Posts Tagged ‘dirty diaper’

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 ūüėČ )

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 РAn 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

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