Pull-ups Reconsidered
October 1, 2009 · Posted in Parenting, Preschoolers, Toddlerhood, Toilet Training · Permalink

pull-up

I am going to trash pull-ups. Please don’t feel bad if you have or still use them, but pull-ups are a major marketing ploy and terrible for the environment. Pull-ups are also confusing for children. Think about it–how is a two or three year old child supposed to understand that what feels like diaper, looks like diaper, IS a diaper –is really hybrid diaper/underwear? The diaper companies have capitalized on and fueled the trend of parents waiting until their children are three to toilet train. We don’t need to wait so long. Pull-ups, in many cases, have extended and confused children’s toilet training.
As soon as your child indicates their awareness of the peeing/pooping process – usually around two years old – let them be naked to feel and see what happens. Move from diapers, to nakedness, to underwear and skip the whole pull-up stage. You will save time and money and give your child a much clearer sense of what you are expecting from them.

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