I’m Ready To Be Out Of Diapers

OK, so I’m not actually in diapers.  I did just cross over to my 39th birthday, but I’m not the one in diapers.  However, both of our kids are still in some form of diapers, and I’m so ready to be done.

There is light at the end of the tunnel, and I’m hopeful we’re just a few months away.  But, you never know with these sort of things.

Little Boy Beagle

mb-201309signOur oldest is 4 years and 3 months old.  He successfully potty trained in 2011 at the age of two and a half.  However, he has not successfully transitioned to staying dry while he sleeps.  He still takes regular naps, and he’s usually dry for about 75% of the time during naps, which is good, but he still comes up wet in the mornings.

We’ve transitioned him to pull-ups, so that he can get out of bed and use the bathroom anytime during the overnight hours.  Which he does occasionally, but he sleeps very hard and just hasn’t trained his body to waking up enough to stay dry.

Our pediatrician says that this isn’t concerning, and that while many kids his age are fully out of any sort of protection, it’s not unusual for this to be the case.

Still, I’m ready!

Little Girl Beagle

Our youngest is two and she’s exhibited many of the classic signs that she’s ready for potty training: She lets us know when she’s gone, she goes through the entire night without wetting herself (which is a complete opposite of her brother, go figure), and often goes long stretches of the day without wetting.

These are all signs that any pediatrician or baby forum will tell you means that they’re ready to hit the potty.

The only problem?  She hates the potty.

We have a small potty that we had in the bathroom, and anytime we asked her if she wanted to go, she would refuse to go on. If we put her on, she’d scream and work to get off.

So, we put the potty away for a few weeks, as the doctor suggested that we give it another try to see if she expresses any interest.

She’s always been a very strong willed girl, so it’s no surprise that she doesn’t see any middle ground.  On the other hand, she’s also very reasonable.  Yes, we have actually sat down the two year old and reasoned with her on occasion, and it’s been successful.  So, I’m holding out hope that at some point soon, we can reason with her.

If not, my wife has said that she’ll take a hard line sometime in the fall, after Little Boy Beagle goes back to preschool and after we’re done with our camping trip, where it’s not ideal to do training, what with having to lug around the potty and also figure out with cleaning it out should she actually decide to use it.

But, I’m still ready.

It could be worse

As much as I’m anxious to get things going, I realize it could be worse.  My wife is vice president of the board at the preschool we use, and so she’s been active in recruiting new members.  She actually talked to the neighbor across the street, whose daughter is three, and convinced the mom to sign up.  Everything looked great until a couple of weeks ago when she withdrew for the reasons that she wasn’t fully potty trained.

The president of the pre-school called and spoke to her, hoping to let her know that if she was just in pull-ups or had the occasional issue, it shouldn’t present a problem.  But it’s worse.  She is potty trained but still fights it and actually holds her business, often for days at a time, leading to what I can imagine can be some unfortunate problems at various points.  I think the mom is trying to work through these and realizes it’s probably too much to expect for the preschool to deal with.  Which, I actually applaud her for, because it seems these days many parents would have no reservations with expecting a preschool to handle this, and would make it seem that they were wronged if the preschool brought it up as an issue.  So, big props to the neighbor.

My wife was telling me all about the issue and nervously mentioned that she hoped that Little Girl Beagle didn’t go through the same issues.  I’m staying optimistic that she won’t as it seems pretty extreme.

Wishful Thinking

Still, last time we were at Costco, we stocked up on pull-ups and wipes, and I wistfully commented that I wished it would be the last time we bought these particular items.

One can only wish, right?

Parents, how glorious of a day was it when you became a diaper free household?

We’d Better Order Those Diapers Early

We’ve been enthusiastically participating in Amazon Mom for month now and have loved it.

I almost had a minor panic attack the other day.  We’ve always ordered diapers and had them shipped with two day shipping, which is a great perk in addition to 30% off.

Maybe the two day thing was temporary or maybe they had to change it (as I’m sure margins are thin) but when I went to order diapers last week, it said it would take 5-7 days to get there.

I guess I had gotten too used to ordering them close to the end of our supply that I didn’t leave myself much of a cushion.  If they would have taken a week to get there, we would have had to make an intermittent run to the store for some to get us through.  The end of the world?  No.

Luckily, the diapers did show up early (actually with the two day timeframe even though the shipping date was listed for three days following) so we were fine, but just to be safe, I’ll have to remember to order diapers a few days in advance moving forward.

Any other Amazon Moms out there?  Have you noticed this ‘change’?

3 Ways To Save When Using Disposable Diapers

Diapers are expensive.  We discussed the option of cloth diapering but we made the personal decision that it wasn’t for us.  With the understanding that disposable diapers was going to be more expensive, but that it was worth it for us in the convenience factor, we still look to save money where possible.

mb-201102changingHere are a few ways to maximize your savings:

  1. Avoid the Diaper Genie – We registered for and received a diaper genie.  It’s a special garbage bucket with special bags that are supposed to be used to cut down on the odor.  After discussing it and realizing that using it would cost us a ton of money in replacement bags, we returned the Genie and the bags.  Instead, we have a simple flip up garbage can, and bought a case of liners from Costco at a dirt cheap price.  We have to keep up on changing it to make sure there’s not a foul odor, but we’ve probably saved over a hundred dollars by going retro.
  2. Look for diaper dealsWe joined Amazon Mom where we found that purchasing our diapers online was a killer option for saving money.  Here, we get 30% off all diaper orders, we also get the side benefit of free Amazon Prime, and we often find coupons in magazines for an extra 20% off (which Amazon applies alongside the 30% so you get a true 50% off when you stumble across a coupon).  You can also find many diaper deals at drugstores and grocery stores, using coupons, sales, and register rewards.  This requires extra time for research and running around, so it’s not for everybody.  At the very least, make sure you’re getting some sort of discount, and Amazon seems to be the best offering for that.
  3. Stick with lower sizes as long as you can – Bigger diapers have more material than smaller ones.  As such, your cost per diaper increases every time you increase your size.  My wife used to work in child care, where parents would bring diapers for their child that they could have waited months before switching to.  it drove her crazy, because even though it’s just a few pennies per diaper, it adds up quickly when you consider how many diapers kids go through. You’ll know when baby is ready for a bigger diaper in that they get too snug or they start leaking.

Amazon Diapers Saving Some Big Bucks!

My wife recently laid a coupon on my desk that she found in Parents magazine for 20% off a diaper purchase at Amazon.

Upon doing some digging, I found that this was a really good deal.  It apparently was stackable with a promotion that they were running on a Subscribe-And-Save promotion.  Subscribe-And-Save allows you to sign up and typically receive 15% automatic shipments of staples like diapers, batteries, household cleaners, etc.  They were running an extra 15% off.

That means that we were looking at:
15% the original subscribe and save
15% for the bonus subscribe and save promo
20% off the coupon

The discounts all worked off the original price, so it amounted to a 50% discount!  The coupon was only good off one package of product, so we made our purchase.

So a package of diapers that retails for $41 at our local store would cost a little over $43 after you add tax, plus you have to spend time and gas going to the store to get it.

With Amazon, their price was $40, which was lowered to $20 after all the discounts!  Plus, they were offering free shipping on subscribe and save options, so even though we hadn’t spent the normal $25, we didn’t pay for shipping.  Two days after placing our order, a box of diapers showed up.

Now, many people shy away from the subscribe and save option because you later get ‘stuck’ with stuff at a higher price.  Amazon seems pretty good about it:

  • You can set your frequency.  Right now, ours is set at every six months.
  • If you need something sooner, you can request a shipment earlier.
  • If you don’t need it, you can postpone the shipment.  And they will e-mail you well in advance to ensure that you get adequate notice of a pending shipment.
  • Your 15% discount sticks.  You’ll always get 15% off the current price.  The wording even suggests that the extra 15% might stay as long as the order is open, but that’s a bit unclear.
  • You can switch your product.  I’m pretty sure that if we need to switch diaper sizes as Little Boy Beagle continues to grow, we can update this on the order.
  • You can cancel anytime.  Many people would have already canceled by now.  I figure I’ll leave it in place and see what the price is next time I need it.  If the 15% is still cheaper than the store, why not leave it and adjust the orders as needed?  If the bonus 15% sticks, that’s even better!

On top of all this, they also rewarded people who purchased diapers a three month Amazon Prime membership.  This gets you free two-day shipping on all orders, with the normal $25 free shipping waived.  This alarmed me when I first saw it, because with the typical ‘free’ Prime membership, you have to opt out after the trial membership expires or you’ll start getting charged the monthly fee.  Not so with this.  At the end of it, it simply expires (though I’m sure I’ll get an e-mail or two asking me to consider paying for it).

All in all, this was a pretty great diaper purchase.  It just goes to show two things.  First, Amazon has great service.  Second, there is a huge markup on diapers if Amazon can offer all this and still make money, because you know they wouldn’t be going all out on selling diapers if it weren’t lucrative for them.