Believe it or not, some parents are skipping the diapers altogether and directing their infants to the toilet. That’s right, there’s a new fad called “elimination communication” or “natural infant hygiene” in which parents start to potty train their babies as early as a few weeks old. According to The Washington Post, children whose parents use this method usually do still wear cloth diapers as a precaution, but go through them less frequently than babies who aren’t potty-trained yet. Supporters of elimination communication believe that babies have a natural awareness of their bodily functions and know how to communicate their needs -- mom and dad just have to pick up on their cues and know when to take them to the bathroom. No doubt the practice saves money and helps the environment, but parents also believe it’s another way to bond with your child because you’re following them so closely.
What do you think of elimination communication? Would you try to potty train your newborn?
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