Don’t Use Pull-Ups: Use Underwear and Waterproof Potty Training Covers to Potty Train

A lot has been learned about child development since I graduated college in the 90s. So, I bought the courses from Scientific Secrets for Raising Kids Who Thrive by Peter M. Vishton, Professor at The College of William and Mary to see what clinical discoveries have been made since I first learned about child development.

The technological improvements in modern diapers and training pants have actually slowed down potty training in America.

Vishton explains that most children in America potty train at two- or three-years-old. But, the average age of potty training keeps increasing as diaper technology keeps improving.

In fact, it is becoming more common to see parents rushing to try to get their youngsters potty trained in time for Kindergarten.

It used to be that being wet and uncomfortable encouraged kids to potty train. But modern materials of diapers and training pants makes being uncomfortably wet almost impossible.

Pull-ups and training pants are the same as diapers — only easier for the child to put on and take off themselves.

To properly potty train a child, caregivers have to ditch all diapers and training pants to allow the child to feel wet and feel uncomfortable.

Daytime potty training and nighttime potty training are not the same. While kids are sleeping they wet themselves unconsciously.
So, Pull-Ups and training pants are helpful to use for a potty training or potty trained child who still has accidents at night and would be mortified to have to put on a diaper.

I recommend cotton underwear that allows the child to feel wet when potty training. Simply use waterproof underpants covers to reduce chances of a mess.

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Here are some waterproof underwear covers to use while potty training:

Gerber Waterproof Pant

Gerber waterproof pants are the classic waterproof training pant covers that are now hard to find. They are ideal for multiple uses: as a protector over cloth diapers, extra protection over a swim diaper, and for use over toddler training pants for when they first start potty training. The gentle elastic waistband makes them comfortable, and easy to pull up or down. They are durable, easy to use, and easy to wipe clean. Available in sizes 0-3 months, 3-6 months, 6-9 months, 12 months, 18 months, 2T, and 3T.

Dappi Waterproof Diaper Pants

These waterproof training pants are made 100% nylon. They have soft spandex waist and leg openings provide maximum comfort. They are machine washable in cold water.
While new technology is great, to properly potty train children, ditch Pull-Ups during the day when training because being wet and uncomfortable is the basis of successful daytime potty training.

BISENKID Waterproof Covers

These waterproof diaper covers are very good at preventing urine leakage. The fabric is reusable and machine washable. They come in several sizes. They have a comfortable, stretchy, fabric waistband and leg bands to easily fit any size toddler.

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