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It's the bottom line: no nappies, no mess An article by a once sceptical Daddy, very funny!

Mothering, Mindfulness and a Baby’s Bottom: An introduction to EC
A beautiful exploration of the increased awareness EC can bring by Dr Sarah Buckley.

Healthy Elimination and Genital Integrity Through Elimination Communication The Shaming of the Poo By Jaiya

A Fast Track to Toilet Training for Those at the Crawling Stage
From the New York Times in 2005. Wonder how widespread EC is in the USA now?

Our nearly nappy free journey - the first six months Article by Marion Badenoch Rose

The Beginning of Disposible Nappies - A brief outline of the by Jannine Barron from

A piece on early toileting by bestselling author of Baby Love, Robin Barker

Elimination Communication - Being Part of a Nappy Free Community
Singing the praises of support groups! By Lahluna Ochre

Nappy Free An Article by Nicole Moore, Filmmaker and creator of this site.



Disposable Nappies: When did they begin?
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A former assistant beauty editor of America Vogue, Marion Donovan came from a family of inventors. She began creating plastic coverings for cloth nappies to stop leakage, using shower curtain material. In 1946 she patented "the boater" made from parachute cloth. It covered the cloth nappy. It was successfully marketed from 1949. Donovan also invested plastic snaps as an alternative to safety pins. She began using absorbent paper inside the boater instead of cloth but manufacturers were not interested in her idea, saying the product would be too expensive to make. So she set herself up in business and sold her invention a year later for 1 million dollars. Procter and Gamble were the first company to make serous money out of the nappy with their own design that came later when they launched PAMPERS in the USA in 1961. It was immediately successful and they could not meet demand for that year. By 1971, US companies found that disposable nappies was the single largest source of waste problems on American Highways. The first pamper still lies in landfill with full biodegradability estimated at 150 years. The first disposable nappy was sold in Australia in 1965. Over 400 billion (an incomprehensible amount) of disposable nappies remain in landfills throughout the world.

Thanks to Jannine Barron of for this information.

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