Zero Waste Week – Day 1

It’s here! Zero Waste week started today and will be running all week. Here was my pledge in case anyone missed it.

We actually started preparations for this week about 3 weeks ago. We decided, due to D’s age (2yrs 9 months) we would start potty training rather than go down the reusable nappy route. I went out and bought big boy pants (only cheap ones mind as I was sure I’d be consatntly washing them!) and dug out the potty. We tried for almost 2 weeks and although we had progressed from just weeing in his pants to him actually telling us he needed to go (albeit seconds before he started weeing) it was hard work.

First off, D seemed quite frightened of actually “letting go” while sat on the potty. We did, eventually ditch the potty and go with a step and a child’s toilet seat to use the toilet instead. He was happier to go on the toilet as he has seen the rest of us use the toilet (is it a normal thing with children that they want to be in with you?) and we did get some results.

It was, however, very hit and miss. To put it another way, my floor hasn’t been so clean since we moved in 😉 I was starting to stress and he was hating being in wet pants. I had hoped that the feeling of wet pants would spur him to tell us when he needed to go, but I don’t think he was realising he needed to go until he was actually going. Then he would get upset that his pants were wet.

Nursery didn’t help either. They obviously have a lot of children to look after and can’t dedicate their time to just one child. The first day he just came home in a nappy and the following week he refused to use the toilet all day. Now surely it can’t be good for him to hold it in all day?

Everything came to a head last week when we were packing to go on holiday. A friend had very kindly offered us their house to stay in. They haven’t lived there long; it was going to be a 2 day drive to get there; they didn’t have a washing machine.

After almost 2 weeks, I finally admitted defeat and put a nappy back on D. And as much as I hate to admit it, I was less stressed on holiday, without having to worry about where he will have an accident next, and D was a lot more relaxed too. He continued to tell us when he was doing a wee and we changed his nappy and offered a sit on the toilet each time.

I am currently washing all his pants ready for a second try. He is in nursery today so was sent with nappies. Tomorrow, while at home, he will be put in pants and then after his last day in nursery this week (wednesday) we will try again.

I did feel like a failure putting him back in nappies but I must remember that the theme for this year’s Zero Waste Week is “One More Thing”. I have already saved almost 2 weeks’ worth of nappies from landfill, and each time I replace with his nappy with pants, that’s another one saved from landfill.

One step at a time.

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