How to get your child to stop using diapers
How to get your child to stop using diapers: A mom shares practical pointers on how to get your child to graduate to underwear from diapers.
Diapers are an integral part of a baby’s life, with almost all parents using them today. While they are extremely convenient in the initial stages of development, diapers can prove to be quite a bane for parents later on when it becomes very difficult to get your child to stop using diapers.
As a mother of a 3-year-old, I truly empathize with all those mothers who are trying to get their kids to go diaper-free. I must tell you that this is a very difficult — but not impossible — task , though it requires a lot of patience and time.
When to get your child to stop using diapers
The first question that most mothers, or rather parents, ask is, "What is the right age to stop using diapers?"
I am sure that like me, you too must have asked around and have received a confusing medley of answers. While some believe that it is essential to start early, say just after the baby can sit or maybe even before that, others feel that it should not be done until the baby has a better understanding of certain concepts, and is ready for the change.
If you were to ask me, I would agree with the second group, as it would save you the hassle of getting into the potty training battle with your child. It is very important that your child is ready for the transition.
Also, toddlers are usually prone to view everything as a 'power struggle' so if you were to force something on them that they do not like, they may start acting like little rebels. The key here is not to make an issue out of the entire thing as it can backfire and you will have a worse situation at hand.
Most children show indications of being ready to stop using diapers when they can express it either verbally or non-verbally. Thus, it is essential to understand such signs and respond accordingly.
Explain why not using diapers is a good thing
It is also important that you make your child understand the need to use the toilet for all their elimination needs and make it sound as if it were a grown-up thing to do. This can help in some cases but it's probably best not to overuse the 'grown-up' or 'big boy/big girl' angle.
I say this from experience, as I used this line with my daughter who, after using the potty as a novelty for a few days, went back to her diapers as she did not want to 'grow up.'
This leads us to the second most important requirement in trying to get your child to stop using diapers.
Don't get frustrated — patience and consistence are important
All parents should understand that it is a time-consuming process, with many regressions that can often be frustrating. Some parents complain that their child who had been off diapers for several weeks went back to using them, leaving them frustrated.
So, the first point here is not to get frustrated but continue trying to train your child.
Secondly, ask yourself why the regression occurred.
Many times, the answer is because there still are diapers in the house. Many parents feel the need to have a few diapers at home for stepping out or 'regression days' and this may become the root cause of your child's 'attachment' to using diapers.
I know it is difficult but the best way to stop your child from using diapers is to get rid of all the diapers at home and make your home diaper-free. This way, you can be consistent in training your child to stop using diapers.
It may result in many accidents for a few days, which may cause more work for you but in the long run, but your child will eventually learn how to go to the toilet on his/her own.
Lastly, never use training pants to train your child as this may lead to more confusion and will not stop them from using diapers. A consistent potty training routine, along with lots of praise and encouragement, will surely help get your child to stop using diapers.
What did/are you doing to get your child to stop using diapers? Share your tips with us by leaving a comment below!