Baby butts are cute.
They’re small, pinchable and insanely adorable… that is, until they’re everywhere.
On a recent layover from Thailand, I found myself in Beijing, China for 15 hours. Though I was under the impression you needed a visa to enter China (even if just on a layover), it turns out, you don’t. Upon arrival in Beijing I was awoken by airport personnel waking me up and saying “Want to go outside? See Beijing? Beijing?”
You don’t have to ask me twice!
I was out of there, and before I knew it I found myself hiring a driver for the day and touring the sights: The Forbidden City, Tianenman Square and The Great Wall.
It was incredible, but along the way I kept noticing something peculiar:
There were baby butts everywhere … and they were pooping on everything.
Honest to God– I saw a baby, pooing and peeing on the entrance to the Great Wall like it ain’t no thang. Insane!
A bit of research revealed that “split pants,” as they’re known, are worn as an economical alternative to diapers, giving children the convenience of using the bathroom wherever they want.
They are extremely common in rural parts of China, but are just as visible in larger cities, especially with warm weather.
The trend is clearly cultural, but I’m not sure how I feel about it.
On the one hand, I think it’s awesome: a simple solution to lack of diapers that’s certainly better for the environment. On the other: how can these parents allow their babies genitals to be so on display? Does this not create an even larger mess, in the pants and in the streets?
Can everyone please stop pooping on main walking paths and national monuments?
What do you think about this curious tradition? Crazy? Or Genius?