Sunday, December 2, 2007

Diapers and Potty Training (the French way)

So while we were in Paris we ran out of diapers on the last day and needed to make an emergency trip to the local Monoprix (luckily they were still open at 8 pm). I had a hard time finding the Little Man's size. I could only find pull ups in his size -so I took what I could get.

Later that evening when I was talking to Adorable Friend and I found out why I had such a hard time locating diapers in size 4. It turns out that a famous French Pediatrician from the 70's encouraged parents to start potty training as early as 4 months. I found this incredible especially since I've been told not to push potty training at all ('let the child discover the need themselves'). So, children in France have and carry around there own little "popote." Not a bad idea. I think I'll give it a shot.

As I was looking at the bag of diapers I noticed that they donate one vaccine for a child. All I could think was "Wow, why don't they do that in America?"

Speaking of which take a look at the pull up without the crappy branding!


Gloria said...

Do you think the French encourage early potty training to reduce the use of disposable diapers? I mean, aren't disposable diapers anti green? Just one girl's opinion.

Alex said...

I think early potty training, first and foremost, is a great relief to the wallet. The fact that it is also a green thing to do is a bonus to most people.