When our daughter was born, I was one of those parents who had the ambitious goal of potty training her before her second birthday. And then reality set in. Her second birthday passed, and although she was willing to sit patiently on her little pink potty, she was no closer to being diaper-free.
I try not to take it personally. It’s true that before 1950, most kids in the U.S. were toilet trained by 18 months. Even today, many children in Africa, Asia and Europe are trained before two years of age. Our own diapered diva is now almost two-and-a-half years old – 28 months to be exact – and I take solace in knowing that the average American child is close to their third birthday before they’re potty trained (39 months for boys and 35 months for girls).
And now, on the cusp of the New Year and her third birthday approaching in 2013, my focus on potty training will be reignited. Even more than my personal goal of losing 10 pounds, reading more, or watching less reality television, my biggest New Year’s resolution is to get our daughter out of diapers once and for all.
The first step in the process, oddly enough, starts with putting her in the right diapers. For us, those diapers are Huggies Pull-Ups Training Pants.
For my husband and me, the Pull-Ups are an easy transition from the Huggies Little Movers Slip-On diapers our little one already wears. Pull-Ups are exactly like the Slip-Ons – a once-piece design makes them easy to put on and the tear-away sides make them a cinch to take off. The main difference is in the three different types of Pull-Ups to make learning easier for kids.
There are “Learning Designs” Pull-Ups, which is what we got, with designs that fade when the diaper is wet (to help her learn by seeing). There’s “Cool Alert” Pull-Ups, which feel cold when the diaper is wet (to help her learn by feeling). And there’s “Night Time” Pull-Ups, which are extra absorbent for nighttime training. What I like about all three is how soft they are and how they are closer to underwear than diapers.What I also like about the Pull-Ups is that they come in different themes – for boys and for girls – to make it a little more fun for kids. For our daughter, we chose a package of Minnie Mouse and Cinderella-themed Pull-Ups – her two favorite characters!So far, our little one really seems to enjoy wearing the Pull-Ups. She caught on pretty quickly to the concept of checking the front to see if the design had faded, and seems to enjoy being involved in her potty-training process. (“I such a big girl!” she proudly exclaims.)
We bought our Pull-Ups at Walmart for less than $10 a pack. You can even get them online for just $8.97 for a pack of 26 (about 35 cents per diaper).
Will our little one be diaperless by her third birthday? I’m going to try my best to make that happen, even if it means pushing my resolution of watching less reality TV to the back burner. Ahh, the sacrifices we make for our children!
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