Your toddler is showing sides of potty training. She watches you use the toilet, she sits on it with the diaper still on, or she may even attempt to use it herself. The struggle is not only teaching your baby to understand her body, but what to put her in. Do you keep using diapers, switch to the pull up, or do directly into underwear? Most parents go to the pull-up, however there is some controversy as to whether that is the ideal method.
Benefits of the Pull-Up Diaper: The pull-up is considered the next step toward freedom because it mirrors underwear. The diaper can be pulled up and down the same way. This makes it easy for your baby to get to the potty, but catches accidents without any floor messes. Other benefits of this diaper include:
Disadvantages to the Pull Up: There really is one disadvantage to the pull up, which unfortunately pretty big. The pull up is still a diaper. This means all the urine is fully absorbed so your baby never learns they are wet. It turns into a never ending cycle. While accidents are a headache, these actually teach your baby to recognize their body’s signs that they need to get to a toilet. The pull up prevents this.
Other options instead of a pull up include cloth trainers that are made to absorb the first drops of pee and tell the baby she is wet. It does not prevent an accident. You can place rubber pants on as well if you want to keep it off the floor. You may also consider a pull-up made from natural materials. Unlike synthetic ones, they aren’t going to completely stop the wetness from being felt. Natural diapers will, though, hold the waste so you don’t have the overflow spill.
Whether you skip the pull-up or stay with it, ultimately you want to do what works for your family. Some daycare providers, for example, insist on the diapers. Like many baby products, you may find a mix of the pull-up with regular underwear works best for you. This generally means at night and when leaving the house, a pull up is put on. At home, your baby wears underwear. A situation like this is ideal because the baby can learn her body’s signals, and the parents still get some sanity. Reduce your use, but sleep well!