Are Potty Training Underwear a Big Deal?

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  How important is Potty Training Underwear?

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Are underwear important when starting potty training?  YES!  Finding the right underwear that excites your child is one of the most important items to get before starting the process.

When I first started the The Potty Fairy, I made “special” homemade Potty Fairy underwear for friends who were potty training their child, thinking this would be a motivational and fun thing for toddlers when potty training.  It did seem to help! Some people even go so far and tell their children that their underwear are magical!

Later on, I purchased training pants” type underwear and placed a PF on them.  I just assumed one should use potty training underwear when potty training. But, recently I have learned that it is advised that children who are potty training should wear regular underwear. So we have made regular underwear for girls and a boys that have a PF stamped on the rear of the underwear to align with the story.  ( as pictured in this blog post)

I have learned that children love to pick out their very own special potty training underwear and often times pick-out a pair that have a special design or character that they can relates to.   Besides a potty chair, potty training underwear is the most important things to purchase prior to beginning the potty training process. 

We all like choices and this fact includes little children.  Choices make us feel motivated and positive about anything that we are getting involved with.  When we are preparing to do something challenging, choices helps us feel in control and in charge.  Giving your child the choice on what potty training underwear to select will provide that opportunity for your child and will give them some “buy-in” to start the potty training journey.  Bring them shopping and it makes it a special day,  as together you get what you need for potty training including special underwear. This will be motivating for your child. 

Of course, you will want to have your child select underwear that you believe is a quality and a type of underwear that you believe will work best for your child.  Let them select from the ones that you approve prior to shopping and guide them through the process. 

Avoid diaper like training pants as a child will think they can continue to use them as a diaper! Pull-ups are not helpful in potty training as if the child has an accident, the pull-up does not make the child feel wet and your child will not feel the consequences of having an accident.  For people who prefer the training pant style underwear,  there are training pants that are designed so that the child will feel wet and uncomfortable but will guard the child’s clothing from getting wet.

In the beginning stages of potty training you will want to let your child wear their new underwear when at home.   When your child wears their underwear, they will see that when they have have an accident, their underwear will get wet,  and their clothing will need to be changed.  It is a process that helps them to understand, if they want to stay dry, they need to get to the bathroom before an accident occurs.  When just beginning to potty train, some suggest putting on a diaper or thick training pants when leaving home, until your child is staying drying and using the bathroom regularly.  Shorter trips out, helps them practice staying dry when not at home. 

Training pants are different from regular underwear as they are a bit thicker and will help in case of an accident. If you decide you want to use training pants, the cloth cotton training pants are thicker than regular underwear or panties and there is extra padding in the crotch area where an accident may occur.  They come in:

  • a variety of colors and designs for boys and girls.
  • a variety of sizes. 
  • very easy to pull up and down for potty training.

In addition, waterproof pull-on pants can be purchased to put over the cloth underwear in case of an accident. The waterproof pull-on pants will help protect your furniture and floors from getting wet when they do have an accident. The waterproof pull-on pants will protect should the child have an accident while on an outing, as well as during the daytime.

boy underwearThere are also training pants with a “pocket” opening so that you can add additional material to add additional absorbency for overnight or if traveling.  Parents have told me that they believe that their child was more apt to wet their pants as they felt like diapers when using this type of underpants.

One mom even told me that her child did not train using “tighty whities” underwear and she felt that this style was too much like a diaper for her child.  She struggled potty training her son when using “tighty whities”  and when she put him in boxer underwear he trained quickly as there was no room for error.

Many people have concluded that training pants need to be much like real underwear in order for proper potty training to happen.  This means your child should be able to pull them up and down easily.  Get the cutest underwear that you can find with your child so they will want to wear them and will not want to mess them up.  Consider getting a pair that is one size up from your child’s typical size is very helpful when potty training very easy of pulling up and down.

Many daycares are recommending to parents to go straight to regular underwear when you are ready to potty train.  Just remember that underwear is a BIG deal to a child and you want to let them pick them out.

In “The Potty Fairy” story, the potty fairies deliver the underwear at night, underwear that the Potty Fairy has stamped in the rear and leave them on the bed for the child to find in the morning.  This concept adds some imaginative play to the process and excitement! We all love special deliveries!IMG_7157- front cover of bookThe Potty Fairy

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