Diapering Dilemma

I have never had two kids in diapers at the same time. Well, that is mostly true. The Boy was potty trained two months before the Dancing Queen was born, but regressed for a month (a new baby and moving to the other side of the world within two months – what did I expect?). Even though my kids have been spaced fairly closely, two to three years apart, I am thankful that I have always been able to potty train the “old” baby before the “new” baby came along.

So, when I found out that baby number six was on it’s way, I took a long look at the Munchkin. Then I sighed deeply. I don’t feel like potty training. I don’t want to potty train. I don’t like to potty train. Β That is when my old friend, Procrastination, showed up. I started saying things like, “Next month, we will start” and “Soon I will order that little potty” and “Gotta get you potty trained soon, Girlie”.

But, I haven’t lifted a finger. Granted, I have been busy, what with puking my guts out, Christmas time, out of town guests, and birthdays… but those are all really just excuses that good ole’ Procratination keeps providing for me.

You know, I think I could be okay with all of this if she wasn’t growing. You see, she grew out of all of her wool soakers while I was sick. The Man put her in disposables (yuck!) to make it easier on the big girls who were doing all the diaper changing. Then, when I started feeling better, none of her soakers fit – besides the fact that they were all shorties and it is now winter.

Have you ever knit toddler size longies? They are eternal. ETERNAL. Which is weird, because they are still small compared with the other things that I have been knitting. But, they are also boring, and necessary, and must be done quickly. Sigh.

So, last week, I sucked it up and started knitting them. Who am I kidding? I am not going to start potty training anytime soon. I hate (and cannot afford) disposables, and I will be so glad to have new longies to put on my little Girlie.

Boring to knit, perhaps, but way cute! These are heavily modified Picky Pants. (Ravelry Project page)

And then there are these:

Picky Pants agian, but not as modified. (Ravelry Project Page) These are big – three whole balls of Wool of the Andes, or 330 yards (having have always potty trained at this age, this is the first time I have knit toddler size longies, so I am flabbergasted at how much wool it took)!

Diapering dilemma solved – sort of.

For the first time, I will have two babies in diapers at the same time. I think that I am okay with that.

But, you might check back later to watch the total melt down… should be entertaining. πŸ™‚

7 thoughts on “Diapering Dilemma

  1. I like your longies.

    I have never knit toddler longies because I get wimpy with cloth at the “food” stage. I do cloth as long as they are exclusively BF. When the food starts and the poop turns to POOP….I generally give up. 😦 I just don’t know what to do at that point.

    • I hear you! Actually, this is the first time I have had a kid stay in cloth past weaning, too. I forgot! HA! The first four had such sensitve skin that we couldn’t do cloth once they started eating and drinking real food and drink. I was really quite happy when this kiddo was able to continue in the cloth. I can’t say how much I hate disposables. They totally gross me out. They smell bad, are ugly, cost a lot, smell bad…. πŸ™‚ It will be interesting to see if I really can do two in cloth. At least I still have a few more months before I have to find out!

    • Yes, that is crazy! HA! πŸ™‚
      I used to love knitting soakers, but after five kids (and another one coming) I have knit them so many times.. ugh. I never knit the same thing twice, but this is not optional.
      I do love the results, though. And, for a knitted item, they get the most use, the most compliments and the most love. So, it really is okay in the end.

  2. I’m working on my first pair of toddler longies. Every time I think I’ve got the legs done I try them on my daughter only to find that she’s grown and I need to keep knitting. At this rate I’m thinking I’ll just give up when we hit spring and call them capris. Luckily it’s hot here for most of the year so I can get away with shorties…

    • Those little legs sure don’t look as long as they are, do they? πŸ™‚

      We have a short winter here, and I have had her in shorties and dresses, but the rain came back this week and it is getting cold again. I am glad to be in sunny Cali for a lot of reasons, and not needing a lot of longies is another one. Soon we will be in the skirties and the shorties and Mama will be kicking them out a lot faster.

  3. We’ve just started potting with our little guy. We do some diaper-free time every day. We rarely have an “oops”, but we’ve also yet to actually go on the potty. πŸ˜‰ I set up a “potty station” for him in our main living space. It’s a potty along with some cloth wipes and books in a basket, all on top of a little rug. It’s kind of cute and he’s much more inclined to spend time on the potty with books to look at. I’ll have to get back to you on whether or not this actually leads to any success though! πŸ˜‰
    My sister had two in diapers and she didn’t find it terribly challenging… However, one was in cloth and one was in disposables.
    I’m sure you’ll get a system down in no time! Besides, those longies are super cute!:)

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