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Waste Free Toilet Training

As Waste Free Parenting Week with The Nappy Lady draws to a close for 2016, I'm left wondering what more Bath & Potty Time can do to help reduce waste. We already do what we can as a business to reuse and recycle and we actively stock eco friendly products wherever we can.

We're also in a position to educate, not only on bathing and toilet training, but also on specific methods that will help parents and our wider communities. So here are a few ideas on eco friendly toilet training.

Toilet training with less waste

Go cloth...even if you didn't at the nappy stage

girl in cloth training pants

We believe cloth training pants are better than their disposable counterparts on so many levels:

  • They look and feel more like real undies
  • They're better at allowing your child to feel wet
  • They come in a greater variety of colours
  • They're cheaper over time
  • They cause less strain on the landfill
  • They can be handed down to siblings or friends' children.

Your child will generally go through less training pants than nappies on a daily basis, so cloth trainers are no big deal to wash, even if you previously decided cloth nappies were too much for you. See our article on washing training pants for more info.

Consider training early

Whether it's disposables in the bin or cloth in the wash, nappies are a strain on the environment and a pain for you. Most NZ parents today are using child-led toilet training methods which require a level of readiness that usually happens well after age two. There is NOTHING wrong with this and, in fact, this is the method we used for our two boys.

However, IF you have both the time and inclination to train earlier, you absolutely can. Intensive potty training methods can be very successful for the 12-18 month age group. Some parents train even earlier using Elimination Communication; a method used widely in the third world and which requires a very close attachment parenting style. It's not for everyone but it can and does work.

Vote with your wallet

I'm gonna let you in on a surprising secret I've learned as a retailer...

Most people don't show a preference for eco friendly products in their buying decisions

This applies even where the price differential is as little as a couple of dollars and the sad truth is that, until we start voting with our wallets, most manufacturers won't make eco friendly products in any significant volume.

Beco Potty and Step

To find eco friendly products from Bath & Potty time all you need to do is hit the Eco Friendly Products link from our Home page or use the Eco Friendly filter under Qualities on any category page to find the products with eco credentials. Our favourites are the Beco range of potties and step stools, which are made from a farming waste product and are completely biodegradable.

Flush only toilet paper

Despite the claims on some product packaging, there is simply no such thing as a flushable wet wipe. While the wipes may safely make their way down the drain, they cause expensive and gross problems when they reach the waste water treatment plant.

If you're looking for proof just see this One News segment on the reality right here in NZ. Your alternatives are:

  1. Throw all wet wipes, including "flushable" ones, in the bin or
  2. Use cloth wipes. We used moistened face cloths on our kids - buying one particular colour for bottoms and another for faces. Then they were just added to the wash with nappies and/or training pants. When going out they can be pre-moistened and packed in a small container.

Waste free parenting is unfortunately not the norm right now but it actually only requires small adjustments to your habits. Once you get your head around the little things you can do, you can make a big impact on your family's waste levels.

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