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Diaper Free: The Gentle Wisdom of Natural Infant Hygiene [Kindle Edition]

Ingrid Bauer
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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 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

Editorial Reviews


"...bolstered by Bauer's exhaustive research... Success stories and detailed practical advice make it seem possible. An interesting read." -- Susan Spicer, Today's Parent, Pregnancy and Birth Special Edition, Fall 2001

"I highly recommend this warm enjoyable book, packed with information, examples and support to any pregnant woman or new mother" -- Teresa Pitman, co-author of "Pregancy and Birth: The Best Evidence"

From the Back Cover

"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

Product Details

  • File Size: 2298 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Plume (August 29, 2006)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001R6OTCQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #256,237 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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119 of 123 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Practical and inspiring June 20, 2007
As a family physician, writer on pregnancy, birth and parenting; and mother of four (my last baby raised 'diaper-free'), I found this book practical as well as inspiring.
I know it can be hard to believe that babies can be raised without diapers (and it is certainly not what I was taught at medical school), but after seeing it with my own eyes, I know that babies really do have the innate ability to communicate their elimination needs.
I also know that it is a gentle and baby-centered approach that enhances and deepens the relationship between mother and baby, and does not involved training, coercion, or distraction from normal activities such as play and learning.
As a mother and MD, I believe that this method (which is also how most babies around the world are raised) is healthier and more hygienic than putting babies in what has been called a `walking toilet', not to mention the financial benefits for the family and environmental benefits for the Earth.
I would highly recommend this book and this method, with the proviso that it requires a lot of physical closeness and also dedication from at least one carer. (In traditional cultures, the grandmother may be the main person to do this) I think this is especially true in our culture because we are usually parenting in isolation and don't have this method as part of our parenting lore.
For these reasons, it is probably easier for those who use (or plan to use) attachment parenting approaches which emphasize closeness and parental responsiveness such as baby wearing, co-sleeping and breastfeeding.
If you are interested in this style of parenting, you will particularly enjoy the gentle philosophy in this book, and Ingrid's sharing of her own experiences.
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73 of 76 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Show your child some respect **updated at 19 mos** January 12, 2006
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My mom alerted me to the phenomenon of raising babies without diapers, and before deciding she was crazy, I ventured on some research into the subject. After having quickly read through this book, I thought to myself, "I bought a book on this?" It's a good book, it's just very... common sense. Ingrid Bauer explains how she came to the conclusion that she didn't want her baby stuck in diapers in such a way you'd think that any mother would come to the same conclusion. Of course, they don't, because we live in a diaper culture. We just don't see it much in the US, but it is actually widely practiced throughout the world. I plan to start with diapers, practice the "Natural Infant Hygiene" Ms Bauer recommends, and see what happens. Her philosophy is that kids naturally know when they are going to eliminate, and they'd rather communicate to you that they have to go than go in their diapers and wait uncomfortably for you to get them a clean one. She also hypothesizes that babies will forget how to control their elimination if you don't start communicating with them earlier on than 2 years, when most parents potty train their kids. Thus, they have to learn it all over again and it's a big pain that can be embarrassing for both of you.

Even if you aren't home with your kid 24 hours a day, it's still possible to use the techniques when you are around. It's not an all-or-nothing solution. You can diaper part of the time, and communicate with your child about eliminating when you are around. One cool thing is that most kids who have learned to control their elimination from birth have very little trouble with bed-wetting. 10% of 10 year olds still have bed-wetting episodes! That means 10% of 10 year olds are self conscious about and not fully in control of their elimination.
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51 of 57 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bauer's a little wacky March 22, 2006
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But this is nevertheless a worthwhile read. Bauer is definitely the crunchiest of the three authors of early-potty-training/elimination communicating books. Boucke has more cross-cultural information. While I have not yet read Sonna, it looks like she has the most historical/research based information.

Bauer spends a lot of time describing ways to increase the bond between mother (parent, caregiver . . .) and baby, including, obviously, natural infant hygiene/elimination communication, but also including baby wearing next to the skin and, in general, lots of skin to skin contact. She is, in her own quirky way, an inspiring mother.
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Proceed With Caution May 7, 2011
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Using this book as a guide, we have been practicing EC with our daughter since week 6. It was great until recently (month 5) when she now can't sleep well (we have come to the conclusion) because she often wakes up and needs to go to the bathroom. After reading Elizabeth Pantley's no-cry sleep books, we now know the science behind baby sleep which has revealed that babies briefly wake up many times (between sleep cycles) throughout the night and then have to fall back to sleep either with help or on their own. The problem with EC for us is our baby will sleep for 40 minutes (typical sleep cycle lasts 40-60 minutes long) and then wake up, have the sudden awareness of a very full bladder (because this awareness has grown through the use of EC) and then cry out to go to the bathroom. She goes from deeply asleep to lightly awake and then fully awake after she senses her full bladder and has to be held over the potty. This fully wakes up the family and starts an hour long process of getting her back to sleep. When other babies of her age are sleeping 5 hours (our baby used to do this prior to developing great bladder and bowel awareness through the use of EC) now she rarely goes beyond 2 hours. Of course, different babies with different personalities will have different experiences, but this is what is happening in our family, and though EC has positives (it was great when she was suffering from gas and colic because it provided relief), I'd have to say I regret choosing to do EC now that I know it seriously disturbs our daughter's and our sleep. It also disturbs her day time naps which (based on sleep research) should be around a hour and a half, and are only around 40 minutes long (she wakes up needing to go to the bathroom between cycles because of EC and can't go back to sleep after going). Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars dont buy, just look up EC on YouTube
Repetitive,dull. I don't need to be convinced, i need instructuons, a little less lecture a lot more advice please, dissapointed. Just look up EC on YouTube and save your money
Published 2 months ago by Huge Hat
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoy, learn and try
I would advance to readthis book as a very first inspirational book about the subject.
That's just a classical work. Enjoy, learn and try! Thats quite easy and just amazing!
Published 3 months ago by Tanja Russita
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A great new way to look at diapering.
Published 4 months ago by Stephanie Detschman
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic write up of why Natural Infant Hygiene is possible ...
A fantastic write up of why Natural Infant Hygiene is possible and also the bond that can be achieved by parent and child when you endeavor to meet your child's needs.
Published 5 months ago by John R. Schannep
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and inspiring
This is a very beautiful and inspiring book. It is full of heart and also very helpful information. Really enjoyed it.
Published 9 months ago by Charo Botin
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything you need to know about EC
This book isn't only a guide to having a baby free diaper it also has a general insight on attachement parenting which I enjoyed. Read more
Published 9 months ago by SK
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting read
How to pick up on the signs your baby needs to toilet if you want to keep them diaper free. Interesting read. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Noise Factory
5.0 out of 5 stars Gentle wisdom is right...
I read this book while pregnant with my first and my husband and I are just beginning the EC journey at 5 weeks. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Alaya Morning
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
The ideas are clearly presented and the demystification of the necessity of diapers is the most important message of the book. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Plinio Moreno Lopez
5.0 out of 5 stars Very thorough...
I was looking for more of a manual or How To book, and this book offers way more than that. The first half is the philosophy behind EC, and the second half gets into how to... Read more
Published 11 months ago by evan vangsnes
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