This is a working progress, its based on different potty training guides found online.
All About Diaper Training
All About Learning to Use a Diaper
When and how you help your child learn to use a diaper depends on how ready your child is, as well as your own beliefs and values about diaper training. There is not one “right” way or one “right” age to learn. Here are some questions and thoughts to keep in mind as you help your child unlearn how to use the toilet.
Encouraging Diaper Training
- Replace a few of his “big kid pants” with diapers in his underwear drawer. Allow him to inquire about the diapers on his own.
- Play dress up with him and let him put a diaper on over his other clothes, it makes it a fun activity and a non-stressful way to introduce wearing diapers.
- Find out the things he loves and tell him he has to wear diapers if he wants to do these activities.
- Make a note of when he typically uses the potty, then schedule some of the previous activities around those times.
Signs That Children Are Ready for Diaper Training
- Most children develop control over their bowel and bladder by 18 months. Undoing this takes a lot of effort and patience. They didn’t learn to use the potty overnight, so learning to use a diaper can be a long, but worthwhile practice.
- Your child is ready to learn to use a diaper when he or she:
- Has an accident at night or after a nap.
- Expresses an interest whenever he or she sees a diaper such as in a commercial, a tv show or movie, or when someone is wearing one.
- Having difficulty getting to the potty on time or having to rush quickly to the restroom.
Most importantly, your child wants to use a diaper. He may tell you that he wants to wear diapers or learn to go potty “like a baby does.” He may feel uncomfortable in “big boy” underpants and asks to be changed into a diaper, or ask to let him put a diaper on himself.
Preparing for Diaper Training
There are a number of things you need to have before starting diaper training:
- Child safety lock for the toilet.
- Diaper changing pad, baby wipes, baby powder, and diaper rash cream.
- Daytime diapers and night time diapers.
- Diaper bag (or backpack) for changing when away from the house or in the car.
- Waterproof mattress protector and pillow protector.
- Several pairs of plastic pants.
- Enough plain onesies for each day.
- Portable diaper caddy.
- Clothing that fits comfortably over a thick diaper.
- Diaper disposal unit, dedicated sealed trash can, or scented diaper bags for dirty diapers.
Preparing his room for diaper training:
- Replace all his “big kid pants” with diapers and plastic pants.
- Put the sheet and pillow protectors on his bed.
- Have a diaper caddy with two diapers, baby powder, cream, baby wipes, and a changing pad in it on his nightstand/table next to his bed.
- Remove any clothing that will not fit over his diaper.
Starting Diaper Training
It can be helpful to think of diaper training as a process in which both you and your child have your own “jobs” to do.
It is the parent’s responsibility to create a supportive learning environment. This means you:
- Let your child decide whether to use a diaper or a pull-up each day.
- Use a child safety lock on the toilet to encourage him or her to use the diaper for its intended purpose.
- Expect and handle sneaking to use the toilet without anger.
- Avoid praise as well as too much punishment around toilet use. (This can make children feel bad when they don’t use their diaper but use the potty.)
- Do not get mad when his diaper leaks, it will make him self-conscious about using his diaper.
It is your child’s responsibility to:
- Decide whether to use a diaper or a pull-up each day.
- Learn to listen to his body’s signals and to begin to associate the signals with voiding in the diaper.
- Use the diaper at his own speed.
- Let parent’s know when he needs his diaper change or he thinks it’s about to leak.
Handling Diaper Training While Away From Home
- Always put a onesie on him, it reduces stress about someone finding out he is diaper training and encourages him to keep his diaper on all day.
- If he leaks frequently, begin using a diaper booster and/or plastic pants. If he leaks, he won’t feel confident in his diapers. You may also want to try switching to a better brand that handles leaks better or one with better absorbency.
- Always have a diaper change and change of pants ready or nearby in-case of leaks or an emergency diaper change, a backpack or diaper bag can handle this function well.
- Try to schedule a lunch time diaper change either back at home or in a private area without much traffic.
What to Avoid When Diaper Training
Do not switch back and forth from “big kid pants” to diapers, it will confuse your child and could stop progress.
Diaper Training Tips
Sometimes when first starting, your child may feel embarrassed or uncomfortable pooping in his diaper. Often times, for the first few days or weeks, helping him keep the diaper on but pull down the back of his diaper to poop in the toilet will start to help him learn that he is in diapers even while pooping. You may try to cut a hole in his diaper when he tells you he needs to go. At some point though, you may have to do tough love and start locking the restroom and have him use suppositories to help him learn to use diapers completely.
Unruly Diaper Wearer Training Tips
Lets face it, sometimes you start off with diaper training and everything seems to be going fine, then you find out he has been pulling down his pants and using the potty behind your back. The fastest and cheapest method to resolve this is to tie wrap through his belt buckle and an open hole in the belt. If he does succeed in taking his pants off to use the potty, he won’t be able to hide it. You may have to make a special mark on the tie wrap if he is crafty enough to find another one to try to trick you. They do make locking plastic pants, but they are a lot more pricey, but are even more effective.