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Do you use diapers, pull-ups or underwear? Why?

Do you use diapers, pull-ups or underwear? Why?

As I worked with clients on potty training over the years I developed my own mindset (based on research) when it comes to potty training methods and tools during and after potty training.
I am curious about yours and what type of tools you are using.
Do you use diapers, pull-ups or underwear? Why?

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  1. I use underwear, and then an overnight diaper. I took my oldest daughter until age 5 1/2 to be able to go all night without wetting. She sleeps 12 hours though.

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    1. Getting 12 hours of sleep is wonderful. Kristen thanks for your reply. Keep up the good work. Call me crazy but when I trained my kids ( 10+ year ago) I put them in cute little underwear, the smaller size I could find. It worked for us. My son was trained at 9 months and my daughter at 4 months.

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  2. I waited until my son was ready and decided he was done with diapers so we didn’t really “train”, which has worked wonderfully for us. Still use diapers during naps and nighttime, but otherwise it’s underwear (and aren’t toddler undies the cutest thing ever?!).

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    1. Dr. Jennifer that is awesome! I am glad you did not have to push potty training and you were able to allow your toddler to communicate to you. And yes I absolutely adore kids little undies, they now come in so many colors, and so many different characters (thanks to Disney).

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  3. When I potty trained my daughter, we went straight from diapers to panties. I tried pull-ups at night but realized they didn’t really help much to hold leakage and they also gave my daughter a false sense of “security.” When we tossed all diapers and went cold turkey to undies, potty training was a quick success.

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    1. Stephanie – thanks for sharing. This is what I recommend to most of my clients, however I think a lot of parents are scared to do it.

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      1. Well, the con is the potential mess… but honestly, for us it wasn’t that way. After urinating one time in her panties, she really understood that they weren’t going to absorb and it never happened again. I also worried that doing pull-ups or diapers at night would result in potty training twice: once for daytime and once for nighttime. I was willing to risk a week of accidents to make the switch cold turkey!

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        1. Kristen, yes I went cold turkey to panties at night from the beginning… It was a big risk, and I know some kids sleep harder than others so I might have just gotten lucky!

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        2. Smart. How did you handle accidents during the day/night? Any Tips?

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      2. Are you talking about at night too? Mine still wet at night….

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  4. I think it depends on the age and overall readiness. Some of the pull-ups are easy to get on and off and therefore foster a bit of independence while offering security to the child, especially one who might be a little fragile and become upset with an accident. In addition, many children have a tough time sleeping a full night without waking up wet. They are either deep sleepers or have not mastered getting out of bed at night to use the toilet. Pull-ups work well for these kids too and yet don’t make them feel bad about being in a baby diaper.

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    1. Very well said. How does that work for some of your parents?
      I believe it is extremely important to know how a child will react to change.

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