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PostHeaderIcon The Toddlers Rule The World

Well at least that is what it feels like (see title).  Since the potty training boot camp a lot has changed. Just two weeks after the start of potty training the kids began daycare part time. I thought about these endless hours I could spend catching up on chores, reinventing my future life and career, exercising. I mean, seriously. All those hours. Truth is, I have less time.  It’s all because toddlers rule the world.

Nearing our third birthday the boys are super quite and twice as exasperating. Their minds are molding and they are making acute and cute observations. They listen more (when they feel like it) and remember more. Basically, they are entertaining me, challenging my ability to mother and distract simultaneously, and teaching me to be humble and accept bodily fluids. I have heard many a person say that this is the best and worst age and I would have to agree, although I can only compare to what was. Somehow, they make me feel that the extreme sleeplessness that came with infancy was easier than explaining to a toddler why he can’t have something, go somewhere or drive a car without ending in tears yourself.

Yes, people, parenting is tough.

So, back to changes. I’m not sure if it is school or just the addition of 2 and a half months, but my boys have seriously matured and grown tremendously. All the little life skills like dressing, putting on shoes and eating messy soup come easier to them. In fact, sometimes their extreme desire to try something new can be a challenge in itself (note tantrum over putting on shirt by ones self). These changes are welcome. Yes, I miss the little cuddly babies, but these beings can converse with me and share some likes and dislikes. They tell me when something hurts and exactly where. These advancements have made outings more interesting. I just love to see their joy in going to a store or sharing their observations with me.

The developing independence is a blessing and a curse. As I said, they rule the world. Oh, and parents, the term terrible twos is inaccurate. It’s about 2-3 years of ups and downs with tantrums, tears (yours and theirs) and lots of laughter. Even poop can be funny (I have stories).

PostHeaderIcon Potty Training Boot Camp

Life with toddlers has been rough, making it very tough to type a blog post or take a break. They consume my time a suck my energy, yet I love them more every day!

Most recently we have tackled potty training. I started by reading other blogs, referring to books and talking to friends. When I realized that “cold turkey” works for potty training as well as other “habits” I went for it. I chose a weekend with no plans and we said goodbye to diapers during waking hours. I called it boot camp.

On day 1 of boot camp we started with potty training undies (just thicker down the middle) and using the potty every 1/2 hour or so. I soon realized the underwear was too tough to master on day 1. So we went commando, since it was summer they were mostly nudists in the house. By day 2 the underwear were on without pants. By day 3 the pants were on.

If you choose this method be prepared with tons of rags and extra undies. Oh, and patience helps. I used tons of rewards. Balloons, stickers and cookies worked best. By day 4 Elan was fully trained, so much so that he started to wake up asking to use the potty and always has a dry diaper at nap time (sometimes in the morning!).

I don’t think Elan is unusual. Since he is a twin, his life is more about structure and routine than singletons. Potty training was just another routine. Zev, on the other hand, has been more challenging. No amount of bargaining can speed up the process with him.

After one month Zev is just beginning to ask to use the potty, but not every time. I try to keep my cool and encourage the right behavior. Once we master daytime for 3-4 months I will work on nighttime. Oy!

I think that the most important lesson is to say goodbye to diapers during waking hours and to be firm with that, no matter how hard. Kids don’t understand mixed signals.

PostHeaderIcon Green Diaper Review

To date I have used four different brands of disposable Green diapers. I originally wanted to go the route of cloth diapers via a diaper service, but there was not one in my area. I’ll admit, I didn’t look around for all available diapers, only those available on diapers.com. That aside, I have a review of the brands I have tried and can recommend at least two of them.

****Please note that these reviews start at the newborn size. Most green brands are not available in preemie size. When I brought home my little guys at about 6lbs a piece we used preemie diapers for about a month, maybe a little longer.****

Earth’s Best

I have used Earth’s Best the longest. Overall, I have no major complaints. They are absorbent and sturdy enough. I have ripped off the little tab once or twice, but mostly because I was pulling it so hard. This leads me to my main complaint with these. My boys have a difference of about three pounds between them (since 3 months of age) and I refuse to use two different diaper sizes. Life is tough enough without confusing myself with different diapers! I kept finding myself hiking up the size to fit Elan’s expanding waist. The larger the size, the longer the diaper from waist to crotch. It seemed that they never really got larger at the waist. I might go back to these at a larger size.

Nature Babycare

The quality of Nature Babycare is about the same as Earth’s Best. I have pulled a tab or two from these as well. The fit around the waist is better. I have found in the last couple of weeks that the boys are peeing out of the diapers more often. This is either a construction issue, or a side effect of the boys moving around more.

Attitude

I tried only one package of Attitude. The quality was okay. Somehow, these never seemed as comfortable to me. I pulled off the tabs more often and we had more leakage or near leakage mishaps with these. Needless to say, I have a couple left and they were relegated to the diaper bag back up diapers.

Tushies

The Tushies are my least favorite. They are probably the most Green brand of them all. The fill is wood pulp. I thought i would be thrilled, particularly since they were the most Green. Not so much! They are stiff going on and even stiffer once they are wet. I could barely make it through a half pack. They are definitely not ideal for overnight wear. Aside from being stiff and only mildly absorbent, they are overly bulky. I could barely close a onesie over them! I would not recommend these.