I have been too nervous, and not looking forward to the cleanup, to just have Wallace without diapers all day no matter where we go. He does pretty well at home and at Gramma’s house as long as we haven’t just spent a whole day out and about with diapers on. When I have tried to do no diapers for short car rides, he has hat two out of three end with a wet car seat. (Why don’t they make these things fully washable?!)
He has used a public toilet twice and did great. Once was at the library and I asked on a whim. The second time was this weekend at a restaurant. He pulled at the side of his diaper and wanted it off. I asked if he needed to go potty and he said yes. Ended up he needed to poop and he has been doing that on the potty since he was 10 months old.
Yesterday, he had two pee accidents at home, one on me. I’m pretty over that! Sometimes he goes weeks without an accident, but that is when we are home most of the time. Before we moved, he could go diaper free for naps at home (I didn’t dare try it at work). That doesn’t happen now except for on accident twice, both ending on shortened naps and wet sheets. His naps are such crap anyway where he wakes up halfway through, still exhausted but wanting to nurse.
I looked for waterproof training pants at the store the other day but the only option is the crinkly plastic Gerber ones for $8 a two pack. I found this tutorial to turn underpants into waterproof trainers. I tried a variation of it, with the PUL on the inside, but think they turned out too bulky. I put them on Wallace and he said “diaper!” I feel like he needs that little bit of extra protection to get to the bathroom when he feels it wet. My other option would be a diaper cover over his underpants. It wouldn’t have an absorbency and it might feel too much like a diaper for him.
I will definitely be carrying extra clothes, underwear, and a wetbag wherever we go and constantly reminding him he has underwear on! I think I will pick up a pack of puppy pads for in the car seat. It’s not safe to put anything extra between child and seat but it also isn’t safe to have the buckle webbing get wet.