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Diaper updates and potty training at 6 months

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Ellie continues to amaze me. One of her many new things is using the potty. At 6 months Mom and I were talking about how much she hates soiling her diapers, and how she’ll fuss before she does. So we decided to try putting her on the potty the next time she fussed. We took off her diaper and put her on the pot and turned on the water faucet next to her, and poof, she filled the pot! With no fussing! So now when Ellie gets fussy, the first thing I try is putting her on the potty. Also first thing in the morning when she wakes up she gets put on the potty, and as soon as we get her up from her nap she gets put on her potty. Those times she almost always succeeds on putting something in the pot, as long as we get her there quick enough. I try to also put her on the pot after she’s had a wet diaper just in case she wasn’t quite done yet, and to keep the association there.

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(This is the potty we use for her, $5 at Ikea. I thought it was awfully small when I first saw it and was planning to use it for Will, but for Ellie’s tininess it’s just right, and we have one in each bathroom, so we can get to it quickly.)

I’ve reached the point where on a good day I have 2-3 dirty diapers instead of the 14-16 I used to have every day. It also provides us with a lot of time to play with the mirror, as I have her potty sitting up on the bathroom counter facing the mirror so she has something to distract her while we wait. Occasionally I’ve had good luck sprinkling water on her toes while she sits to get her started. I’d like to get to the point where I don’t have to prompt her with the water. Ellie certainly seems to be happier because of this new game. She hates having her diaper changed and laying on the mat getting cleaned up. This way there’s very little laying on mat and much less clean up needed.

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There are also a lot less diapers and covers to be washed now that Ellie is filling them much less often. I’m washing diapers maybe once a week now and I’ll wash half the covers once a week when I have other laundry to wash so I go ahead and wash those that are dirty. For several months now we’ve been doubling up the diapers since the volume of what they had to hold had increased to where they were sopping wet each time.  We use the nice big ones I inherited from Mom with a Gerber one folded up inside of it.  The absorbancy did improve on the Gerbers with more washes, but they are very rough to the touch and I don’t like using them against Ellie’s skin. I bought a package of Bummis Reusable Fleece Liners that I use if I run out of the softer diapers, I can throw one on top of the Gerber diapers and it supposedly pulls the moisture away from her skin more too, though, I’m not sure I want her to enjoy having pee in her pants more.  The quicker she tells me about it the better for her skin.

PIC_0118For at least a couple of months I’ve been exclusively using the Thirsties covers. I’ve decided they are really much easier than the plastic pants. The plastic pants are hard to take off without getting poop all up and down Ellie’s legs when poop has gotten out of the diaper and onto the pants, which it almost always does. It didn’t seem to be a problem at first but I think there was just so much less poop that it didn’t go very far. The Thirsties covers are much easier to get off of her since they unsnap or unvelcro and don’t have to be pulled down over her legs. That also makes them easier to put on. Anything that makes diapering go faster is good!  Also it turns out that you can cut yourself on the Snappis diaper closures and I did and it hurt like crazy.  I put a nice little gash in the tip of my finger, which may have also made me less excited about using the plastic pants.

PIC_0117We moved to the larger size Thirsties Wrap now, the size twos. They come in size one 6-18lbs and size two 18-40lbs. We moved up to size two at about 16lbs but Ellie is very tall for her age which could explain why they didn’t quite get her to the 18lb mark. It got to the point where they were riding very low in the back and I had one very memorable moment when she was sitting on the floor and poop just came flowing over the back of the diaper cover, and well that was the end of the size ones… Luckily Aunt Patty had gotten us both size ones and size twos at the baby showers, because I needed a two right away!

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The question still remains whether snaps or velcro are better. Velcro is faster to put on and goes on nice and flat. The snaps bunch up the diaper in a weird way such that they don’t lie nice and flat though the covers do their jobs just fine velcro’d or snapped. Velcro is however more adjustable and easier to adjust on a wiggly baby. Velcro, though, is not nipple friendly. Scraping your daughter’s diaper across your bare nipple on the way down to your lap to feed her, can cause some seriously unpleasant moments! Also Ellie has learned how to rip off the velcro, making pants or panties of some sort a necessity rather than just an accessory, if I want her diaper to stay on. Finally the velcro makes her stick to her play mats and the carpet which slows her down when she’s trying to crawl.

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I also bought one Bummis Super Whisper Wrap, which looks a lot like the Thirsties covers, but the velcro is much sharper and scratched Ellie’s skin. Also the Bummis is less slick on the inside so it gets wet with a wet diaper and makes me less comfortable reusing it before washing it, and if it has to be washed after every wet diaper it goes in with the all in one diapers in the only-if-absolutely-necessary pile.

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I was talking to a mom at story time a couple of weeks ago about the all in one diapers whose praise she was singing loudly. But nothing she said convinced me they were any bit better than the covers and in fact the problems I have with them (price, and have to be washed each and every time used so you need lots of them and/or to do an insane amount of laundry) she confirmed as all true. I’m also not convinced they are easier, they can be stuffed before hand but diapers can also be folded before hand, and for the diaper bag when I go out, I always do fold them, so using the all in ones on the go turns out not to be any faster for me, and they take up more room in the diaper bag, which is already stuffed.

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