What Are Pull Up Diapers?

Pull Up Diapers

Pull-up diapers are a lifesaver, especially when it comes to nighttime training and potty training, but knowing when the right time is to start and stop using them is very important.

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Like most other things in parenting, when we talk about nighttime training and potty training, there is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all approach that is guaranteed to work for every child. The key here is to accept that potty training is a work in progress and that there is no way we can avoid occasional accidents.

Pull-ups are super pocket friendly, and they can be convenient for potty training because you get to eliminate fussing with sticky straps while you wrestle a busy toddler. But then, knowing when the time is right to move on to gown up baby underpants is a crucial step, too.

Below is what you must know about how to effectively use pull-up diapers, and when the time is right to leave them behind.

Using pull-ups for potty training

Pull Up Diapers

We must have heard at some point that kids have to be physiologically ready for potty training, and for a large percentage of them, that doesn’t happen until they’re about two years old ( there are times when some will only start to display readiness at the age of three or older).

Some of the signs you may want to look out for include an interest in watching other people use the washroom, awareness that they are having a bowel movement or urinating, staying dry for more than a couple of hours, ability to follow easy one- and two-step directions and an increased show of independence.

If you notice that your child has recently begun to visit somewhere a bit more private to do his or her business, tells you to know when she’s urinating, wakes up dry from a short nap and tries to dress or underdress his or herself, then she may be set to begin potty training. 

And do not forget that potty training is a lot more than simply making it to the potty on time: Children need to be able to pull down their pants and underwear, and also pull them up when necessary.

To make the process even easier, make sure to dress your kid in clothes that encourage independence, such as pants that have elastic waistbands or free dresses.

Buying a pack of pull-up diapers with a favorite Disney princess or beloved superhero may work if your kid responds well to an incentive.

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However, it is important to keep in mind that pull-ups may not help your tot. These rewards work really well for some children, but they may not work so well for others.

What you want is for your little man or princess to respond to the pull-ups as if they were basic underwear, and some children just don’t know how to make that connection. Some children may not know how to pull down their pull up diapers because they are used to the regular kind, which requires mummy’s attention.

However, if you sometimes use normal undies for them, they just might learn how to react to the discomfort that comes with getting wet from peeing their pants. Parents need to understand that kids do not have many opportunities to make choices for themselves, so when you allow them to pick out their own underwear, it can be a really big deal and make them excited.

It gives your young ones a sense of control and can further motivate them to also stay dry. Another option that you may want to consider is to try out a pair of training underpants that come with an extra-absorbent layer.

If your little fellow has been using pull-up undies with success, how will you know the time is right for him to ditch them? You don’t want to keep your kids in pull-ups for a long time—they have to know that wearing underwear is the next step.

Immediately you notice your child is telling you that he needs to use the bathroom and is also staying dry most of the time (of course there will be the rare accident cases and that is OK), it is finally time for underwear.

Pull-ups for night training

Pull Up Diapers

There is a major difference between night training and day training. Parents must know that nighttime wetting is a very, very normal thing for many years beyond wetting during daytime for many kids.

In fact, it has been found that six to eight percent of eight-year-old kids still wet their beds. At the end of the day, it boils down to different developmental abilities. Parents should know that bedwetting only becomes an issue when it begins to impact children socially.

When you notice that your child feels ashamed or finds it hard to mix up, then you must try to help him stop as soon as possible. However, if it isn’t bothering your child, you can simply opt for nighttime underpants as well as a waterproof sheet or pad to make cleanups easier. Nevertheless, that shouldn’t stop you from helping them stop bedwetting.

On the other hand, if you have a young boy or girl who has a well-established daytime dryness, meaning he or she has been staying dry for at least six months to a year—and you have become concerned that the child is relying so much on her pull-up diaper at night time, it is only reasonable that you try night training without them.

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Put your child in underwear or let them go to bed commando and see how they do. Make sure that your child visits the bathroom every night before bed, and do well to keep a nightlight on so that it is not too dark or scary when your kid wakes up at night to use the bathroom.

But if you notice that they are not ready, do not make a big deal about it. Children develop at different paces, so it is only fair that you understand your child’s pace and be patient with them.

Pull up diapers are great for children between the ages of 18 months to 3 years. If you think that 18 months is too young an age to start potty training, then you can wait till your child is 2 years old to begin. Nevertheless, the earlier you start potty training your baby, the better for you and the child.

There are various sizes of Pull up diapers, so it is important that you know what size fits your child perfectly before you shop. There is also the issue of knowing what brand of pull up diaper will be comfortable on your child’s skin and not cause any reactions. Some diapers may be made from materials that your child’s skin doesn’t agree with, and that will leave you even more confused than pleased.

Talk to other moms or read reviews of various pull-up diaper brands before you make a purchase.

Emmanuella Oluwafemi
Emmanuella Oluwafemi is a Sociologist and Anthropologist, writer, and pedicurist. When she's not writing an article, she's surfing the web for new skills to learn.