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Re-using Pull Ups...

Say your child is pretty much potty trained, but you still don't *quite* trust her not to have an accident when out and about. So when you leave the house, you put her in a pull-up. Then when you get home, after say 3 hours or so, YAY! The pull-up is still dry! :) You then put your child into her big-girl underwear for the rest of the day. Would you throw that pull-up away, or or save it to use for the night? (DD isn't quite ready for night-training yet..)

I feel like this is perfectly acceptable, because hey, if it were underwear, she would wear them all day, not just 3 hours. Besides, they are SOOO EXPENSIVE to throw away when they aren't even soiled. Hubby thinks it's gross...

What do you think?

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While they are $30, worth it to get a Bumgenius FLIP Trainer that comes with 3 inserts. They are waterproof. Love mine.

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If it is clean and dry I would do the same thing. I wouldn't use it after a bath though, then I would use a new one. If you do the underwear under the pull up thing when you go out then definitely reuse if clean since there is another layer between the pull up and the kid.

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Typically I would always throw them out if they were worn for any amount of time, even if they weren't peed in they were sweated in and munched up and the paper was sort of scuffed and torn up. Pullups don't breathe like underwear so it does collect up the sweat etc and it always was too much "eew" for me.

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I re-use them. I think it's obvious if they have been urinated in.

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I treat it like underwear. No pee, no problem. Only if I'm sure there's no pee, though. You can usually tell, as the weight of the pullup changes with pee in it. And if potty training, I'm assuming that the child would tell you and you'd get to a potty if you could.

I don't see it the same as reusing a pad, because a fully grown woman's lady parts are a whole different story than a kiddo's "maturity free" parts.

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I think i would do a sniff test to be sure. But, she sounds like she is trained. I would go with panties all day. Just pack extra panties and shorts in a freezer baggie and keep them in the car or your purse.

Meaning.... make sure the pull up does not smell like pee, even though it looks dry.

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While they are $30, worth it to get a Bumgenius FLIP Trainer that comes with 3 inserts. They are waterproof. Love mine.

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Does your husband change HIS underwear every 3 hours? :)

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Save it for later if it's clean.

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To me, it's kind of like reusing a pad.
If you wore a pad for the afternoon thinking your period might start, but then it didn't, would you roll it up and put it back in the box for later?
I wouldn't, but that's just me.
No right or wrong here, just a matter of preference :)

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We always re-used. I never threw away a dry pull-up.

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If it is clean and dry I would do the same thing. I wouldn't use it after a bath though, then I would use a new one. If you do the underwear under the pull up thing when you go out then definitely reuse if clean since there is another layer between the pull up and the kid.

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Typically I would always throw them out if they were worn for any amount of time, even if they weren't peed in they were sweated in and munched up and the paper was sort of scuffed and torn up. Pullups don't breathe like underwear so it does collect up the sweat etc and it always was too much "eew" for me.

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We reuse for my son! He only wears them at night.

There is no way Im throwing them away, its WAY to expensive. Its not like you can just rewash them like underware. If they didnt wet in them, they are still clean in my book!

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We totally reused. Better for the landfills and our pocket book. She never got an infection or smelled funny so it's a win all around.

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It all really depends on whether they used them and you didn't notice or not. The beauty of the ruddy things is if you were wrong when you stored it it is freaking obvious before you try to use them again, ya know?

As long as you are not putting stinky pull ups on her later you are fine.

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I never reused pull-ups and agree it's kind of gross. However, once she was really training, I put her in underwear all the time. I just took extra clothes and underwear when out of the house. When out and about, we'd make restroom stops on a regular basis. If she had an accident while out, I changed her. If she pooped in her panties and it was too gross, I threw them away. I figured out that a pair of panties worn twice was the same price as a pull-up. So, as long as her panties were averaging more than 2 wearings, a few that had to be tossed here and there were no big deal. If concerned about the expense of pull-ups, why not keep her in panties for all waking hours?

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If she didn't pee in it, it hasn't been soiled and is fair game for being worn again.

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I reused them for my son. I would put him in regular underwear and put the pull-up on over them if we were going out. If he was accident free, I would take the pull-up off when we got home and reuse later.

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Use them again and again while they're dry until they start to ball up inside. I did with my triplets! They're way too expensive to just toss out.

K. B
mom to 5 including triplets

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Well, yeah, Bug is kinda right, but I'd probably reuse them. I mean, maybe not every time, but probably some times for sure. I do this with my son's diaper some times. If i have to change him shortly before bed and his diaper is still dry then I save it and use it again in the morning. He wears the night time diapers to bed.

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I did that all the time for my son. Why waste them? They cost a lot!

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We reused them - generally as long as they did not stink or had skid marks in them.

~C.

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It all depends on how "worn" they look, what activity she has been in, where she sat, etc. If she was playing in it most of the day, then it's probably not a good idea to continue its use, but if it was just temporary to take a trip to the store for a couple hours, I don't see why it could not be used again for night training. They are expensive.

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if she didn't pee, no harm in re-using! I do~!

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You can tell if they have been peed in. You can feel the gel and they smell like pee. If they were clean they got reused.

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Yeah, I think it's gross. Diapers and pull-ups are meant to always FEEL dry. Just because they feel light and dry, does not mean that she didn't urinate some in the pull-up.

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I totally don't think it's any different than using a pull-up for the entire day! I mean seriously....is it any different? You're just saving it for later.

I get your husband's comment, but I guess the question would be: how & where do you store it?

With my daycare, right now, I am training 2 boys. Both are dry all day long, & go home in the same pullup or diaper from morning. I soooo wish their moms would start them in underwear!

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I would not waste them for anything. They are not nasty or soiled. Sometimes they get reused from over night too.

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Yep, we totally use them again. They make it about 3 wearings for my LO until the padding starts to "shift" a bit. Save your money! If you are worried about it, only save those reused ones for night time.

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I would NEVER throw away a dry pull-up! They're way too expensive. I suppose if it's still dry after a collective 24-48 hours it might be necessary to ditch, but if the child is dry that consistently, you probably can stop using them!

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a dry clean pull-up? really?
your dh is so weird!
:) khairete
S.

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I agree with your hubby, to me it's gross. But I didn't like the whole idea of pull-ups anyway, they're diapers (they wick away the moisture and have extra padding to minimize a child feeling wet) and we went with cloth trainers and covers.

And, I have a friend who had been putting "slightly worn" pull-ups back on her daughter that she wore a few hours then removed, she looked at them and felt them and decided they were "unused." But her daughter was smelling like urine, anyone around her was noticing, so Mom started smelling them AFTER they have been put away and found they smelled most of the time.

Why not just keep your daughter in panties except at night, put a waterproof pad in her carseat, and take a change of clothing for her in case she has an accident? That may be what gives her the oomphhh to get trained all the way ; )

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If it hasn't been peed in then it is clean, same as underwear!

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Reuse, Reuse, Reuse!!! No sense in going through multiple a day just so it's "new". If it's dry, there's absolutely no harm. Your husband may think it's gross, but just show him how much money you'll save.

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Oh heck, I reuse them till they get soiled. Which sometimes with my daughter isn't too long, but she has used a dry one for a few days- a couple of hours at a time. I figure all the hours add up to one day, which, as you said, is typical of cotton undies.

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They stink like pee whether or not they peed, so I threw them out.

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I would definitely reuse them. Just like if you got dressed in a clean pair of underwear in the morning and went to the gym came home and showered, would you put on yet another clean pair of underwear. No.

Similarly, when I give my baby a bath and she still has a dry diaper I put it right back on her when we're done.

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ETA: We bought a 'Piddle Pad' for her car seat, so if she had an accident in the cars eat, it wouldn't soil the seat, only the absorbent/water proof Piddle Pad.

Original: We let my daughter reuse them for nighttime again if she wakes up dry. (over and over again until they are too stretched out to reuse) She sleeps in panties with a pull up over the panties, which is kind of gross if she does wet them at night (which is rare), but it helps cut down on the 'eww' factor of reuse ;)

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Way too expensive to throw out. Use again for sure.

I save them when I'm sure they are dry. My DD usually uses them only at night. I will only use them one more time, typically, b/c they get bunchy and DD doesn't like that and can't sleep.

What you may also consider for car trips and such is a cover (like a traditional diaper cover) over the under pants so your seats are protected but she still feels the wetness like always.

Personally, if I take my underwear off for whatever reason, I put a clean pair on, so I did the same for Pull-Ups. They get sweaty and it just seemed gross to me to put her back in one she already wore.
I never switched back and forth between underwear and Pull-Ups, however. Once I put a child in underwear, I simply put a "just in case" Pull-Up on over the underwear until confident the child would stay dry. The only time I reuse a Pull-Up is if a "just in case" Pull-Up went on just for nap or bed, over underwear, and was still dry.
If you're reusing a Pull-Up that was on bare skin, even for just a few hours, I have to side with your husband and say toss it.

Definitely save for later!

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