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Potty Training Secrets: Learn Why I Am Hesitant to Switch My Toddler to Big Kid Underwear Until My Child Has Fewer Accidents

Pull-Ups Make Accident Clean Up Easier as Your Toddler Begins Potty Training

Pull- ups are a great diaper alternative and are made to make it easier teach your child how to use the potty.  They are easy for toddlers to pull up and down making it easier for them to learn how to pull their pants up and down when they need to use the restroom.  Pull-ups are a bit pricey compared to diapers and this is why I suggested delaying the use of pull-ups until your child has fewer accidents.  Pull-ups also have easy to tear sides (similar to the swim diapers) so that you can easily remove the pull-up when your child has an accident.  Click here for a coupon for Pull-Ups.

Making the Switch to Big Boy or Girl Undergarments

I am still nervous to put my son in big boy underwear because he is still having quite a few accidents.  I realize that accidents happen and they can be used to help your child realize when they need to use the potty.  Your child has to learn to be responsible and tell you that they have to go potty, especially, if you have to help them.  I think that I need to invest in a step stool for my son so that is easier for him to get on the potty by himself so that when I make the switch to underwear he can go to the potty by himself.  If you want to start using big kid underwear, you can purchase [amazon_link id=”B000KPZS34″ target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow” ]plastic covers over their underwear[/amazon_link] to prevent them from soiling the carpet or furniture.

A Waterproof Bed Liner Makes Bedtime Accidents A Breeze To Clean Up

Some parents continue to use diapers during nap time and at bedtime so that they can avoid cleaning up accidents while their child was sleeping.  I tend to agree because some children take more time than others before they are able to learn how to wake up, in the middle of their nap or at night, to go use the restroom.  If you decide to use big boy or girl undergarments during nap time or at night, you can add a [amazon_link id=”B007E500KE” target=”_blank”  rel=”nofollow”]waterproof liner[/amazon_link] to your child’s mattress to prevent damaging the mattress.  If your child has an accident in their bed, a waterproof mattress liner will make clean up quick and easy.

Did you continue using diapers while you were potty training or did you immediately make the switch to Pull-ups or big kids underwear?


11 responses to “Potty Training Secrets: Learn Why I Am Hesitant to Switch My Toddler to Big Kid Underwear Until My Child Has Fewer Accidents”

  1. TK Avatar

    Thanks for these tips. I’ve been taking potty training very slow because I’m not sure my 22 month old can handle it. He’s even reluctant to go to the bathroom!

    1. Christy Avatar

      I would give him a bit more time. My son just turned two in May. My older daughter wasn’t potty trained until she was about 3.5. She was deaf and communication was a barrier and I waited until she was ready. It worked out great.

  2. Dominique Goh Avatar

    I switch to both big girl underwear and pull ups. I normally put her in pull ups when we go out as it can be difficult to find a toilet when she needs it..but if she is at home or in school then she uses big girl underwear.

  3. Pamela R Avatar

    With my kids each were a little different…at about 20 months my daughter was pulling off her diaper…so we switched to pull up for about two months and then went right into big girl pants-used the pull-ups for another month only at bed time but 90% of the time she’d wake up dry. My son on the other hand had pull-ups from age 2-3 at 3 it was nights only for a good six months before it was big boy pants only. AND the waterproof liner was a MUST!!!!

  4. Jennifer H Avatar

    We immediately made the switch with both boys, and it’s worked for us.

  5. Cynthia Avatar

    We are currently potty training. We are doing our best not to pressure our little guy.

  6. Roz K. Walker Avatar

    I waited to potty train my daughter until she was 2 and I used pull-ups for her. I feel that I waited too long to get started. She was actually showing signs of being ready around 18 months, but I thought that was too early. For my son, I started him when he was around 21 months and went straight to underwear. He learned much quicker and had fewer accidents (very few) than my daughter. However, I did use the bedliners for a few months with both kids just to be safe.

  7. Dee Avatar

    I’m with you, we waited until the kids all had more experience and could communicate. I’d burn through dirty undergarments so quickly, it was exhausting, not good for the environment and the stress on the kids was just unnecessary. Each kid has their own time, and I think it’s great that you’re not rushing!

  8. Amy @ Mommy Rodeo Avatar

    We are just starting out with the potty training. He’s been doing great in the mornings and that’s about as far as we’ve gotten. He does go to school for a few hours in the morning and sees other kids using the potties – that seems to have encouraged him to want to join in.

  9. Stacey Avatar

    My kiddo will be 3 next month and we started potty training last month. He did AMAZING for the first 2 weeks – only 1 accident! For the past 2 weeks though, he has totally stopped going in the potty. He doesn’t want to go near it! I use pull-ups for now, but am thinking about changing that.

    1. Christy Avatar

      Sometimes a child will regress momentarily or they will get busy playing and forget to tell you that they have to potty. I have tried putting big boy underwear on my son a few times so that he can feel when he wets in them. Good luck Stacy, he will get it down. My oldest was almost 4 before she was fully potty trained.