Bringing up baby
Some of the wackier parenting practices...
- Elimination Communication
Otherwise known as EC, this is the practice of training baby to let you know when he or she has to "eliminate". The parent takes cues (grunting, crying, etc) and holds the child over a "determined target" such as a bucket, toilet or open ground.
The goal is to use nappies as little as possible, or not at all. This practice is quite common in many eastern countries, but it's a relatively new idea here in the Huggies-loving West. Some of the proposed benefits are the reduction of rashes and fussiness, and less rubbish in our landfills.
However, should Dad forget the bucket and be stranded without a toilet, he'll have to find a discreet place to hold baby aloft while he or she fertilises the bushes.
- Potty Training Services
If you aren't feeling up to the challenges of toilet training, you could always fly someone in from Potty Training Services. Their motto: "Let us take a load off your mind." This US-based company will send someone to your home to work with your child on mastering the art of relieving him or herself.
The company offers several packages. Parents can opt for the Quick and Economy Pack Starter (one day a week for five hours at US$150) or if you're panicked, maybe try the Quick and Ultimate Pack 2 Starter (five days a week for eight hours a day at US$800).
- Insignia's Little Buddy Child Tracker Need to know little Liam's whereabouts every moment of the day? Well, slip a tiny GPS tracker into his backpack, and you can follow his every hop, skip, and jump. If he should wander away from the designated monkey bars, you'll promptly receive an SMS alert message.