5 Potty Training Mistakes to Avoid

potty training tipsPotty training may seem like an impossible feat after a slew of accidents and weeks of trying different methods to no avail. Your child can and will be potty trained! Here are some common slip-ups parents make that prolong the potty training process rather than encourage it.

Making kid train before they’re ready

Toilet training is a developmental milestone that we simply cannot push. A child must be able to understand and communicate with you before potty training. Additionally, parents have to understand that a child must be at point where they want to and are able to control their bodily toilet functions. Cues that may indicate that your child might be ready to take the toilet training plunge is when he or she follows you to restroom and shows extreme discomfort in a soiled diapy.

Switching back to diapers when it’s convenient

I know sometimes it’s easier to opt for diapers for bedtime, but we don’t realize that this is slowing down the process and sending mix signals. Consistency is the key to developing a habit.  Stick to your guns even for weddings and even long drives. Instead of reaching for diapers when you don’t want to worry about accidents, invest in plastic liners for bed. When traveling, take your child to the bathroom on an hourly basis to avoid messy accidents.

Using big kid underwear

Big kid underwear may seem like good way to go when trying to encourage your child to use the potty. As you probably have discovered, thin cotton underwear doesn’t hold up well against accidents. As an alternative, I highly recommend using training underwear. They are thicker but still allow your child to feel and respond to urine.

Buying the entire potty training industry

The potty training process is just that, a process. When certain methods don’t work right away, some moms and dads buy end up buying everything on the market in efforts to find the perfect product to make potty training work. This not only hurts the consistency factor of the process, it also wastes your money. Stick with one method from beginning to end. Potty training is not rocket science; the most important thing you’ll need in this process is patience.

Getting Angry

Part of us already knows that getting upset when our child has an accident is not a good idea, but sometimes potty training is just plain old frustrating. So here’s a friendly reminder not to lose your cool. Accidents will happen. Don’t shame your child every time there is a mishap. Shouting and shaming makes potty training an emotional drain. Instead of expressing how disappointed you are in your child gently remind them to remember to go sooner.

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footed pajamas for fast diaper changesWritten by Lisa Youngelson, Owner of Zippyz

Like most new moms, Lisa had been up night after night changing her newborn son’s diaper. She was so exhausted she could barely function, let alone match up the tiny snaps on her baby’s pajamas.

Frustrated by endless mis-snapping and re-snapping, Lisa found zippered pajamas, and thought her problems had been solved. That night when she unzipped her son’s pajamas, he started to cry from the shock of cold air. Although less time consuming, Lisa hated that she had to expose her baby’s entire body with the zipper. She felt her baby’s comfort should come first and yearned for the perfect footed pajama, which was both soft and cozy for her baby and hassle-free for mommy.

One night while feeding her son she thought of “Zippyz.” Zippyz are patented footed baby pajamas for easy and fast diaper changes with 3 snaps on the chest and a zipper from foot to belly. Finally, a solution suitable for baby AND mommy! Plus Zippyz are a unique baby shower gift! Along with her best friend and business partner Erica, Lisa decided make the diaper changing world a better place for all new parents!

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5 Diaper Bag Essentials for Your Summer Vacation

diaper bag essentialsYou’re finally able to take that much needed family vacation. Before you take off, whether it be on the road or via plane, you need to make sure that your diaper bag is fully stocked. You never know what you may end up needing, and as my mother would say “It’s better to be safe than sorry.” In this case, I totally agree. Here are five diaper bag essentials that you mustn’t forget on your summer vacation:

1. Wipes

This should be an obvious one, but it’s too important not to list. Wipes are a diaper bag essential, because if you have a baby, you’re always going to need them. From spills, to dirty hands, to poopy diapers, you could never have too many wipes. I suggest you bring a lot more than you think you may need. When you’re out and about, you’ll never know what situations you’ll run into or what messes you’ll encounter.

2. Diapers X2

Whatever amount of diapers you just packed, pack double that. The last thing you want happening is to run out of diapers and have to make an emergency run during your vacation to get some. Have a stress free vacation by always having plenty of diapers on hand. If you’ll be away for some time, ship diapers ahead to your hotel or relative’s home so you don’t have to lug them through the airport.

3. Sunscreen

Summer vacations usually mean you’ll spend a lot of time outside, whether that’s in an amusement park, the beach, a pool, or taking nature hikes. That means you’ll get a lot of exposure to the sun. Baby skin is fragile and delicate and needs to be looked out for. Carry plenty of sunscreen with you all the time so you don’t have to pay exorbitant prices in gift shops or road-side stands.

4. Spare Clothes

You definitely want to make sure that every time you leave your hotel your diaper bag has a change of clothes for your child. You never know what crazy things baby may get into, and it’s better to bring the clothes and not need them, than to not have the clothes and need them. If you’re out shopping or touring theme parks, you won’t be able to pop back to your room and change very quickly.

5. Hand Sanitizer

Chances are you are going to be in places where there are tons of germs and people. Keeping hand sanitizer in your diaper bag is smart and will make you feel less grimy at the end of the day. It also comes in handy when baby sticks there hand in something they weren’t supposed to, or makes a mess out of their dinner!

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footed pajamas for fast diaper changesWritten by Lisa Youngelson, Owner of Zippyz

Like most new moms, Lisa had been up night after night changing her newborn son’s diaper. She was so exhausted she could barely function, let alone match up the tiny snaps on her baby’s pajamas.

Frustrated by endless mis-snapping and re-snapping, Lisa found zippered pajamas, and thought her problems had been solved. That night when she unzipped her son’s pajamas, he started to cry from the shock of cold air. Although less time consuming, Lisa hated that she had to expose her baby’s entire body with the zipper. She felt her baby’s comfort should come first and yearned for the perfect footed pajama, which was both soft and cozy for her baby and hassle-free for mommy.

One night while feeding her son she thought of “Zippyz.” Zippyz are patented footed baby pajamas for easy and fast diaper changes with 3 snaps on the chest and a zipper from foot to belly. Finally, a solution suitable for baby AND mommy! Plus Zippyz are a unique baby shower gift! Along with her best friend and business partner Erica, Lisa decided make the diaper changing world a better place for all new parents!

For more information, visit www.shopzippyz.com.

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Cloth Diapers vs. Disposable Diapers

cloth diapers vs disposable diapersLike most parenting topics, the debate over cloth versus disposable diapers comes with many opinions. But like everything else, you have to decide what is best for you and your family. You can choose one method and stick with it, or alternate as you see fit. Many mothers use cloth diapers when they are home and disposables when out-and-about. It’s up to you. Here are the pros and cons of cloth diapers and disposable diapers.

Cloth Diapers

Cloth diapers come in two formats: a terry cloth, cotton, or flannel cloth that you fold and fasten or an already-arranged diaper that looks just like a disposable. In the long run, cloth diapers will save you money (unless you use a diaper cleaning service). Over the two or so diaper years of your child’s life, you will spend about $300 on cloth diapers and washing, but $2000 on disposables.

Some parents are concerned about the dyes and gels in disposables, so cloth diapers are a more natural way of containing messes. However, they are messier than disposables. You’ll end up doing more laundry, too, sometimes two to three extra loads each week. Of course, unless you use disposables occasionally, you’ll end up carrying a poopy diaper home every once in a while.

Cloth diapers are less absorbent, but they also created fewer rashes. The decreased absorbency, however, can aide potty training. If your child feels wet, he/she is more apt to prefer the potty and spend her/his time in underpants.

Disposable Diapers

Disposables are easy to change quickly because of the adhesive strips. They are especially helpful for resistant babies who won’t sit still for changes.

The biggest convenience of disposable diapers is that you toss them away once soiled. Tape them up using their own adhesive so the mess is contained and drop them in the trash. Further, disposables are super-absorbent, so you end up changing less diapers, and the liners keep wetness away from the skin and rarely leak. This can work against you, however, as children don’t feel uncomfortable by the mess and don’t mind staying with diapers. Some diapers can rip if they are pulled too hard, which will probably happen to you when you’re away from home!

Although no studies offer evidence that the chemicals used to manufacture diapers are harmful, you never know. Diapers house a sensitive area and you may not want to take the risk. Some babies have allergic reactions that prevent them from using disposables at all.

The biggest downside to disposables is their impact on the environment. Worldwide, we produce 3.4 million tons of diaper waste per year, and they do not decompose.

footed pajamas for fast diaper changesWritten by Lisa Youngelson, Owner of Zippyz

Like most new moms, Lisa had been up night after night changing her newborn son’s diaper. She was so exhausted she could barely function, let alone match up the tiny snaps on her baby’s pajamas.

Frustrated by endless mis-snapping and re-snapping, Lisa found zippered pajamas, and thought her problems had been solved. That night when she unzipped her son’s pajamas, he started to cry from the shock of cold air. Although less time consuming, Lisa hated that she had to expose her baby’s entire body with the zipper. She felt her baby’s comfort should come first and yearned for the perfect footed pajama, which was both soft and cozy for her baby and hassle-free for mommy.

One night while feeding her son she thought of “Zippyz.” Zippyz are patented footed baby pajamas for easy and fast diaper changes with 3 snaps on the chest and a zipper from foot to belly. Finally, a solution suitable for baby AND mommy! Plus Zippyz are a unique baby shower gift! Along with her best friend and business partner Erica, Lisa decided make the diaper changing world a better place for all new parents!

For more information, visit www.shopzippyz.com.

Interested in writing a guest blog for Zippyz? Send your topic idea to: media@shopzippyz.com.

All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Zippyz makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information, or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

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