The End of an Era

Okay, the title is a little dramatic, but I think it fits. Last Monday, our daughter just went for it. No more diapers.

Here she is at almost 10 months old. Two years later and we are going diaper-freeeeeeeee!

Here she is at almost 10 months old. Two years later and we are going diaper-freeeeeeeee!

I’d like to tell you that we found some magic trick, but it just happened.

Our youngest daughter, at two years and nine months old just decided that she was ready to move on and she wanted to try out the fancy underwear I bought her that have the days of the week on them. My husband and I have been ready to move on for about nine months now, but anyone with kids will tell you that you move on when they move on, and no sooner.

The timing of this was perfect because on Tuesday, we received a nice shipment of diapers from the great people at Pampers for our little one to use as part of my ambassadorship as a #PGmom. I see this as a challenge, and I am determined to donate this bog box of diapers, unopened, to a local program that supports teenage moms and moms who need assistance.

So here is where we are at. We have about 10 Pampers left in a package that we had before the delivery on Tuesday. That gives me 10 nights worth of one diaper each night. So far, she has been completely dry the last four nights, and we have 10 nights to go until we run out of diapers. After that, I am confident that she has closed that chapter, and slam-dunked that milestone completely. Then we’ll donate the unopened box and do something to celebrate.

I knock on wood as I say this, but a big thank you to Pampers for five and a half years (including my oldest when she was in diapers). Did you do anything when your kids were out of diapers? How did you celebrate? I need some ideas.

If you are not quite there yet, P&G has developed an app to help you out. They understand the emotions and situations that parents of babies and toddlers go through. They get our sleepless nights, our need to track things like sleep, and feeding schedules, and the need to make potty time fun for kids. Together with Today’s Parent, they’ve created an app to help us out. todays-parent-milestones-app.jpg From choosing a name for your new child to tracking nap times and helping with creating a fun potty experience, this app has a lot of great features including tracking diaper changes, sleep tracker, feeding log; pregnancy, baby and toddler articles, and a fun toothbrush feature. To read more and download the app, you can visit the iTunes app store.

 

Sheri Landry
Sheri publishes, and writes at This Bird’s Day where she shares all of the thoughts in her head without the voices. Sticking mainly with content for Canadians, Sheri shares family stories, product information and anything that fits into her (and her family’s) daily activities.
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  • Andrea Amy Mar 23, 2014, 11:17 pm

    I hate potty training SO much. 4 of my 5 boys were really really really reluctant. I haven’t even started training my youngest who turned 4 earlier this month because he absolutely refuses and tells me he will wear diapers forever. The only one who was easy was my 2nd son who actually trained himself before he was even 2 (without any help from me lol). Once the boys were trained, I always took them out and let them pick out their own big boy underwear and a prize (a toy, a dvd, lunch at McDonalds…whatever they wanted, within financial reason of course).

  • Kristine ewald Mar 22, 2014, 11:59 pm

    Special big girl underwear is so smart

  • Josh S Mar 22, 2014, 6:57 pm

    Special Swimming outting.

  • Sunshine G Mar 19, 2014, 9:36 pm

    Special big girl underwear seems the logical step to me!

  • Silvia Mar 18, 2014, 5:53 am

    I would take her out and buy some new princess underwear.

  • Monique L.S. Mar 17, 2014, 7:52 pm

    I think I would celebrate by taking my daughter out and having her choose some nice underwear — her first pairs!

  • angela m Mar 17, 2014, 10:22 am

    I would celebrate by taking them out to dinner , movie or a special toy

  • marie cat Mar 16, 2014, 7:42 pm

    my l.o isn’t potty trained but i’ve read some articles like rewarding them with a treat or a sticker when they go to the bathroom

    • Sheri Landry Sheri Landry Mar 17, 2014, 12:47 am

      We did this a bit with our daughters, but they never really went for it because they do a lot of crafts anyway. I have heard it has worked for others though.

  • Erika E Mar 16, 2014, 4:15 pm

    When my son was potty trained we didn’t really do anything to celebrate but he picked out his own new underwear.

  • Kristi Renout Mar 16, 2014, 10:08 am

    I’m not sure how we’ll celebrate being diaper-free. We’ve been try for a while now, and the idea seems so far away, I can’t even picture it. *sigh*

  • Bev Mar 16, 2014, 10:07 am

    We have not reached the potty training milestone but celebrating with a cake sounds good to me!

  • suzi Mar 15, 2014, 6:12 pm

    We had a party!

  • Debbie W Mar 15, 2014, 10:34 am

    Patience. It will happen in due time. Not every child is the same.

  • Joyce Mar 14, 2014, 2:54 pm

    I’m so jealous! My daughter is 3.5 yrs old and refuses to be potty trained! I keep telling her that she can’t go to JK in Sept if she is still wearing diapers. Don’t think it’s working.

    • Sheri Landry Sheri Landry Mar 17, 2014, 12:54 am

      Oh no Joyce. I know that frustration too well. Hang in there.

  • Tanis Mar 14, 2014, 11:56 am

    No potty training here yet, but encouragement and praise will be a start!

  • Angela Mitchell Mar 14, 2014, 12:06 am

    I took my daughter out and let her pick out new jammies and a comforter set for her bedroom. My son is only 1 so we have lots of time to decide how to celebrate:)

  • nicolthepickle Mar 13, 2014, 7:23 pm

    I would burn all the diapers….ok not really, but I would probably get a nice latte, pat myself on the back and have another baby.

  • Nicole B Mar 13, 2014, 10:04 am

    We celebrate with a little gift!

  • Josie Mar 12, 2014, 9:20 pm

    That’s fantastic! We celebrate with stickers and books

  • lori butler Mar 12, 2014, 1:50 pm

    celebration including going out to favourite place to eat

  • Brandee H Mar 12, 2014, 12:36 pm

    We didnt really celebrate. It just wasnt a big deal for my son. He decided he was done with diapers and that was it. We had little celebrations every time he used the potty at the beginning and that was the exciting part for him. He is only two and I tried fun underwear, he wasnt even slightly interested :-( maybe a party for me with all the saved diaper money!!! :-)

  • Crystal Quibell Mar 12, 2014, 6:54 am

    When he sits on the potty, he gets a special treat. When he’s finally trained, we’ll take him to Chucky Cheese. :)

  • Heidi C. Mar 12, 2014, 1:22 am

    We would celebrate with the potty dance followed by a special trip to McDonald’s.

  • Florence C Mar 11, 2014, 6:56 pm

    Take them out and let them pick out some new undies. All kids love the ones I with their favorite characters on them.

    • Sheri Landry Sheri Landry Mar 12, 2014, 12:55 am

      I love this idea. She was excited about the days of the week. I know she’ll love to pick her owm.

  • Cori @ Read.Write.Run.Mom. Mar 11, 2014, 3:11 pm

    Congratulations!

    My twins potty trained pretty easily when we let them do it in their own time. I told them that when they were 3, they had to say good bye to diapers. Buggie potty trained instantly on her thrid birthday. Doodle took a bit longer (out of laziness more so than readiness) and when we decided to do the 3 day method – she was also effortless.

    As a celebration when they had each hit 2 weeks potty trained – I took them out for a special solo day with momma. I took the day off work and planned a super fun day just for them. It was a great treat for us all!

  • Erin Wilson Mar 11, 2014, 2:33 pm

    I would buy my daughter some awesome panties!

  • Jonnie Mar 11, 2014, 1:25 pm

    We have a potty party to celebrate being done with diapers. Cake, ice cream and a small gift makes it special.

  • andie Mar 11, 2014, 1:23 pm

    Maybe new underwear and pants – their pick. Better through in a chocolate treat too.

  • Karla Sceviour Mar 11, 2014, 12:27 pm

    I woudl celebrate by going out for something to eat,,or even ice cream :)

  • Victoria K Mar 11, 2014, 12:22 pm

    We will be celebrating with a special toy.

  • Anne Taylor Mar 11, 2014, 12:16 pm

    We were all exhausted by the end of the few days that it took to potty train our youngest daughter!. We all went to a movie with the three girls as celebration!

  • Soozle Mar 11, 2014, 8:44 am

    Congrats on the milestone :) As for a celebration – I think a nice day out to somewhere fun would be a great treat; even a McDonalds trip for a treat

    • Sheri Landry Sheri Landry Mar 11, 2014, 9:49 am

      Ohhh, that would be fun Soozle. She loved the last time we stopped by A&W and shared a breakfast

  • Ira Mar 10, 2014, 1:12 pm

    Actually, the title is perfect! Because that’s exactly what I thought reading it – diapers! Lol
    Congratulations! I think we will reward ourselfs with a week of vacation or something of sorts when my kids go without diapers. Sometimes I think that the youngest one will beat the oldest to it… This summer is going to be big deal in our house :)

    • Sheri Landry Sheri Landry Mar 10, 2014, 6:44 pm

      That’s fantastic Ira. So much to look forward to this summer. No diapers IS a BIG deal. I will probably buy a box out of habit in the next couple of months. Good luck and catch up with me to let me know when it happens for you.

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