When To Switch To Pull-ups For Children 

Potty-training a child is quite an interesting journey. One common accessory in the potty training world is the pull-up diaper. These are diapers that your baby can put on and pull up, as the name suggests. They are usually associated with toddlerhood. 

Pull-up diapers are the transition between diapers and underwear.  However, you may wonder when it’s time for pull-ups. Let’s talk about that. 

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When Is The Best Time For Pull-Ups?

Pull-ups are used when a child starts potty training. We commonly associate that age at around two years old, but there are many early and late bloomers in the world of potty training. Some babies start later in life, and you should not force a baby who is ready to potty train. Also, do not shame or punish a late-bloomer. They usually can’t help themselves, as they haven’t developed as late as others. 

Instead of an age, you should look at when your child is ready. How do you know when a child is ready to begin potty-training? Here are a few signs.

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When It’s A Stable Period 

Teaching your child to potty train when they are in the middle of learning something else, or during a stressful time like a move, can backfire. It’s important you don’t overburden your little one. 

They Are Interested In The Bathroom

If you are trying to use the bathroom and your child is showing interest or following you in there, they may be interested in learning how to potty train, and it could be time for some pull-ups. 

They Are Aware Of Their Bowel Or Bladder Movements

One of the best signs is that your child shows awareness. They will tell you if they have to pee or poop, and this is a sign they are ready to potty train. A child who isn’t ready to potty train may not have any awareness, and instead they may go potty automatically. Make sure your child is aware of their bowel movements before you start. 

They Can Stay Dry For A Few Hours 

Before a child can be able to potty train, they are usually unable to stay dry for very long. However, when they are able to stay dry for a good while, that means their bladder is developing and it may be worth trying to teach them how to pee in a toiler. 

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They Pee In Privacy 

Sometimes, a toddler may go to their room or go to a private place whenever they have a movement. Why not teach them that the bathroom is the safest place for them to go?

They Are Able to Put on Clothes All By Themselves 

If your child can pull up and take off their pants, they may be ready to try on pull-ups. 

The Pros And Cons of Pull-Ups 

Pull-up diapers are indeed a good transitional undergarment for your child, but they aren’t for everyone. Here are some pros and cons of pull-ups. 

  • Pros

Pull-ups can make a toddler feel more independent while still giving them a little leeway in case they have an accident. 

Pull-ups have cute designs on them like characters or cute animals, which makes your kids appreciate them more and not want to ruin them with going to the bathroom in them.

Pull-ups are relatively inexpensive and way cheaper than buying underwear for a child who isn’t ready for them yet. 

  • Cons

With that said, every child may respond to pull-ups differently. Some children may treat pull-ups like diapers and not bother with potty training. It’s important to teach your kids that pull-ups are like underwear and discourage a child from using the bathroom in them. Sometimes, switching from diapers to underwear may be a better way to potty train. There’s even underwear designed to be more absorbent. 

If your child can successfully use them, there isn’t any point in keeping them for long. Soon, your kid can transition to underwear. As a result, you may be left with pull-ups you don’t need.

Pull-ups For Bedwetting

While some potty trained kids may use underwear during the day, they may still need pull-ups at night. Many children, even in the older stage, may wet the bed. Bedwetting is common, and pull-ups or disposable underwear may be used. 

If your child is a bedwetter, it’s important that you don’t shame them, as they will outgrow it, even if the bedwetting is happening at an older stage. Talking to a doctor and changing the routines of your child could be a valuable move. 

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Choosing The Best Pull-Ups For Your Kids 

With that said, not all pull-ups are created equally. Some are better than others. Here are some tips:

Some pull-ups are definitely a case of you getting what you paid for. You may initially save some money by buying cheaper pull-ups, but when they lack absorbency, you may want to go with a better brand. Read the reviews before you buy. 

Look for ones that are have no harsh chemicals or dyes in them. Sometimes, your kid may be allergic to a certain material or chemical. If your child has a reaction, change them as soon as possible. 

Look for pull-ups that are easy to, well, pull up. Some of them can be a hassle to grip and aren’t designed for smaller hands. 

Pull-ups with cute designs on them can help your kid, but they aren’t all the way necessary. If you don’t think you need them, purchase something cheaper. 

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Pull-ups are a useful undergarment when it’s time for your child to go from wearing diapers to learning how to potty-train, but not every kid needs them. Also, they aren’t necessary for every child. Some children learn better by switching them directly from diapers to undies. There is no magical time to switch, either. Every kid is different and it’s not a race. Just because your child’s big brother learned earlier doesn’t mean they’re ready yet. Good luck. 

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