One of the first tips any parenting expert will tell you about potty training is to put your kids in pull ups right away. They’ll enjoy the freedom of wearing big-kid clothing, plus they’ll learn the feeling of being wet and since that isn’t very comfortable, they’ll seek to use the potty.
We’re a cloth diapering family, but just because I’m willing to clean a child’s mess doesn’t mean I want to! Here are some clean up tips for the potty training days.
1. Avoid foods that cause problems – If your child enjoys foods that cause messy diapers, you’ll want to pass on those until potty training has reached a rhythm. This usually includes anything spicy.
2. Prompt them often – The first step to cleaning a mess is making sure it doesn’t happen. Prompt your kids often to use the potty, even if they went recently. You need them to associate the feeling of having to go with using the toilet.
3. For clothing with urine – These items can go right into the washer without any preparation. Make sure to use a hot setting and a detergent like our Rockin’ Green which has enzymes to break down organic matter.
4. For clothing with feces – Depending on the nature of the mess, first swish it around in a (freshly flushed) toilet to get most of the matter off. If you have a diaper sprayer attached to your toilet, use that too. The more you can get off, the better. If you aren’t keen on putting it thorough your washer, soak it in hot water in the sink; otherwise toss it in with sturdier items like sweaters and jeans.
5. For hard flooring (wood, linoleum, stone, tile, vinyl, etc.) – Scoop up any solid material and use towels to soak up the mess. Use a mixture of Rockin’ Green and water to kill germs and remove any odor.
6. For carpeting and upholstery – Scoop up any solid material and use towels to soak up the mess. Blot the spot with a white towel until you’ve picked up as much as you can. Make a paste of Rockin’ Green and water and gently sponge the area.
7. Use a wipe on your child’s diaper area – Even though we’re done with diapers, a child’s underside needs a cleaning after an accident because that material just sits on the skin. A simple wipe will do.
8. Teach kids not to touch it – This is an odd tip, but necessary. When children make a mess, some area drawn to touch it or move it elsewhere. Insist they report the mess to you right away.
Written by Kim Webb, CEO and Founder of Rockin’ Green Soap
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