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Diaperless parenting - Its’ place in the postSHTF world. If you do not have an open mind do not look.

After the SHTF there could very well be products that we all depend on that will no longer be available.

Disposable diapers are the dominant means of dealing with the bodily waste produced by babies. After a **** ready-made diapers of all kinds could become in short supply. I have found that most parents that use disposable diapers do not have a backup supply of cloth diapers on hand or have the knowledge necessary to be able to improvise diapers from the materials at hand. Some of you may have seen videos and photos taken in New Orleans after the hurricane of mothers carrying their babies around bare bottomed. This showed how quickly the supply of disposable products could be exhausted.

Cloth and disposable diapers both have their own problems when used in a postSHTF world. Cloth and disposable diapers take up much needed storage space in a your shelter, they add to the amount of that has to be transported when you bug out, they cost money that could be used to buy food and other preps and you still have to find a way to deal with the waste that is in the diaper. Cloth diapers require water, detergent, storage space and energy to wash and dry. If you use disposable diapers you have to find a place to store the used ones until the can be removed from the shelter and disposed of properly in the mean time you have to live with them in your shelter. If you use diapers, no mater if they are cloth or disposable you will also need something to clean the baby up with after the baby has soiled his/her diaper. This could amount to a considerable amount of products used during your stay in a shelter when you consider have to clean up the baby 5 plus times a day after he/she has experienced a blowout, set in the waste and smashed it around. Lets face it poop does not smell pleasant, not even a baby’s poop and every time you change the baby you will be allowing that odor to fill your shelter for all to enjoy.

Think about it what if you were in your home fallout shelter would you really want piles of used disposable baby diapers in there with you. And what about all of the space that is taken up by packs of diapers that could be used to store food. Of course you could use cloth but how would you wash them but that would us up your precious water in a very short time. After the SHTF where are you going to buy diapers and how would you wash cloth diapers? Diaperless parenting may sound a little odd but it has been done since a little boy said look mommy “See how I can bend my thumb“.


So if using cloth and disposable diapers are not the answer in a pre or postSHTF world then what is? In most of the world before the industrial revolution diapers were not used in the same way that they are used to day and in some parts of the world such as China, India and Africa to name a few they still aren‘t. It has only been in the last two years that China has made the move toward the standard of using diapers to deal the hygienic needs of their babies, before this the babies were dressed in Kaidangkus {open crotch pants.} allowing the child to be toileted with the need for undressing the child.

I am not going to rehash what in contained in the websites that I have listed. But I will say that the techniques discussed in the websites work and have worked for thousands of years.

Here are a few web sights that you may also want to read.

Information
http://www.diaperfreebaby.org/
http://www.diaperless.org/
http://www.timl.com/ipt/
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/eliminationcommunication/
www.egroups.com/group/eliminationcommunication
http://www.freewebs.com/freetoec/
http://www.naturalbirthandbabycare.com/elimination-communication.html
http://www.natural-wisdom.com/index.htm
http://cuddlebugg.com/misc/pants/pottypants.html
http://www.babyart.org/newborn/elimination-communication.html

Products
http://www.white-boucke.com/parentingcat.html
http://www.theecstore.com/
http://www.ergobabycarrier.com/resources/2007/02/elimination_communication.html
http://www.babyworks.com/catalog/default.asp
http://www.mamaroobabysling.com/newsite/MamaRooPants.html


News
http://onmilwaukee.com/family/articles/eliminationcommun.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2005/10/11/o...25d985055&ei=5090&partner=rssuserland&emc=rss
http://www.boston.com/news/globe/living/articles/2005/07/05/look_ma_no_diaper/
http://daddytypes.com/2005/07/06/i_know_that_face_elimination_communication.php
http://parenting.ivillage.com/tp/tppotty/0,,48lq,00.html
http://community.fox23news.com/forums/thread/1058702.aspx
 

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We switched to cloth diapers when my daughter was a little over 14 months. What an awesome switch. SO Much less trash. We even use cloths to clean her. All the diapers, wipes and inserts are bleached and hung out to dry. They are VERY different from the cloth diapers my mother used only 20 years ago!
 

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Good stuff, thanks.

I'm about 12 months from never having to change another diaper again. I will fall to my knees and thank God when that day comes.
I remember telling my wife, I can't wait until no more diapers or formula. Just think how much extra money we will have.

I am still waiting on that money. The government must keep it.
 

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Diaper free baby seems like a good way to go during a shtf senario. Right now our lives are so bussy with the day to day, making a living life that we can't see how our world works and communicates with each of us. If the shtf, that will all change. We will have to become VERY AWARE of our surroundings and how they affect our lives, in order to live a successful existance.
 

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We always used cloth diapers right up until the Grandkids started using disposables on the Great grandkids. Guess they don't have time now to wash them out.:mad:;):eek::
 

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There are a couple hippie girls I know that practice "elimination control". Lots of literature on it I think.

My 2 year old has been diaper free for a couple weeks now and I'm loving it... except when she pees on my leg in outhouses.... badges of honor kick booty.
 

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That first website is pretty interesting reading. I never really thought about how the rest of the world does it. It makes sense, though. I don't have kids nor any plan to have any but it's always good to think about a back-up plan.
 

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Native Americans used cradle boards lined with cat tail down or other absorbent material and it was changed when it became soiled. It is likely the cradle board will make a comeback for babies, after SHTF.
 

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I've been in many countries where little ones wear no diapers, no pants either for that matter. Whether it would fly among the ocd generation with the archaic attitudes about genitals in America, I don't know. Works pretty well in warm climates from what I've seen...
 

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We switched to cloth diapers when my daughter was a little over 14 months. What an awesome switch. SO Much less trash. We even use cloths to clean her. All the diapers, wipes and inserts are bleached and hung out to dry. They are VERY different from the cloth diapers my mother used only 20 years ago!
Same here.
 

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I went from cloth to disposable diapers this year. It was harder to tell when the babies needed changing with the high tech cloth diapers and we wound up with a lot more diaper rash than we needed to.

If we have to go to cloth tomorrow I'm not going to lose a whole lot of sleep about it. We'll figure something out. I used to like cloth better, but now I'm not so sure. I know my girls are more comfortable being changed more often.
 

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Native Americans used cradle boards lined with cat tail down or other absorbent material and it was changed when it became soiled. It is likely the cradle board will make a comeback for babies, after SHTF.
In addition, some tribes would fill animal skin diapers with leaves to help absorb the waste. Supposedly, the tannins in the leaves would prevent diapers rash as well...
 

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Our son is due late nov.. Already buying cloth with the outer covers. If i have to wash em after SHTF i have a pond out back to collect water and a wood stove for hot water. Till then it will be rinse and wash, We already hang dry everything when its warmer then -20f.
 

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We know the native people were smart enough not to use poison oak leaves. Have heard stories from friends who used poison oak leaves to wipe....... yikes!!! I imagine there will be a lot of people with the "rash" post SHTF.
 

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I tried cloth diapers as well and had to change all of the baby's clothes a couple times a night. If worse comes to worse, we have them for emergencies, but I stocked up on disposibles when they were on sale and nearly have enough to get her through the next 12 months. Post SHTF we can use our water for something better than washing diapers.
 
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