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Does anyone have a recommendation for washable-type nighttime
pull-ups for older kids? I have a potty trained 3 year old who
wears pull-ups at night, but rarely pees in them. I hate just
throwing those things out -- just environmentally as well as
economically, but I don't really know how often to re-use them
before it just starts getting gross.
I could try to train her to sleep through the night in undies.
But she's only been potty trained a few months and we just
started pre-school, so I hate to put pressure on her for another
And if I tried to put a big enough cloth diaper on her, I know
she would hate to have to wear one again after feeling like
a ''big girl'' for going on the potty now. So I'm just wondering
if those cloth diaper companies make a cloth big kid-type pull
up. Does anyone know or have any suggestions? Thanks
Hates pull-ups, but not ready to go without anything at night
Yes, mother-ease, a great diaper company makes what we called
practice underwear. That's what both our sons used at nighttime
at first. The company calls them training pants and you can
find them on their web site under ''other products''. I also
noticed they have a bedwetter pant, but that may be overkill.
We also used a wool sleeping pad under the sheet. Wool is
amazing. It protects the mattress and after a day of airing
out, the urine smell isn't detectable at all. You need to wash
it with a special cleaner, however, so you don't lose all the
congratulations on no more diapers!
mom of former practice underwear wearers
A couple suggestions...we have done both. You could continue to
use pull-ups and reuse if dry by keeping your child's underpants
on. This way, the pull-up is just a backup in case of an
accident. However, even this felt kind of wasteful to us
sometimes because invariably the pull-up would rip or something
when our daughters used the potty in the morning. You could also
try and make the cloth diapers appealing by having your child
choose the wrap she likes. This is what we do now (for both my 3
year old and 6 year old who is finally night-trained after weeks
of the alarm training and now only has occasional accidents.) We
still let them wear their underpants so they feel more like big
I am in the same boat. This weekend, we will try to put ''big boy underwear'' on our
son who is 2 1/2 and has been trained since he was 2. He rarely pees at night but
we wanted to keep the pee contained if he did. He's also never worn training
underwear, just regular briefs. So, we bought a full size waterproof mattress pad
that we use OVER his bottom sheet. We also bought this ''night time underwear''
from the same maker of Fuzzy Bunz: http://www.pottytrainingconcepts.com/
MOE_OU-z.html. Also, we bought one of each of these underwear that seemed
thicker than others: http://www.pottytrainingsolutions.com/shop/product_info.php?cPath=41&products_id=286, and http://www.pottytrainingsolutions.com/shop/product_info.php?cPath=41&products_id=331 .
I hope these help you! Good luck
I never tried these, but Babyworks sells something made by Nikky
(whose diaper covers we used a ton):
go to - Diapering - For Big kids - and see the Nikky All Night
pants. They aren't cheap...but they'd probably work well
- was in that boat too
A friend of mine had good success putting their kid first in
regular underwear, then the pull up over that. That way their
son felt cloth next to his skin as if he was not wearing a pull
up, but the pull up was there if he needed back up. Also, that
allowed them to re-use the pull up if it didn't get wet
Where (other then on-line) can one buy pull-up diapers in size
2T or smaller? Our local stores only carry Huggies in small
sizes and my daughter is allergic to them. I know Pampers even
make 1T. Has anyone seen them? Or am I the only one with such a
I would try Target, or if you're really desperate, look online.
My little one is entering the world of potty training and has
been cloth diapered her whole little life. Can other cloth
diapering parents recommend cloth potty trainers? Brand, style,
price, and where to buy (besides eBay) would be helpful. Also, I
am not sure if these work better by gender, but we have a girl
who is on the chunky(rather than slender) side of growth.
Finally, do you have recommendations for clothing brands that fit
over cloth butts at this age?
happily cloth diapering
My kids use cotton training pants by gerber--they're just like
underware but a little thicker in the crotch. Then we used nylon
pull up covers-- the pull ons by basic connection. These were
easy enough for my 2 year old to pull on and off by himself. They
come in varrious sizes up to 3t and 4t--it is best to get a bit
bigger because they shrink and if they're too fitted they're
tougher for little learners to pull off. Baby World on Telegraph
in Oakland stocks all of these things for a good price.
Tushies makes some AIO and stuff, but for the money--go for the
training pants and the nylon cover. They worked GREAT for us!
chrunchy cloth mama
We found a diaper service that does Gerbers cotton training
pants. I use them doubled up at home, and when we go out we use
one pair with Gerbers plastic pants, available on Amazon for a
fraction of what most baby stores charge (I think it was 6 pairs
for $8). The diaper service we are using is called Tiny Tots and
is out of San Jose, but they do service the East Bay. I tried
going with a Berkeley company but they were low on training pants
at the time. If you would rather use businesses closer to home,
you could call around and see who in the area does training pants
(and let me know!). We are doing EC, so my daughter is 19 months
and on the small side, but most of the training pants are size
3-4. We just fold the waistband over and they are fine for
smaller kids too. As for pants, I am a big fan of Gymboree
leggings - easy on and off and often go on sale online.
Yeah, it's hard to figure this out at first. You really don't
need much. Your diapers are fine. We all learned to use the
toilet way before pull-ups were invented. I think most people
start with the kid wearing nothing on the bottom at home. Still
wearing diapers while out, eating, sleeping etc. When your kid is
doing well you just move up to the training pants type of
underwear and bring lots of extra clothes.
As for clothes it's sweat pants- available in pleantiful colors
at any thrift store. you can get the next size up which will give
her pleanty of room and comfort and because of the band at the
bottom of the leg she won't trip. They really are the perfect
clothing for cloth-diaper kids.
Don't stess i know it's daunting but really all over the world
people potty train successfully without pull-ups and all the
other crap people buy here.
-aaarg to pull-ups
Years ago I used the Nicky overnight pants available from
They were much softer than paper pullups. I see they also have a daytime
The overnight pant took a long time to dry; I had 3 pairs, and would
first, then run them in the dryer with my subsequent loads of laundry.
took 3 dryer runs to get them dry.
another cloth diaper mama
My husband takes care of our 2-yr old while I work during the
day. About 3 mos ago, we switched her to pull-ups and put her on
the potty, and she would go. About 2 or 3 weeks ago, she started
refusing to even sit on the potty, and we don't want to force
her. My husband says he is tired of having to take off her
pants, shoes, etc just to put a new pull-up on her, so he wants
to put her back in diapers. She has a kind of foot/shoe
obsession so it is quite a struggle to get her shoes on and off,
depending on her preference at the time. I think putting her
back in diapers will only cause her ''regression'' to last longer
and will further discourage her from wanting to sit on the
potty. I should mention she has a 4 yr. old fully potty trained
sister and loves to be just like her (except when it comes to
the potty). Any advice?
- Cant wait to get rid of the changing table
Put her back in diapers. It is not that hard to take off (compared to a pull-up)
but certainly easier to get back on. IMHO, I think the whole idea that a pull-up
is like underwear doesn't make sense. If they can use it instead of a potty, it is
in essence the same thing as a diaper. Therefore, I don't see how that would be
My daughter potty trained from diapers to panties and really never used pull-
ups. Also, her pre-school asked that parents keep their kids in diapers while
potty-training for the very same reason as your husband points out. I think it is
a reasonable request to maintain your husband's sanity, too. Good luck!
My 19 mo. old son is becoming increasingly more difficult to
change. We've been using cloth diapers and then Tushies when we
go out for extended periods of time. Another mom with the same
problem suggested that I switch to pullups. My son has already
shown some interest in potty-training. So...Is there an eco
pullup diaper? A comfortable cloth alternative? It would be
great if we could find something to fold into the potty training
transition that's comfortable and even ''fun'' for him to wear
(unfortunately, I know that Elmo probably will not appear on an
eco alternatives). Help!
There are cloth pullups. For example, Gerber makes them. You
can find them in 2nd hand places, or new in baby stores or at
Target. They come in differnt sizes. ABC diaper service rents
and washes them, too, just as they do diapers, but only size T3,
which turned out to be too small for my daughter (14 months, but
very big). You could use them together with some wool or plastic
pullup style cover to be on the save side in public.
Another alternative I use a lot is to have a wide elastic band (1
inch or so, like the ones for tradional style male underwear)
around my daughters waist to hold the cloth diapers.
It just stays in place all day and makes diapering with a moving
baby a lot easier, because it holds already w/o the cover and you
don't have to start over when the baby moves away in the middle
of the process.
We change her standing up, not really undressing her. We just
pull down pants and cover, put the diaper in place and under the
elastic band (3 fold, spread around the bottom once it's already
hold by the elastic), and pull everything back up. What used to
be a big deal can now be done in 5 seconds.
This also makes it easy to give your toddler the opportunity to
try the potty, and he may be able to do the pull-down and up on
his own soon (an be proud of it). Wide cotton pants with just
elastic are much more convenient for both toddler and parent than
tight jeans with zipper and bottom. And I believe that making it
as simple as possible helps the potty learning a lot.
At home we dropped the cover, have her with a diaper hold by the
elastic band and no pants. We change as soon as she pees, and we
switch her on the potty if we notice quickly enough (this almost
always worked for poop, and now she hasn't pooped in a diaper at
home for months and outside the house only once in a while.)
My mother gave me the advice to carry the potty around in the
house, or have two of them, rather than expecting the baby to
search for the potty when in need. This created a funny image in
my mind, of my mother running after us with a potty in her hand,
but it was very helpful advice.
Good luck with the potty learing, ''Once upon a potty'' is a great
Our 3.5-year-old daughter has been potty trained during the day for six
months now, but is in pull-ups at night. We have been continuing to use the
diaper pail for the pull-ups, but in thinking about the fact that she may use
pull-ups for quite a while to come (she sleeps like a log at night) I am
wondering what others do about disposal of pull-ups. Do you still use a
diaper pail? I'd love to be able to get rid of it, but don't know what an easy
(mornings are kind of a rush) solution would be (though will undoubtedly
say, ''of course!'' when reading your advice!). Thanks.
My daughter is still in night diapers too and I know how little things can
make a big difference-- I can't stand the smell of the dirty diapers in the
house anymore so I toss the night diaper on my way out of the house in the
morning. This works If your outdoor garbage can is semi-close to your
out the door. My hands are full sometimes with 3 different bags/packs to go
different places and a sippy cup and a dirty diaper, but usually they end
up in their appropriate places (though once the diaper made it into work
with me!). One fun option it to arrange your garbage can (or recycling
container-but don't forget to put the diaper in the trash later!) so you can
throw the dirty diaper into it from your porch/door. I'm getting pretty
good and now my daughter routinely asks when I step back inside ''Did you
make a basket?''
We put wet pull-ups in the bathroom garbage, and empty it once or twice a
week. Sometimes it starts to really reek of urine and then just empty the
I was also anxious to get rid of our diaper genie, so we just started
throwing the pull-ups in the kitchen garbage can. This worked for us since
our son was only wetting in his pull-ups and therefore they weren't much
smellier than most of our food scraps. Having said that, it still motivated
us to take out the kitchen garbage more frequently, which wasn't a bad
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