Mailbox Mondays Potty Training

Cloth Diaper Advice – Mailbox Mondays 2/4/13 – Potty Training & Cloth

Potty Training and #clothdiapers via @chgdiapers

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Kendal wants to know…

…how to know when your tot is getting ready to Potty Train? Do we need to get the new cloth diaper trainers – I thought they could use the reg cloth diapers all the way to real undies….

My method of potty training is really just to follow the child’s cues. Sometimes the first clues are not wanting to be wet/dirty, “asking” you to change them (getting a new diaper etc.) especially when they previously hated diaper changes, and wanting to be changed immediately after wetting (i.e. you change the diaper & it’s barely wet.) Some children will even tell you as they are going. I have introduced the potty around 16ish months, as soon as my children showed any interest at all in the potty process.

My daughter was disposable diapered, and I found the “pull up” type diapers to be very handy when we were first practicing on the potty. I had cloth trainers for my son, but he had no interest in them. As such, we just had to deal with taking diapers off to practice until he decided he was ready for undies.

Cloth training pants can be handy if your child is outgrowing one-size diapers, if your diapers are all stay-dry, or if you just want the pull up/down convenience.

I wouldn’t bother investing a lot of money in trainers, but having a pair or two is nice for the early stages.

What do you think?

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Maria is an aspiring "fit mom" of 3 children, writing about cloth diapers, going green, and her life as a single mom. Maria works with many companies within the cloth diaper industry and beyond, providing social media management, product development, and other services.
  • Emily
    March 6, 2013 at 10:07 am

    I used underwear-like trainers for the potty training process. They didn’t hold a full pee & therefore there was a lot of cleanup in the beginning, but they were great for little accidents later. Unfortunately for the CD brands, I found all of their trainers to be too expensive and/or too big for my daughter. (She was around 23 lbs at 2 years old, which is about when we stopped using diapers in the daytime.) I have to say I liked Hanna Andersson trainers best. Just like real undies, but with some extra fabric in the wet zone. They were about the same amount too-big as the Ecoposh trainers. She’s still wearing them a year later & has no idea there is anything different about them.

    I know, I know, why did I bring up a non-CD brand? Simply, it worked best for me. If you want PUL-lined trainers, obviously you want a CD brand. I did not want that because I thought it would slow the process.

  • February 4, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    Thanks for the tip 🙂 Trainers are foreign to me so far, but not forever!

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