Anyone who has raised a child knows that potty training presents its own set of challenges. Our daughter, now 2 1/2, was almost completely potty trained by the time that she turned 2. Then, we went on vacation for a week and she reverted back.
We have also had a challenge where she would always pee in the potty, but wanted to poop only in a diaper. This action has now flipped around to the complete opposite. I know that consistency is key in helping her learn and that she will train when she is ready, but it is still frustrating nonetheless.
I recently read an article by Darcy at Tales from the Nursery about The Challenges of Cloth Diapering a Toddler and found myself relating to each of them. As my daughter has grown, so has her ability to hold in more liquids. With cloth diapers, unless you have a diaper with a great fit (especially for nighttime), there are risks for leakage. Or, when they are toddler age, monsoons. I recently found a great trainer by GroVia called the My Choice Trainer that I will be doing a review of soon that has been a great help to our training efforts. It comes with two sizes of side flex panels for a great fit around the hips and also includes a slot where you can slide an extra protective insert for nighttime mistakes.
Another issue that was have had is her removing the diaper. Disposable diapers are simply too easy for my daughter to strip off. Then, we have the problem of her wanting to run around in the buff. I like cloth trainers better for this because they are more like regular underpants. They pull down easily, yet not so easily that she can just strip them off faster than I can turn around.
Since she has been going poo on the potty, we haven’t had a problem with this, but as Darcy mentions, sometimes the poo can be difficult to remove from a cloth diaper without the use of a sprayer. This typically happens with a change in the state of their food also. Once they can eat solids, poop becomes much easier to deal with.
Each day we seem to be getting much closer to complete potty training freedom! As always, if you have any tips I would love it if you shared!