? My MOM. Know why? Because she didn't take any kind of hipster garbage back in those days. I played in the dirt. She let me cry at night-I was fine. I slept in another room. I had strollers and play groups and babysitters and was fed formula. I WAS FINE.  I'm probably going to have an epidural- I'm ok with this. One friend crucified me over it. I plan on working and Dad will stay home. That's not anti family, it's just how our jobs work- once I go back to work about four months after she's born, Mr Kiwi's job will allow him to work from home.

And mommy blogs? No thank you. I have a hard enough time with the atrocious spelling and grammar on some baby forums when I go asking questions about specific stuff.

There's a onesie out there I'll likely get several of. It has printed on it- "My mother does not want your advice." My kid will wear that in public A LOT.
 
2013-04-22 03:05:53 PM
This sounds like the perfect solution for crackhead welfare queen moms who need to sell their EBT cards for crack.  No need for diapers.
 
2013-04-22 03:56:25 PM
Seriously, how is this different from dogs, who poo and pee everywhere?

If it bugs you in public, TAKE OUR YOUR CAMERA PHONE AND TAKE PICTURES (or actually, just pretend to)
Same with public breast feeding.

You do it in public, then it's public domain and I can take a picture of whatever you are doing and post it on facebook.
 
2013-04-22 04:01:08 PM

you_idiot: Seriously, how is this different from dogs, who poo and pee everywhere?

If it bugs you in public, TAKE OUR YOUR CAMERA PHONE AND TAKE PICTURES (or actually, just pretend to)
Same with public breast feeding.

You do it in public, then it's public domain and I can take a picture of whatever you are doing and post it on facebook.


Until the cops get called on you for pedophilia and child pornography. Come on, this is Fark. I remember a story here just last year where a dad was almost arrested for taking pictures of his OWN KIDS playing at the park- he had to prove his parentage and STILL had to delete his pictures.
 
2013-04-22 04:45:47 PM

Quickpull: I suppose it would be a waste of time to point out that elimination communication is the most widely used method in the world.


I have never known a parent who didn't use it.  Kid gets "that look," someone asks, "Do you have to go potty?" and pretty soon kid makes the connection.  How the fark else would it get done?
 
2013-04-22 04:49:46 PM

BarkingUnicorn: Quickpull: I suppose it would be a waste of time to point out that elimination communication is the most widely used method in the world.

I have never known a parent who didn't use it.  Kid gets "that look," someone asks, "Do you have to go potty?" and pretty soon kid makes the connection.  How the fark else would it get done?


Maybe once they're past a certain age, yeah, but a baby under 18mo or so? No way. Far too young and unable to communicate efficiently. *at least, this is my experience. Ask me again in a couple years when my kid is two and I may have a different answer.
 
2013-04-22 06:51:18 PM
Somewhere, someone has got to be making a killing off of these farking idiots. There can be no other explanation for planting this seed in someone's head.
 
2013-04-22 07:14:37 PM
Hi New York.

Fark You.
 
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