How to Potty Train a Baby

Diaper-Free Before 3: The Healthier Way to Toilet Train and Help Your Child Out of Diapers Sooner

Recently I picked up Diaper-Free Before 3 at the library.  The book advocates a positive, early start to toilet training (ideally between 6-12 months), so that your child can be out of diapers and finished with potty training as early as his or her 2nd birthday. 

This post is Part 3 of My Bloggy Discussion of Diaper-Free Before 3.
Click HERE to read Part 1:  A Brief History of Potty Training.
Click HERE to read Part 2: The Benefits of Early Potty Training.

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So how do you practice early potty training?  As it turns out, I have been following Lekovic's method pretty closely without knowing it.  

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Now, I don't usually engage in blatant advertising, but this is an AMAZING SALE.  Since I purchased several things myself, I thought you readers might also be interested.  I think prices last until the stuff runs out.

Recycled cotton dual-handled tote, $2.95 (70% off)

Meet Nisha: She Switched to Cloth Diapers

This is a Q & A post with Nisha Riggs, one of Eco-novice's regular readers, and a recent convert to cloth diapers.  I hope reading about her experience with cloth diapers will help you figure out if cloth diapers are for you!   

Nisha Riggs with her 2 kids, who now wear cloth diapers.

Ants

Please leave.
Yes, folks, it's that awesome time of year again, at least where I live.  The time when the ants get tired of being wet and/or cold and decide to have a party in your house.  Please note that my ant invasions both this year and last year coincided with the arrival of my in-laws for an extended stay in December. As if I didn't already feel like an ultra-lame housekeeper/ hostess.  I am, in fact, aware that ants are looking for food (my mother-in-law likes to remind me of this), but I will never ever ever be able to keep all crumbs off the floor with small children.  Even keeping food and crumbs within the kitchen and out of the rest of the house is completely beyond my reach. 

10 Benefits of Early Potty Training

This post is Part 2 of My Bloggy Discussion of Diaper-Free Before 3
Click HERE to read Part 1:  A Brief History of Potty Training.

Diaper-Free Before 3: The Healthier Way to Toilet Train and Help Your Child Out of Diapers Sooner

A few days ago, my 16-month-old pooped in her diaper.  Normally she poops on the potty.  We changed her diaper immediately, but a day later, her bottom was still flaming red.  Although some children may have heartier skin, I'm quite convinced that humans were not meant to be in contact with their feces at all, and certainly not to sit in it for an extended length of time. Although sometimes I get tired of taking my toddler regularly to the potty, these accidents are good reminders of why I do it.  We didn't begin potty training with my first child until after 2, and he constantly had horrible blistery diaper rashes from being in contact with his poop for even a few minutes.

Recently I picked up Diaper-Free Before 3 at the library.  It was an interesting and informative read and reinforced my desire to practice early potty training.  The book advocates a positive, early start to toilet training (ideally between 6-12 months), so that your child can be out of diapers and finished with potty training as early as his or her 2nd birthday.  Lekovic argues that early potty training is more effective, healthier, cheaper, realistic and a happier process for you and your child.

Lekovic's 8 Benefits of Early Potty Training 

A Brief History of Potty Training

Diaper-Free Before 3: The Healthier Way to Toilet Train and Help Your Child Out of Diapers Sooner



This post is Part 1 of My Bloggy Discussion of Diaper-Free Before 3Click HERE to read Part 2: The Benefits of Early Potty Training. Stay tuned for Part 3: How to Potty Train a Baby

Recently I picked up Diaper-Free Before 3 by Jill M. Lekovic at the library.  The book advocates a positive, early start to toilet training (ideally between 6-12 months), so that your child can be out of diapers and finished with potty training as early as his or her 2nd birthday. 

Perhaps the most interesting information in the book is about potty training throughout history.  According to the author, information about toilet training practices have been recorded since antiquity. Apparently humans have always been obsessed with where their kids pee and poop!  Here is a quick timeline for you (from the book):

Cookbook Review: SOS! The Six O'Clock Scramble to the Rescue

Inside you'll find recipes that are simple, yummy, and green.

[To read my review of the first Six O'Clock Scramble cookbook, click HERE.]

Although most cookbooks I check out from the library are not worth buying (I always try before I buy), The Six O'Clock Scramble was a huge hit at my house, and I ended up purchasing my own copy.  So when I heard that there was a new "Earth-Friendly" Six O'Clock Scramble! Cookbook, of course I wanted to try it! 

What makes SOS! The Six O'Clock Scramble to the Rescue: Earth-Friendly, Kid-Pleasing Dinners for Busy Families earth-friendly?  Here are 10 things:

Cookbook Review: The Six O'Clock Scramble



I love cookbooks.  I love reading through the ingredient lists and looking at the pictures.  Sadly, most cookbooks turn out to be duds, in my opinion.  I always check out cookbooks from the library before buying them now.  I learned my lesson after buying several cookbooks by a Food Network Star at Costco.  Several years later I was finally able to accept defeat and donate them to Goodwill (I couldn't sell them).

Thoughts on Diapering and Pottying During Travel


Recently we got back from a holiday car trip to see family.  I normally cloth diaper and am in the process of potty training my 16-month-old.  During the vacation, we used disposables and brought along the pottyHere are some observations from the trip:
  1. You can continue on with your potty training during a car trip -- just bring your little potty with you.  It's also great to have an additional cheap-y potty, like IKEA's, in the car all the time.

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LANACare wool nursing pads -- soft, absorbent and reusable!

Some people never need nursing pads.  Some people only need nursing pads for the first few weeks or months.   I, on the other hand, am an over-producer.  I have a very fast letdown that can be triggered by the thought, "when was the last time I fed the baby?"  I leak a lot and I have to wear nursing pads the entire time I'm nursing.  With my first child, that was 20 months.

Part 1: Lansinoh Junkie

I used Lansinoh nursing pads the entire 20 months that I nursed my first child.  They worked quite well, except when they shifted around (I don't like using the adhesive), which resulted in occasional leaking.  They are definitely absorbent (like disposable diapers).  But I felt bad about using them.  I wanted something more natural against my skin where my baby nursed.  Something reusable.  Something that didn't result in thousands of tiny pieces of plastic I had to keep track of and try to remember to take to a recycling center.  So when I got pregnant with my second child, I decided to try reusable pads.

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