As much as I love cloth diapers, I also love the satisfaction of completing the potty training process!
First – it’s important to remember that kids learn to use the toilet at different times. There are tons of philosophies on potty training. I’m of the opinion that it’s best to wait until your child is ready. How do you know they’re ready? They show interest in the potty. They’re not scared. They want to try sitting on the potty. They tell you when they need a diaper change. They sometimes wake up dry from naps. They sometimes have a dry diaper when it is typically time to change their diaper. Any of these behaviors may signal they’re ready to begin potty training. For some kids, it’s a super quick process. For others, it may take quite a while.
Unless you are ok with doing lots of laundry, it may be a good idea to use some training pants to help prevent messes. Training pants have an absorbent layer inside. They may or may not be as absorbent as a typical cloth diaper.
Flip Diaper Potty Training Pants are my favorite.
Why I love Flip Training Pants…
- For wet diapers, just change out the absorbent pad
- Adjustability – seriously, you can get the perfect fit. I used my Flip Training Pants for both of my kids who were very different sizes during potty training.
- Long-lasting! Extend their use. Many kids are potty trained during the day for quite a while before they can stay dry overnight. No need to buy the next size up.
- Easy to get on and off. They can either be pulled up and down like underwear or you can unsnap the side panels. This is especially helpful for poopy pants.
- Color options. There are SO many color combinations you can make to suit you or your kiddo’s taste. Change the side panels on the training pants to create tons of looks!
Potty Seat or Potty Chair?
Most little ones are too small to comfortably sit on a regular toilet. Would you rather use a potty chair or potty seat?
Some people prefer a potty chair. They place it in the bathroom before their child shows interest in potty training to familiarize their child with a new chair. During potty training, some families will bring it out of the bathroom for their child to practice sitting on it. For example, I’ve seen kids who like to sit on their potty chair while watching a show. A downside to the potty chair is that you have to clean it out.
A Potty Seat is another option. Just place it over the toilet seat. Most have a hook or something to hang it by so it is out of the way when not in use. They are more portable, too.
If you opt for the potty seat, you may also need a step stool to help your little one climb up. But, chances are you will need a step stool anyway so that your child can practice washing their hands after doing their business.
A faucet extender can help your little reach the water to wash their hands. This is a must-have for the faucet in my bathroom!
Accidents happen during potty training. Make sure you pack a wet bag and a set of clean clothes when you venture out of the house.
I’m in the midst of potty training my son. It will be strange to move my cloth diaper cart out of my living room and pack up all of our diapers. Still, I will be thankful when my diaper days are behind me.
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