Is There a Connection Between Potty Training and the Economy?

Apparently there is. According to Lisa Belkin in today’s New York Times:

Things like disposable diapers, which keep children from feeling as sodden and sticky, seem to have delayed the age at which they opt for the toilet instead. And disposable training pants — diapers masquerading as underwear, a cross-over vehicle for the 3-year-old set — have arguably lengthened the process further.

This year, it seems, the sagging economy may now be having an unexpected effect on methods and timing of training. Disposable diapers are not cheap (an average of 42 cents each); neither are training pants (68 cents a piece), which, while convenient, do not rise to the level of necessary.

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