(NEW YORK) -- Parents attempting to let their babies go "diaper-free" know better than to aim for complete success because bladder control can be tough -- but they do aim for potties.
They also aim for sinks, bathtubs, trees, bushes and tires.
Letting the baby go to the bathroom in anything other than his or her pants will do, according to the rules of "elimination communication," as going diaper-free is called by the parents who practice it.
The idea is to recognize the baby's need to go and then communicate to the baby when he can do his business by holding him over a toilet (or something) and making a sound. Parents choose the method for many reasons, including fostering better early communication with their children and reducing their environmental impact by getting rid of disposable diapers.
"It's not potty training," said Tami Colon, 36, a preschool owner and mother of two diaper-free children in San Jose, Calif. "It's not coercive. It's really just responding to the needs of your baby."
I'm so intrigued by this idea! Has anyone here ever given this a try? If so, what was your experience like?