Originally Posted by ema-adama
And it is a pretty intense commitment
It doesn't need to be!!! Just offer a couple of times a day and you'll make a difference. What I did with my little one when she was brand new, was to open her diaper when she fussed and let her lie on it. If she peed/pooped on it, I would make the 'sssss' sound to get it in her head as something associated with peeing/pooping. After a while (like after a week or so?), I would make the sss sound when I wanted to give her a chance to go, and sometimes she would. Again, usually while she was lying on an open diaper (she didn't like to be held over a bowl when she was just a week old).
You could just opt to offer at the most likely times and/or when it's convenient for you. Some good times to try are:
1. If she's ever nursing and popping on and off the boob, is unable to settle down and nurse, is nursing very fussily, etc. For both my dd's this meant they needed to pee/poop (or it meant that they were EXHAUSTED).
2. Any time you change a wet diaper just give her a few extra seconds to lie on the open diaper while you "ssss" at her.
3. Right after she wakes from a nap (before she starts to cry).
4. After you've been carrying her for a while and are ready to put her down.
5. 5-10 minutes after nursing...the first time you notice her fuss after you nurse and burp.
6. Any time she suddenly fusses when you've been carrying her happily for a while.
7. Any unexplained fussiness that can't be cured with boob, needing a diaper change, sleepiness, or burping is probably due to needing to pee. So if your baby slept recently, has nursed, doesn't need to burp, and is dry...chances are she needs to pee!
I rarely do any naked time. I almost always use diaper backup, and when I don't, I usually have her on a puddle pad or something to catch any mess that results. It works just fine, and reduces the initial "wow, this is an intense commitment, I have to get this perfect or I'm going to get it!" feeling.
Also, a good read is "Diaper Free Baby" by Christine Gross-Loh (not Diaper Free by Ingrid Bauer. Some people really like this one too, but I think it makes it seem more like it does have to be an intense commitment, especially to folks who are just starting).
Good luck! Have fun and don't stress about it--I think that's the most important part actually. If it becomes a big deal or overwhelming, it can make you both stressed about it...not worth it in my opinion. Just do what works for you easily and don't try to push yourself to do more.