adoption.com

adoption.com

 
JOIN 800,000+ MEMBERS JOINJOIN Cancel
image






Adoption Forums®

Members List Photos Events Local Adoption Support Search Arcade Reviews Membership Upgrade
Welcome to the Forums.
If this is your first visit, be sure to check out the FAQ. You may have to register before you can post or search: click here to proceed. To start viewing messages, select a forum below that you would like to view or click View All of Todays Posts.
Forum Categories

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
  #1  
Old 08-03-2005, 10:42 AM
stephdpenn's Avatar
stephdpenn stephdpenn is offline
Dreams do come true!
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 1,170
Total Points: 53,276.48
Donate
Question I have read that babies in China do not wear diapers, is that true?

I hope this isn't a stupid question but we are just starting in the process so my knowledge isn't the best yet. I have read somewhere that the babies in China do not wear diapers. If this is true then how do they keep the babies clean? Believe me my last concern is getting wet on the first time I get to hold my daughter. I am worried about the sanitary conditions and health of these babies. Any info would be great. Thanks.
Stephanie
Reply With Quote
International Adoption Information
Become an adoption forums premium member to enjoy these Membership Benefits:
  • Remove Advertising
  • Unlimited Arcade
  • Unlimited Attachments
  • Increased PM Storage
  • Calendar Posting
  • Larger Avatars
  • Personal Page
  • Just $19.95 / yr!
International Adoption
Click here to visit Adoption Home Study Provider
If you live in the U.S. and are going to adopt, you will need an adoption home study. Click here to find a home study provider in your area. Get Started Today!
Adoption Home Study Provider
 

  #2  
Old 08-03-2005, 10:51 AM
starsnstripes1 starsnstripes1 is offline
Member
Join Date: Apr 2005
Posts: 57
Total Points: 2,170.00
Donate
I don't know about infants, but I know toddlers wear "split pants". They are regular pants that literally have a split between the legs so that when nature calls, they can just squat and go without lowering pants. :-)
__________________
Shannon

NICHOLAS IS HOME!
LOI 6/10/2005
PA 7/01/2005
DTC 9/23/05
LID 10/26/2005
TA 1/9/2006
Forever a Familiy 2/7/2006

http://bringinghomenicholas.blogspot.com
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 08-03-2005, 11:25 AM
sak9645 sak9645 is offline
Senior Member
Join Date: Aug 2002
Posts: 4,860
Total Points: 91,544.74
Donate
It depends on where the child is living.

In my daughter's orphanage, disposable diapers were used. Although my daughter was given to me stark naked under a thin playsuit -- no diaper, no split pants -- I soon found out that Becca was not toilet trained and definitely wanted, and was thoroughly familiar with, disposable diapers.

In many orphanages, even very young children are seated on potty chairs until they "produce", at regular intervals. They are also taken to the potty if they show signs of having to "go". Some may wear regular clothing, with pants that must be taken down. Many, however, wear split pants, which make it easier for the caregiver to put the child on the potty. This basically is the Chinese way of toilet training.

In some Chinese cities, traditional families keep their children in split pants, and it is not considered bad form if a child squats in the road to relieve himself/herself -- whether urinating or having a bowel movement. However, I can't really picture this happening in Xiamen, my daughter's city, which is very Westernized and clean.

In very poor orphanages, there have been stories about children with rags for diapers. But I suspect that you won't find this sort of thing unless you get a child from a very remote orphanage that is new to international adoption and hasn't benefitted yet from the orphanage donations.

Some Chinese babies will have medical problems, such as parasites, that affect the digestive system. They will have them, whatever sort of approach is taken to managing the young child who isn't toilet trained. Even a child in disposable diapers could come home with Giardia or Ascaris, for example.

Sharon


Sharon
__________________
Sharon, age 68
"65 is the new 45!"
Mom to Rebecca
born 10/18/95
adopted 5/5/97
Xiamen (Fujian prov.), China
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 08-03-2005, 11:35 AM
SofiasMom SofiasMom is offline
Senior Member
Join Date: Apr 2004
Posts: 560
Total Points: 10,002.99
Donate
Babies in alot of developing countries do not wear diapers (they are a luxury). The mothers know their baby's bodily timing and/or train them. And it may be cleaner to use a pot then have baby in a dirty diaper. As for the health of babies, it depends on the orphanage and the individual baby. China is still a poor country compared to the US (annual wages are between $1,000 - $2,000).

My daughter at 11 months came to me in a diaper. I don't think she was trained.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 08-03-2005, 12:02 PM
Korrie Sue's Avatar
Korrie Sue Korrie Sue is offline
Member
Join Date: Oct 2004
Posts: 135
Total Points: 10,177.52
Donate
I definately agree that it depends on the orphanage. Many use 'infant potty training'. If you want to learn more about this technique of potty training I recommend the following book: Infant potty training : a gentle and primeval method adapted to modern living

This book has a special chapter on Asian techniques.
__________________
Korrie Sue
4/11/05 - Preliminary Application
4/12/05 - Filed I600-A
4/17/05 - 1st Homestudy Visit
4/25/05 - Formal Application
4/30/05 - Fingerprinting Appointment
6/03/05 - Completed Homestudy
6/23/05 - 171H arrived (Michigan)
7/01/05 - DTC
7/05/05 - 30th Birthday
7/15/05 - LID
8/25/06 - REFERRAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
9/21/06 - Recieved Travel Approval
10/26/06 - Left for China
10/30/06 - Gotcha
11/8/06 - Home from China
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 08-03-2005, 01:17 PM
AmoyGirl AmoyGirl is offline
Member
Join Date: Mar 2005
Posts: 57
Total Points: 286.00
Donate
It definitely depends on where the child lives. It also depends on how traditional the caretakers are.

We lived in Xiamen (which is quite prosperous and Westernized) and saw lots of children in disposable diapers. We also saw children in split pants (even infants) who were trained to urinate on command (at the sound of a soft whistle by the caretaker). In Xiamen, they rarely urinated in the street--they were usually taken to a potty, or were taken over to a garden or behind a tree. However, in other (poorer) cities we visited, all of the babies and toddlers we saw were in split pants (diapers were way too expensive) and it was totally normal for them to relieve themselves in the street.

I worked at a kindergarten, and I will say that all of the older toddlers who came to our school (1.5 and up) were totally toilet-trained before they came, which completely amazed me!

It's not always a matter of economics as to whether or not a child in China wears disposable diapers. The English national news channel did a program on diapers when we lived there, and found that many traditional families (poor and rich alike) found disposable diapers to be constricting and dirty. They considered it much more sanitary for children to wear split pants and be cleaned immediately after each movement, rather than, um, sitting in it (sorry to be crude!). I thought that was interesting, as I had always considered it unsanitary NOT to put a diaper on a baby!

Morgan
__________________
Morgan
Mommy to ds Aidan (June 2004) and waiting to turn 30!
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 08-03-2005, 03:59 PM
Sean&Shan's Avatar
Sean&Shan Sean&Shan is offline
Senior Member
Join Date: Oct 2004
Posts: 689
Total Points: 11,013.74
Donate
Morgan- thanks for the cultural insight, very interesting.
I also wanted to add that many of the moms I have spoken with who received potty trained infants said that the benefit was lost by the time they returned to the States and tried to get on a new schedule, overcome jet lag, etc. It was just too difficult.
__________________
Shannon & Sean

Joined with Eliza Catherine Yu 4/18/06
Began Paperchasing for #2, 1/4/07
LID for #2, Elinor Margaret (Ellie) 7/13/07

www.babyhomepages.net/lizzielink
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 08-03-2005, 05:19 PM
stephdpenn's Avatar
stephdpenn stephdpenn is offline
Dreams do come true!
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 1,170
Total Points: 53,276.48
Donate
Thanks everyone for the information. I had always just assumed that the infants wore cloth diapers and maybe reusable plastic pants. I really didn't think disposable diapers were an option (financially) for the orphanages. I have 2 biological sons and I couldn't imagine either one of them being "potty trained" at such a young age. When I get our daughter I don't expect her to remain trained, I want her to just take her time being a baby. As far as parasites go my concern was that since they didn't wear diapers that they might be left to lay in their 'mess' unnoticed and as anyone that has ever been around babies know-they will play with anything! I expect my daughter to have some sort of infection, parasite or rash when I receive her. These types of things are easily caught by children in all living arrangements. Again thank you to everyone for their input.

Stephanie
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 08-04-2005, 09:48 AM
carolinek's Avatar
carolinek carolinek is offline
Junior Member
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 26
Total Points: 4,740.00
Donate
Stephanie,
Thanks for asking a question like this. Don't apologize for wanting to learn everything you possibly can. Its our responsibility to prepare for as many cultural and economic differences before we go to China. The more prepared we are the better focused we can be on our children.
Reply With Quote
Reply

« Previous Thread | Next Thread »

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Points Per Thread View: 1.00
Points Per Thread: 15.00
Points Per Reply: 5.00


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 06:43 AM.