When potty training would you use pull ups?
June 24, 2009 4:09am CST
This always seems to be a contentious issue for parents. I've come across many parents that say they will never use pull ups because the kids just think that it's a diaper and they use it as such. Plus they're expensive when compared with regular diapers. But then there are other parents that swear by them, saying that they get the kids used to an underwear style of pulling them up and down and prevents accidents from being too embarrassing. They're also especially convenient when you're away from the house. Did you use pull ups on your kids? Or did you go straight to regular underwear from diapers? What were your experiences either way?
• United States
24 Jun 09
Hi! I am the mommy of four children, and I would have to say that for two of them I used pullups and for the other two I had to limit their use. My oldest child and my third child really took to potty training. They loved their pullups and didn't want to potty in them. Therefore, they really treated them like real underwear. I didn't use them much at home, because they really caught on quickly, but I did use them at night and they would either get up to go or hold it all night, and I did use them in the beginning when we went out of the house, but it wasn't long before they didn't need them. Very few accidents. And they started showing interest and understanding of potty training at a younger age than most. My second and fourth children didn't care for potty training. They were too busy playing and exploring to take time to sit on the potty. So, when I put pullups on them and they had a few accidents in the pullups at the beginning, they realized they didn't feel wet and it didn't matter, no mess, so they would just use them like diapers. I still used pullups on them when we went out. I used diapers on them at night, because I wasn't wasting pullups. Instead of using pullups on them at home, I bought thick cloth training pants and put rubber pants over them. They do leak a little, but it cuts down on some of the mess. As soon as my second child had a few accidents where she had liquid dripping down her legs, it didn't take her long to realize that feeling that she had right before was that she had to go potty. Then she would run to the potty instead. My fourth child, my only son, was really stubborn. He really didn't care if he wore wet cloth training pants, went on the floor, pooped in them. He was really difficult. So, I ended up training him in the summer. We spent a lot of time out in our fenced backyard and I let him run around in just a t-shirt. Then when he had the urge to go and then just went, he saw it spraying and knew that he had to potty. We also used one of his sister's betsy wetsy type dolls. She had an opening in her mouth and her bottom. We would feed her water and then she would potty and we would put her over the potty and let her go. He then realized what it was all about. Then I was able to put underwear on him. He still had a lot of accidents, but he was able to understand the potty concept, because he could associate the wetness with the urge he had before he got wet, but had ignored it. If I had to fight with him to sit on the potty and he would purposefully have an accident on the floor or just go in the underwear, which happened on occasion, I made him help in the clean up. He hated that. I think it really depends on the child and their comprehension of potty training as to whether you use pullups. It was my experience that they don't feel when they are wet if they go in them, so they really are useless and with me being home we really didn't need them. However, everyone's home situation is different and I am sure if you have day care or other situations, you may need to use them. They did have some out on the market for a while that were purposely not absorbent so the child could feel the wetness. I think they were pampers, but not sure, and not sure if they are still even offered. Hope this helps.
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24 Jun 09
Thank you for that really thorough and insightful comment! I think you confirmed my thinking on the subject that each child is different and different methods are often required. It seems as though your kids (well, your son in particular and boys apparently are usually the hardest to train) made you work through every single one of them! I'm sure it's such a relief when it's all successfully over though.
• United States
5 Jul 09
Like 4blessingsmommy said its different for every child. My son is 3 and is still working on potty training. He knows when he needs to go but refuses to stop what he is doing. I started off wiht pull ups and use them on and off still now but i use diapers at night sometimes. During the day though I usually just put him in his big boy undies (spiderman) he picked them out lol or I let him go naked lol. He has a few accidents here or there when he just doesnt make it to the bathroom in time but he always insists on helping to clean it up. For the most part though the undies or nakedness seems to be the only way because when hes in a pull up or diaper he wont stop to go because he knows that he can go in his diaper/pullup.