Posts Tagged ‘diaper change’

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

Product Review: Bottombumpers All In One Side Snap Cloth Diaper

Friday, April 26th, 2013

I recently added my first Bottombumpers Diaper to my stash. The only reason I decided to get a Bottombumpers All In One Side Snap Cloth Diaper was because I could custom order one with the Great Cloth Diaper Change logo on it. I thought it would be fun for my son to wear it to the event. Otherwise, I will admit Bottombumpers had not really peaked my interest up until then. I am not exactly sure why though? Perhaps because the whole side snap design threw me? Or maybe because I really don’t know anyone who has Bottombumpers in their stash. Bottombumpers seem to be one of the lesser known cloth diaper brands so there is not as much exposure to them. At any rate I put my custom order in and awaited its arrival in the mail.

 

I LOVE how fast Mom’s Milk Boutique ships their orders, however for this particular diaper I had to wait much longer than usual (per the manufacturer since the Bottombumpers with the Great Cloth Diaper Change logo was a custom order). When it finally arrived I was super excited! Of course I first noted how adorable it was. The embroidered logo looked great! But I also noted how small the diaper looked; in particular the crotch seemed rather narrow. I worried that it wouldn’t fit my son. I put it on him right away (without prepping it at all) to check the fit and thankfully it seem to fit okay. Well then I got a little distracted (as moms of young children often do) and forgot to take it off him. Sure enough within 10 minutes he peed in it. And it leaked everywhere. I was again concerned that maybe the fit was off, but then decided it was best to prep the diaper before making any final conclusions about it.

Okay, so let’s talk about the side snap design. I honestly didn’t think I would care for it. For some reason I assumed it would be more difficult to diaper baby than a front snap design. But it wasn’t…at all. In fact just the opposite. It was actually a breeze to get on my son. Plus the side snaps eliminate the bulk sometimes found in front snap diapers. Also there are 5 snap options on each side to adjust the waist allowing you to get the best fit possible.

You have the option with Bottombumpers to select from One Size or Sized Side Snap Cloth Diapers. I already have several one-size diapers in my stash so I opted for a sized diaper in medium.

One very cool feature of this all in one diaper is that the soaker (ie – the absorbent middle layer) is attached with snaps so you can remove it for washing and drying. This addresses one of the main issues many people have with all in ones; that they can take forever to dry. The soaker folds in half offering 4 layers of protection. It is made from Organic Cotton and topped with Bamboo Velour

This diaper did seem to require a little extra prepping (which is commonly the case with organic cotton) as it also leaked the second time I used it, even after two prep washes. However after a third prep wash, we have had no further issues with leaks! Whew, 3rd time really is a charm. 🙂

Now aside from all the functional features of Bottombumpers such as fit, design, absorbency, and materials we have to discuss the cuteness factor of the special prints. Bottombumpers offers special prints at various times during the year. For example the 2012 Holiday Prints were simply adorable!! Although even the everyday prints and colors are super cute. Plus they have some fun names such as Shamrock and Espresso.

Honestly I love this diaper…especially how trim fitting it is. Ironically the side snap design that kept me at bay for so long turns out to be a feature I actually really like! Particularly because it completely eliminates any bulk in the front.

Do you have any Bottombumpers in your stash? What are your thoughts on them?

-Sarah

 

Silent Saturday: The Great Cloth Diaper Change 2013 Photo Recap

Saturday, April 20th, 2013

Oh my goodness! My morning was blessed with beautiful baby bellies, sweet little nurslings, gorgeous baby carriers and lots of fluffy bums! The Phoenix Great Cloth Diaper Change was a superb event. Check it out:

Registration Table:

Entrance to the official diaper changing area…

Everybody getting their babies ready…or in my case trying to convince my toddler to stay with me and my older two boys to stay out of the roped off area (only those included in the count were allowed to be in that area):

Trying to escape…

Babies up!

11:00 am…Ready, Set, GO!

Changed Babies UP!

A hip babywearing daddy

Drooling over all the gorgeous wraps I saw today…and the proficiency of the mamas using them!

These two mamas in white shirts were the driving forces behind the Phoenix event…they rocked it all the way!! Here they are tallying the final count.

Had to get a picture of this cutie pie snacking on raisins on her mama’s back…plus I loved that she coordinated her outfit with her baby carrier. 🙂

Checking out the goodies at the raffle table…

Izzy actually went in the BobaAIR for a little…I may have lured him in there with a sample lactation cookie, lol!

Some of the swag from our goodie bags.

What a great morning! Thanks so much to everyone ALL ACROSS the WORLD who worked hard to make The Great Cloth Diaper Change 2013 a success. I am eager to hear the final count, but am guessing (fingers crossed) we established a new World Record today!

-Sarah

The Great Cloth Diaper Change 2013 is in TWO DAYS!!

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

Who is excited for the Great Cloth Diaper Change this year?!? I know I am! Our local group has worked hard for MONTHS to ensure it will be an awesome event for all those attending on Saturday, April 20. And I am certain our local group is not alone in their efforts. Coordinators from all over the world have been working hard behind the scenes (on a completely volunteer basis) to make this year’s event extra special!

Currently there are “285 hosts registered to hold world record events in 17 countries including Australia, Belgium, Canada, Switzerland, Chile, Germany, Spain, Finland, Great Britain, Hong Kong, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Mexico, Malaysia, the Netherlands, and the US”(The Great Cloth Diaper Change, 2013). How cool is that!!

What exactly is the Great Cloth Diaper Change? It’s an attempt to break the Guinness World Record of 8,251 cloth diapers changed around the world at one time…with lots of fun mixed in too! The main purpose of the event is to show the world that cloth diapers are a real option for today’s families. The Great Cloth Diaper Change is intentionally scheduled around Earth Day to let families know that cloth diapers are an important environmentally friendly choice they can make.

Looking to attend an event in your area? Check out the map on the Great Cloth Diaper Change website to find a location near you. Each host site will be changing diapers at 11:00am local time (as opposed to 2012 where the emphasis was on simultaneous diaper changes. That meant that some events happened at 2am…talked about dedicated cloth diapering mamas!).

Now when attending the event keep in mind that the goal is to make it into the Guinness Book of World Record. Therefore you might be surprised at how structured the diaper change portion of the event is…in order for everything to be official there are some general guidelines that must be followed. But no worries because the coordinators will know exactly what to do and give you instructions beforehand. All you need to do is show up with your baby in a cloth diaper and have a spare cloth diaper to change him/her into. If you have more than one child in diapers, you will need one adult for every child during the official count so be sure to plan accordingly.

Many of the sites will also have awesome prizes to raffle off, games for the kids, light refreshments, vendors/booths to shop at, and more. Hope you find a site near you so you can participate in all the fun and be a part of a World Record setting event! 🙂 Mom’s Milk Boutique is hosting the West Frankfort, IL site. For more information or to participate in The Great Cloth Diaper Change held at Mom’s Milk Boutique please visit the Great Cloth Diaper Change Southern Illinois Facebook page. Or feel free to contact Bonnie at info@momsmilkboutique.com or at 1-855-227-5662.

I will be at the Phoenix Great Cloth Diaper Change so if you happen to be there too, please come say hello! I would love to meet you and your little one(s).

-Sarah

The Great Cloth Diaper Change 2013

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

Mom’s Milk Boutique will be host to the West Frankfort, IL site of an international cloth diaper changing event taking place on Saturday, April 20, 2013, two days before Earth Day. In its third year The Great Cloth Diaper Change event will attempt to break last year’s Guinness World Record of 8,251 cloth diapers changed around the world at one time.

“Each year billions of disposable diapers enter landfills where it takes hundreds of years for them to decompose, if ever,” says Heather McNamara, Executive Director of the Real Diaper Association. “Building off the success of last year’s event with 189 qualifying locations in 11 countries, we hope to show the entire world that cloth diapers are a real option for today’s modern families, particularly catching the eye of expecting and new parents who may be seeking more planet-friendly and affordable alternatives to disposable diapers.”

The West Frankfort event anticipates approximately 50 people to be in attendance. The event will take place at 11:00am on Saturday, April 20 at Mom’s Milk Boutique located at 601 S. Emma St. West Frankfort, IL 62896. In addition to the Great Cloth Diaper Change world-recording setting activity, there will also be light refreshments, raffles, and sales of cloth diaper products and accessories.

For more information or to participate in The Great Cloth Diaper Change held at Mom’s Milk Boutique please visit the Great Cloth Diaper Change Southern Illinois Facebook page. Or feel free to contact Bonnie at info@momsmilkboutique.com or at 1-855-227-5662. on the You can also go to http://greatclothdiaperchange.com/ and click on the map to find information about your local event. The Great Cloth Diaper Change can also be followed on Facebook and on Twitter.

About Mom’s Milk Boutique: Mom’s Milk Boutique was founded in 2007 by two sisters, Abbie and Bonnie, who were committed to natural, eco-friendly parenting products but felt frustrated at the lack of available resources and products in their hometown. Their solution? They opened an itty-bitty storefront in their small town of West Frankfurt, IL. Five years and a few babies later, they have a bigger retail space, carry a wide selection of products, and have an on-line store! Mom’s Milk Boutique has very high standards for what products they will carry and strives to offer them to costumers at the very best price possible…all while making it a fun place to shop! They offer free classes on cloth diapering, contests, giveaways, reward points, and much more! Abbie and Bonnie created something truly special when they opened Mom’s Milk Boutique. It’s more than simply a store; Mom’s Milk Boutique is a community that serves families both near and far.

About The Great Cloth Diaper Change: In its third year, The Great Cloth Diaper Change is an international initiative organized with the help of the nonprofit Real Diaper Association designed to show the world that cloth diapers are a real option for today’s families. The brainchild of Judy Aagard of Tiny Tots in California, Aagard says she came up with the idea in an effort to host a family event celebrating Earth Day. The Great Cloth Diaper Change has morphed into an exciting Guinness World Record breaking event, and in 2012, more than 8,251 babies were changed at one time. For more information visit http://greatclothdiaperchange.com/

This event is part of a larger (and growing) movement to change the way parents think about diapering their babies. Participants may contribute $1 (or more) at any of the North American local event. The money will assist the 501(c)(3) nonprofit Real Diaper Association in their efforts to help families across the U.S. and Canada find and use reusable cloth diapers.

Want to attend the Great Cloth Diaper Change event in style or support the cause from afar? Check out this adorable speciality print cloth diaper by Bottombumpers! All proceeds from sale of this diaper will benefit the Great Cloth Diaper Change event. Want to win one for FREE? Be sure to enter our giveaway TODAY!

Other fun 2013 Great Cloth Diaper Change merchandise can be found here.

Hope to see you there!

-Sarah