It's been five months since we last spoke. Lindsay here — the original Queen of Green.
While my replacement Tovah has been enlightening you on the topics of countertop sprouting, our right to a healthy environment and homemade Easter egg dyes, I'm immersed in baby sign language classes, story time at the library, mom and tot swimming and potty training. You heard me, potty training!
A large part of my quest to have a green baby was to go diaper-free or practice elimination communication (EC). I'm here to tell you it works (and it's easier than you think)!
My newborn son, Wyn, peed on the potty at 13 days old. I'm not kidding.
At four months old he uses the potty five or six times a day, as long as I'm not lazy and offer it. Even if you're using eco-friendly cloth diapers, it makes a huge difference. After all, cloth diapers need a cold water rinse, then a hot wash, arguably special diaper soap and what feels like a day in the dryer (cause I haven't bought enough to take the time to hang to dry).
I challenge new moms and dads out there (as if you're short on challenges) — give it a try.
Here's how: after your baby wakes from a nap or immediately after a diaper change, hold your baby over the toilet or an infant potty and make this noise, psssssss. I guarantee, you'll be surprised.
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While I've missed inspiring the Queen of Green audience, rest assured I've taken my "green" ideas to various mom groups. I've got them putting their newborns on the potty, going scent-free, and doing baby massage and bath time with non-toxic products, too.
This parenthood gig is no easy task. I commend all of you moms and dads who are doing your best and have added "protect the planet" to your already full daily "to do" lists.
Lindsay Coulter, Queen of Green