Contact us : ditchthediapers@diaperstork.com


About the Ditch the Diapers Initiative


Until disposable diapers were introduced to the world in 1961, children learned to use potties and toilets by the age of 18 months on average. Since then, the art of teaching kids to stay dry by age 2 has been largely lost in American culture, and the average age of daytime dryness has crept past age 3.

Our initiative draws on the cultural wisdom of elders and immigrants to help Seattle parents reclaim the lost skill of teaching toilet use at the most appropriate age. We aim to reduce the 8,500 tons of diaper waste heading to landfills each year while saving $70-$100/mo. for families who help their children learn this important skill.



Join Our Team! We are hiring for both paid and volunteer positions.




Potty Training Educator

This is a part-time, grant-funded position, expected to run from September 2019-September 2020. This experienced person will teach free classes to parents in one or more locations in the City of Seattle and will be our local go-to person in this project for difficult questions about potty training complications and challenges.


Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Collaborates with project leaders to develop the curriculum for potty training classes

  • Does not advocate a rigid method, but supports parents in understanding the basic tenets of successful earlier/non-prolonged potty training. Draws on traditional methods and modern resources such as Oh Crap Potty Training to teach basics and address complications.

  • Learns from and incorporates knowledge of Green Granny & Nanny colleagues.

  • Respects various cultural norms and different ways of doing things.

  • May consult with and support individual families who turn to us with help in potty training.

  • May consult on the creation of outreach materials for doctors and daycare providers.

Paid training (e.g. an OCPT certification course) may be available for the right candidate. If possible, we are interested in supporting someone who would like to build on his or her previous experience to develop a potty training consulting business in Seattle. Low-income, bilingual and candidates of color are encouraged to apply.


Elimination Communication Educator

This is a part-time, grant-funded position, expected to run from September 2019-September 2020. This experienced person will teach free classes to parents in one or more locations in the City of Seattle and will be our local go-to person in this project for elimination communication complications and challenges.


Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Collaborates with project leaders to develop the curriculum for elimination communication classes

  • Inspires and motivates our EC Challenge participants (10-15 families who pledge to try it for a year).

  • Contributes to an online forum about EC.

  • Learns from and incorporates knowledge of Green Granny & Nanny colleagues.

  • Respects various cultural norms and different ways of doing things.

  • May consult on the creation of outreach materials for doctors and daycare providers.


Green Grannies & Green Nannies (volunteer)

We aim to assemble a group of elders, immigrants, and others who have experience with early potty training and EC who can support Seattle parents as they change the way they think about and do potty training. Experience with cloth diapers and knowledge of other languages are also valued.


Green Granny / Green Nanny volunteers will have a chance to learn from each other and receive training in key concepts and strategies to communicate to families.


Tasks and responsibilities may include:

  • visiting an organization as a guest speaker on the topic of potty training

  • visiting daycares to consult on how childcare workers can support children’s toilet learning

  • providing potty training support to parents in person, over the phone, or online

  • coming to a parenting class to assist the teacher and share personal experience



Translators and Interpreters

We are looking for individuals who can translate paper and online documents from English into Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, Amharic, Tigrigna or Somali. We may also need interpreters to help families access our Elimination Communication and potty training classes.


Some grant funding is available to pay professionals, but we also welcome volunteer efforts from community members or professionals who are eager to help our initiative succeed.