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So, what have you liked for "out and about" with your toddlers?<br><br>
My little girl is just 1, starting to walk, very active little girl. She is also a younger sister, which means she's not always doing things on her ideal schedule/rhythm. I don't really want to be changing pants multiple times (and carrying around all those extra dry, and then possibly wet, pants) when we are out.<br><br>
She recently started to be willing to use outside potties (until recently would only potty at home). So, I am thinking that it might be good to think about our diaper system, thinking ahead to next fall, when we will be living in NYC, where we will be out on foot a lot, in a city notoriously lacking in handy bathrooms, and also dealing with colder weather. And she will be 16mo.<br><br>
I am not wanting to buy a whole new stash, just think about how to add to what I have.<br><br>
We have a bunch of ME Sandy's- nice, absorbant, comfy fitted cotton diapers. I used these as sort of "at home" trainers (coverless) w/ DS when he was a toddler and have been doing the same w/ DD. I was thinking, for a girl, that she could basically wear some sweater-sleeve-longies or shorties (or knitted if I get around to that or can entice anyone else to do that for her) with a dress or tunic over them, and the Sandy's in there, and it can come up and down like pants and undies, but if she wets, no big deal.<br><br>
We have a bunch of prefolds, and I just read about the "simply cloth" covers and I am intruigued. You can use those like pull-up-and-down undies, but just switch the prefold if needed? and they are waterproof? This might be just what I was looking for- would make for more flexibility in outfits (esp in cold or wet weather). I also have a few hemp pocket inserts, seems like I could use those in there too.<br><br>
I have a lot of fuzzi bunz- these are on loan. Currently this is what we use when out and about, they are just so easy to deal with, and I think they do keep her relatively dry w. misses. But they are not so great for pulling up and down- to keep them fitting right, you have to snap them fairly tight. We'll probably continue to use them over the summer, and then return them to their owner when we move in Sept.<br><br>
Any advice? What has worked for you, if you are a relatively low-stress ECer (don't take baby constantly if life is too interesting) w/ a baby who uses the potty but doesn't initiate it?
 

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Yes, the SimplyCovers would work exactly as you're hoping. When I started using it, we were still having occasional poop diapers and I found it was best to have an extra one in the bag. They wash out readily in public sinks, but it doesn't work very well to try to dry them with the hand blowers.
 

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Another vote for simply covers! I love mine. Although I much prefer trainers now, but it's expensive to replace an entire stash with trainers! I bought a bunch of trainers (on diaperswappers, and a lot of them were pretty darn cheap) when DD was between 12 and 18 months. But of course now she's outgrown 2/3 of them so I just bought more. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug">
 

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thanks ladies! I think I'll start by getting 2 of those covers, and see if that's enough, and how they work out for us. I also plan to make 1 or 2 pr of sweater-sleeve-longies to see how those work as leggings... and keep an eye out for thrift store wool sweaters...
 

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I used pull up trainers and they worked really well. We use <a href="http://www.sassycloth.com" target="_blank">www.sassycloth.com</a> They are inexpensive and really convenient.<br><br>
For when you move to NY I would also recomment getting a potette plus as it can just slide in your backpack adn you can potty her anywhere. If there is a toilet than you could use it as an insert.<br>
We used ours in san francisco and she pottied on the BART and throughout the city. We also used it in disney world bcs the automatic flush toilets scared her half to death so we couldn't even walk into the bathroom.<br>
It was very useful, light, and convenient.
 

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theboysmama, you anticipated my other question (wasn't even going to go there yet!), which was, is the potette plus really portable when you aren't using a car.<br><br>
the problem I have with trainers is that for now, when we have a miss, its a full-on miss. I've modified some gerber trainers by sewing in extra soakers I made. It's fine for around the house, but under clothes, not enough to keep them dry. Trainers have never seemed that useful for that reason, and the waterproof ones seem so pricy...<br><br>
I did not do EC w/ my (older)) son, just early potty learning, but trainers were totally useless... he either made it to the potty or stayed dry... but as we all know, kids are all different! And actually with girls the whole thing seems a little different b/c in warm weather at least, you can dress girls in tunics and dresses, which would not get wet even if you had to change their undies...
 

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I second the pottete plus - I love that thing! She uses it all the time (mostly toilet trained now at 17 months but public potties are hit or miss depending on her mood). I have an ikea potty in the back of my station wagon but take the pottete when we need something smaller and more flexible. It also works great to put in on the larger potties as well.
 

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<a href="http://www.mother-ease.com/cloth-diapers/Mother-ease-all-in-one-cloth-diapers" target="_blank">Mother-Ease AIOs</a>... pull up and down like trainers, side snapping for easy removal in case of misses, and fit for a long time. We also have an <a href="http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/70141228" target="_blank">Ikea potty</a> in the car (and a bowl with a tight cover to hold the contents of the potty depending on where we are, plus a little bottle of vinegar water to rinse the potty), and a <a href="http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/product.asp?order_num=-1&SKU=14878556" target="_blank">folding potty seat</a> in our bag.
 

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thanks for all the feedback! We'll be car-free when we live in NYC, and I'm definitely not carrying around ikea potties on foot (we have 2 now). I will get a potette plus though for sure. Sounds like people really do find them to be portable.<br><br>
I *love* my ME Sandy's... not sure I can afford to replace with AIOs, but hearing that you use them that way makes me even more motivated to try and work out a wool legging situation that makes the Sandy's work as trainers under dresses/tunics.<br><br>
I looked at the simply cloth again and it seems like a good choice for a small purchase to make my stash work better. I am going to go ahead and get some extra hemp doublers too to use w/ them, regular ones for diapering, they are cheap and I know from the few I have in our current (loaned) fuzzibunz stash, that they really do soak up well w/out being bulky.
 

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so those sassycloth PUL pocket trainers... they pull up and down AND side snap? so, sort of like a really trim pocket dipe?<br><br>
Hmmm, decisions, decisions.
 

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the sassycloth trainers that I got are pull ups but mine have velcro bcs that is what I requested bcs dh can't do snaps (arthritis) and i have the sewn in soaker and not the pocket but it is really thick. You can call her, tell her what you are interested in and she will design it for you. And they are only about $6-$8 each depending on the size and the ammount that you order.
 

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Right now I'm really liking our EC store covers (I think this is probably like the simply cloth?) with a newborn or infant sized prefold trifolded and laid inside. What I like about it is that I can just swap out prefolds as needed, and they work well for a lap change or potty offer, as I can sit on the toilet to take them on and off DS. I do not think it would work well for a poop miss, though.
 

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They do work fairly well, even for that. You have to sort of hold the prefold in place as you take the cover down a bit, if you have the ones without side snaps. They do tend to get leaks onto the cover (but not out of the cover, oddly, even though they aren't very fitted to the legs), so it's good to have a second one in your bag just in case. They wash out readily in a sink, but don't dry quickly enough to be reusable the same day.
 

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we are carless and out a lot. i do carry 1 change of clothes and usually 2 spare trainers. but today, he has been in one trainer, and we were out (and walking with him in a back carry) from 10 am until 6 pm. we usually change his trainer after his morning poop.<br><br>
at 17 months, we bought antsy pants trainers. we really like them. they can be pulled up and down or snapped on/off. so, DS can help himself a bit. we are currently in a rarely-missing, always-signaling stage, so we change the trainer ever 24 hrs like dirty undies.<br><br>
but, if we have a miss (poop or pee), it's great. no problems at all for us.
 

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well I scored some cheap merino and cashmere sweaters at the thrift store the other day, so I'm going to start by sewing a few pairs of longies and shorties and try out my whole pull-downable pants-as-cover-with-fitted-diaper plan.<br><br>
Still plan to get some of these less spendy trainer covers that I can use with doublers/dipes I already have and I really appreciate the tips and feedback here.<br><br>
We're still having plenty of misses, esp when out and about, but hoping that things trend to fewer misses as time goes on. (well, I mean obviously eventually we will, but by time going on, I really mean by next fall <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> )
 
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