Alternative to Pull-ups?

Updated on October 12, 2011
K.S. asks from Manitowoc, WI
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Hey mammas! This is my first question and I feel a little silly asking it.

My DD is 2 1/2 and she's just recently started going potty on the potty...FINALLY! No more diapers, just pull-ups (I know...basically the same thing!) For some reason she hates pull-ups! They feel "yucky" to her and she's a tiny thing so even the smallest of pull-ups are still pretty big on her. I don't want to go back to diapers, but she doesn't go poop in the toilet yet so I wanted to keep her in something like a pullup for those types of accidents. So...does anyone know of something out there that's a cross between pull-ups and underwear? Or do I just go straight to the underwear and let her figure it out? Sounds so harsh, but you know what I mean :)

Thanks in advance for any advice!

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answers from Dallas on

My 3 year old is still having accidents so when we go out or she's taking a nap and at bed I have been putting her in the Huggies slip-on diapers. I love them! They can stretchy so they are easy to pull on and off and they absorb like a diaper and are much more comfortable to her.

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answers from Dallas on

Toddler Underwear. They are just thick underwear. Look in the baby section of your local Target or Wal-mart. My son peed in them last week and it didnt soak through.

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answers from Oklahoma City on

Try different brands of pull ups. Some have a more cloth like feel and some are made so they feel the wet and some are made to wick the moisture away.

BTW, pull ups are not like diapers, they are made so the kids can push and pull them so they can gain independence and the mom doesn't add tons of laundry and mopping/carpet cleaning to her already full

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answers from Pittsburgh on

We liked the thick cotton padded Gerber undies. I think they are called "training pants".

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answers from Minneapolis on

My oldest son was potty trained for #1 for quite some time before he mastered #2. He was older--3 1/2 years--so I don't know if this will work for you, but we were advised by a pediatric health care provider to keep him in underwear. When he had to poop he would tell us, we put him in a diaper, he did his thing, we cleaned him up and put him back in his underwear. I know a lot of people will say if he could do all of that why couldn't he just poop in the potty? Well, that's another story and a longer one. It's actually pretty common to be trained for #1 and have problems going #2 in the toilet. So that's what worked for us. I had friends going through the same thing who just went with the underwear and cleaned up big messes everyday. That did not seem fun to me and I'm not sure my son would've gone for that. I think he just would've held it and gotten very constipated.



answers from Dallas on

training pants (think underwear - gerber brand) and plastic pants. Diapers at night.



answers from Davenport on

Gerber still makes cotton training pants, and some with a built in vinyl cover. I would go to them, or to regular undies and let her figure it out! If she doesn't like pull ups, maybe the undies will motivate her to do poops in the potty!



answers from Victoria on

they do have training underware that is like a thick pair of undies. mom said she used silky panties for me because they felt nastier when i peed in them. not sure for poops! we also told our 3 yr old son if he was potty trained we would take him to the zoo. ... he had to say dry for a month and we all had so much fun at the zoo!



answers from Baton Rouge on

I took my daughter from cloth diapers to terry cloth training pants to real underwear. Yes, there were some messy accidents, but that's just part of the process. I'm convinced that Pull-ups simply slow down the process because they're just glorified diapers.



answers from Chattanooga on

I use cloth training pants on my DD. I started out putting an incontinence liner in them, until she got the basic idea of using the potty, then I ditched the liner so that she would be able to FEEL when she was wet. I still use diapers on her at night, or when we are going to be out and about and I know I won't have easy access to a toilet.



answers from New York on

What about swim diapers?



answers from Washington DC on

We use training pants by day, diapers by night and my cloth diaper covers when we have to run out and she's still in panties or is having a tough day.



answers from Minneapolis on

Take away the pull ups and shes likely to go in the toilet. My LO took a day or two of holding it or asking for the pullup but eventually she went on the potty. When we go out in public for the first few months we'd put a pullup over her underwear. That way it's consistent and she still feels it when wet but you dont have a mess. Save night time training until she consistently wakes up dry which might not be for awhile. Good luck!



answers from Milwaukee on

Try the underwear. I did this with my kids and they seemed to have less accidents than when they were in pullups. You can still put in her in pullups or diapers for bed.



answers from Minneapolis on

There is a brand called Potty Patty. They make training pants that are nicely padded and cloth but have snaps on the sides that allow you to adjust the size and take them off easier when they are dirty.

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