Thursday, April 19, 2012

Cloth Diapers and Potty Training

So this was supposed to be a cloth diaper update. In fact, its been in the works for probably six months now! Since then however, we have moved to "serious" potty training. I'll give you my diaper update first and then move on to big boy things (I feel like I say that a lot these days).
So the Fuzzibunz were going great. That is until Rylin started having a reaction to them while he wore them overnight. I tried stripping and soaking and every suggestion online, but couldn't quite solve the issue. I purchased some of them used, so I was uncertain about the previous owners care and this led me to decide that I needed to just replace them. Uggghhh. So I started looking at a few other brands that I had considered along with Fuzzibunz just to be sure, and I ended up going with G-Diapers. They are a "hybrid" of sorts with the ability to use a disposable (also flushable and compostable!) insert, or a fancy hemp/cotton cloth insert...both not in a pocket so easily replaceable should you have an issue like we did (for a much lower price). Because you only change out the liner and insert, you don't need as many diaper covers and therefore don't wash as much either. The one downfall is that they aren't one size, so if I follow through with the next kiddos, I might have to buy different sizes for different ages.

They are SUPER cute on our little man, though.

I also found this cool fandagled contraption at IKEA that works perfect for hanging them to dry!

So we've been enjoying our G Diapers but I started getting the sense that Rylin was ready to potty train. I had already made up my mind that I wasn't going to rush him...until maybe we started shopping for Kindergarten supplies(kidding), but the last couple of weeks he started telling me whenever he went. Yeah, yeah..."it's one thing to acknowledge when you've already gone but another to anticipate going" I didn't make a big deal about it. Then one day I decided to try the naked route and see what would happen. Sure enough he gave me a "pee pee" warning and then proceed to follow through on the kitchen floor. I read all about the One Day Training method and decided to wing it. After ten trips to the potty and back to the scene of the crime yelling "no pee pee in the floor, pee pee in the potty" we were both winded and crying from laughter. No way this is gonna work. Then, wouldn't you know, it did. He started running to the potty any time he needed to go. Not even telling me! I was pumped. This is until I realized he was still naked. Every time I put underwear on him, he either sat on the toilet without pulling them down or just treated them like a diaper. Naked...100% trained. Clothed...not even close. Dang! I knew we had to leave the house at some point. How could this naked method backfire on me?! After researching online (aka..reassuring myself I wasn't the only one with this problem) I got a few pointers, some looser boxer briefs and began again on Monday. We practiced pulling the undies down and up again, I made him recite what he was to do if he had to potty, and we spent the day perfecting. He did great! After an entire day he only had one accident, and that was on the toilet at the very beginning when he hadn't quite got pulling the undies down yet. The rest of the week has gone better than I could have expected.  We've even ventured out on several errands and to dinner twice with no problems.  I'm not calling training over, but I see the end in sight!

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