The Diaper Situation

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Flag of China  , Hebei Sheng,
Wednesday, October 5, 2011

They don't use diapers in China for the most part. Aside from a few of the richer families and for the very youngest babies they aren’t used at all. The children instead are put in pants with the crotch cut open allowing them to go whenever they need. This apparently is the common practice because it reduces waist. In a country with as many people and therefore as much waist as China has, I understand the logic but the view is still odd to me, along with the overall concept. The idea that kids run around; basically bare bottomed, popping squats wherever they are to relieve themselves is alien to me. I wonder how it is possible that the kids and mothers holding them don’t have messes on them all the time, a friend explained that to me though. He said that the babies are potty trained when they are very young. Not potty trained like Americans think of it but trained so they hold it and either go when the mother makes a noise or they make a noise when they have to go and the mother just holds them over at bush or trash can or whatever happens to be close. That is of course for the younger ones; the older ones who can walk will just sit down on the sidewalk or the grass and relieve themselves. It’s crazy to me but that’s China I guess.
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Ruby ELL on

In China it is not the same as the United States. In China the children use pants with the crotch cut open but here in the United States we use normal clothes. You say that the older ones who can walk will just sit down on the sidewalk or on the grass and relieve themselves. In the United States we do not do that because we want to keep it clean.

Katherinne ELL on

I love your stories because they are splendid. I did not know that babies don't wear diapers. That is so gross and funny. I feel like I am with you. I hope I can go to China like you.

Jerry ELL on

I wouldn't even stay a day on China if they could do their stuff on every block! Wouldn't it stink, like every minute or second around the streets? It is very different from the United States and China. Here they actually have to go to the restroom and their small children just do it in the street. Now I get why you call it the diaper situation?

Antonio ELL on

Do you think the diaper situation is gross? Would you raise your kids like that? I think that it is gross to poop in the trashcans. If you were one of those kids would you feel awkward? I know I would.

redflavell on

Ruby, Katherinne, and Jerry,
You are right in America we don't let our kids just go on the street or in trashcans. In china though it is just a different culture so the people here don't see it as gross or out of place. They grew up doing it so they don't mind it. For us it is wierd but what I have to remember and what anyone who goes to another country needs to remember is to have an open mind. What we see as odd in them they see as normal and some of the things we think are normal they think are odd. If you keep an open mind things like that won't seem gross anymore just different.
katherinne I hope you can come to China someday too.
Jerry you never know you might come to china and love it.
Antonio Yes it is a little gross but like I said before its just different and you get used to it but no I don't think I would raise my kids like that. you siad you would feel awkward doing that but if you had been doing it from the time you were a little baby you wouldn't know to feel awkward becasue it would just be normal to you.
thank you guys for your comments I enjoyed them.

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