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A group of NY mothers has decided to toss the diapers and potty train their babies. 'Elimination communication' is gaining popularity, but pediatricians say not so fast. (May 9)

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STORY: NY INFANT POTTY TRAINING 20130506TRT: 1:47SOURCE: AP TELEVISIONRESTRICTIONS: AP TELEVISION CLIENTS ONLYLANGUAGE: ENGLISH/ NATDATELINE: APRIL 30, 2013 - NEW YORK, NYSHOTLIST:AP Television - AP Television News Clients OnlyApril 30, 2013 - New York, NY1. Mid shot: Adriane Stare walking into bathroom with son Loren2. Soundbite: (English): Adriane Stare, mother and owner Caribou Baby: "He has a far away glance in his eyes."3. Tracking shot: Stare holding son Loren over toilet4. Low shot: Stare holding son Loren over toilet5. Soundbite: (English): Sarah Longwell-Stevens, mother: ""The idea is that babies are born not wanting to soil themselves, not wanting to soil you."6. Wide shot: GoPro camera footage Stare walking into bathroom with son Loren7. Tight tracking shot: GoPro camera footage of Stare lowering son Loren onto potty training seat8. Soundbite: (English): Adriane Stare, mother and owner Caribou Baby: "I'd make a noise to cue him, to let him know that he was going, so if he pee'd I'd say 'oh you just pee'd, ssssss.' And then by two or three weeks I would give him that same cue noise and hold him over a potty he might go pee if he had to go then."9. Tight tracking shot: GoPro camera footage of Stare lowering carrying son Loren AP Television - AP Television News Clients OnlyMay 3, 2013 - Cleveland, Ohio10. Soundbite: (English): Dr. Deb Lonzer, pediatrician at Cleveland Clinic: "There are potential psychological stressors for the baby. If you misread the signals from the baby and you're constantly putting the baby on the potty, then you're not allowing the baby to develop the types of skills that the baby should be developing."AP Television - AP Television News Clients OnlyApril 30, 2013 - New York, NY13. Mid shot: mothers seated during meet up session at Caribou Baby store14. Soundbite: (English): Leah O'Donnell, mother: "After coming to the meet up I thought to myself why don't I try to see if I can take her over and take her out of the diaper and if she'll go. And she did."15. Mid shot: O'Donnell playing with daughter Ada16. Tight shot: Longwell-Stevens kissing daughter Isobel17. Wide shot: GoPro camera footage of Stare walking out of bathroom with son LorenVOICE OVER SCRIPT:(natural sound) THERE ARE CERTAIN CUES ADRIANE STARE LOOKS FOR TO SEE IF HER SON LOREN HAS TO GO (SOUNDBITE: ADRIANE STARE/MOTHER/OWNER CARIBOU BABY)"He has a far away glance in his eyes when he has to go poop."STARE IS ATTEMPTING TO POTTY TRAIN HER 4-MONTH-OLD USING A METHOD CALLED ELIMINATION COMMUNICATION…A DIAPER FREE METHOD OF POTTY TRAINING INFANTS THAT'S GAINING MOMENTUM WITH NEW YORK MOTHERS.(SOUNDBITE: SARAH LONGWELL-STEVENS/MOTHER)"The idea is that babies are born not wanting to soil themselves, not wanting to soil you."UNLIKE POTTY TRAINING TODDLERS, ELIMINATION COMMUNICATION RELIES ON PHYSICAL CUES….SEE WHAT YOUR BABY DOES IMMEDIATELY BEFORE GOING TO THE BATHROOM, THEN CREATE A PARENTAL CUE TO ASSOCIATE WITH GOING POTTY…(natural sound) (SOUNDBITE: ADRIANE STARE/MOTHER/OWNER CARIBOU BABY)"I'd make a noise to cue him to let him know he was peeing. So if he pee'd I'd say 'oh you just pee'd, sssss'. When I would give him that same cue noise and hold him over a potty, he might go pee if he had to go then."IT'S NOT EXACTLY FOOL PROOF, THERE ARE PLENTY OF ACCIDENTS… and some doctors question the benefits of potty training so young.(SOUNDBITE: DR. DEB LONZER/PEDIATRICIAN/CLEVELAND CLINIC)"There are potential psychological stressors for the baby. If you misread the signals from the baby and you're constantly putting the baby on the potty, then you're not allowing the baby to develop the types of skills that the baby should be developing."YET THE CONCEPT OF STARTING AT AN EARLIER AGE APPEALS TO THESE MOTHERS.(SOUNDBITE: LEAH O'DONNELL/MOTHER)"After coming to the meet up I thought to myself why don't I try to see if I can take her over and take her out of the diaper and if she'll go. And she did."THESE MOTHERS RECOGNIZE IT MAY NOT BE FOR EVERYONE...BUT THEY SEE IT AS A WAY TO STRENGTHEN THE BONDS WITH THEIR BABIES....AND SAVE MORE THAN A FEW DIAPERS…IN NEW YORK, BONNY GHOSH ASSOCIATED PRESS.