Thursday, June 25, 2009
We have been using training pants since we realized they were thinner and could hold a pee just as easily as a cloth diaper (we stopped using disposables when we realized he had no idea when he was peeing in them or not and they were never not peed in). The thinner aspect really appealed to me because I didn't want my baby to have to learn to move with all that bulk. I also think a baby bum is so dang cute!
Here is a variety of training pants made as "nonwaterproof training pants." They are basically stretch cotton with a soaker layer made of 4 layers of flannel or a layer of Zorb. Lately, I have been making them with 2 layers of Zorb because his pees have a lot more volume than they used to. But-- 2 layers makes them thick, so I have been trending towards using all-in-one diapers when he is going to have a miss (during his morning nap, typically), and underwear or pants with nothing else when I think he looks immodest.
I also love training pants because they are elastic waist so when I take him to pee in a public toilet, then I can change him mid-air and don't need to set him down somewhere.
Training pants are really great because they hold one missed pee, and you can make then with a feel-wet liner (flannel or cotton), or a feel-dry liner (fleece or microfleece or suedecloth).
I use this pattern, for the most part: http://doityourselfec.blogspot.com/search/label/Non-waterproof%20training%20pants.Pin It
After a few tries, I got a little creative with some flannel scraps (and lace notions on the girl baby gift bib, right), and quilted them together before putting the whole thing together.
I am going to use this pattern a lot, and am looking forward to re-fashioning old worn-out clothing into bibs (especially the back of jeans!).
Here is the front.
Here it is, made out of PUL.
He is ready for action!
Notice that both versions are made with fold over elastic (FOE) as the binding. If you made it with something that didn't fray, like fleece, you could skip that. You could also cut your own binding or use store-bought binding. The FOE supposedly does not wick (i.e. it keeps the moisture out).
After using these, we learned that flannel is not the best material to use alone for a bib. Wet things go right through. I was thinking of lining the middle section with terry. PUL makes a great bib; food slides right down.
Here is the pattern I used: http://doityourselfec.blogspot.com/2008/04/shirt-bib-with-free-pattern.html. The only modification is that the cuffs at the arms are a little tight. After making the first one of these, I modified it to make them a little wider. The pocket is amazing at catching food, and having different neck width settings is great at keeping the goodies from sliding down (it stays nice and tight).
Here is the back view.
Lastly, here is the side view. You can see the snaps better from this view. This is the pattern: http://www.chloetoesboutique.com/full_cover.pdf
I am including a diaper cover on this blog because we found the diaper cover extremely useful when the baby was younger. We use a lot of thin cloth diapers (plain, one layer cotton Gerbers -- http://www.target.com/Gerber-Weave-Flatfold-Cloth-Diapers/dp/B000056J8N/sr=1-3/qid=1245968319/ref=sr_1_3/189-6089980-7774446?ie=UTF8&frombrowse=0&rh=k%3Agerber%20diaper%20cloth&page=1) because we change him after one pee. This is so he doesn't get used to the feeling of wetness and notices when he is wet. The theory is that it helps enforce the feedback loop of pee makes me wet and uncomfortable if they never sit in a wet diaper (or as rarely as possible).
When he was really little, we took him out in disposable diapers and used a cloth diaper at home. But then our confidence got higher is using cloth outside of the house when we realized how easy it is to use a cover like this one. The PUL is really thin, so he could still wear clothes without getting a huge bottom (like he did in our fleece diaper covers).
These pants are my solution.
They are made of lightweight cotton.
In the middle of the pant, I added a soaker (made of 4 layers of flannel and lined with PUL, but you could use Zorb instead of 3 layers of the flannel). The soaker is loose, and sewn in at the waistband in the front and the back of the pants. This is so you don't see the seams.
You could modify this idea by putting snaps on the soaker and making a number of them to snap in and out of the pants.
I got the idea from the wool-in-two pattern here http://doityourselfec.blogspot.com/search/label/Wool-in-two%20training%20pants, and used it as the soaker shape. I used this pants pattern: http://doityourselfec.blogspot.com/search/label/Easy%20up%20and%20down%20pants. I decided to sew it in instead of snapping in and out because the pants are so thin that they invariably get wet with a pee miss, and I like to use a lot of the items I am making (funny reason, I guess, but true). Pin It
Friday, June 19, 2009
This is made out of a maternity dress that never quite looked right.
I started making these pants because there are some places a baby needs to wear closed-crotch pants to. They actually fit over diapers, or can be worn alone.
The ones made out of terry are great for after swim class, when he is not quite dry but a little bit cold.
Here is the pattern I used: http://doityourselfec.blogspot.com/search/label/Easy%20up%20and%20down%20pants
What is really great about split-crotch pants is that the baby stays warm, even his bottom. You can give him as many pottytunities as you want/ you think he is telling you he needs, and not worry about constantly pulling pants up and down. You just hold him and make sure the crotch is open when his legs are open over the potty.
This penguin pair was my favorite.
I guess leaving him shirtless defeated the purpose of staying warm in the pants!!??!! Pin It
This mat is a sleeping mat. It is fleece, then terry, then PUL. PUL is a breathable waterproof material that is commonly used in cloth diaper-making. This was made in two stages-- one to sew the fleece and terry together, and one to add the PUL. The PUL is rolled over the top and sewn from the top. This looks nice, but makes for a hard edge when sleeping on top of it.
This mat is also a sleeping mat. It is made of fleece, terry, and PUL. This fleece is quilted together from scraps from other projects. It was made in two stages as well. The first stage was to sew the fleece and terry together using a turn and topstich method. The second stage was to add the PUL. To do this, I ironed a hem onto the PUL (it sticks to itself when ironed). Then I sewed it just inside the edge of the other piece. It works, but would be better if the waterproofing went all the way to the edges! But it is nice to sleep on, and doesn't hurt when you end up rollong onto it in the middle of the night-- the edge is nice and smooth.
Henry was 3 weeks old here. We started doing EC ("Elimination Communication" aka infant potty training or Diaper-Free Baby) when his circumcision cut healed. With our next baby, I want to start even earlier. It is so rewarding to catch his elimination, and helped us realize how much he was paying attention from early on.
In this photo, he was 4 months old. By then, we were catching almost all of his poops and many pees.
We practice EC when we are not at home as well. This was in Mendocino, when Henry was 9 months old. You see him watching his stream.
This is in Hawaii at 9 months. It was around 8 months that we started to consider him "potty trained," aka a graduate. We still have 2-5 pee misses per day, but he is definitely aware of his needs, which is our goal.