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Toddler training pants - what works best and why?
When you are toilet training your toddler you want products that will work and do the job you want them to do.
Toddler training pants
are no different.
When I was potty training my four children, both boys and girls, we went through a lot of training pants.
Let me share with you what I've learned.
Toddler training pants - just the facts.
Toddler training pants are needed as the transition product between diapers and grown up underwear. These pants are usually thicker than normal underwear, so that they can absorb any accidents your child may have while wearing them.
Now, take that last statement with a grain of salt.
No training pants in the world can hold everything. When your child has an accident and pees or poops in training pants, you are hoping for two things.
The mess will be mostly contained in the toddler training pant.
Remember a very important point here: if you treat toddler training pants like a diaper, so will your toddler. That's why, quite often, moms complain about their child peeing or pooping in their pull ups, which are disposable toddler training pants.
- He will FEEL the mess and not like it.
- This helps with potty training and encourages your child to use a potty training chair instead of his pants.
Disposable training pants are very convenient, to be sure, but they feel an awful lot like a diaper to your child.
What's worse, sometimes a well meaning parent will say, "well, you're in your pull up, just go" when a child needs to potty and there's no convenient toilet nearby.
Your child, at this stage of toilet training, does not understand why sometimes it's okay to potty in a disposable training pant and not any other time. It's just confusing to your child.
While not the most convenient in the short term, using only washable, cloth training pants
will help potty train your child sooner. And don't worry if he complains about them - or if he goes intentionally in them.
If a potty training accident happens, be patient and matter-of-fact and help him get changed and cleaned up. Remind him that next time he will use the potty chair because he is, in fact, a big boy.
Over time this attitude will convince your child that her diaper days are over. Mom or Dad mean it when they say it's time to be big. But remember, if you have a strong-willed child, this may take time and patience on your part.
I had 2 strong willed toddlers and it took quite a bit of time to get them toilet trained and out of toddler training pants! I can tell you they're both quite potty trained (and grown up!).
For extra security, you can use plastic training pants
. Your child will still very much feel the wet if she has an accident, but the plastic pants offer more protection for furniture or carseats.
These plastic training pants can come in boys or girls versions, too, with extra fabric right where it's needed.
You'll want quite a few pairs of toddler training pants. Obviously, you will be washing them frequently. The last thing you want is the temptation to put a diaper back on your child because you have run out of training pants!
Toddler training pants at night.
When your child is ready to stay dry at night, you might want a night training pant
These toddler training pants are waterproof and come with extra fabric to absorb night time accidents. They're not perfect, however, and by the time a child is ready for night time potty training, he can probably pee quite a bit at a time.
Adding a waterproof cover to the mattress underneath your child is one option. I didn't care for that as plastic doesn't breathe well and a child gets hot and sweaty as a result. I simply added a few layers of extra absorbant fabric to the mattress so any accidents could easily be washed.
Toddler training pants are extremely helpful potty training aids in toilet training your child. Don't be afraid to purchase a few different types of toddler training pants in order to find the best one for your toddler. As mentioned before, you will probably need quite a few anyway and my kids enjoyed using something different every day.
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