I'm done. I'm really done...with diapers.
Let me start at the beginning.
Before Ellie was born, I had decided that I wanted to use cloth diapers. I thought that it would be a great way to save money and I'd read that cloth-diapered babies sometimes potty train earlier. I was in. So, I purchased some new, some used, and joined a local Facebook group to get tips and tricks from other moms.
What ended up working for us (after much trial and error) was a combination of inserts, tri-folds, and regular diapers at night. I did diaper laundry several times a week, hung them out in the sun to dry in the summer, and sent a dry bag to daycare every day. Then, at about a 1 1/2, Ellie was starting to verbalize when she was doing something in her diaper.
We set a potty up in the bathroom and I haven't been in there alone since.
A few months before Ellie's 2nd birthday, I decided to do it. I read (a lot) about the 3 day potty training method. I talked to my mom and my mother-in-law, both of whom attested to potty training all of their children in one weekend. So, I did it. I bought a couple bags of chocolate candy, took a Friday off from work, and locked myself in the house with Ellie for 3 days.
Day 1 was rough. Waking up that morning, we talked about putting the diapers away forever and only wearing underwear from now on, just like a big kid. She was bottomless all day, and I relegated her to the living room with a bunch of toys and put her potty smack dab in the middle of the room. Every 30 minutes I would place her on the potty chair and most of the time she fought me, screaming and crying. If she went in her chair, she got a treat. If she had an accident, we talked about trying to make it next time and cleaned it up together.
Day 2 was pretty similar, but with less crying and less accidents. Day 3 was even better. I sent her back to school on Monday with a couple changes of clothes (just in case) and told her teachers the news: we were officially using the potty!
Now, keep in mind Ellie still had a few accidents a week for a little while. I didn't want her to get discouraged, so we constantly talked about how big she was and that accidents happen (just wait until you have a kid and sneeze. Moms, you know).
We kept Ellie in diapers at night because she was still young. Some mornings they were really full, some mornings they were dry. Wearing a diaper to sleep did not discourage her daytime potty use at all.
A few days ago though, I ran out of diapers.
Too lazy to go to the store at 8 o'clock at night, I told Ellie that it was time she was a big girl and we weren't going to use any diapers at night any longer. So, we brushed our teeth, went potty, read our books, and fell asleep. At about 10:30pm, I snuck into her room, picked her up from bed and set her on the potty. She never woke up, even when I placed her back in her room (#parentingwin). Waking up with my alarm around 5:30 the next morning, I repeated my nighttime activities. No accidents. 3 days in a row now. Andrew, Ellie and I high-five eachother every morning.
2 1/2 years and I am done with diapers. DONE. I think I'm going to celebrate tonight. Adult beverages, anyone?