New on Slate’s generally excellent How Babies Work blog by writer and dad Nicholas Day: Diapers make walking more difficult for babies. He pretty much nails the idea of adult-fostered obstacles to independence. Here’s the lede:
So let’s say you’re a baby. You really want to walk, but walking turns out to be hard—stunningly hard. And then it hits you: This would be a lot easier if your parents hadn’t stuffed this big heavy bag of warm pee between your legs. Is this some sort of practical joke?
Not sure I’m ready to go all the way with diaper-free babies as detailed in the New York Times here and skewered on Slate here, but around the house on the hardwood floors, with a clean-up cloth at hand? On the grass in the back yard? Why make life harder for babies?
It’s not clear whether Day has heard of Montessori and A to I in particular, but you can easily let him know at his contact link here.