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Training Pants - San Mateo, CA

We are planning to start our 2 year old son on potty training. Can you recommend training pants and your suggestions on how to get started?

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I do not recomend pullups. They will still potty in them because they still feel like diapers.And they are even more expensive than diapers. Insted I would and do use the thick cotton training pants.They don't like the wetness they feel when they potty in them. The only place I can find them is at Wal*Mart.They even have the plastic pants to put over them if you want. I hope this helps:)

E.

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Hi. I used Carter's brand thick training cotton underpants and then bought vinyl/rubber underpants to go over them. Your child will feel wet when they should rather than feel dry when wearing pullups. Used pullups for nighttime only. It's been years, but bought these items at Target. Not sure if they still have these items.

I'm training my little girl right now. I wasn't planning to do it till after her 2nd birthday (which is Sunday), but about 3 weeks ago, she learned how to take off all her clothes in less than 30 seconds & is going through a nudist phase (I'm home with her, so it doesn't really matter). Well, if she doesn't want to wear anything, she has to use the potty, so she is training. But, since she doesn't want to wear anything, anyway, training pants haven't really been an issue. I bought a package of regular panties & a package of pull-ups--the kind that get cold if they're wet (probably not necessary, as she dislikes wet disposable diapers even more than she dislikes wet cloth diapers). I also have about 3 of the cheap little one-piece potty chairs (like the Baby Bjorn Little Potty, but a lot of the dollar stores carry the same thing, much cheaper). One potty stays in the bathroom, and she usually seems to have the other two in the living room (where she plays). When we go out to play, we take a potty with us, so as to avoid the quick run to the bathroom before it's too late. We use a Pull-Up at night (mostly just as extra insurance, because she usually sleeps in our bed--she seldom wets at night) & when we go places. But I'm going to put my little girl in panties for going places this week or next, as she usually comes home in the same pull-up she left in, even after being gone all day. If she remembers to ask for it, we give her one chocolate chip after she goes potty.

Hi J.,

Is he talking in complete sentences yet? If not, I would seriously consider waiting. You can try putting him in pullups (I always used Carters) for a few days and see if he gets it, if not, wait another month or two and try again. I did this four times (starting at 2 1/2) and the fifth time (when he was almost three), he trained in three days, never an accident afterwards...

Take care,

E.

When potty training my son we only used diapers at night for the first few weeks. We only used real "big" boy underwear. It can be hard the first day but it only took 2 days to potty train. It can be very confusing to use the pull ups they are so much like diapers that it is too hard. I know that it is hard to have to change clothes if there is an accident but it really makes the whole process move so much faster! I also know that using rewards is a huge help for a lot of people. We were lucky and only had to use them a little and we used jelly beans. OOOH I also do not recommend using the baby potty, it can be just as hard to wean them off of it as it is to potty train in the first place. If you are worried that they are going to slip in the toilet then use the kiddy seat on the big potty. Hope that it helps! Worked great for my two kids!

Our experience was that training pants/pull-ups confused our son. If your son is ready for potty training (knows when he has to go, shows interest, etc.) you should be able to go straight to undies after maybe a weekend of running around without any pants on. We all learned without pull-ups! If he is not ready, don't rush him. The best advice I can give you is to avoid power struggles around potty training at all costs. Many boys are not potty trained until more like 3 or 3.5 years, while some are ready earlier. Also, don't be surprised if he is willing to pee in the potty a few weeks/months before he is ready to do #2. This seems to be the case with many boys and girls. We also used a sticker chart and the boy version of the book "Once Upon a Potty."

gerber training pants are thinner. you can find them at walmart, target, BRU, etc. about $8 for 3?

hanna anderson has fabulous trainers, but they are pricey. thicker, sized larger (may last longer), and the material is really high quality. you can get them at valley fair. there are a wonderful $24 for 3? they are currently "on sale", but still expensive.

tiny tots in campbell has a few other options for cloth training pants. Imse Vimse has thick trainers with cotton terry, i think they carry "little day dreamers" and a few other options. you can google them to find the website, location, info, etc.

i agree. pull ups are not useful for potty training. if you know you'll be tempted to use them all the time, i would avoid buying any. we have one pack around that lasts forever because we only use it when our son is checked into sunday school. it's just easier for the volunteers to deal with.

Target still sells the Gerber training pants, the cotton type and the ones that have the waterproof vinyl exterior (one caution with the waterproof ones - since the waterproof material isn't breathable like cotton, their bum area can get uncomfortably warm/sweaty)

I do not recomend pullups. They will still potty in them because they still feel like diapers.And they are even more expensive than diapers. Insted I would and do use the thick cotton training pants.They don't like the wetness they feel when they potty in them. The only place I can find them is at Wal*Mart.They even have the plastic pants to put over them if you want. I hope this helps:)

E.

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