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Arguments on toddlers’ crotchless pants

Popularity 15Viewed 6751 times 2014-12-20 03:06 |Personal category:Growing with my daughter|System category:Life| crotchless, pants

A pair of crotchless pants that have a split in the crotch for Chinese toddlers has become a contentious issue in the United States since last month. It was reported that some onlookers in Monterey Park, California seeing the boy with his little butts exposed were so shocked and an American woman reported the run-in to the local police. When police arrived and learned that the pants are mainly to enable the kid to do his business easier and faster, the police couldn’t just believe what they hear.

 

As to my knowledge, the pants are ubiquitous in China. Maybe there is the historical reason. In the old times we didn’t have the paper pampers for kids while frequent washing of the urinated wet cloth nappies was so troublesome, then some smart person invented this special ‘open-crotch pants’ for toddlers to save time and energy. It is considered to be so convenient that it has been used till today for generations.

 

Chinese traditional toilet training involves wearing the special crotchless pants. And the same pants are available for both boys and girls. The toilet training starts as early as the baby is born. A parent or grandparent sits on a chair with their legs spread apart a little bit, and holds the child between their legs (their hands under the child's knees). The parent makes a gentle "xuxu" sound to try to encourage the child to go. The two of them sit there and wait until the child does his business. We are all familiar with the scene because we were used to be trained like this before. I think it is a wise training only if it were performed in your private household or in the wash room but not in front of public.

 

There have been intensive arguments on Chinese parents dressing a baby with crotchless pants only, and let him/her to urinate and defecate wherever he/she pleases. Undoubtedly it is not a socially acceptable behavior. Besides, children also have their privacy, even they are too young to realize this. As for children having their lower body exposed, people see it as ‘disorderly conduct’ on the part of the child’s parents.

 

I saw on the internet some supporters commented that it was because of cultural difference. But I personally can’t find any cultural connection. I feel it more like an inappropriate traditional experience and its byproduct coming with.

 

For the sake of safety, the exposure is unhygienic and makes the child vulnerable to cold and accidents such as boiling water, or animal bites, or sharp knives. Even worse, this outfit might draw pedophiles. Once the kids get hurt, you won’t even have time to cry. Besides, it will indulge the kids to do their business anytime and anywhere they want, which are not socially acceptable.

 

However, the design of toddler’s crotchless pants is a somewhat wise invention if you can make use of it accordingly. The combination of a pair of open-crotch short pants and a pampers is a perfect summer pick in Nicole’s clothset. The pampers protect the kid from exposure while the opening design of the pants let more fresh air go in to the nappy area and helps expel the humidity out, which can help diminish the kid’s red nappies significantly. I don’t want to see kids with crotchless pants only, neither do I want to see them with pampers only (pampers are easily loosen up). With one more piece of dress, what a perfect mix-match it will turns out to be!

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