Cooper just turned one and it's gotten me thinking about (drum roll, please): Potty Training. Many parents of twelve-month
olds are not thinking about potty training any more than they're thinking about sending their baby off to college: He's not ready! She's too young. We'll cross that bridge when we come to it. Though no studies have been done that I'm aware of, many moms say that babies in cloth train faster and that disposable pull-ups do nothing but prolong the process. Cloth diapers, unlike their disposable-Sodium-Polacrylate-filled counterparts, feel wet to the touch when they are wet or soiled. This means two things: babies and toddlers learn to dislike the wet feeling and have more of a motivation to stay dry AND they learn the cause and effect of their bodily functions: I pee, I feel wet. Toddlers who pee in a disposable diaper lose that cause and effect lessen: I pee, I still feel pretty dry. Why stop playing to use the potty when you can pee right in your disposable and feel just as good? I think pull-up disposables were invented for two reasons:
- so they would "seem" more like underwear because they pull up and down like underwear and
- they are easier to put on a standing baby. As a former nanny (over ten years, thank you very much) I stayed with each family I worked with for an average of three years---birth right through potty training, until the kids were off to preschool. So between helping to potty-train three children I nannied for and so far two of my own, it's fair to say I have some experience.
Yes, please! Share advice! My six month potty training session with my first child was not ideal an ]d I want to do better next rime.
So when will thirsties come out with a trainer?
Great article!! Thanks for sharing.
I think it depends on the child. We used cloth with our son all the way up to potty training and I have to say that he potty trained himself. He didn’t want to give up diapers until 3 but when he hit 3 (he said he wanted to be a big boy), we put him in underwear and he has had 2 accidents since we started “potty training” (almost a year ago and that includes nighttime). When he was training, he also asked that I not remind him and I didn’t have to. When he had to go he went by himself. So easy and simple to just wait and not force them to do it because you don’t want to change diapers.
Fantastic information, thank you. Will be starting this with my 20 mo!
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