My Life in Google Searches

A partial list of my google search history in the past two weeks:

  • Feminist analysis of Disney films
  • Children’s mittens that stay on
  • Night weaning pros/cons
  • Little Red Riding Hood Costume
  • PG-13 little red riding hood costume
  • APPROPRIATE little red riding hood costume for a ONE YEAR OLD seriously people!
  • rocky horror picture show synopsis
  • how many pairs of boots is too many?
  • Kilim rug sale
  • bamboo floors
  • how to get your husband to shave his beard
  • basic principles of reverse psychology
  • ladder as drying rack
  • mercury in retrograde, what does it mean?
  • one year old has discovered how to take off her cloth diaper
  • how to stop your one year old from taking off her cloth diaper
  • *silent sobs*

So, what have we learned here today, friends? That I need to get off the internet, yes. But also!

a) There are many….adventurous little red riding hood costumes (not that there’s anything wrong with that) and,

b) Olive now knows how to remove her diaper. And that is terrible, terrible news. Any time there’s a pause in her babbling (which lately is constant [and by ‘lately’ I mean ‘the last thirteen months’] and consists largely of her pointing to things and saying “Dshh. Dsshh. DSHHH”) all we can hear is the little rip-rip-rip of the velcro tabs being released and then the last line of defense between her and peeing on the floor is gone and I have to chase after her and try and wrestle her into a new diaper.

Adam and I are currently deluding ourselves into thinking that this act of insubordination is actually a sign that she is really to progress onto the next stage of potty training, since she seems to go immediately after she removes her diaper. Maybe this is her way of saying, “Hey! I would like to use the toilet now!” and we’re just a little slow on the uptake.

To be honest, I’d rather she just started crawling to the potty, or using that fancy sign language we have been teaching her, but that may be asking too much. You may have also noticed night weaning in there. Yes. No. I don’t know. I’m debating. With myself. For days.


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  • Reply Rachel November 4, 2013 at 2:10 PM

    We have to send all our velcro diapers in to be converted to snaps. :throws more money at a baby waste solution:: ::tears:: Until then, I’ve resorted to putting a plain snapped diaper cover over a velcro diaper to keep it on and snug. Added bonus: we’ve never had a nighttime leak this way.

    • Reply sweetmadeleine November 4, 2013 at 9:25 PM

      You can convert them? Where? How? I’ve never heard of such a thing!

  • Reply Romina November 4, 2013 at 2:32 PM

    We night weaned Ayden at 15 months, to save our sanity. He had stopped nursing to sleep, which included the nights, and sometimes would wake to nurse and then stay awake for 3 hours! We were also co-sleeping then so both Mike and I would be up with him during his night parties. Night weaning wasn’t as bad as I thought, the first few nights are hard but he stopped waking up at night after about a week or so. I was so grateful to sleep again and we continued to nurse during the day until he was a little over 2 years old :). Also I should tell you I am so happy to have read your early potty training success, we’ve been doing it with Maya and we have not had to change a poopy diaper in 3 weeks! Hallelujah! If only I had known with Ayden..he was potty trained pretty easily but if we could have saved ourselves months from poopy toddler diapers, that would have been so very wonderful!

    • Reply sweetmadeleine November 4, 2013 at 2:47 PM

      Ok first of all the night weaning- I need specifics! Did you just go cold turkey? Did you have to leave the country so he couldn’t smell milk? Did you keep cosleeping? Did he sleep better after? What was the process?

      And I’m so glad re: early potty training! I think even if Olive doesn’t end up actually potty training any earlier it will have been worth it due the absence if poopy diapers alone 🙂 go Maya!

      Sent from my iPhone


      • Reply Romina November 4, 2013 at 8:37 PM

        We did go cold turkey bc the night wakings were so random that I don’t think dropping feeds one by one would have helped. And we also moved him to his own room. At least he was already used to his crib since that is where he had his naps and he would start off sleeping in it at night, until I would bring him to bed with us. We did have to do a version of sleep training where at bedtime and the night wakings, instead of nursing, rocking etc. you sit by their crib until they fall asleep. Then after 3 days, you sit in the middle of the room, and the next 3 days by the door. Yes, there was definitely crying, but it did make me feel better knowing we were there with him. And if I remember right, by the time we were sitting by the door, he would fall asleep in less than 10 min. Mike would do all the night wakings because of the whole milk smelling thing but by a week or so, he wasn’t waking up at night anymore and if he did, Mike would just talk to him through the baby monitor and he was asleep again. Honestly though, the crying was hard but it was a different cry than a baby in distress cry, more like a pissed off “wtf, this is shit” kind of cry. And he did start sleeping better and he was happier during the day since he wasn’t up all night. I don’t regret it at all :). We made the decision to keep nursing at night and co-sleep if it kept working for us and unfortunately it wasn’t anymore so we had to change something. So whatever works for your family! Let me know if you have any other questions 🙂
        High fives all around for the end of poopy diapers!

  • Reply Lindsay November 4, 2013 at 4:39 PM

    Switch to covers with snaps, maybe?

    Btw – you inspired me to buy the Beco potty, and it’s really working out for my baby girl. Thanks for that!

    • Reply sweetmadeleine November 4, 2013 at 9:27 PM

      I have taken you and Rachel’s suggestion and covered her diaper with a diaper cover with snaps that my sister-in-law gave me.
      …And now we wait.

      I’m so glad the beco potty is working for you, too! Yay babies on potties! (Add that to the list of sentences late-teenager Madeleine would have given some serious side-eye to!)

  • Reply Nat November 10, 2013 at 8:51 PM

    Awesome mittens that will stay on…

    I used their boots and mitts with my first born. We had a daycare comment on the awesomeness that are the mitts.

    • Reply Nat November 10, 2013 at 8:52 PM

      Sorry…typing with newborn in my ams. Site is

  • Reply missusflux November 18, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    I have 2 boys, 4.5 yr apart, and can tell you two stories about night weaning. And potty training. #1 potty trained by 18 mo. We started with morning potty time and went with creating routine – before/after nap/bed, before/after leaving the house, etc. – from 14 mo. It was great. I worked full time and he refused bottles and food so night weaning wasn’t on the cards until he was 2. I started at 24 mo and finally succeeded at about 3w mo and he eventually weaned at 34 mo. Night weaning was the beginning of the end, for sure. What finally worked was putting him on the floor to scream for 30 sec and then saying “do you want to cuddle now?” Several times a night for over a week.

    #2 is a fiddler. He tweaks my moles and rubs my skin and it makes my skin crawl. So I started night weaning him (a bottle chugger and food enthusiast) around 20 months by saying “milk is snoozing” and he was night weaned in 3 days. Predictably, he won’t countenance the idea of using the toilet. He can hold it like a camel, and release on demand, but leave his diaper off and he is one upset little (ahahaha no) boy.

    So night weaning… yeah. Try it or don’t, it will work or not, might bring on weaning or won’t and more than likely will make no difference at all to night waking. Good luck!

  • Reply krismi79 November 20, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    Just catching up on blog posts. My daughter TOTALLY pulled this stunt with her diaper at that age. Except during nap time. In her crib. And she would poop afterward. Yes, go ahead and shudder – you can imagine the carnage. It was awful.

    Our solution? She wore onesies all the time until she grew out of it/forgot she could do it. We put them on her under her clothes/pajamas or just had her wear the onesie (it was summer). She couldn’t really reach the snaps at the crotch, so this worked for us.

    Night weaning. We night weaned at about 7 or 8 months. I was working, my husband was an at home dad, and I needed my sleep. I also began to suspect that she needed sleep more than she needed milk. (I don’t remember why, but it probably involved being less interested in nursing and more interested in playtime with mommy at 2 am). We had moved her into her own room at about 6 months with no drama. So when we decided to night wean Dad got to go into see her instead of me. The first night she was VERY surprised when Daddy walked in, and was NOT happy about it. But she had stopped waking to eat within a week or so. She would still have occasional night wakings, but they no longer had a pattern and consistency. We all ended up sleeping a lot more, and I think she probably nursed a little bit more during the day.

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