Many new parents struggle with "diaper dilemma"...whether to use cloth or disposable diapers during their new baby's pre-potty years. Eco-activists have long held to the belief that cloth diapers are better for the environment than disposable...they reduce waste, keep plastics away from baby's bottom, and are much cheaper than disposables over the long run.  Still, there is no denying that cloth diapers also require quite a bit of water and energy (and time!) to launder after each use.

Some parents have eschewed diapers all together and turned to a method called “elimination communication” where parents learn to “read” their baby’s cues and rush them to the potty when they appear ready to go. Inevitable messes aside, this method is unquestionably better for the environment because it doesn’t require the water, energy, or landfill space of diapers. However, it is not for the faint of heart. If you can not devote your full attention to watching your baby for “cues,” save yourself and your baby some frustration and use another method.

For more information about Elimination Communication, check out Diaper Free Baby or Natural Birth and Baby Care.

Photo courtesy of Lunapads (Using EC to Minimize Diapering)

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