Ello ello (just continuing the aliteration hehe)
I am just feeling a little bit blissful about our nappy free baby today. Maybe it is a delayed response to a midwife who weighed Ramona this afternoon who was so baffled by our nappyfree 8 month old that she just kept going on and on about how she was the cleverest baby she has ever met, during which I felt quite awkward and judgemental with my unconditional loving and non rewardy self, but maybe this contentedness is my deeply ingrained desire for praise self rearing it’s satisfied head. Ha.
But maaaaybe it is just the best thing I have done with my LO, along with breastfeeding and babywearing, and I am just suddenly thinking: why doesn;t everyone do it? Especially green/attachment/natural parents?
To be honest, when I first heard about it I thought it was totally crackers. And I genuinely only started doing it because I thought “If my job now is motherhood, and all I do all day is mother, I might as well fill my day up with something other than breastfeeding- ahh, holding my baby over the toilet saying PSSSST will do”. But within a few days I realised that this totally worked, that she loved going outside of a nappy.
And now the reasons why I love it are ten fold:
It is a continuation of me meeting her needs, when I feel she is hungry, I feed her, when I feel she needs to wee, I help her.
I love the communication- her wriggling, eyeballing me, grunting when she needs to go.
The sense of connection when we are so in sync.
We immediately went down from one laundry wash of nappies a day to one a week.
I never have to clean poo up, ever.
I love seeing her freedom of movement without a nappy, I love her lolling around naked on warm days.
My husband has been able to get hugely involved in this side of parenting.
When I go out I don’t need a big fat nappy bag. Just a spare pair of leggings for a miss!
Of course, there is another side- some days we have wee all over the floor, and some days we are quite out of sync, and I have no expectation that she will be totally potty trained before others. (Although today we did only have one tiny wee out of a potty and all other buisness inside.) But even breastfeeding has its dark side- Ramona has teeth now- the pain!!!!
But still, I do wonder, why don’t more people do it?
Hehehe, I did warn you that it was evangelical!
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