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Should I let my toddler wear pull-ups during the daytime or should they wear underwear only during potty training?

Hi everyone,

I am a first-time parent and my 2-year-old child is currently in the process of potty training. I am wondering whether I should let my child wear pull-ups during the daytime or if I should switch to underwear only.

My child has shown some progress in using the potty, but still has occasional accidents. I'm not sure if wearing pull-ups during the day will hinder their progress or if it's better to have some back up protection. On the other hand, I don't want my child to be too reliant on the pull-ups and delay the potty training process.

Any advice or personal experiences with this issue would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

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Hi all,

I had a similar situation with my child during potty training, and we decided to go with a hybrid approach - allowing our child to wear pull-ups during the daytime for outings and trips, but underwear during the day when at home.

This approach worked well for us as we found it was less stressful during outings where we wouldn't have access to a bathroom. The pull-ups gave us peace of mind that if our child couldn't make it to the bathroom in time, the pull-ups would absorb any messes. At home, however, our child wore only underwear to ensure that we were reinforcing the process of using the potty.

I think it's important to keep in mind that every child and family situation is different. Potty training is a transition that requires patience and creativity to arrive at a solution that works best for you and your child.

Best of luck!


Hi guys,

When we were potty training my child, we tried both methods of using pull-ups and underwear during the daytime, and we found that underwear was the most effective for my child's progress.

We started with pull-ups at first, but noticed that my child became too reliant on them and didn't communicate the need to go to the bathroom. Once we started using underwear, we found it was more effective in creating the association between having the feeling of needing to use the potty and communicating that need to us.

It's important to keep things consistent and stay positive throughout the potty training process. Be patient, allow plenty of time for your child to get used to the idea of using the potty, and don't get too focused on the outcome. Every child is different so, it's important to try different methods and see what works best for your family.

Best of luck in your potty training journey!


Hi there,

I went through the same dilemma when potty training my 2-year-old child. Initially, I started out with pull-ups during the daytime but found that it was not effective in helping my child make progress in recognizing the need to use the potty.

After consulting with our pediatrician, we decided to switch to underwear only and had some accidents in the beginning. However, the accidents helped our child understand the importance of using the potty and eventually, my child was able to go without any accidents during the daytime.

I think it's important to let your child feel the discomfort of having accidents in order to make the association that using the potty is important. However, every child is different and what worked for me might not work for you. It's worth trying out both methods to see what works best for your child.

Good luck with potty training!


Hi there,

I also faced this dilemma when potty training my child, but in my experience, using pull-ups during the daytime was helpful for my child's progress. My child was initially hesitant to use the potty and felt embarrassed after having any accidents.

Switching to pull-ups during the daytime allowed my child to feel more confident when wearing them and gave the additional sense of security in case an accident occurred. As time passed, we gradually transitioned to underwear during the daytime and my child has been fully potty trained for several months now.

In my opinion, it's important to create a comfortable and stress-free environment during potty training, and using pull-ups during the daytime can be a helpful tool in creating that environment. Every child is different, and it's important to evaluate what works best for your child.

Hope this information helps!

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