When I unexpectedly went into labor at 35 weeks with Ashlynn, we were a little less than prepared. Thankfully, we had just installed the carseat three days prior, but aside from some essentials received at my shower, we needed to stock up - quickly. Not to mention, we didn't have any clothes that fit her tiny 5 pound 17" long body. The night after she was born, the Husband went home to shower and check on the dogs and I had my fresh new baby snuggling close, I logged onto diapers.com to order diapers, wipes, and a few preemie outfits which were all waiting on our doorstep when we were discharged from the hospital two days later. The bonus was I didn't have to pay crazy shipping fees to have it there in time, it was free since I spent more than $49.
Ever since I've been a loyal diapers.com shopper. I've purchased everything from diapers, wipes, baby food by the case, bibs, feeding essentials, clothes, shoes, toys, and books. And probably more. Prices are always competitive, coupons and promotions abundant, and I can use my beloved ebates (sign up here!) to get cash back, which if you combine all that with the mostly free shipping (my purchases are always larger due to buying diapers by the case) then it's a complete win in my book. This is not the first time I've sang the company's praises here on my little corner of the internet.
So now that we are preparing to potty train and hopefully ditch the diapers, at least for the toddler, I'm still relying on diapers.com to help with just that.
tub and card game (target $1 and $3 spot)
Obviously, the essentials matter most. Since her tush isn't going to fit on our toilet, I have two options for her to choose from. Right now, she doesn't seem to have a favorite, but she's yet to actually get down to business on them either. We keep the Baby Bjorn chair downstairs in our powder room and it's easy for me to run and grab and bring to her when it's time to try or she'll sit while I use the bathroom and the potty seat I keep upstairs in her bathroom. She sits (sometimes) before her bath and if she wakes up from a nap dry. I'm going to start having her sit right when she wakes up in the morning to get the routine going.
Huggies Big Kid flushable wipes, Pull-Ups, undies, and some *reward* chocolate chips. Even though we are going with (a modified) 3- Day Method and keeping spare diapers or pull-ups on hand is a no-no, I'm keeping any extra diapers for Kenley and the Huggies Pull-Ups will be used at night since she still doesn't wake up dry. I also ordered some training pants, which they discourage in the 3-Day Method, but they have been recommended by a friend who said they helped her child know she was wet without the same mess as undies. They also fit her better than the underwear. So our options are ready in case we need to change course at moments notice.
Which you can bet when we find the winning combination, I'll be placing another diapers.com order to stock up and save myself the time and frustration of a potential public accident or germy tour through our local Target or Wegman's public restrooms with a toddler and baby in tow!
The collection of books is a combination of potty centric reads, I already broke out Potty a few weeks ago and she makes me read it daily. Actually, she knows it by heart and reads it to me!
I've been really talking about the potty as much as I can and giving her opportunities to sit on it when she shows me she needs to go. It's just a lot of practice to help the transition to this little boot camp smoother - I hope! Big Girl Panties and Princess Potty should just keep her interested and on task. The Disney Princess Adventure book is a collection of short stories that I hope to use to keep her sitting for short periods at a time if she needs to wait. We can read a story each time she sits to pass time and give her a chance to relax and go. She's starting to learn all the princesses and I think this will be right up her alley as a favorite new book.
And lastly is the bucket of toys and time sucks. These will be a combination of figurines to play with while sitting, like a bath toy, that will only be allowed in the bathroom. If she does her job, she'll get to pick one to keep it and bring it back to the playroom. Temporary tattoos and nail polish to force her to sit. Card game is something we can use to pass time in between trips to the lou during those first three days locked up at home. She likes playing memory on the kindle so we see if that translates to real cards. Oh and the chocolate chips, like M&M or jellybeans, it's just our little doggie treat for going on the grass. For the bigger accomplishment, she'll get a Frozen or Sophia toy.
Some of these items, like the potty chairs, I had on hand for awhile now, the rest I ordered recently knowing the time to try (har har) is upon us. And even though we are ditching diapers, Diapers.com is still my number online source and time saver for all things baby.
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A big thank you to Huggies for sponsoring this post and the generous promotion code for use at Diapers.com. As always, all opinions, statements, and odd ball plans for putting on our big girl panties are all my own!