Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Potty Training Shoes

I wasn't going to buy Crocs. But I did, first for my daughter, who "needed some" because they were cool and comfortable and she had to have a strap on the heel for recess. Then I decided to get some for my son, once I saw how they withstood dirt and water and all the things that kids get into when playing outdoors. He loves them. So much so that for the first few nights he slept in them.


As a side note, may I proudly state that he is 38 months old and still loves his
crib. I asked the doctor about this, and she said, "It's the safest place for him."
It buys me time, because when he wakes up, he lounges a bit. Anyone
else want to share how long your child was encased in the crib??

However, I have found something that has made them worth the $25 cost. As regular readers know, we are potty training. If he has an accident and is wearing his shoes, well--they get wet. I've noticed that his tennis shoes especially haven't really lost the odor. Any suggestions on this? I've tried febreze and I think I even tried some vinegar and then leaving them outside to dry and air out.

Rubber shoes that don't absorb odors and are even dishwasher safe = Perfect Potty Training Shoes and that definitely Works-For-Me.

20 comments:

Karen said...

I didn't want to buy the Crocs either...I've never been a "fad" person...but I have to say that they have been great for my kids...and they are SO SO SO much better than flip flops!

(Jim &) Brandy Brow said...

Great idea. I never had problems with shoes because we were always indoors barefoot when accidents happened, so we ended up with urine on our carpets. But because of that, perhaps I can help you de-odorize your kid's tennis shoes.

Simple Solution is an odor and stain remover that works wonders. I wrote about it on my blog for a WFMW post. My Removing the Odor of Poo post tells more about some tough smelly odors we had that this product removed. And recently I de-stunk a garment bag that had terrible mildew odor by soaking it in the solution and then hanging it to dry. Essentially, as the article dries, the odor goes.

Best wishes,
Brandy of The Building Brows

Ewokgirl said...

For the urine on his tennis shoes, use Nature's Miracle. You can buy it at pet supply stores, such as Petsmart or Petco. It's an enzyme cleaner for eating up organic stains. I have a cat who used to spray in the house, and if this stuff eats up foul-smelling cat urine, it'll definitely work on far-less-pungent human urine.

T with Honey said...

I've poured isopropyl rubbing alcohol on the sneakers Princess had on during an accident and there was no lingering smell.

And if the alcohol smell doesn't disappear Febreeze will cover that up.

Andrea said...

Yeah, I succombed to the fad,too. But they are great for little boys in the summer. My boy has some brown ones like yours.

As for the crib...
My third daughter stayed in her crib til she turned 3. I say, if he likes it, keep him there!! Have you ever read the story "April's kittens"? She is 5 and in a crib...she lives in a NY apartment, and so a crib doesn't take up as much space as a bed. :)

Katrina said...

Great idea for potty training shoes!

I'm planning on keeping Logan in his crib for as long as he'll put up with it. Antique Mommy posted about her 3-year-old staying in his crib here -- not sure if you read that one or not.

Carrie said...

Hey! Just poppin' over to say hello and see what's new in your world. Love this post (and the comments). J2 is really into playing in the sand and I've been eyeing crocs wearily for a bit. They do seem so much easier.

And, btw, here's hoping mine likes his crib for a long, long time!

Photojenic said...

No crocs yet, but we're headed towards potty training territory. I wish my guy would sleep in his crib. He thinks MY bed is his! lol...

Beth/Mom2TwoVikings said...

LOL I'll have to rememberthat when I go to potty train Pojke next year! LOL Hopefully, they'll still be around!

Org Junkie said...

I've resisted them as well but now I think you may have just convinced me!!

Love that picture of him all snuggled up with his blanky...and his shoes. So sweet!

Laura

Lori said...

What a cute picture!

Perry would have stayed in his crib long past the 2-1/2 years if we had let him. He never climbed out once. Since he's your last baby (I think?!), I say let him be as comfortable as possible as long as he wants.

And I love that croc idea for potty training... I'm going to pass on that idea to many friends.

Scratchin' the Surface said...

I have a pair of crocs to keep in our camper, to wear in the public shower. another pair sits by my front door to wear when I water the flowers. They are just so practical - your idea was great!

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Michelle said...

I love the croc idea for potty training... we are about to embarck on the P/T adventure with child number three... and I have always hated the potty inside shoes. I might have to joint the world of crocs! :-)

At A Hen's Pace said...

Jennifer--

I have thrown kids' gym shoes--even leather ones--in the washer with the clothes, dried them inside with an old towel and laid them out in the sun to finish drying. This freshens up the smell and the appearance and doesn't seem to hurt them if you only do it once or twice.

Jeanne

maudie-mae said...

okay, my son was in the crib till he was 18 months old and i was already expecting his sister. i put him on the trundle of a daybed and he LOVED it. went to bed without fuss. my daughter climbed out of the crib at 9 months (she had already been walking for a month--so this isn't surprising), so i took her out of the crib then. she has never been one to be confined and she loved wide open spaces--i guess this is why she is working at a Christian adventure camp. these adventuresome children are now 23 and 21.

Susanne said...

I love crocs for kids. In dayhome it's wonderful because even small kids can get them on and off themselves which makes it a might easier on my back than doing up & then undoing 6 pairs of shoes every time we want to go outside in a day.

Beck said...

My daughter LOVES her Crocs - or the cheap knock-off version that we got her, anyhow. They're pretty grubby, though, since it never occured to me that they're washable. Huh.

Jen Rouse said...

I always wash tennis shoes in the washing machine, then sit them in the sun to dry. Works great--they look AND smell clean.

Brenda said...

My older daughter was moved out of her crib at nearly 3 years old but only b/c she was potty trained and was waking up yelling that she had to go potty. I was pretty slow going through the house to get her and she was hopping up and down desperate by the time I got there. Also, she would wake up in the night needing to go, so we had to take action. Our crib had a removable front so that it made into a daybed. She stayed in that until she outgrew it in length (at 3). She was quite tall. My second daughter is in that bed now (as a daybed) and is going to be 4 soon. She is much shorter and will stay in there as long as she fits. There is so much more room in her bedroom, too!