Pull ups or straight to underwear?

United States
October 11, 2006 11:16am CST
Should I even waste my time with pull ups or just go straight to big boy underwear for my son?
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@kdarrell (1566)
• Canada
19 Oct 06
I have tried both and I would recommend strait to underwear. It costs a litlle more for laundry, but the feeling they get if they wet themselves teaches them faster to use the toilet. Pull ups are just like diapers and they don't get that drastic wet feeling in them if they have an accident.
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• United States
19 Oct 06
Thanks so much, I have tried the undies over the weekend and he piddled all over my floor every time. ha ha ha I'm going to wait a few weeks and give it a try again. Thanks.
@tamm820 (464)
• United States
19 Oct 06
I recommend going straight to under wear, if you don't mind a little extra work. I tried pull ups, for my son - 1 day. And he treated it no differently than a diaper. The next we went to "big boy underwear". A week later - he was potty trained. He liked the independence. But, it is a little bit more hassle. You do have to clean up the messes, that aren't caught in the pull ups. I just made a spray bottle of bleach water, so it only took a minute to clean. I wish you luck!
• United States
19 Oct 06
Thanks
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@erielle (1281)
• United States
19 Oct 06
I agree with this post.
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@tamm820 (464)
• United States
20 Oct 06
have you tried the reward thing? i did stickers, for the first couple of weeks with my son, to get him into the potty thing. it worked well.
@clynnh95 (147)
• United States
25 Oct 06
My daughter is 2 years old and is in the middle of potty training. I use pull-ups with her. Some days she does really good and some days she doesn't. I use the reward thing with her also plus I started taking her to the potty every hour. I heard about the straight to underwear thing also. But I don't want to lower my child's self esteem by having her wet her clothes. I have enough laundry to do. LOL. Anyway, I may try her in the underwear eventually, just not right now. She's doing good in the pull-ups. Just do what you think will work the best.
• United States
25 Oct 06
I see how it could tarnish their self esteem. Do you reward her when she uses the potty with a sticker to stick on it etc.?
@clynnh95 (147)
• United States
25 Oct 06
Yes. I had a sticker chart for her. Each time she went pee, she got one sticker to put on it and each time she went poo, she got 2 stickers. I kind of stopped doing the sticker chart because we kept forgetting to give them to her. LOL. Before we started the stickers we gave her m&ms. My daughter refuses to go poo in her pants, she will use the toilet for that and she goes just fine when out in public, but I'm having a hard time getting her to go pee when she needs to at home.
@clynnh95 (147)
• United States
25 Oct 06
Yes. I had a sticker chart for her. Each time she went pee, she got one sticker to put on it and each time she went poo, she got 2 stickers. I kind of stopped doing the sticker chart because we kept forgetting to give them to her. LOL. Before we started the stickers we gave her m&ms. My daughter refuses to go poo in her pants, she will use the toilet for that and she goes just fine when out in public, but I'm having a hard time getting her to go pee when she needs to at home.
@thisisme (263)
• United States
25 Oct 06
oh honey! i say str8 to panties. or underwear! pullups only use when your going out. my daughter was so easy to potty train! lets say i started monday. she was FULLY potty trained by the weekend! = )
• United States
25 Oct 06
Thats how my daughter was too! My son has a mind of his own. Everything is so diferent between the two of them. If we ever have a third I wonder who they'll be more like?
@thisisme (263)
• United States
25 Oct 06
They do say boys are harder to potty train.
• United States
25 Oct 06
I would have to agree!
@ddsully (1064)
• United States
25 Oct 06
I USED THE PULL UPS AT NIGHT AND BIG GIRL PANTS DURING THE DAY AND SHE WAS TRAINED FAST
• United States
25 Oct 06
I did that with my daughter too but my son is so different than her! It's crazy. He always says "poop!" and pats his butt even if he pees, poops or farts it's pretty funny. But he usually tells you AS he's doing it, not before. Which would be a lot more helpful! ha ha ha
@ddsully (1064)
• United States
25 Oct 06
kids are so funny, good luck with it..im sure he'll get it soon :)
• United States
25 Oct 06
Thanks so much... we need it!
@Cortney (3982)
• United States
25 Oct 06
When i was potty training my daughter I used pull ups only during the night time. When she started to wake up with dry, or mostly dry, I would use panties. I would not give her something to drink 1 - 2 hours before bed and I would get her up in the middle of the night to go potty. It only took about 2 mths and she would get up in the middle of the night on her own to go to the potty. She was totally potty trained by 3.. some children take longer.
• United States
25 Oct 06
You would physically wake her up to go potty.... or would she wake up on her own? Then you would go with her or help her, etc.?
@Cortney (3982)
• United States
25 Oct 06
At first I would physically wake her up when I started her in the underware because she would sleep right through peeing in the bed. After about a week, she would wake up on her own and I would go and help her.. shortly after that she would do fine on her own.... Now she is 7 and sometimes she falls asleep on the toilet.. so I end up waking her up to go back to bed.
@tentwo67 (3384)
• United States
23 Oct 06
That's ultimately a matter of preference, but in our case we did transition to pullups and got to the point where we used them at night and regular big boy pants in the daytime.
• United States
23 Oct 06
I did that too with my daughter but she was trained in like 3 days and then I had all these pull ups to give away! Kinda nice though! hee hee But my son is totally different. Each o his own I guess.
@tentwo67 (3384)
• United States
25 Oct 06
That's a good problem to have (extra pullups!)
• United States
20 Oct 06
Do not start with pull ups. I let my son wear pull ups to bed, not during the day, and I think that it trained him to think that it was okay to pee in his pants at night. We have had a terrible time with nightime accidents. When I talked to my son's doctor about this he said that I should not have used the pull ups because it pulls the moisture away from his skin which meant that he could not register when he was wet at night. Plus that I have heard that a lot of children that wear them during the day eventually figure out that they are basically a big diaper.
@tentwo67 (3384)
• United States
23 Oct 06
That's a good point but with my son, even though he was wearing a pullup for nighttime to be on the safe side, we treated them as if they were underwear and toward the end he would get up at night in his pullup to go potty.
• United States
23 Oct 06
Wow, thats great. I put him in underwear over the weekend and he piddled on my kitchen floor 4 times! He'll poop in the potty just not pee! hhmmm....
• United States
25 Oct 06
I tried pull-ups and like everyone has already said...they are not much different than putting him in a diaper. He is great using the bathroom during the day...he loves his underwear...he says he is a big boy like daddy! But I am still having a few problems with him wetting the bed at night and its MY bed he is wetting! He sometimes will get up and go pee but sometimes sleeps right through...so now comes the transission to get him in his own bed...BLAH!
• United States
25 Oct 06
Own bed is a hard transition. My daughter (now 4 1/2) was in her own bed since she was 3 months old, then last year some guy followed us home from the neighborhood park and opened our back gate and tried to take her off my porch!!!! :( That was May of 2005 and she has not stayed in her all night since! She's afraid someone is going to take her. It's so sad but, we try and encourage her and have her help us lock up the house at night etc. so she knows she's safe. Breaks my heart to think about it. A reward system might work with your child though.
@sbeauty (5870)
• United States
25 Oct 06
I would recommend trying the underware at home but using pull ups when you go somewhere. My grandson is potty trained, but there are still times when he waits too long to say something when he's out in public.
• United States
25 Oct 06
I was thinking of doing straight underwear and then for long car rides or something I'll do the pull ups just to save my sanity. Thanks for your reply!
@MaddisMom (144)
• United States
23 Oct 06
Straight to underwear! I have seen too many children confused by pull ups, since they are basically diapers. I think pull ups are nothing more than a ploy the diaper companies use to keep you buying their products longer. It's genious.
• United States
25 Oct 06
You're probably right! They sucker us into buying ANYTHING nowadays! :) Thanks so much for your response.
@orionsmomma (1080)
• United States
23 Oct 06
I would start out with pull-ups. Explain to him what they are and how the work. After all do you really want to have to throw away so many pairs of underwear that are beyond cleaning?
• United States
23 Oct 06
ha ha ha I hear ya! Nasty...
@lilbabyru (101)
• United States
29 Oct 06
pull ups
@MrsFrizzle (1964)
• United States
29 Oct 06
Pull ups do not work they are just like diapears. I would let them wear a pull up at night or if you are out at the grocery store or something but at home they should wear underwear so they learn they do not like the wet uncomfrtable feeling.
@magikrose (5423)
• United States
25 Oct 06
I used pull-ups with my kids. I liked them because they limited my laundry washing. Plus in my opnion they are a great starter to introducing the potty and a learning tool to pulling up and down of the pants. I am currently potty-trainging my 2yr old and we are having great success.
@sherinek (3323)
• United States
23 Oct 06
I also think you should go straight to underwear. That's what I did with my son. But make sure it is not too tight for him. At early stages, it's not necessary to be tight. Also make him sit on the bed and try wearing it himself.
@DRoddy77 (1778)
• United States
20 Oct 06
My son just treated pull ups the same as diapers, so i put him into underwear and he is doing really good. He still has accidents sometimes when he is busy playing, but other than that he does good... when he does have an accident now it's only pee though, no poop in the undies anymore..woohoo!