Monday, February 09, 2015

Cloth Diapering: Large Toddlers & Growing Your Stash

When we started out cloth diapering journey a year ago, I had absolutely no idea how much we would love it!

I knew that I was making a great investment for both my wallet and the environment.

I didn't know that my son would grow like a weed leading me to reinvest in a toddler stash this past month putting my smaller cloth diapers away for a future child. 

I didn't know that finding these larger diaper covers would be challenging and frustrating because for most companies my son was already in the biggest size available.

For this reason and so many more, I'm unbelievably grateful to AppleCheeks for making a size 3 cover. And I'm even more grateful to Go Baby Go for stocking them, so that I could just drive across town and have exactly what I needed.

I believe in cloth diapers. They are the only diapers for my family. They're soft, absorbent, easy to clean, and great for any child, especially those with sensitive skin. When Logan started getting redness on his inner thighs from the diaper being too tight, I was concerned we'd have to move to disposable pull-ups. Thank goodness this is not the case!

During the Day:

One great thing about buying covers for a toddler versus a baby is you need a lot less. I bought five covers and we do laundry every two-three days. Plus, we use many of our old prefolds--the ones that are long enough to accommodate the extra length. The Flip Organic Cotton Flats fit like a dream inside our AppleCheeks size 3 covers. It's a winning combination. I had already planned to invest in more of these flats to participate in this years Flats and Handwashing Challenge, so this gave me the perfect opportunity/excuse to buy more.


At bedtime we use a sustainablebabyish Sloomb Overnight Bamboo Fitted paired with a wool soaker from Truly Charis. I absolutely adore this duo as it's foolproof. No wet spot on the bed in the morning is a HUGE selling point. Shop Truly Charis (affiliate link & refer a friend coupon code) for amazing wool cover options in all sizes and styles! Plus, once you have wool, here's how to lanolize it!

Beginning Potty Training:

We are at the very beginning stages of potty training. Basically, at random times during the day, Logan decides he wants to sit down on the potty. Nothing comes out, but he hangs out for awhile. Slow, slow progress. To commemorate this journey, we have bought him two pairs of Super Undies. They act a lot like a cloth diaper cover and prefold would, but have the added bonus of being able to be pulled down like underwear. The snaps allow you to remove like a diaper for a big poop when you'd rather not smear feces down your child's leg, and the elastic top allows your toddler to practice sitting down on the potty as often as they'd like without constantly having to remove said underpants.

Your toddler is growing and so must your stash of cloth diapers!

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Monday, February 02, 2015

Try Again Tomorrow

I have an amazingly strong-willed, passionate, and extremely intelligent child. 

He is my dream child because I want him to grow up to be a force to reckoned with, to pursue his passions, to stand-up for what is right and never just follow along with the herd. I know that he will be an amazing man because he is already an incredible child. He blows me away with everything that he knows, how he is so far above his developmental milestones, and how unbelievably aware and accomplished he is. But with his strong-willed personality comes extreme stubbornness, inherited from mommy and daddy.

Now, there is normal toddler stubbornness and then there is the, "I know exactly what I want because I'm ridiculously smart and I'm going to dig my heels in till you comply with my demands," kind of stubbornness. The first is very manageable and can be easily overcome with a small distraction. The second leads to screaming and crying and all-around inconsolable-ness. Yes, I made up a word, but parents know what I mean.

A stubborn-fit can last for hours. It will start with a small disturbance such as he needs a diaper change when he would rather be playing and will quickly spiral out of control as more and more things don't go his way. In these times, I'm either super mom--able to handle whatever comes my way--or I fall short of the parent I want to be.

Most times, I'm good to go. I hold his hand, rub his back, give him hugs, leave him be when he is asking not to be touched, and discuss his distresses calmly and thoroughly. I make sure that we get through this particular crisis in the best manner possible. But, on occasion when I'm in a hurry or I have a blinding headache, I crack under the pressure. I get grouchy and I rush him to feel better, which is not fair because no one can rush me to feel better when I'm upset, so how can I ask it of my child?

In these moments, I'm so frustrated that I can't step back from all the chaos to cool down, but later that day, I kick myself for not practicing my best attachment parenting. For not treating my son like a tiny adult with human feelings. For holding him to an impossible standard just because I was ill-equipped to deal with his big emotions. I berate myself because I know I can do better. And when I'm done feeling sorry for myself or feeling the guilt that we parents carry more often than we should, I forgive myself, and I decide to try again tomorrow.

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