Tuesday, October 13, 2015

AppleCheeks Learning Pants

So as most of you know, AppleCheeks have been diligently working on their learning pants for quite awhile, and most of that time we have been waiting with baited breath. Just under a month ago one made its way to us to try! Evie wears a sz 3 or 4 pants (though both with the waist drawn in) and either sz 2 or sz 4 panties (though the 4 are pretty generous) and she fits in a sz medium perfectly.

Evie has been out of daytime diapers for over a year, but still has a small bladder. This means that at home, where she has instant access to a bathroom she does great, and even if we are out and about, but can tell one of us of her need, she makes it no problem. However if she is left with another adult, especially at preschool, she usually hesitates to tell them and gets to absorbed in the play. Thankfully she is long past the puddle stage, but just tends to leak a little until someone escorts her to the bathroom.

This brings us to the perfect use for AppleCheeks Learning pants in our household, they are perfect for when the toilet is not immediately available or usable. If you are in an inconvenient location or on a long drive, they will definitely buy you the time to get to a toilet while still staying dry. I think realistically they could hold more pee than that, but it is very clear that they are not intended to be a diaper. For that reason we use sz 3 diapers at night, because of the sheer volume of absorption needed in our overnight situation.

They are made of a soft soft cotton upper and an absorbent lower portion. The outside is covered with the usual AppleCheeks PUL in either Jem, St. Lucia or Appletini. Inside the pant there is a layer of microterry inside the poly-cotton lining, also included is an optional booster made of the same microterry, which you can also insert into the pocket. Mine agitates out of the wash, but can be reinserted with nimble fingers.

These  Learning Pants would also be a great discrete option for an older child who may be self-conscious about their undergarments. They are thin and discrete, even under skinny jeans, and because of the construction, if the waistband peeks out of the child's pants, they simply appear to be white underwear.

Laundering for us is super easy, because William is wearing AppleCheeks cloth diapers full time, I throw them in with the normal diaper laundry. However the care instructions say they can be washed with clothes if only wet and not soiled. I have dried them both in the dryer (as recommended) and hung out. They do take awhile to dry on the line, but the reason they work is because the are absorbent, right!?

So just like everyone else in the grand AppleCheeks universe, we are super psyched for the release of AppleCheeks Learning Pants! I cant wait for them to arrive in stores, so I can get a few more pair, instead of laundering them multiple times a week, just to have them on hand.

Turtle Centerpieces and Letters

I can't believe little guy is about to be 1 year old! He has been growing do fast and hitting his milestones early, so it shouldn't





be a surprise, but I want to keep my baby! Anyway from the time he was itty-bitty we started calling him turtle. He used to do this thing where he would look down, then push his head up, leading with his chin. Its hard to explain, but it totally looked like a turtle. Much more recently his little chubbiness gets stuck temporarily on his back and has to flail around to right himself, so yet again, Turtle. So for these reasons and more, he has become our little Turtle. Jason suggested that we should have a Turtle theme for his first birthday. I dug around on the  internet and was surprised to find that there is a Turtle First Birthday theme packs available. I mean I love to DIY as much as I can, but I am not making my own plates and napkins and stuff!
Anyway, speaking of DIY I wanted to show you a couple of craft tutorials for my party prep.

Centerpieces

When I combed pinterest, I found zero inspiration for a turtle centerpiece, that was not ninja turtles, so I had to invent my own. I brought out my trusty birthday party vases (just check out my history, they have already been used several times!) and set to work. They were smaller than I remembered them, but it still works.





My first inspiration came from these sweet turtle I found at Micheal's, they totally go with the DIY look, but came already painted!




First I added a little decorative sand to simulate the ocean floor, and tucked Mr.Turtle in there.









Then I broke up a couple different aquarium plants to create a better scale with the little guy. I hot glued them into the sand, so let's hope they hold up to being transported!








Wooden Letters

I used the same technique for these letters as I did for William's nursery letters (which I explained here). But then I used some hot glue and popsicle sticks to add little kickstands to them, so they can stand up.