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The Best Cloth Diapers for a Potty Training Beginner. Are you ready for training pants?

September 6, 2012

Are you ready?

Around here, lately, you will see a little naked bum running wild! Not because we are nudist or anything of that nature but because we are getting the toddler, Charlotte, ready for potty training. I have no notion that at 21 months she will be a potty expert. I also don’t want to get pushy at this point either. My goal is to ease her into feeling comfortable with using the potty. That is all! Personally, I feel that is one of the hardest parts of potty training. That big porcelain throne is intimidating!

I wanted to take this time to share my plans for potty training Charlotte as well as how cloth diapering plays an important role in the process! All without a potty training seat.

Here is the timeline I have in place. I suppose I shouldn’t call it a “timeline” since Charlotte will decide what “time” we move to the next step.

  1. Getting acquainted with the potty! This part is easy for Mom and Dad. Just take the toddler in with you when you go and talk through each step. “Mommy is going to sit on the potty and go pee”, “Now we close the lid, watch out for fingers!” etc. Showing that you use it and are not afraid will make them more comfortable. Maybe ask them if they want to press the flusher.
  2. (Our current step) Now that they are not afraid or intimidated, you can start having them sit on it. Personally at this point we are opting to be naked. Why? Because I want her to recognize what it feels like to “have to go”. If she is wearing a diaper, it will just come out and she won’t notice. If she starts to go we rush to the potty. After a few of these trips she has started to say potty before she goes!
  3. In this step I will start putting her back in diapers. I know this sounds backwards. But hear me out. It is much easier and faster to get a diaper off than a pair of trainers or underwear! There is the possibility that she will go back to not realizing that she is peeing. If she stops telling me “Potty” before going then I moved on too soon and will go back to being naked. I think the best cloth diapers for this step are aplix or velcro tabs. Until this point I have avoided these diapers because of their ease of removal. They work great for younger babies for getting the right size as well. Now it’s time to bring them back out! The goal of this step is, now that they are recognizing that they have to go, to get there in a timely manner. a few weeks or so should do the trick here.
  4. Now that she has mastered recognizing when she has to go and then getting there I will switch to cloth trainers. In my opinion, cloth trainers are more for practicing pulling up underwear and catching an occasional accident than anything else. If you don’t have the previous steps mastered then the trainers are just used as a diaper. Once she is completely staying dry we will buy some big girl panties!

This is just how I plan to do things. I’m sure I will make changes to my plan as I go along. I will continue to update on our progress! If you would like to share your tips, please leave your comments below!

6 Comments leave one →
  1. September 7, 2012 10:08 am

    Great advice!

  2. lenoriarose permalink
    September 7, 2012 10:08 am

    Great advice!

  3. September 7, 2012 11:34 am

    Sounds like a good plan to me. Boys are so much harder to potty train, so you’ll have a much nicer time than many for potty training!

    • September 8, 2012 8:47 am

      I’ve heard that about boys. Our first boy is due in January, I told hubby he is in charge of potty training this time, lol.

  4. September 8, 2012 8:33 am

    My son REFUSED to go on the potty until he was 3-years-old. But when he finally did I moved him straight to Underpants….I should have gotten some cloth trainers – I bet they would have worked better

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