4 Reasons to Potty Train with Underwear

potty training with underwear not diapersPutting your toddler in underwear for the first time can be intimidating for any parent. You may worry about accidents and anticipate the extra laundry with dread, so you consider keeping your child in diapers or using pull-ups during potty training.

While it may seem more convenient and less messy just to keep your child in diapers until he is fully potty trained, in reality, the pros of staying in diapers may not actually outweigh the cons. There are many advantages to your child potty training with underwear, which parents don’t always consider:

1. You’ll Save Money.

We all know that diapers are expensive. It is not uncommon for parents to spend hundreds of dollars a year to diaper just one child. Every day you put your child in underwear instead of diapers, you save money that you could use on something else.

Even if you are one of the few parents who use cloth diapers instead of disposables, you’ll still save money by switching to underwear. Underwear is far less costly than cloth diapers, which can cost upwards of $20-30 a diaper initially. For this reason, many parents choose to buy pre-loved diapers, which means you can sell your cloth diapers, spend that money on underwear, and still have some extra cash leftover to treat yourself to something nice.

2. It’s Better for the Environment.

Disposable diapers may be super convenient, but they are terrible for the environment. It is estimated that disposable diapers take about 500 years to decompose. Can you imagine your child’s diapers sitting in the landfills of your great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, grandchildren?  While that may sound like a lot of greats, there is nothing “great” about decomposing plastic. Do the environment and the future generations to come to a favor and potty train with underwear.

3. Kids Get Really Excited about Character Underwear.

Toddlers love character underwear. Not only does it make them feel like big kids to wear underwear instead of diapers, but they get super excited about being able to wear their favorite characters. Potty training with underwear provides a great incentive for them to want to use the potty instead of soiling their underwear.

4. Pull-ups and Diapers Can Delay Potty Training.

Potty training with underwear can also reduce the time spent on it. While many parents choose to transition to pull-ups first before underwear, this actually only delays potty training further. Just like diapers, pull-ups pull the wetness away from your child’s skin. If your child can’t feel that he is wet, he won’t have much incentive to keep from eliminating on himself. When your child is wearing underwear, he will immediately recognize that he is eliminating and want to be dry. This will help him gain more recognition of his own bodily functions and give him the desire to go potty in the toilet, which ultimately speeds up the potty training process.

Additional Potty Training Resources

Does Potty Training with Underwear Really Work? 

Potty Learning: The Benefits of Cloth Training Pants

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Brittany Tacket, MA

Brittany Tackett is a psychotherapist, life coach, mental health writer, and mommy to an infant daughter. She currently works part-time as a play therapist at a local elementary school and spends the rest of her time writing, parenting, and running an online collectibles shop. Her approach to mental health is holistic and encompasses all aspects of the human experience. She is trained in a variety of modalities including cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, applied behavioral analysis, art therapy, neurolinguistic programming, and positive psychology.

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