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What are the Best Cloth Trainers?

What are the Best Cloth Trainers?

You loved your cloth diapers and now it’s time to graduate to cloth trainers. But what kind do you buy? This is definitely a subjective question because potty training experiences run the gamut. Choosing the right trainer will be based upon your child’s age, size and particular needs, and you might find the need to use something different as your child progresses to subsequent stages. Here’s a quick rundown of the basic types and what situations they work best for. Pocket Trainers: These work well for mothers who are used to using pocket diapers, but want a style that’s easier to pull up and down on an active toddler. You can stuff whatever you want in the pocket to adjust the absorbency level; these can even be used overnight. And later on, when your child has almost “graduated,” you can leave the trainer completely unstuffed. Pocket trainers are usually highly adjustable with snapping sides plus a snap-down rise which grows with your toddler. Examples include Kissaluvs, Sunbaby, Super Undies, Grovia My Choice and Baby Beduga. Trainers with Inserts: These come in sets, with a shell plus inserts that snap in. … Continue reading

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Methods and Tips for Potty Training Success!

Methods and Tips for Potty Training Success!

Eventually the time comes for you to say goodbye to your cloth diapers and hello to potty training (or potty learning as some like to call it). There are many theories behind the best way to make it happen. Choose the method that fits best with your parenting style and your child. No one knows your child better than you. Potty training can be very stressful on both the parent and the child, so be sure you are both ready to take on the task! If you both are ready, things will go much smoother. Three Day Boot Camp This method of training is an intense way to quickly teach your child to use the potty. The goal is to have your child completely daytime potty trained in three days time. This method involves spending all day at home, one on one, with your child. Every 15 minutes (or so) a timer goes off and your child must go to the potty. You spend the day filling your child full of liquids to keep them needing to use the bathroom. Rewards happen every time there is a successful potty visit. … Continue reading

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One of the Down Sides of Potty Training After Cloth Diapers

One of the Down Sides of Potty Training After Cloth Diapers

There are always pros and cons to parenting choices and despite some potty training frustration with my son, I am grateful that the benefits of cloth diapering outweigh the stumbling blocks. I started to invite my son to use the potty about a year ago when I bought a new training potty and I took a laid back approach like I did with my daughter years ago. I simply told him what it was for, invited him to use it and I figured he would jump on board when he was ready. As I shared on my blog a couple of months ago, it was a couple of weeks before I was due with my third baby last March that he used the potty for the first time and it surprised all of us. He was running around naked after bath time and when he felt the need to go he panicked and ran to the bathroom. It was a little messy, but an exciting evening! I was concerned about the timing with the new baby coming, but was willing to work with him. Unfortunately, he seemed to have startled … Continue reading

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The [self] potty training toddler

The [self] potty training toddler

My toddler will be 2 in August. He’s starting preschool a couple mornings a week in the fall. They allow diapers (cloth too!) for the 2 year olds, so I wasn’t super stressed about potty training him before then. He’s an only child and I love my cloth diapers. So for me, there is no real rush. I tossed around the idea of doing the 3 day potty training method this summer, but then never started it. Naturally, over the course of the last year, we’ve mentioned the potty. He’s seen Mommy and Daddy use the potty. We’ve talked about how “big boys use the potty” and all the other fun stuff that goes along with preparing your child for potty training. I even bought a package of M&Ms to bribe him with for using the potty, but I never pushed it. If he used the potty…great!, if not…oh well! So I was shocked when he started asking to go potty. I would take him to the nursery, lay him on the changing table to change his diaper. Before I could get a new diaper on him, he was trying … Continue reading

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Potty Training Toddlers: Do I Have to Spend Money on Training Pants?

Potty Training Toddlers:  Do I Have to Spend Money on Training Pants?

Here’s an easy way to cheat and save even more money while cloth diapering: use what’s already in your stash for potty training toddlers. Any pocket diaper can work as a trainer. And since there’s a pocket inside, you can add inserts when they first start out and are more likely to have accidents. Pockets are also much easier to remove and clean when there’s a bowel movement. Some mothers prefer toddler underwear or pull-on pants because they don’t look like a diaper. I like using this style at the end of potty training, because in the beginning it’s really hard not to get a big #2 mess all over their legs when you’re pulling the pants down! If you have some side-snapping pocket diapers in your stash, they are even better! They are more difficult for toddlers to unfasten. Plus, the flat front looks less like a “baby” diaper. If you don’t have any side-snapping pockets in your stash, they are easy to find used online. And it’s ok if they show some wear and tear; high absorbency and a perfect fit are really not as important when you’re … Continue reading

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Does Cloth Make Potty Training Easier?

Does Cloth Make Potty Training Easier?

When I first started cloth diapering, I heard over and over that using cloth would help with potty training later on. The reasons for this made sense: 1. Cloth feels wet, so toddlers are more aware of accidents. 2. Cloth has to be cleaned when soiled, so toddlers can be involved in the process, or at least observe what mama has to do when an accident happens. 3. Cloth offers more options as far as colors and prints are concerned. Toddlers can have fun choosing their trainers, and be encouraged to keep them clean and dry. 4. Cloth requires more time and effort for mama, so that may motivate her to facilitate potty training in whatever way she can. Since we started with cloth I’ve potty trained just one child – Benjamin. He showed readiness at age 3, but was not trained until a year had passed by. We used cloth trainers the entire time, yet for him it just didn’t seem to make a difference. He didn’t care if his pants were wet or soiled. He would gladly help me clean them, but this didn’t encourage him to avoid … Continue reading

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Cloth Diapers are a Plus in Potty Training – Even if it Isn’t Earlier!

Cloth Diapers are a Plus in Potty Training – Even if it Isn’t Earlier!

You may have heard that cloth diapered children potty train sooner. While I don’t doubt this is true with natural fibers (like cotton prefolds) it’s definitely not the case in our house. Pocket diapers with stay dry micro-fleece or suedecloth linings, and absorbent inserts keep my son’s tush nice and dry. When we get more serious about potty training/learning, I will probably stick to just diapers (or trainers) with natural fiber inners. This will help him feel when he’s wet, and is much less gross than disposable training pants with added chemicals to provide a “feel cool” sensation! I’ve written about potty training a few times, and I really believe that children do it when they’re ready. I can’t help but wonder if my son’s soft, squishy, minky diapers in all their pretty colors and prints (he has favorites) are harder to let go of than scratchy, crinkly paper diapers. I’ve gotten him some very cool trainers in equally awesome colors & prints, but he wants no part of them. He even gives all new fluff mail the “side-eye,” on the off chance I’m trying to slide some training pants … Continue reading

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5 Steps to Successful Potty Training

5 Steps to Successful Potty Training

Potty training: a cloth diapering mama’s worst nightmare. Why?  Because you are nearing the end of your cloth diapering days.  The solution?  Have more kids!  Sadly we’ve already ‘fixed’ that little issue and there will be no more babies in our house to swaddle with cloth diapers so our cloth days are numbered. Potty training can however be quite fun, especially for the cloth diapering mama who has seen all of the hip and modern reusable potty training pants on the market today.  The choices are limitless and include adorable prints from Blueberry (Bloom is one of my favorites), trendy and organic trainers from EcoPosh, new Beeee’uties from FuzziBunz, and some new trainers from both bumGenius, Flip, and GroVia.  2011 was certainly the year for fun training pants in the cloth diaper industry. 5 Steps for Successful Potty Training: Introduce early and often.  There really isn’t a perfect age to introduce potty training and there are several theories out there about when a child can successfully control their bladder.  The key here is to get your child comfortable with the potty so they aren’t scared of the big white thrown when it’s time … Continue reading

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Flip Training Pants Product Review

Flip Training Pants Product Review

A few weeks ago Jenn Labit launched the news of the new Flip One-Size Training Pant along with the new bumGenius Free-time AIO and new color palette. I immediately placed my order for the Flip Trainers (as well as “Albert” Free-time AIO, 2-”Genius” ceramic coffee mugs, and 1-”Genius” T-shirt). On Monday my Flip Trainer came…I ordered the new color “Sassy”- and let me tell you it is ssssassssyyy! It is an unique orange-red (and orange is my FAVORITE color). The Flip Trainer Pants currently come in a kit with 1-trainer and 5-organic cotton inserts (essentially 5 changes). It was 4pm when I opened the package and I quickly threw the inserts in the wash to prep them (well sort of- I only prepped them once) Once they came out of the dryer it was time to get Riley (my 3 year old) to bed. Now Riley is fully trained during the day (well except on Halloween when he had an accident at nap-time at pre-school and got his costume soaked!LOL) Essentially I am really not going to be using the Flip Trainer as a trainer per-say; I am just going … Continue reading

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Potty Training and Tantrums

Potty Training and Tantrums

Kay Green is an expert in the process of helping parents potty train their children. She recently contributed the “Potty Training 101″ blog post. In this post she gives advice on how to deal with tantrums when potty training. From Kay: I have been asked how to deal with children who refuse to sit on the potty. I deal with it like I would if they refuse to sit in the high chair, car seat or go to bed at night. As a parent we often have to require our children to do what is necessary for their well being. One on my Facebook fans had a great suggestion for tantrums. She simply says to them ” Well I will wait until you are finished with your tantrum and then you can go potty. And after potty we can go play with your toys.” This is a great response. It recognizes their feelings while still letting them know the expectation. I feel as a mom it is my job to help them do what is expected in a firm loving way. And i found signing or reading a book while … Continue reading

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