It has been over a week with no diapers at night. There have been no accidents. I have realized that wanting a diaper is more of a bed time shenanigan then really wanting a diaper. It has been added to her:
more water please! (when in the day if I try to give her water she throws a major fit),
I miss daddy (or mommy or who ever is not home),
Where is bear? (she hid it under the bed or in the shopping cart) repertoire.
Anything to stay up just a few more minutes.
I wonder how the time change will effect bedtime.
Arora has been day-potty trained for over six months now. About a month ago I noticed she was consistently waking up with a dry diaper. I decided to try having her wear panties at night. She went a week with no accident. Then one night she did not want to wear panties, she wanted a diaper. No she needed a diaper. Not because she was going to pee in it or use it but because it is part of her bedtime routine to put on a diaper. It was if I was taking away her two books or not brushing teeth before bed. I have tried explained to her why she used to need diapers, and now she doesn’t. I have tried showing her there are no diapers left, I have tried everything, or so it seems.
Now I have her in a cloth diaper to keep the peace. But in reality she doesn’t need the diaper.
I need your help, how did you make the transition with your kids from diaper to underwear at night? What would you suggest we do? We strive to be respectful parents, and want Arora to feel comfortable with this transition.
making our pumpkin juice
We are using cloth diapers and wipes for Ender. After looking at the price difference of cloth and disposables I was completely sold. After studying up on many different diapering systems we decided to go with the Fuzzi Bunz one size diaper. They retail for around $19.00 each which includes the diaper, a newborn soaker and a larger soaker. They also include 2 extra elastic bands to extend the life of the diaper.
We were able to buy our stash of 18 diapers on ebay new for about $16.50 each. They are extra economical for us right now becasue we do not pay for utilities. We normally wash a load of diapers each night, and the laundry soap cost about 4 cents a load.
Here is a look at our diapers and how to use them:
Here is one diaper and one soaker.The diaper opens at the back like so.Then you stuff the soaker into the diaper, this takes about 15 seconds.One of the reasons I went with the Fuzzi Bunz one size is it the most adjustable cloth diaper on the market. You can see around the legs and here at the back there is a little button with an elastic attached. The elastic as different holes in it. You size the diaper to your child. So if you have a chubby legged, skinny waist-ed kid it fits. Or a skinny legged, round tummy-ed kid they fit. Or a round tummy and three rolled legged kid, like Ender, they fit.Here is how they look on.To see the size difference between the smallest size and the largest size.Here is that comparison when all snapped up.Here is the smallest, Ender’s size, and the largest they get.Our stack, freshly washed and stuffed. Don’t you love all those beautiful colors! On the top of the pile you can see our cloth wipes. One barrier that put people off to cloth diapers is what to do with them when you are out. Enter the wet bag, shown below. My good friend Anna made these for me. We have two that are the perfect size for an outing. Just toss it in the diaper bag and go. They hold 2 dirty diapers. We also have a larger sized one for an all day outing. They are basically water proof bags. They are great because they can be thrown in the wash with the rest of the dirty things.When asking Ender how he likes his Fuzzi Bunz he simple smiles.
When I was pregnant with Arora my step sister Lisa, over at my world Edenwild, told me about a book she was reading, “Diaper-Free Baby”. She told me the basics of EC and honestly I thought she was crazy (sorry Lisa). But I was also intrigued. I ordered the book from amazon and read it. I still thought is sounded too good to be true. I thought “if this works why doesn’t everyone do it ?” When Arora was born I decided to try EC for one day and see if it worked. I took her to the potty and gave a cue sound, psss, and she peed. She was 3 weeks old. After that I was hooked. We began practicing EC with her full time. It was super easy to take her to the potty, it took no longer then it would to change her diaper. David was super supportive and could see the benefits, like saving money on diapers and having a happier baby. We went through times when we would “catch” nearly everything and times when we didn’t.
We never pushed Arora and tried to follow her lean and cues for eliminating purposes. We switched to regular panties around 18 months and Arora was potty trained at 25 months.
I knew we would EC with Ender before he was born but was a bit worried about having the time and connection with him to be successful. I was also worried about the different anatomy 🙂 Little girls piddle, little boys spray. And with everything that comes with parenting it wasn’t what I thought it would be.
We started EC the first week he was born, we noticed he really does not like to be wet. We have a little step stool in the kids bathroom and it makes it easy for me to sit on and hold him over the toilet so he can go. I make a cue sound, psss and say something like “Ender do you need to go pee or poop? We are at the toilet now. This is where we go potty.” He will go within about 30 seconds or he doesn’t need to go. We catch a lot of poop, not many pee’s.
I am glad I can help him to be clean and dry and not have to use so many diapers.I am glad we are forming a trusting relationship when Ender knows that I will help him with his needs. Arora likes to help Ender flush the potty, and to pick out what color diaper he will wear next.
Here is a link to an article my step sister Lisa wrote a while ago on doing EC with an infant.
Here is an cute article my husband wrote for an assignment in school about EC.