DIY Cloth Training Pants

DIY Cloth Training Pants

Although potty training finally officially ended a few months ago, when we were in it, I struggled with finding options for long car trips, naps, and night time.  I looked into cloth trainers and even reviewed a few options, but I just wasn't totally happy with the results from them.  Especially when I added up the cost of cloth trainers versus how much they absorbed. So, instead of investing in more cloth training pants, I decided to make my own after a super fun pin I saw! Now, don't misunderstand - these actually perform just like the cloth trainers that I reviewed.  They don't hold a ton of liquid {just like other cloth training pants on the market}, they won't keep your sheets completely dry at night or their clothes dry in the car, if it's a big accident.  BUT they will absorb … [Read more...]

Last stages of Potty Training: Teaching Toddlers a Personal Care Routine

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I was inspired to share with you how I'm teaching my daughter a personal care routine as the last stage of potty training in this post sponsored by Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias and their client. Since Sophia has been potty training for over a year and a half now, we're finally at the last stages.  Yes, she's been potty trained for a long time now, but teaching her a personal care routine so potty trips can be done on her own, at least at home, has been a learning process. Honestly, it's just way easier for me to help her, but isn't that the case with most things that we try teach our child to do independently?  And it's an important concept for her to … [Read more...]

Nighttime Potty Training Continues

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I was inspired to write this post in the When Parenting Gets Tough Series: Nighttime Potty Training as a part of participating in a campaign with White Cloud Sleep Pants.  This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of White Cloud Sleep Pants. Back in February, I shared the trials and tribulations {there have been lots} of nighttime potty training.  We've done the going straight to panties thing, we've done the limiting liquids thing, the wake them up in the middle of the night to go thing?  Yep, done that too. Sophia is just not physically ready.  That's what I've come up with and since deciding this back in February, we've both been a lot less stressed. Even though she's been potty trained during the day for almost 18 months now, we're both accepting … [Read more...]

5 Tips to Make Nighttime Potty Training a Success

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Last week I shared with you how Nighttime Potty Training was going in our house {it's not} and a Tutorial for a DIY Waterproof Mattress Pad. This week I'm sharing 5 tips that will making Nighttime Potty Training a Success {hopefully!} 5 Tips to Successful Nighttime Potty Training 1.  Wait Until Your Child is Physically Developmentally Ready. We've tried a couple of times to get Sophia potty trained at night, one just recently, with little success.  She is just not developmentally ready.  So, how do you know if your child is?  He/She should be waking up dry at least 5-6 mornings out of the week.  Sophia would occasionally, but that just wasn't enough.  To have success, this is important that your child's bladder can handle holding the liquid all … [Read more...]

Nighttime Potty Training {& a DIY Mattress Pad Cover}: When Parenting Gets Tough {a series}

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Today I'm tackling one of the toughest parts of parenting a toddler - Potty Training.  Well, specifically Nighttime Potty Training. I would almost guarantee that every parent would list Potty Training on a list of Tough Parts of Parenting {well, that is until they reach the teenage years} and although there are a ton of methods of Potty Training out there - one doesn't work for everybody. Luckily, Sophia started potty training very early.  She was wearing panties at 18 months, but still had occasional accidents and actually still does.  It's really hard for a 2.5 year old to pause in play to take a potty break.  But now we're dealing with Nighttime Potty Training. Nighttime Potty Training Nighttime Potty Training isn't quite as predictable as day potty … [Read more...]

My Top 5 Favorite Earth’s Best Organic Products – Potty Training

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As the start of my 2nd round of the Earth's Best Blogger Program, I've been given the opportunity to share my favorite Earth's Best Organic products with you!  They've given me the ok to share the product that I've loved the most throughout my previous months of reviews and I get to offer it for a giveaway to you!  Ready to see what it is!? 5.  Earth's Best Infant Puree Pouches are great!  They come in so many flavor varieties and mixtures.  I love that I know the fruits and veggies that are in them are organic and good for Moreaya.  They're easily portable so when I can't take along my homemade baby food for her, she has a great option! 4. The Pop Snax are a great and easy snack to offer Sophia when she wants something quick.  Earth's Best only made them better when they started offering an individual bag that's travel friendly and … [Read more...]

Potty Training Continued – Out and About

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I recently shared that we are still technically Potty Training.  We have days where no accidents occur and then something switches and I feel like we've taken 2 steps back in the process.  But, knock on wood {for the hundredth time}, this past weekend Sophia has done great! She's been consistently potty trained at home for months, but when we got out in public it's a totally different experience.  As I said before, as soon as we get in the car she needs to go and you can bet that any store or restaurant we visit - we'll see their bathroom!  Some aren't so bad and I don't mind, some we could definitely do without.  Potty Training in public as easy as changing a diaper on a changing station, like those from BabyChangingStation.com.  It's more about trying to keep a toddler from touching every.single.thing in the stall! We've about got … [Read more...]

We are *still* technically Potty Training!

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Yep.  I would definitely use the terms "Potty Training" rather than "Potty Trained" to describe Sophia.  Even though she's successfully being using the potty for over 6 months now, we've not got it totally down pat to where she won't have an accident randomly.  Sometimes it will be a week between an accident and other times she will have 2 in one day! When we're home she does wonderful.  She wears big girl panties around the house and cloth trainers for nap time and we're still in cloth diapers at night.  But as soon as she gets in the car, it's like her bladder just can't take it!  So, when we know we're going to be gone for awhile, we usually grab a Pull-Up.  It seems to set her back a bit every time, though, because she knows she can have an accident in them and it won't show outwardly.  So, we try to let her wear her regular … [Read more...]

Potty Training Continued

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Although Sophia is technically day potty trained, I still say that we are in the stages of Potty Training.  Why?  Because she's still very young - turning 2 in just 6 days!!!  She still has some accidents, although they are usually just small because she tries to "hold it" and wait until the last possible minute to make a dash for the bathroom.  I also use disposable pull-ups on her when we go on longer day trips - when we're going to be in the car for over an hour.  She is still not night trained or nap trained, but I'm not pushing it because she isn't ready at all. We tried a variety of cloth training pants and although they worked great for around the house, for small accidents - they do not work for us outside of the house.  So we've been using disposable trainers.  I was really excited when I saw a pack of their TOTS Potty … [Read more...]

Choosing Green Options with Earth’s Best Disposable Diapers

Although I use cloth diapers on both girls 99% of the time, it's nice to know that there are green options even when choosing disposable diapers. Some people choose not to use cloth, which is totally fine, but I would still urge you to find safer, green-er options for your baby!  This is especially true for babies that have sensitive skin. Earth's Best Chlorine Free Disposable Diapers are available in seven sizes and made with renewable resources and fewer petro-chemicals to reduce your baby's environmental footprint. Made from non-chlorine bleached materials Contains natural absorbant material such as corn and wheat Made with fewer petro-chemicals Breathable sides Moisture barrier cuff Refastenable tabs Latex-free, dye-free, perfume-free I was sent a pack of Earth's Best Disposable Diapers in my last box of … [Read more...]

Real Diaper Week: Waste Reduction/Elimination Communication

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This blog post is a part of a series to celebrate Real Diaper Week and the Great Cloth Diaper Change that will be taking place this Saturday, April 21, 2012.  Each day this week, I’ll be discussing a different angle on the topic of cloth diapers to bring more awareness to the Event and to CD’s themselves!  Feel free to chime in by way of the Comments section, or if you’re a blogger yourself – JOIN IN the fun! Real Simple Real Diapers Waste Reduction –  Waste Reduction, Environmental benefits, Elimination Communication (diaper-free baby) It's a very easy debate to win when you make the declaration that cloth diapers produce much less waste than disposables.   An average child will go through about 6 disposable diapers a day, in a 2 1/2 year period that's 5,600 disposable diapers!!! Another great advantage to using cloth diapers is … [Read more...]

Elimination Communication FAQs {a Guest Post}

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My name is Rachel. I became a mom to a beautiful little girl on 2011-11-11. I am a trained Speech Language Pathologist therefore, I am very interested in anything that has to do with communication. I think that's why Elimination Communication appealed to me from the first time I heard about it. I read 'The Diaper Free Baby' by Christine Gross-Loh and decided that this approach would fit perfectly with the way we want to raise our daughter. I've been ECing her since she was born. First of all, let me say that I'm really happy to share my knowledge of EC (Elimination Communication). I don't claim to be an expert but I can share what we do, what works and doesn't work for us.  Before I share my personal experience (in a future post), I'll start by answering the top 10 questions people ask me all the time. If there are other ECers reading … [Read more...]