what are you experiences with using underwear to potty train?

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I've heard that switching a child to regular underwear helps with the potty training process but it's also a messy route to go. So I was wondering what your experiences with this have been....pros and cons of it. The reason why is that my daughter, 22 months, has started potty training.....right now we will sit on the potty and "read" a book but nothing else and we prefer pull ups to regular diapers. Throws a fit if we put her in a regular diaper instead of a pull up. We are using huggies with cool alert right now, thinking maybe it will help her if she feels uncomfortable.....nope. We are not trying to rush things along but yesterday was the first day I realized that my daughter is interested in moving up. She threw a huge fit because grandma wouldn't buy her a package of underwear.....and it was plain colored underwear nothing with Dora or the disney princesses on it.





I know I start work again in a few weeks so she will be in the daycare full time then so pull ups are a must there but I figured when I'm home I could use the regular underwear. Any experiances/tips/warnings/etc. are greatly appreciated as we start this new adventure with our daughter!

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Stephanie - posted on 07/26/2009

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our son will be 2 next month so our kids are pretty close in age. We let him run around with no pants for a couple days then moved straight to underwear. I think it REALLY helped with the process. We still put on pullups at daycare or when we go out, but it's all underwear at home. After a week he barely has accidents even in the night! I say go for it

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April - posted on 07/26/2009

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My daughter wanted undies at a little over 2 1/2 so we got them and she only had a couple of accidents and is now potty-trained! She still wears a diaper or pull-up at nap time and bed time but I am totally fine with that.

Lisa - posted on 07/26/2009

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My daughter was super easy after her 2nd b-day! She wanted to wear her underwear, but I said only if she went potty in the toliet and she did - never had any problems. My son was 2 yrs, 3 months and I put underwear on im for 3 days straight - he peed on everything and we did alot of laundry. On day 4 I was going to put diapers back on him, but he insisted on his spiderman underwear!! He did very well after that!

Brandy - posted on 07/26/2009

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With my daughter I used the satin type panties which are really nice since when she'd have an accident in them they wouldn't hold the warmth like cotton panties do. She didn't like the cooler feeling when they got wet and realized quickly that she could avoid it by using the toilet and started paying more attention to when she had to go. It took her just a couple short weeks and after that she didn't have any problems with it.

Tanya - posted on 07/26/2009

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when my son was learning to potty train, he thought pull ups were diapers. finally at 3 1/2 i put underwear on him and he basically pee'd his pants for 3 days and figured it out and never had an accident again. he was obviously ready. wish me luck on my two year old. she will occasionally sit on the potty if i beg her but if i ask her if she wants big girl panties on she starts yelling "no panties, no panties". i thought girls were easier than boys?

Michelle - posted on 07/26/2009

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My son turned 3 in february and I decided not to start potty training right away because he was in school and I didnt want to use pullups. The day school ended in June, we went to toys r us and he picked out the potty he wanted (the singing one of course!) and a couple packages of undies. At first he started with the extra thick ones. He was trained in less than a week! Its been a year and we have rarely had an accident. I suggest waiting until she has less distractions. Also, make a big deal of every pee and poo she has. It makes them feel special! Good luck!

Michelle - posted on 07/26/2009

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My son turned 3 in february and I decided not to start potty training right away because he was in school and I didnt want to use pullups. The day school ended in June, we went to toys r us and he picked out the potty he wanted (the singing one of course!) and a couple packages of undies. At first he started with the extra thick ones. He was trained in less than a week! Its been a year and we have rarely had an accident. I suggest waiting until she has less distractions. Also, make a big deal of every pee and poo she has. It makes them feel special! Good luck!

Becky - posted on 07/26/2009

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my little boy had the sme problem he thought they were diapers we put him in underwear and he had one accident and didnt like being wet and most daycare will let them wear underwear cause if you switch them back and forth it confuses them i hope i helped you good luck

Krissy - posted on 07/26/2009

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With my son, I used training underwear that are better that regular underwear. They are thicker, so they soak up a lot of the mess. This worked great for him. He couldn't stand to be wet, and he potty trained almost immediately. Now, with my daughter, it worked well with too.... at the beginning. She potty trained when she was about 21 or 22 months and did great all winter long. But now, we are back in pull ups. She could care less if her underwear are wet, and dripping down her leg. She is too busy in these summer months, she doesn't want to take the time to go potty. This is very frustrating for me. Somedays, if I remember to ask her every 10 minutes (if we are inside) she does okay.

Sorry, I guess this is not much help, but I would say to try the training underwear. It did work for me, just having a set back.

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