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I've heard that cloth diapers encourage a child to not soil themselves, as they are less comfortable than disposable diapers, and that this leads to being potty trained quicker. Is this true?

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    Does this mean faster potty once training starts or rather potty training can start earlier? Or are you not sure which they meant :) – Acire Feb 22 '16 at 17:46
  • The one that I care about most is the age at what age the child is fully potty trained. – Chris Morris Feb 24 '16 at 3:19
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As a mother of three (for 20 years) and daycare provider for over 10 years here is the best way that I can answer this, and any other potty training/diaper question.

Potty training has NOTHING to do with diapers, cloth or disposable. Potty training is about your individual child's readiness and consistent parental guidance.

I've seen so many different styles of potty training that what I have learned is there is only one truly effective way to make potty training non-dramatic and do-able. You wait till THE CHILD IS READY and then COMMIT TO THE PROCESS. No diapers, no pull-ups, no drama. You stay home for a long weekend and potty train your child when he/she shows the signs of being ready.

So, to answer your questions more definitely, use which ever type of diapering option works best for you and your family. Not because it might help potty training later...which wont even happen for 2-3 years anyway :)

I hope this helps. Have a great day!! DTRoman-Daycare Provider

  • Absolutely true! I cloth diapered two of my three boys and they all trained at different ages. It has nothing to do with the diapers, except, that at the right time, you quit using them altogether. – Jax Feb 22 '16 at 17:17
  • Agreed - we tried the cloth thing and I strongly side with disposable unless you have zero gag reflex and don't mind washing feces off every diaper every change. They do not sit well waiting for the next load of laundry, and you will need a ton of them. Very expensive. In the end, they were both potty trained just before turning 3. Lot of hype in my opinion – Kai Qing Feb 22 '16 at 23:44
  • Hi Dejah. I have actually read things that conflict a bit with what you said regarding potty training age: "Until the mid-1900s, the vast majority of babies finished toilet training by 2 years, and achieved nighttime dryness by 3 years." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toilet_training. This makes me think that either the change in diapers or the change in approach (or some other factor) has led to the increase in time till a child is fully potty trained. Also, I believe that the US has a higher average age of being fully potty trained than some other countries. Any thoughts? – Chris Morris Feb 24 '16 at 16:01
  • I think it comes down to the individual child and family approach. I've been in the childcare business for over 10 years and have seen so many different approaches. I saw the most when I worked in a daycare center with 4's & 5's and found it a bit alarming at how many of them still had accidents. Also, if I recall, in the mid 1900's moms were still mostly staying home with their children during this time. Now we want to live busy lives and potty train in between, that's a lot of stress on everyone. I blame it on pull ups, ya, they're a waste of money and confuse the child. Just my opinion. – Dejah Roman Feb 24 '16 at 17:11
  • @ChrisMorris: The literature I have read about the topic (mostly the work of the swiss kids doctor Remo H. Largo) basically comes to the same conclusion than Dejah. It is all about when the kid is ready for it, which is not only a psychological, but also a simple body phenomenon. However, IIRC Largo also "acknowleges" that with strong will on the side of the kid (caused by strict training and fear of consequences) the kid can be able to stay dry even before that (but in a very stressful manner). – Daniel Mar 3 '16 at 23:03

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