You may understand the basics of how to potty train your daughter, but what may be a bit confusing for you is choosing the garments for her to use during the process. Your choices are basically narrowed down to three, which are cotton underwear, pull-up type disposable training pants and cloth training pants. You may wonder which one is right for your situation and your daughter. The following is an overview of the pros and cons for each option to help you decide which one will facilitate the most stress-free potty training.
When used to potty train your daughter, there are a few problems with the pull-up type, disposable potty training pants. The first thing is they are very expensive and sometimes inconvenient. You have to remember to buy them or face running to the store if you should run out unexpectedly. They are also hard on the environment as well and are filling up landfills at a rapid rate.
Before you embark on potty training a girl, a great way to help your daughter get excited about potty training is to introduce her to big girl underwear. Parents need to talk with their children about how wonderful it is to get to wear fun and comfy underwear instead of icky dirty diapers. Buy your daughter a package of cotton underwear with her favorite cartoon character or logo printed on them or let her pick out the kind she prefers. Talk about how she should try to keep the characters from getting wet or dirty.
Your daughter will still experience the uncomfortable feeling associated with elimination and will generally want to avoid that feeling in the future, when she starts to wear regular underwear. The great thing about regular underwear is that they are fairly inexpensive and reusable. They are also much easier for your daughter to pull up and down. However, a drawback with underwear is that in many cases, if your daughter has an accident, she will more than likely require an entire change of clothing; which creates a lot of extra laundry and may cause surfaces in your home to become stained.
More expensive than traditional underwear, cloth training pants are much less expensive than the pull-up disposable training pants. They are washable and reusable, so a soak in the washing machine will clean up any accidents that might happen. Additionally, they are thick enough to protect surfaces from leaks, but are thin enough that your child will still feel the uncomfortable sensation of wetting or soiling.
Whether you choose disposable training pants, cloth training pants or cotton underwear as you potty train your daughter, know that each option carries with it both good and bad points to consider. Knowing your family and your daughter best, you should know which choice will work well for you and her.