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Best Reusable Training Pants For Toddlers

The Best Reusable Cloth Underwear For Sustainable Potty Training

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My 3 year old just recently mastered potty training, but unfortunately, nighttime accidents sometimes still occur—and thank goodness for mattress protectors!

For a while we’ve had her in disposable nighttime diapers but eventually I decided that investing in a few reusable nighttime diapers was a better alternative.

Disposable diapers, no matter how ‘sustainable’ or ‘biodegradable’ they are, still contribute to landfill waste. Unless something is compostable and is actually placed into a compost bin with the necessary components to help break it down, it’s just going to sit on top of trash along with everything else.

Then there’s the money issue—as a society, we’re literally buying a product that we throw away the very same day. It makes much more sense to invest in a few top notch quality reusable diapers or training pants instead.

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What To Look For When Buying Reusable Training Pants

When shopping for quality reusable training pants, look for an absorbent inner layer and a waterproof outer layer—because those are important features.

When I first started shopping for reusable training pants, I honestly couldn’t find very many brands that offered what I was searching for.

I also made a huge mistake. I bought what I thought were waterproof training pants, but really these are just “thick cotton” underwear that are only good for catching a tiny amount of dribble. And I purchase them because they were marketed as ”training pants” (kind of deceiving). Here is my purchase:

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No, just…no.

Are these reusable cotton “training” pants super cute? Absolutely. Are they a smart buy when potty training? Absolutely not. And if you do get these, I highly recommend purchasing additional inserts to absorb the pee, because these do not—we learned the hard way.


I quickly realized that many reusable training pants are mis-advertised as waterproof —clearly they’re not—because my daughter’s pee went right through these and her bedsheets were soaking wet in the middle of the night.

I did decide to keep these though, because my daughter is tall and slender and these help keep certain pants and leggings to stay on her hips better during the day.

So what reusable training pants did I finally end up buying that are leak-proof and actually works for both day and nighttime potty training?

The Grovia My Choice Trainers.

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THE GROVIA MY CHOICE TRAINER

After our disappointing experience with the “thick cotton” underwear, I decided to try something a little more “high quality“, and came across the brand Grovia, and their line of My Choice trainers reusable training underwear with a convenient pull-up design.

I ended up ordering 3 pairs—plus two additional organic cotton inserts (boosters) for extra nighttime protection (just in case).

When they arrived in the mail, my initial reaction to seeing these reusable training pants for the first time was “wow—these are really pretty”.

The colors are warm and earthy, the fabric is well sewn together and soft to the touch, and they contain snap buttons in several key areas which allow for alterations as baby grows.

These cloth training pants also contain an inner pocket with an absorbent hidden layer of hemp/cotton blend, where you can add a booster cloth for extra absorbency during nighttime.

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Do The Grovia MyChoice Trainers Fit Comfortably?

The Grovia reusable training pants come in one size and they run small—but don’t worry, they’re adjustable!

My 3 year old is really slender (under 30 pounds) and they fit her perfectly. So for a thicker baby or toddler, I would definitely recommend purchasing at least one set of their side-flex plus panels which attach via snap buttons to the side of the trainers and comfortably expand the fit.

My daughter sleeps comfortably in these trainers and she’s excited to put these on every evening after her bath.

Great For Both Day Wear And Nighttime

The Grovia My Choice Trainers are a great way to help your little one transition from diapers to using the potty like a big kid.

They’re also great for just nighttime wear if your little one has a habit of wetting the bed.

Reusable cloth training pants are not only zero waste and environmentally friendly, but also non-toxic and help save money that can be better spent on other necessities.

So if you’re tired of spending money on disposable nighttime diapers and want a more sustainable way to potty train your little one, then I definitely recommend the Grovia My Choice Trainers.

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Must-Have Beach Essentials For Parents With Young Kids

Be Prepared For The Beach With These 5 Crucial Necessities That Make Life So Much Easier

Summer 2021

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Whether you’re on a vacation or a staycation, the fact is that parenting doesn’t get any easier. And in some circumstances, things can get a little stressful, especially if you’re not prepared.

I live close to the beach, so my kids and I spend time on the beach on a regular basis, and each time we go, I get a new idea for an essential item that makes the next trip much, much easier.

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Enjoying the beach can be especially tricky if you have very young children. It can down right even be exhausting. Hence, preparation is key in order to have a stress-free time.

So, as a mom of two young children who have visited the beach many times, I’m going to list my favorite tips and must-have items that help me enjoy the beach every summer.

Destin, FL 2021
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Travel Potty

Unless your little one is still in diapers or training pants, it’s a great idea to bring along a portable potty with disposable liners. It personally took me a very long time to potty train a stubborn 3 year old, and there is no way I’m letting her revert back to a diaper—so I pass on the swim diapers.

Tinukim

I really love and recommend this portable potty chair by Tinukim because it’s compact and small enough to fit in any tote bag, and it’s awesome for road trips when you don’t want your child to sit on public toilets. I keep my portable potty in the trunk of my SUV and it’s so convenient.

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An Inflatable Swimming Pool

Many young children are terrified of going near the ocean water—and they’d much rather stay on the sand where it’s safer and less intimidating. But, the problem is that they still long to play in water—especially because it’s hot and they want to feel like they’re still experiencing the water.

So I bring along a small inflatable swimming pool and fill it up with ocean water using one of my daughter’s sand buckets. And if you don’t feel like blowing anything up (you’re tired from all the walking, I get it), you get can a pop-up tent & pool combo made just for toddlers.

Intex Baby/Toddler Pool

Sand-Proof Beach Towels

I’ve been to the beach enough times to know that regular beach towels are a complete nightmare because they trap sand. So if your child gets out of the water and they want to wipe their face—they get an eyeball full of sand—even if the towel was nowhere near it, the wind will find a way to get some on it.

I recommend getting sand proof towels which are ultra thin, ultra smooth microfiber towels that basically repel sand instead of trapping it. Plus, they dry you off better, and also dry fast as well—so you’re not stuck with a wet and sand-filled towel on the drive home.

Decomen Sand-Proof Towel

A Beach Umbrella That Won’t blow Away

If you don’t go to the beach very often, then you’ll be in for an unpleasant surprise when your beach umbrella gets picked up by the wind and you’re chasing it up the beach while trying to keep an eye on your stunned kids. This would happen to me every time and one day I got fed up and ordered a special umbrella that came with an anchor. Sandbags are also a great way to keep your umbrella in place.

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A Beach Wagon


When you have kids, let me tell you, it’s exhausting trying to guide or carry them from the parking lot to the shore along with all the other necessities that you’ve packed (beach tote, food, snacks, water, umbrella, chairs, towels). I mean, it really is a lot of work. There were times walking back to the car when I though I would pass out not only from the heat, but because I had to carry a heavy backpack and a crying toddler in my arms. So I highly, HIGHLY recommend a beach wagon!

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What’s Lurking On Your Shopping Cart Handle?

How To Protect Yourself And Your Child From Shopping Cart Germs

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Let’s have a serious conversation about germs. Not only because of COVID-19, but because even prior to the outbreak, people still got sick from being in contact with unsanitary shopping carts.

When you think about it, we latch onto a shopping cart with a death grip for a good length of time. Sometimes we’re in that grocery store for a good 30-45 minutes—and the entire time, we’re clutching that shopping cart handle like it’s a safety bar on a crazy amusement park ride.

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Meanwhile, our exposed skin is coming into contact with some really nasty stuff. And if you have kids, it becomes even more problematic because kids like to rub their eyes, stick fingers in their mouth and noses, and sometimes even gnaw on the cart handle. It’s enough to give any parent anxiety.

A study conducted by the University of Arizona showed the following bacteria lurking on shopping cart handles:

Courtesy of Foodprotection.org

Why Are Shopping Carts So Dirty?

In a nutshell–they never get cleaned! If you think about it, aside from the handles being swiped with an anti-bacterial wipe from time to time, the rest of the shopping cart frame remains dirtier than a toilet seat. This is due to:

  1. Being used by multiple people throughout the day, everyday for 365 days a year.
  2. Being filled up with groceries consisting of packaged meat that ooze blood.
  3. Being sneezed on.
  4. Transfer of fecal matter from improper hand-washing.
  5. Children drooling and gnawing on the handles
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If You Have Kids, Use A Shopping Cart Cover

When I was pregnant with my first-born, one of my baby-shower gifts consisted of a shopping cart cover. I still have that little cover and use it with my second-born child. My daughter is 3 and I still use it. When I return home, I simply throw it into the washing machine and wash it in hot water. Simple.

Seaside Brother

Sanitize The Handles

This is a no brainer. Whenever I enter the grocery store, I grab a couple of sanitizing wipes (complimentary of the store) and wipe the handle. You should also bring your own supply of anti-bacterial wipes and sanitizer just in case the store runs out.

You can even buy a shopping cart handle cover that can also be used on shopping baskets, like the one below by Shopexzone. It’s incredibly convenient and can be stored in your car or tote bag when not in use.

Shopexzone

Don’t Let Your Kids Sit In The Back Of Shopping Carts

I often see a lot of parents allow their children to ride in the back of the shopping cart. And I didn’t think much of it until I read an article about all the bacteria that lurks in that part of the cart. Packaged meat like pork and poultry products, are often placed into that area, sometimes leaking blood. This exposure leads to Salmonella and Campylobacter infections.

What does all this mean? It means that parents are literally pushing their kids around in a metal biohazard on wheels. To avoid contamination, it’s best to seat your child in the front and have the older ones walk beside you.

However, if you have two small toddlers and you absolutely must place one in the back, you can use a “Buggy Bench”. The Buggy Bench easily attaches to any size shopping cart instantly creating a second seat. When not in use, simply fold it in half and store it in your diaper bag or car. It’s a fantastic solution for twins or when you simply have more than one child with you who can’t walk.

Buggy Bench

Fussy Toddler? Bring A Toy From Home

If you have a child who isn’t a very patient shopper and wants to tug at your shopping cart cover or reach for products in the back of the cart, give her something clean to hold; like a toy or object from home that they have great interest in. My daughter enjoys holding a pair of my sunglasses. Knowing that she’s distracted allows me to concentrate on the items that I need to get. This makes our shopping trip quick and easy.

And As Always, Wash Everyone’s Hands When You Get Home

When we return home, I have both my children get up on their little step stool and wash their hands with soap and water—myself included. They quite enjoy it. They love lathering and squishing the soap bubbles and it’s become a fun activity.