Czech Culture & Adaptation Multicultural Family

Lose the diaper, but keep the bottle?

June 5, 2009
baby with pink diaper on blanket

How do economics and culture play a role in determining toddler training?

Living in Prague, I’ve often watched as a child younger than my two-year-old is plucked from the stroller to do his business at the edge of a playground or on a street corner. Afterward, I’ve seen the same child, bottle in hand, settling comfortably back into his stroller, opening his mouth wide while his mother spoons in yogurt or homemade soup. Compared to the trend of potty-training after a child’s second birthday in America, babies in the Czech Republic lose their diapers early, even if the standards have been pushed back from previous generations.

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