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Help! How do you do nappy free time with a house full of carpet?
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Posted 28 March 2009 - 11:11 AM
Just as the title asks really...
DD has started telling me when she has done a poo or wee (clever little thing!).
She is only 17mths old so we are not really trying to TT yet, but thought we would have some nappy free time around the house - but as said, we have carpet everywhere but the kitchen and bathrooms...
If you would just let her go anyway, do you have any good ideas of what to clean the carpet with when there is an accident???
Posted 28 March 2009 - 12:19 PM
Use cloth training pants. They are light enough for it to be quite obvious when she has wet them but they stop the worst of it hitting the floor. Good training pants completely protect the floor.
Posted 28 March 2009 - 12:31 PM
you do what you can with cloth pants or knickers, put a folded towel down on the puddles and do the cleaning stomp (DD can help), and call the carpet cleaners in when it gets too bad.
Its a relatively short stage luckily!
If you prefer no carpet messes, maybe just set out a waterproof play area. A bit of plastic sheeting with a cloth cover would do the job, provided she wants to play on it. A queen size waterproof mattress cover could also work.
Posted 28 March 2009 - 10:21 PM
Training pants (to catch the poo)
time spent in the laundry/bathroom/kitchen (wherever your largest "wet area" is) e.g with a puzzle, crayons and paper - so doing an activity IN the wet area, where she'll be for a decent period of time.
save your carpet
there will be unavoidable accidents enough, i wouldn't encourage more than is necessary.
but then i hate scrubbing carpet and cannot afford to get them profes. done (unless moving house).
other people who have decks, verandahs etc, talk about nappy free time out there. but i would put trainers on her to minimsie how far the poo goes!
cheap cloth trainers at woollies for $3 - don't hold anything, the padding in them is FOAM!!!
heaps of proper cloth training pants, cost more but work much much better. haven't seen any of these IRL, only online. e.g imse vimse, bummi, motheresase, happy heiny, bluberry, starbunz learners.
Posted 28 March 2009 - 10:28 PM
Hi, I'm not a fan of wee/poo on the carpet either ... it takes a bit of getting used to. When DD1 decided to ditch nappies we got her cloth training pants and I made up a bucket of hot water with disenfectant and had rubber gloves and several cloth nappies on hand ready to go. If she did have an accident (wee) the cloth pants would usually soak up most of the wee but when it did get to the carpet I would stomp it up with the cloth nappies and then scrub with the hot soapy water. She never had a poo accident but we've had nappy leakage with DD2 - I used gloves to pick up the particles and then wipes to get as much as I could and then the hot water the disinfectant. I hired a britex from woolies a few times during the 2-3 year old year with DD1 too.
Posted 29 March 2009 - 07:38 AM
hahaha thanks ladies.
I had hoped for a miricle answer though...
Looks like i just keep trying to stay on the wet areas as much as possible and have my bucket on hand
Posted 30 March 2009 - 03:03 PM
Bicarb soda on wee and hot soapy water on poo. Honestly, you get used to it when you have done it a few times, unfortunately! LOL DS was a big accident boy so I have cleaned more than a couple of messes up in this house
Posted 30 March 2009 - 03:09 PM
I hated the thought of it too but it was the fastest method to get the girls wee trained! They both hated having wet feet and it wasn't very long at all until we were accident free! We do still have the odd accident but it's no big deal. My pet peeve at the moment is tripping over the potty after forgetting to empty it
Posted 31 March 2009 - 08:37 AM
My DD is 2.5 and we are almost done with day time training... she is pretty good and even just climbed up on the loo to do a poo much to my shock and amazement!
We do have the odd accident though and all carpet here too. When we 1st started TT the 1st week was awful! It felt like it would never end, but we just had to let her get wet. I tried pull ups but they were like a nappy too her, she didnt start to get it until we had accidents. I did get some cloth training pants though which were great.. and are still good for car trips or even night time once we stop the nappies. I found the best ones were the Dymples ones in Big W (and they were the cheapest too) but some great ones also from David Jones (Bright Bots) but they were expensive.. and small for the size I should have got the large ones. The training pants get really wet for her but stop it running right onto the floor so fast, so if you catch it quickly it shouldnt get too the carpet, but she will know she is wet.
I use warm water and carpet cleaner spray to clean messes... and yes its awful but it does come out. I am planning a good steam clean soon though! We only just started getting poos on the floor actually... madam has been doing a poo in her nap time nappy and quietly just taking off her pull ups then calling me when the poo has fallen out and onto the floor! Ughhh, I was half asleep yesterday morning at 5:45am and she was calling me to fix a yucky... I opened the door and it was dark, and I stepped right into a poo. Not the best start to the morning! She isnt doing it too be naughty, just doesnt want it in her pants. Lots of warm water though and carpet cleaner and there is no stain or anything. (and a long hot shower for both of us!)
Edited by ~*Ness~*, 31 March 2009 - 08:39 AM.
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