Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Adventures in Cloth Diapering (Part 2 - Potty Training)

Continued from Part 1 - Cloth Diapering "Hi, my name is Faye, and my three-and-a-half-year-old is still not potty trained."

There, I said it. It's nice to know, however, that in my online group of mommy friends, I'm not alone. It was also nice to have recently visited my parents, and to let my own mother experience a day in the life of Green Organic Girl's world, and that just asking her to go, doesn't mean it's going to happen. It's easy to offer advice when you're on the other end of a long-distance telephone call. It's another thing when your granddaughter is looking you straight in the face with those big brown eyes, and proclaiming, "No!" I love my parents, don't get me wrong! Of course they mean well, but now they've seen the reality for themselves, and have decided to stop hounding me to hound her ;)

One of my mommy friends recently said it best -- "She's not emotionally ready."

It's not like she has never gone potty. She will typically at least once a day. Other than that, she is perfectly happy running around in soggy, wet pants. Even worse, she doesn't mind the steamy, warm, mushy pants either. I was sincerely hoping that by being in cloth pants, she wouldn't like the feeling of the dampness. WRONG!

So, here we are, patiently waiting, after trying numerous incentives -- potty training videos with Elmo, and Bear in the Big Blue House, a half-dozen books, a doll with a mini potty, stickers, etc. We've tried running around the house bare-bottomed. That sometimes results in her going to the potty by herself. Other times, mommy has to get the paper towels and the cleaning spray.

There is light at the end of the tunnel, however. A couple days ago, I came up with a little game, using several of her most beloved stuffed toys.

"Look, honey! Elmo needs to use the potty!"

I carried stuffed Elmo to Green Organic Girl's potty chair, opened the lid, and sat Elmo down. What luck! She bought it! She proceeded to place each of her favorite animals on the potty, one by one, squeezing their bellies. Extracting imaginary pee? I don't know. It was cute though. And it has turned into a very useful game! We've done that a couple times now, with Green Organic Girl being the last one to sit on the potty chair. We don't always get results, but I'm just happy that she's showing more interest in the chair.

For now, we'll be patient, and continue to use our Kushies training pants. These are adorable pants, that go on like underwear. The outer layer of fabric is taffeta, so it's not exactly waterproof like the outer shell of the All-In-One diapers. It will contain what's inside, but it can, and will get soaking wet, with a heavy wetter. When we are home, the little one typically runs around in a t-shirt and her Kushies training pants (no shorts). For night time, we use Seventh Generation disposable training pants. They, too, go on like underwear, and hold quite a bit of liquid. No leaks at all with those pants; not even overnight.

As for the care and use of the Kushies training pants, they're even easier to use than the All-in-Ones. No flaps to worry about, and no inserts. It's like washing a thick pair of underwear. I typically turn Green Organic Girl's inside out before soaking/washing. The same two-step wash cycle works for these training pants, and they air dry even faster than the diapers.

Happy diapering/potty training!

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Kushies Training Pants photo courtesy of Diapers.com

1 comment:

  1. I'm very happy to report that Kaylee used her potty chair three times yesterday, all on her own initiative!

    Then this evening, she amazed us all by making a poop!! Yay Kaylee!! Her very first potty chair poop! I'm so proud of ny big girl :)