Posted in Parenting

Potty Training: Take 2

Potty Training: it’s happening.

It’s happening this weekend in fact.

It’s a 3 day weekend so it’s now or never.

I’ve been down this path before.  Charles was about the same age when we embarked on the potty training journey.  And what a journey it way (see here, here, here and here).

I’ve already given it a tentative go about a month ago with Amélie.  We lasted two days.  She just wasn’t having it.  Oh, she’d gotten good at holding it in and on the first day, we hardly had any pee to mop up.  But on day 2 she had an accident, followed by a meltdown.  She became stressed about using the potty and back into the closet it went.

But now, it’s time to try again.  You know why?

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You see, Elliot is a big baby.   The last time he was weighed a few weeks ago, he was just shy of 19 lbs.  I reckon he’s over 20 lbs.  But that is not the point.  The point is that both he and his big sis are in washable diapers.

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This is a problem because Elliot’s thighs don’t fit in his diapers anymore.  He needs a bigger size.  He needs the size his sister’s wearing.  And since there is just no way that I will remain sane if I have to wash diapers every day (which I will if they both share the same diapers), it’s time to potty train.

Now, I think that this time around we are set up for success for a few reasons:

  1. We’ve been counting down the days to the start of potty (and using the words “big girl” a lot).
  2. We’re going to turn it into a celebration (and I’ve got the balloons and stickers to prove it)

    (In case you haven’t noticed, my daughter is a little bit obsessed with pigs)

I’m still unafraid of using bribery.

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I’m pretty sure we won’t need ALL of this candy to get the toddler potty trained.

So, there you have it.

Wish me luck!

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Moving Away From Disposables: Washable Baby Wipes!

Those of you who have been reading my blog for a while know that we started our cloth diapering journey when Charles was about a month old.  A little over four months later, we’re still happily using cloth and have a good enough stash to make it all the way to potty training day with our son.

Now, a while back, I started thinking “well this is silly, I’m using washable diapers but still paying for disposable wipes” and so, just as we were starting to run out of the wipes, I started researching homemade wipe recipes.  I figured that if there were washable diapers, there most certainly was a possibility for washable wipes as well.

After some research and experimentation, here is what I came up with.

Homemade washable baby wipes

What you need (recipe for a 4cup container):

  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 tps of vegetable oil (I use olive oil, but you could use what ever you have on hand)
  • a couple of drops of castile soap (I used to use Dr. Bronner’s unscented baby soap, but now use the tea tree oil soap because of the oil’s natural anti-septic, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties – plus it adds a great smell!)
  • some washcloths (you could use cut up burping cloths or any soft type of fabric)
  • a plastic container (I use a 4 cup Ziploc container)

Instructions (you’ve probably figured these out already, but I’m going to go ahead and post them anyways)

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1. Gather your ingredients (duh)
Fill your container up with 2 cups of water.  Add the vegetable oil and the castile soap.
2.  Fill your container up with 2 cups of water. Add the vegetable oil and the castile soap.
Give the mixture a good shake (don't forget to put the lid on first :P ).
3.  Give the mixture a good shake (don’t forget to put the lid on first 😛 ).
Stuff your washcloths in the container and voilà!  You have some handy homemade pre-soaked (inexpensive) baby wipes!
4.  Stuff your washcloths in the container and voilà! You have some handy homemade pre-soaked (inexpensive) baby wipes!
You can also keep some of the mixture in a squirt bottle, just give it a shake before using and squirt onto a dry washcloth.  We use the squirt bottle for wet diaper changes and the pre-soaked wipes for dirty diapers.
You can also keep some of the mixture in a squirt bottle, just give it a shake before using and squirt onto a dry washcloth. We use the squirt bottle for wet diaper changes and the pre-soaked wipes for dirty diapers.

We LOVE these!  They just go in the wet bag with my son’s diapers and are washed with them.  We actually had to use some disposable wipes the other day (because I hadn’t made a fresh batch of wipes ) and were reminded of how much we loathed them!

What kind of wipes do you use?  Do you have a great DIY wipe recipe?