Pheeboo is potty-trained!
I've been putting it off for months now. She's seemed pretty ready for a long time. It's just, you know, I'd rather change a diaper in the back of my car or even in a public bathroom than help my toddler use a public toilet. Just sayin'.
But then our washer went on the fritz and for a while I thought I couldn't wash diapers and after all of the money spent on cloth diapers I was loathe to spend more money on disposables so I finally decided to just DO IT already.
Then I realized that I actually could wash diapers but I'd already made up my mind.
We are of the no-bottoms potty-training persuasion around here. Peabody did great while half-naked. She had only one accident that way. I made the mistake of introducing underwear too soon. Guess what? Undies give a false sense of security. Learn from my mistakes. She had a lot of accidents while wearing them. We started on a Monday morning and by Friday night I was starting to think maybe she just wasn't ready. Then the very next day it just "clicked" for her.
Four weeks and a bazillion M&Ms later she is doing so great. She's pretty good about using the little potty on her own when she needs to, or telling us that she needs to go if we aren't at home. Accidents still happen but they are growing fewer and farther between (further between? Farther apart?) She's been waking up dry from naps for a couple of weeks, and this week she's stayed dry all night twice! I gotta say, I think that's pretty impressive for 2.5 years old.
I sold some of the cloth diapers on Craigslist and figured with what I initially paid, what I recouped, and the cost of laundering we just about broke even in the four months that we used cloth as opposed to disposables. I kept the diapers I liked the best for her to wear at night so we might end up coming out a little ahead. I'm really glad I tried them because now I have a good idea of how I want to cloth diaper the next baby ... whenever that happens!