pull ups vs training pants

Kelli - posted on 12/21/2009 ( 36 moms have responded )

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I am getting ready to try to potty train my 18 month old boy. His grandma suggested that I use the old fashoned training pants because she thinks pull ups defeat the purpose since they get the same feeling of a diaper. So I was wondering what is the best thing to do... pull ups or training pants. I dont know if she said this because it truly is easier to potty train or if its the only thing they had when her kids were younger. Please help and let me know what you think

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Munira - posted on 04/30/2013

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I have had the same experience regarding pullups. My daughter is 2 and half years old and have been potty training for a while now. I have been using pull ups which I have found defeats the purpose of potty training as they are very similar to nappies.
I recently bought my daughter some mickey mouse underwear as she was admiring them in the store. I also have bought some plastic underwear which I can put over the knickers so her clothes are kept clean and there is less mess to clean up.
I hope to get her fully potty trained soon.
Will keep you up to date with the progress.
Good Luck

Becky - posted on 06/10/2011

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I used both for my girls when they was potty training. I used pull ups when we went out and at bedtime. When we was at home I used big kid underwear and told them if they pied or pooped in them the charchters would be mad

Jessica - posted on 01/04/2010

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I think pull ups work as long as you are willing to spend some money. I am using pull ups w/ my daughter. We purchaced the training pants and what a mess. She would not go for the plastic liners either but who could blame her. If you decide to use pull ups just make sure you change them when they are soiled so then they know that they have to stay dry. With the pressure w/ potty training I don't want to be scrubbing the floor, carpets, and couches.

Marisa - posted on 01/02/2010

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What's a good training pants that everyone can recommend? And what is the secret to training a toddler? My son goes to day care as well and how does that work during the day?

Sarah - posted on 01/01/2010

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i started potty training my lil boy when he was 22 months old, as i read on the internet that its easier before there 2 becoz they think its a game, so i decided to try and get him potty trained so i started takin him to the potty or toilet every half an hour when i went out of the house i put a nappy on him, when i got back in the house the nappy was off, i did that for 4 weeks then i started taking him out without a nappy on and everytime i was out and was near the toilet i was take him, since then hes started tellin me when he needs to go he has only about 6 accients in 11 weeks he just turned 2 on the 19th of december and hes dry though the day am so proud of him, everyone who sees him are so proud of him my family, friends, health visiters, doctors and even people we dont no. 8-) i am a proud mummy, i used big boy pants for my son, they learn quicker because they feel more wet when they have accients so they learn that it doesnt feel nice to be wet, hope this helps :)

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Helen - posted on 02/02/2012

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I used undies or training pants when I was home, where it is much easier to clean up accidents. When we went out we used Pull-ups or as we called them- "just in case undies" as it was just easier.

Amritam - posted on 05/19/2011

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for the intial part have them sit on the potty seat for 2-3 times for a week so that they get the idea of having to sit on the seat
waterproof trainers/ extra cloth diapers so that they feel the wetness

Jessica - posted on 01/07/2010

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My daughter is 18 months and we r potty training her. We tried using the pull ups at first, but she wouldnt tell us when she needed to go to the potty. So we switched her to the waterproof training pants and she is doing things a whole lot better now. My daughter now says when she needs to use the potty...we still have a ways to go cuz she makes mistakes but its progress...

Vivian - posted on 01/07/2010

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underwear my son also took a long time to p train. we lived in the country, and my husband and i were sick of him peeing in the house. so we made a "designated spot" a rock pile outside and when the magic moment came my hubby took him out to the rocks and peed with him. (because he was scared of potty) and from that moment on it was a game with my hbby and him every time he had to go he went onthe rocks... he loved it and that made it easier. one time he tried to poo there and that was messy, but we worked it out.. hope this helps..

Bonnie - posted on 01/06/2010

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It all depends on the child. My son used to use pull-ups like diapers, now that's all he wants and he doesn't wet them. At first he got really upset when he was in training pants and went pee so it worked. Now he is telling me and I am following his lead. So far so good. I have gone about 4 days with no wetting even during sleep. He is 25 months and started training in July.
You can get the pull-ups that make them cold so they feel something. Best thing to do is try each one and see what works best for your child.

Sylvia - posted on 01/05/2010

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I started potty training offically 1 1/2 weeks ago with my stubborn 2 1/2 yr old daughter, i stopped buying diapers for her and i bought reg huggies pull ups, but shes only aloud to wear them during nap time and bed time and if we leave some where and she seems to be doing fine, but i wont let her wear them at home or at grandmas house, only panties, and for abit she didnt care if she peed in them or not, now she cant stand them to be wet. and she didnt like the potty chair either, but nows shes doing pretty good. i thought about getting the plastic panties but i just gave up and got pull ups for now.

Sandra - posted on 01/05/2010

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Talk to your daycare too, if your child is daycare... Some don't like the training pants... Ours prefers the pull-ups if you want to use them if not then you just provide the diapers still, but they do use a schedule to get them to use the toilet...

Angela - posted on 01/02/2010

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I just recently started on potty training my two year old. "They" say that the child will let you know when they are ready...but I'm impatient! So I tried pull ups yesterday and he had no clue that he was wet. What does seem to work with him is to put on a pair of "big boy underwear" and ask him every 20-30 minutes to sit on the potty. When he goes in his BBU he is INSTANTLY wet and doesn't like it. I would use training pants (cloth ones) if I had them, pull up, I agree, defeat the purpose!!

Martha - posted on 12/31/2009

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I'm not too sure, my daughter actually act's like she wants to use her own potty, expect the fact that she holds her helf. (like she has to be changed). I also am extremely interested in finding out yout best opion, cause she doesn't talk and she yet and she can't tell me, so maybe putll ups with the over la[. or the wet and dry kind so she can be ready!

Christine - posted on 12/31/2009

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I was using pullups on my 3 yr old nephew and the only time he would go on the potty is if i were changing him. Tried just underwear - had 2 accidents in 2 days and he's been going on the potty ever since! They REALLY don't like "accidents" or feeling wet! GOOD LUCK :)

Kim - posted on 12/30/2009

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I have two daughters 5 and 2, I didn't use either. I started potty training the 2 year old at 22 months. During the day we just used panties and brought extra clothes with us wherever we went. It takes persistence alot of taking her to the bathroom. At night, we used a regular diaper (in my opinion pull ups are the same thing). And she is fully potty trained now at 25 months. Putting both of my kids in panties and not looking back seemed to work for both my children. I think they have to be ready though. Good luck!!

LaTonya - posted on 12/30/2009

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I'd tell you to try what you think is best for you and your child. I use pull ups and my daughter has her underwear that she likes to put over them. She has learned to control her bladder somewhat and will tell you she wants to go potty. She will even take me to the bathroom at the daycare she attends before we leave to get in the car. She wears underwear at home and will take the pull up off to put her underwear on. She will even sleep all nght and not wet herself. We started putting her on the pot and then she got in the grove of telling us that she wanted to potty. Now she sits on the toliet like everyone else. My husband sat here there once and that was it for the potty. You just have to be patient with him. This for right now works for me because her daycare is not very consistent. We started first at 18 months and then again at 2yrs.

Shaunnon - posted on 12/29/2009

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My son just turned 3 in November and i was going through something simular with him. I was using pull ups and it was working a little bit lol. It seemed like when all was going good he would take 3 steps back. So i finally used the training paints. The clothes ones not the plastic cause he still used those like a pull up or a diaper. I started using the pull ups only when we went out and when it was time for bed. When he got good about going i would gradually start the underware all day. when he started daycare i just been sending him in his underware and everything has been cool. I also think seeing the other kids go help him. GOOD LUCK!!!

Tara - posted on 12/29/2009

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I have three kids the last on is almost 2 1/2 and let me tell you that when they are ready it won't matter what they have on they will go on the toilet and lets just say that my first one was almost 3 when she started using the potty my middle one once she turned two that was it she was on the toilet and my third one is almost 2 1/2. But I do think that underware is the best way they will not like being wet and they will learn faster. the other thing that we found was that a potty they would not use we had to by a seat that goes on the toilet and that is what they use. also I think that before two is more training the parent instead of the child, they can't really tell you that they have to go so you are more or less telling them they have to go. Anyway good luck.

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My son started potty training early- right before he turned 2- by his own interest. Everything was going great in diapers, which I used until I ran out, then went to pull-ups. Still went fine until he wanted to sit on the big potty a month in and then refused to go on the potty at all for another 3 months.I kept trying and using pull-ups, but with another one on the way and knowing he had already shown me he was ready ( I knew it was more than just being scared of the "big potty", especially because he would sit on the little one for fun) I let him use the last of the pull-ups, then when he was in the last one we went to the store and I let him pick out a pack of big boy underwear.

The first time he wet himself in underwear he came inside crying and pulling his clothes off. From that point on he has had incredible progress.

I have to say don't waste your money on pull-ups. Get the training underwear if you aren't ready to cold-turkey into regular underwear. They have vinyl covered ones for overnight, I never needed them because my son never wet his diaper while he was sleeping, and has not wet the bed since we switched, about 3 months ago. If he wets his diaper while he sleeps I would definitely get the vinyl covered ones, too.

I'm still reminding him to go every 2 hours, or sooner if I see him grab himself or squirm. He usually tells me he has to go poopy as he's about to go, and that's kinda messy if he doesn't immediately get to the bathroom, but he's getting better at it and we watch him more between 6-8pm, when he normally goes.

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I've used both with my son, neither ones work, partly it will depend on how uncomfortable your son is in a wet diaper to begin with, my son would wear the same diaper all day & night if I didn't chase him down to change it, lol. So if wet or dirty diapers don't faze your son, I wouldn't bother with either. Boys can take quite a bit longer to train as well, my son has been working on it for about a year and a half now, on & off. If you choose training pants, I would suggest that you wait to put him in them until after he has a bowel movement though, it can be pretty messy in the training pants, lol. I let my son walk around naked & send him to use the potty every hour, if I don't remind him he pees on the floor so you have to be vigilant. Good Luck!

Jen - posted on 12/29/2009

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I use pullups for my two year old son. We have been working on sittingon the potty since November and he wants to wear underwear like his big sissy. Sometimes he will tell me that he wants panties on and not pullups.

Ashley - posted on 12/29/2009

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You know personally I feel the same as grandma. Pull ups do defeat the purpose and they have the same feeling as a diaper. With my son I actually just let him run around the house with no underware or pull ups or anything! It worked so fast! 2 weeks actually. I did try a pull up and he just used it as if it were a diaper. I will be using the same method with my daughter and I hope to get the same results! Good luck!

Molly - posted on 12/29/2009

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I hated pullups and pampers version of them too. They inhibit potty training in my opinion and they are SO EXPENSIVE. It's just another way for the companies to keep your kids in diapers as long as possible.

Erin - posted on 12/29/2009

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I would definitely agree with everyone and say training pants! We also tried pull ups, and they had no effect on my son. He is 3 1/2 now, and once we started using underwear on a regular basis, it seemed as if the process went much quicker. He could actually feel himself wet, and didn't like that at all. Like everyone else has said, the only good use for a pull up is at night time-to try and prevent leaking.Good luck!

NICOLE - posted on 12/28/2009

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I HAD BETTER LUCK WITH BOTH KIDS IN TRAINING PPANTS AND DIAPER OR PULL UP AT NIGHT. PULL UPS ARE BULKY LIKE A DIAPER AND DON;T THINK THEY REALIZE THEY ARE REALLY WET. DEAL WITH THE PEE PANTS FOR A WHILE. HE WON'T LIKE WALKING AROUND WET. PULL UPS ARE JUST TO MUCH LIKE DIAPERS

Hayley - posted on 12/28/2009

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neither, just put underwear on him, i used pull ups with my daughter and wasnt getting anywhere to just put knickers on her and she crached it in 2 days

Jenna - posted on 12/28/2009

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I started potty training my son when he was about 16months. it was very hard because nothing really fit him. so i let him run around naked. then i put a stop to it because it was hard to put him back in a diaper to go to the store. I started potty training again about two months ago. shortly before he turned two. i did the training pants. it was much cheaper than pull-ups. the training pants have extra material to help absorb. i also used plastic pants over top of the underwear when we went somewhere...which i still use. Maverick now two years old tells me when he has to go potty. he does really good. the only thing that is hard is getting him off the little potty and onto the big potty.

Kayla - posted on 12/28/2009

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I think pull ups are great for over night, road trips or places where potty chairs are not easy to get to other wise I agree that you just have to let them feel the wetness of wetting there pants

Alicia - posted on 12/28/2009

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I didnt have any luck with pullups everyone kept telling me that its important for the transition but i didnt notice a difference at all and so i tried underwear and my son loves them, i may go through more laundry but he knows when he has an accident and doesnt like it its working a lot faster. and i just use regular diapers at night they are cheaper then pullups and seem to be working the same

Kristy - posted on 12/27/2009

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the cool alert pull up work good, my daughter used them until she figured out how to work the Velcro.... then i went to letting her run naked. once they pee on themselves once or twice, they figure it out pretty quick. hope that helps and good luck!

Faith - posted on 12/26/2009

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We're using training pants on our two year old daughter right now. Using the holiday to give us a four day start before we go back to work and she goes back to daycare. It seems to be working well.

Karissa - posted on 12/25/2009

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ps they make plastic pants to put over the training pants that will help save on laundry.

Karissa - posted on 12/25/2009

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From what i have experianced the kids i know that use pull ups takes longer to potty train because its like a diaper, with the training pants they actually feel the wettness better and it helps them get the hang of it faster. My co worker used training pants for all three of her kids and they were all potty trained during the day by 2. i have a 19 month old and we are using the training pants and its going pretty well.

Sarah - posted on 12/21/2009

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I only like pull-ups for overnight when you are working on daytime training. Pull-ups are just like a diaper. They do make ones that have a "wetness feel" but it does not faz many kids. One thing I would make sure before going to the training pants is that your child is ready for that step. Wetting their pants and feeling that wetness helps with that potty training process, but if they are not ready for that step you are going to be going through A LOT of clothes for A LONG time.

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