Posts Tagged ‘dirty diapers’

5 Signs Your Toddler Might Be Ready For Potty Learning

Friday, May 10th, 2013

As cute as fluffy bums can be, the thought of your child being done with diapers is usually pretty alluring. Although as most experienced mamas will tell you, potty learning goes much smoother if your child is ready for the process. So rather than relying on a magical age to begin potty training, look for signs of readiness in your child (as opposed for parent/caregiver readiness ;) )

What exactly are signs of child readiness when it comes to potty learning? Here are 5 main signs:

1. Diaper¬†stays dry for long(er) periods of time¬†- And when they do urinate, it is a lot at once.¬† This demonstrates your child’s bladder muscles are developed enough to hold urine. I knew my oldest son was ready to be done with diapers when he consistently woke up with a dry diaper each morning.

2. Can follow simple directions – If your child is able to follow simple directions such as “get your shoes” or “put the book away”, he/she demonstrates the necessary cognitive and language skills to begin potty learning.

3. Indicates awareness of wet/dirty diapers – Often kids enter a stage where being in a wet/dirty diaper starts to bother them. They may indicate this by taking their diaper off or requesting a diaper change when their diaper is soiled. Generally this is a good time to start introducing them to the potty. For example when you change them you can sit them on the toilet for a minute or two.

4. Shows interest in other’s use of the bathroom- Children are naturally curious and like to mimic others. When a child starts to show interest in your use of the bathroom or an older sibling’s use of the bathroom, it can be a great time to¬†talk with¬†them about the potty and/or read one of the many available children’s books about using the potty (Once Upon A Potty is a cute one).

5. Starts to show interest in dressing and/or undressing - An awareness and ability to dress/undress is a good indication your child has the desire for more independence in self care routines, including potty learning.

General tips for potty learning:

  • If you start potty learning and get to a place of frustration (either you or your child), don’t hesitate to put the process on hold and try again in a month or so.
  • Try to introduce potty learning when your child is going through a (generally) cooperative phase
  • Try to avoid introducing potty learning during periods of time when they are undergoing big developmental changes in other areas.
  • Do not use any type of punishment or consequences for “accidents”.¬† Keep in mind there is a learning curve to the process which is likely to result in accidents along the way. Treat accidents as no big deal, gently remind your child they can tell you when they have to go potty, and move on. If potty learning becomes a stressful process for the child, it is likely to be prolonged.
  • Make it as fun and positive as possible. Show enthusiasm when they use the potty. For example we sign a silly potty song when our child uses the potty during potty learning.

If you are looking for some¬†eco-friendly products¬†to assist with potty learning check out Mom’s Milk Boutique for cloth trainers and a biodegradable potty chair.

Happy Potty Learning All!

Sarah

Sunday Funday Giveaway: Planet Wise Small Wetbag

Sunday, December 2nd, 2012

Wetbags are an essential cloth diapering accessory! In fact you want to have a few in your rotation so you always have a clean one available. A wetbag is bag that stores your dirty diapers and is specifically designed to contain odors, germs, and moisture. They come in multiple sizes; some are for use when you are out and about and typically hold anywhere from 1 to 8 diapers. Larger wetbags can hold up to 20 diapers and are used to store your dirty diapers at home until wash day.

Planet Wise makes awesome wetbags! What makes them so awesome? Here’s just¬†a few reasons:

  • PVC Free and Lead Free Zippers
  • Anti-microbial
  • Reusable to avoid using plastic bags, helping to protect our planet
  • Made in the USA
  • Made with high quality designer fabrics with coordinating waterproof inner material and locking zipper.
  • Each bag is innovatively sewn with hidden seams and sealed for no wicking or leaking.
  • Resists most stains odors – keeping smells in.

Planet Wise wetbags come in 3 sizes:

Small – 8″ x 10″¬† holds 1 -2 cloth diapers

Medium 13″ x 16″¬† holds 8-9 cloth diapers

Large – 18″ x 21″¬† holds 16-17 cloth diapers

Aside from all the practical aspects of the Planet Wise Wetbags, they come in super cute colors and prints!! I mean let’s be honest, as cloth diapering mamas we want to have some fun with our fluff and cute prints make us happy!

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7 Solutions for Common Cloth Diaper Dilemmas

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

For the most part cloth diapering is easy and straight-forward, however you might occasionally encounter one or more of the following diaper dilemmas. Here are Solutions for Common Cloth Diaper Dilemmas

1. Diapers are Super Stinky- If baby’s diapers are super stinky even when they are “clean”, it’s time to strip them. I usually need to strip mine every three to four months. I love freshly stripped diapers.

2. Diapers are Leaking – There are several things that can cause cloth diapers to leak. I have found that ensuring a proper fit is usually your best protection against diaper leaks. This might mean going up a size if using sized diapers or adjusting the waist and rise if using one size diapers.

3. Diapers are Stained – The easy-peasy, all natural solution to stained cloth diapers is to sun them for a few hours!¬†The¬†sun acts as a natural bleaching agent to kill bacteria as well remove stains¬†and funky odors. It’s actually kind of magical how renewed diapers look after a few hours in the sun.

4. Hook and Loop Doesn’t Stay Together – A common complaint of hook and loop closures is that lint gets stuck in them which can¬†eventually make the closures lose their “grip”. If your hook and loop closures aren’t staying put, try gently cleaning them off with a toothbrush to remove any tangled up lint or hair.

5. Baby’s Room Smells¬†like Dirty Diapers¬†- Wherever you store your dirty diapers, be sure¬†they are stored¬†in a high quality, anti-bacterial pail liner until wash day. This will help eliminate/reduce odors. Dunking or spraying messy diapers before placing them in your diaper pail helps cut down on odor too. Another idea is to use a few drops of an¬†essential oils or Rockin’ Green Pail Freshener to¬†keep baby’s room smelling fresh and inviting.

6. Baby Takes Dirty Diaper Off- It seems like this is the one area we don’t encourage independence with our little ones because it can get really messy, really fast! Using snap closures usually reduces this problem or at least prolongs it for a while. However the most determine Houdinis will still work their magic to strip off their soiled diaper. Sometimes reverting back to using onsies on a daily basis can help prevent baby from being able to take their own diaper off. Even if it doesn’t fully prevent it, it¬†adds an extra barricade which lengthens the time it takes baby to get all layers off, giving you more time to intervene.

7. You Can’t Stop Buying Cloth Diapers¬† – It’s a known fact that cloth diapering is addicting. Just be sure to take full advantage of great sales and discounts when purchasing cloth diapers to be able to buy more diapers, er I mean to maximize your budget. Also if you have not already, sign up for Mom’s Milk Boutique rewards program. You get 50¬†Milk Miles¬†just for creating an account. Also by participating in Fan Photo Friday you have the opportunity to win 25 Milk Miles each Friday.

-Sarah

Beginner’s Guide to Caring for Cloth Diapers

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

One reservation about using cloth that I commonly hear is in regards to dealing with dirty diapers. I will be honest that I was a bit hesitant about it myself. Although once I started using cloth diapers, I quickly realized my worries about washing them were completely unfounded. It was actually quite simple to develop a cloth diapering care routine and the little extra time it took was well worth the economical benefit of using cloth. Here are answers to three frequently asked questions about caring for cloth diapers:

1. How do you store dirty diapers?
Okay, I admit that I was a bit concerned about having poopy diapers sit around my house; or worse yet carrying a poopy diaper around in my diaper bag. That was before I knew about pail liners and wetbags. Both are used to hold your dirty diapers until wash day¬†keeping germs, odors, and moisture well contained. Most brands of liners and wetbags are made out of PUL fabric, however there are wool options if you prefer to use natural fibers. Wetbags are smaller bags used for holding dirty diapers in your diaper bag when you are out and about. They come in a variety of styles and sizes. Typically they will hold from¬†2 to¬†8 diapers depending on the size/style you use.¬†¬†Some zip close and others have draw strings on them; I have used both and find them equally effective. You will¬†want a few wetbags in your rotation so you always have a clean one available to use. A pail liner is larger than a wetbag and stores several days worth of dirty diapers at home. They are available in¬†two¬†different styles; a hanging pail or a liner that you can place inside a diaper pail or a waste basket. Both are equally effective and efficient so it’s simply¬†a matter of personal choice when selecting what style to use. Ideally you want two pail liners in your rotation so you always have a clean one available. Wet diapers can be placed directly into wetbag or pail liner. Poopy diapers may need to be dumped out, dunked or sprayed first before placing in your wetbag or pail liner. There is also the option of using flushable liners¬†which¬†replace the need to spray, dump, or dunk poops.¬†If you use pocket diapers, you can pull out inserts at this time or wait until you are loading your washing machine to do so.

2. How often do you wash cloth diapers?
So the real question here is how much extra laundry is cloth diapering going to create? Generally it amounts to a couple extra loads of laundry a week. The actual amount of times you wash your diapers weekly is going to depend on¬†the number of¬†diapers in your¬†stash and how many kidlets you are diapering. Ideally you want a large enough stash that you are washing about every third day. Of course it is possible to get by on a smaller stash and wash more frequently, however I often hear mothers report greater satisfaction with cloth diapering when their stash is large enough that they don’t have to wash daily. However you don’t want your dirty diapers to be sitting too¬†long because you could experience mold/mildew issues.

3. How do you wash cloth diapers?

Here’s the wash routine that works well for me but keep in mind that it’s going to vary widely depending on a few different factors. You might need to experiment a little to develop a wash routine that works well for you. When loading my washing machine I make sure all wetbags are emptied, inserts removed, and snapped liners are detached. I¬†select wash setting with hot water. Set the load size accordingly, keeping in mind a large amount of water and small amount of laundry soap¬†is preferred to effectively clean cloth. I always select pre-wash and extra rinse each time I wash my diapers. The type of laundry soap you use is important too. You want to be sure¬†the one you¬†use¬†doesn’t cause excessive build-up on your diapers interfering with the absorbency of them. I prefer to hang dry my diapers¬†and because of the climate I live in (hot, dry, sunny desert) I can pretty much do this year round. I would recommend line drying in the sun when possible as it brightens and freshens diapers as well as reduces wear and tear from tumbling in the dryer.

How often do you wash your cloth diapers? What does your wash routine look like?

-Sarah

 

Tomorrow I will review Attachment Parenting International Principle #5: Ensure Safe Sleep, Physically and Emotionally.

Top 5 Cloth Diapering Accessories

Friday, October 14th, 2011

 

If you are new to cloth diapering, the thought of diapering accessories might make you chuckle. I know I wondered ‚Äúwhat in the world is a diaper accessory? Like diaper swag or something?‚ÄĚ I quickly realized the term encompassed products designed to make using cloth diapers as effective, simple, and convenient as possible.

Cloth Wipes
If you are cloth diapering you might also want to consider using cloth wipes. They are super easy to use and far less expensive than using disposable wipes. You can wet them right at the time of use with a spray bottle or directly from the tap. Another option is to pre-wet them with water or a wipe solution and store in a water proof container. Optimally you would have around 25+ wipes in your rotation to ensure you have clean ones available on wash day.

 

 

Doublers and Inserts
A doubler or an insert is used to provide an extra layer of absorbency for your cloth diapers. Typically a doubler is used with a flat, prefold, or all-in-one while an insert is used to stuff in a pocket diaper, however they can be used interchangeably. They are helpful to use for overnight diapers, a ‚Äėheavy-wetter‚Äô, or older children who tend to urinate less frequently but in large amounts.

 

 

Wetbags and Pail Liners
Wetbags and pail liners are used to store dirty diapers containing both the mess and the odor until wash day. A wetbag is smaller and usually holds about 3 diapers. It is used for when you are out and about to hold your dirty cloth diapers. They are an essential item in your diaper bag. You probably want at least 3 wetbags in your rotation so you always have a clean one available. A pail liner is used to store diapers at home and is available in two styles; a hanging pail or a liner for a trash can. A hanging pail can be hung from a hook or a doorknob. A pail liner can be used with a regular 13 gallon trash bin. On wash day you simply dump everything from your pail into your washing machine and then place your dirty pail in too. You will want at least two pails in your rotation so you always have a clean one available.

Cleaning Detergents
You will want to be sure to select a detergent that is ‚Äėsafe‚Äô for cloth diapers. Many commonly used household detergents will cause build-up on your diapers and interfere with the absorbency of them. There are many brands well known to be safe for cloth diapers and any of these would be an excellent choice. You may experiment a little before determing what wash routine and detergent works best for your cloth diapers and baby’s skin.

 

 

Diaper Sprayer
A diaper sprayer is a hose and nozzle that attaches directly to your toilet and is used to clean messy (ie-poopy) diapers. You can spray your diapers off right into the toilet and then flush the mess away where it belongs. Diaper sprayers are a great tool for cloth diapering families and really make cleaning cloth a cinch! They are easy to install and come with all necessary parts for installation.

What cloth diaper accessory is a must-have on your list? What detergent have you found works best for your diapers?

-Sarah