Australian journalist and mother, Cindy Lever, is discouraging parents against using diapers but instead make infants defecate “naturally” in the sink. The new and controversial “parenting strategy” is called Natural Infant Hygiene or Elimination communication.
Writing on an Australian parenting site, the journalist says that she uses the method on her two-week-old baby, and posted pictures of her holding the baby over a sink.
The Heat Street reports:
“Babies are no different from adults and naturally don’t want to soil themselves,” she writes. “Using a nappy is something they get used to when their cues to go the toilet are not heard or understood. This instinct is then lost altogether at about six months old if it has been ignored.”
Lever claims many cultures around the world practice the nappy-free method which has been lost in the West. She uses a combination of “common sense, instinct, timing and vocal and physical cues”. When she senses that the baby needs to go, she brings it to the sink and likens it to puppy training.
“With my puppies I would take then to the grass and tell them to wee. Now when I need them to go the toilet, for example at night, I just put them out and tell them to do wee.”