Your Kid Can Potty Like a Champion

fair-catch-potty

The other day, I commented to my husband that my absolute least favorite part of parenting so far is potty training. He raised an eyebrow and reminded me that sleeplessness was actually the #1 thing I complain about.

That’s the real truth, y’all.

So potty training is my second least favorite part of parenting.

Last fall, we started letting our toddler try the potty. I was determined to be an overachieving Mom in the potty training realm. I was already rehearsing it in my head – “Now, Courtney, don’t act too smug when you find out that someone else’s two-year-old isn’t potty trained but yours totally is.” 

We made what seemed like good progress at first, but after my c-section I just gave up for a few months and went back to diapers. Now we are back at it (although accidents do happen more often than I’d like). The hardest part right now is the fact that sometimes a simple trip to the potty can turn into a battle of wills. I’m sure you’ve dealt with your share of the “NO NO NO I DON’T WANNA USE THE POTTY I DON’T NEEEEEEEEED TO” shenanigans.

So how can you make the potty a fun experience? I’m not talking about one of those iPad atrocities. Absolutely no way my kid needs to be entertained with a high-end electronic device every time he relieves himself! I refuse.

potty training ipad

So you can imagine how stoked I was when I first heard about the FairCatch by PottyRookie. It’s a football-helmet shaped potty that my sports-obsessed toddler would absolutely go bananas over. It’s simple. It’s adorable! I must have it!

training potty shaped like football helmet

This potty looks comfortable for the child and convenient for the parent to empty and clean. Another nice touch is that the sides have plenty of white space so that the potty can be personalized with your favorite team’s decal stickers!

Potty Rookie is currently in the middle of a Kickstarter campaign to raise the funds necessary to begin manufacturing the FairCatch potty. Check out the video and then head over to their Kickstarter page to check out all the awesome pledge rewards that are available!


And, as a University of Texas alum, I would be remiss if I didn’t take this opportunity to include the hilarious photo that inspired the PottyRookie. Hook ‘em!

hook-em

Top 5 Babywearing Halloween Costumes

You already know that I use cloth diapers, so it probably doesn’t come as much of a surprise that I also enjoy wearing my baby in all kinds of different carriers. (Or as someone at my son’s preschool recently called it, “You know, that baby backpack thing.“)

I’m not actually crafty enough to make – or even think up! – any of these costumes myself, but here are my all-time top 5 favorite babywearing Halloween costumes found across the web.

  1. The Leprechaun

    halloween babywearing leprechaun

    Found at Hello Lucky

  2. Ellen Ripley

  3. Fresh Popcorn

  4. Spider Web

    Original source unknown

  5. Zombie Mom!

    MAMA-ZOMBIE-COSTUME

    Original source unknown


What are your family’s Halloween plans this year?

People, They’re Flipping Diapers

“Limited edition”.

Those two little words, especially if followed by “bumGenius”, seem to be enough to make people flip out.

The Cotton Babies "limited edition" frenzy... madness or genius?! How much would YOU pay for a "limited edition" print diaper?

Websites will crash. Fists will be pumped in victory, or for those who aren’t fast enough in checking out, swear words will be uttered.

You’ve gotta hand it to Cotton Babies: they created the Cotton Babies Cloth Diaper Flash Mob and turned it into an actual mob more than 10,000 strong. The cover image has a tempting offer: “Want the inside scoop on Cotton Babies news before all your friends crash the server”?

It’s some kind of genius marketing. (“Genius” is, of course, also the name of one their print series…)

Seems to me that Cotton Babies is borrowing from the Beanie Babies playbook to generate all this limited-edition hysteria. The Wikipedia page for Beanie Babies reads, in part:

“Beanie Babies began to emerge as popular collectibles in late 1995, and became a hot toy. The company’s strategy of deliberate scarcity, producing each new design in limited quantity, restricting individual store shipments to limited numbers of each design and regularly retiring designs, created a huge secondary market for the toys and increased their popularity and value as a collectible.”

I’m sure most of us remember the insanity of the Beanie Baby heyday. But take a second to rewind to your pre-baby days. Wouldn’t you have totally LOL’ed if someone told you that there were would be people going every bit as crazy over diapers?!

Chart of bumGenius colors/prints through August 2014 | Image by Erin Falvey

Image credit: Erin Falvey

Over in the Flash Mob and other bumGenius buy/sell/trade groups, mamas post photos of their bumGenius diaper stashes; the more limited-editions you have, the more impressed everyone else is. You thought you were using cloth diapers to go green? Or save green? Yeah, ok, and also making other mamas green. With envy, that is.

When you’ve hunted down all of the available colors and prints, you’ve got what they call a complete rainbow. Behold, a bumGenius stash to die for:

Impressive bumGenius rainbow! What a stash!

Come to think of it, posting an impressive bumGenius stash shot is akin to having a ton of karma on Reddit, although unlike cloth diapers, karma doesn’t actually have any useful purpose. What’s that, your karma can’t absorb baby’s urine or contain blowouts? Take that, Reddit.

And that secondary market the Beanie Babies were so famous for creating? Cotton Babies has definitely fueled a healthy resale market of its own. As soon as the newest Cotton Babies limited editions are no longer available from retailers, the real flipping begins with hard-to-find (“HTF”) prints going for two, three, or four times their typical retail prices.

Wow; crazy listings on eBay for bumGenius diapers!

And who can blame people for buying and reselling the diapers for a profit? Cotton Babies creates an insanely rabid demand for their prints and then only manufactures a very limited quantity. If you’re lucky enough to snag a limited-edition diaper, why wouldn’t you sell it and double (or triple or quadruple or quintuple) your money? Willing buyers are not difficult to find.

Of course, the thing that killed Beanie Babies back in the day was they they became too popular – at which point they no longer seemed so unique and special, so people quickly lost their enthusiasm for them. We’ll just have to wait and see whether Cotton Babies can keep up the excitement surrounding their limited editions, or if people will get tired of all the frenzies.


Do you buy limited edition prints? Why or why not?

Win Tickets to MommyCon

Sometimes it seems like my hometown, Memphis, is last to get anything cool. I’ve been waiting on Crate & Barrel for over a decade now. So when I heard that MommyCon chose Memphis as one of their 2014 cities, I was beyond excited!

Two weeks from today, we Memphian mamas will be enjoying the following awesomeness:

  • Babywearing 101 presented by Beco Baby Carrier and Ergobaby
  • Cloth Diapering 101 presented by Cotton Babies
  • Project Breastfeeding: Men Supporting Breastfeeding
  • Normalizing Breastfeeding with The Leaky Boob
  • Honest Toddler presented by Plum Organics
  • Attachment Parenting Co-Founders Barbara Nicholson and Lysa Parker
  • Greenproofing presented by Rhoost
  • One Mother’s Journey: Attachment Parenting & Special Needs
  • Breastfeeding in Color presented by Ergobaby
  • Don’t Buy Things That Suck with The Baby Guy NYC
  • Wrapping 101
  • Car Seat Safety presented by Clek
  • Sleep Consultations

I can’t decide which I’m more excited about – learning about wrapping, some Honest Toddler hilarity, or a sleep consultation.

On the one hand, I have a beautiful Jacquard weave Dolcino wrap I’ve never used because I’m too scared.

And the Honest Toddler session sounds really fun:

(I have a very honest toddler of my own. Last night during his bedtime I was praying with him. I said, “Thank you, God, for Matthew.” His prayer that followed? “Thank you, God, for Frozen.”) But then I think about my six-month-old daytime Baby Jekyll who turns into overnight Baby Hyde. I reeaaaalllly need some sleep, y’all. CONSULT WITH ME PLEASE.


So anyway, if you’re going to be near Memphis on August 23, Philadelphia on October 5, or Newport Beach on November 1, you’ll probably want to go to MommyCon, too. Thanks to the wonderful outreach team at MommyCon, I’m giving two readers a ticket to the event of their choice! Enter below and good luck!