I know. Its gross. Its smelly. But wouldn't we all have it come out than not at all?
Having a baby is like making a commitment to getting- up, close and personal with poop. Not only will you deal with it first hand, you will take great interest in the technicalities. Colour, texture, quantity- everything tells you a story.
Thank God for diapers! Or rather thank Marion Donovan!
Apparently she was tired of washing soiled linen day in and day out that she sat down with her sewing machine and shower curtain and made a plastic underwear (called boater). And later she also developed the first waterproof disposable diaper.
But don't you just hate it when such a fabulous invention that makes life easy for us ironically destroys mother nature. Diaper waste happens to be the 3rd largest consumer item in landfills accounting for 30% of the world's waste. And its not biodegradable. It is so easy not to think about it, we just roll it up and stuff into the cute 'Diaper Genie' that magically eliminates smell and sight of this little waste. Out of sight, out of mind.
Of course there are options:
- You could use cloth and wash it yourself.
- You could use cloth and get someone else to wash it for you. (I read that some countries have diaper service) Personally I think its a really humanitarian service)
- You could design a bio-degradable one. (Will you please?)
If 'mom' mathematicians are correct, your child will need more than 3000 diapers in the first year alone. And the Internet points out that on an average a diaper will cost you Rs. 10. And most often children are not potty trained for at least 3 years. Now you can do the math.