Diapers are a necessity for babies and toddlers, but at what age do kids stop wearing diapers? Many factors can be attributed to this decision. Some kids outgrow their need for diapers earlier than others. Some are potty trained at an early age, while others take longer or have difficulty with the process.
Many kids will probably still wear diapers overnight until they are ready to give up naps as well. It’s essential to keep in mind that there is no set timeline for potty training. So don’t get discouraged if your child isn’t following the same path as other children of similar ages.
Understanding Developmental Readiness
The first step towards potty training is to have a firm understanding of developmental readiness. The concept of “readiness” can be broken down into three major areas: physical, cognitive, and emotional/social. Each child will mature at different rates in each room. But generally, if all three are present, you’re ready to move on towards the next steps.
1. Physical Development
Physical development refers to the control over bladder and bowel muscles and other small motor skills such as hand-eye coordination and manual dexterity. Readiness for this typically occurs around 18 months old (give or take). Toilet learning readiness increases at this age due to increased muscular strength, improved fine motor control, and greater mobility.
2. Cognitive Development
Cognitive development is the ability to understand cause and effect. It is an essential step in readiness because it demonstrates that the child will understand certain concepts such as “I have to go potty” or “potty time.” Most children are developmentally ready cognitively around age 1 ½.
3. Emotional Development
Emotional/social development involves the ability to form attachments with others, both peers and adults, which makes toilet learning fun instead of scary. Having a positive attitude about toileting allows for success in this area! Successful training typically occurs after two years old when fewer significant changes occur in your child’s life.
Your child’s health can also play a role. Frequent urinary tract infections sometimes cause temporary setbacks. If your child is ill, hold off on potty training until they seem back to normal.
Make The Switch Gradual
There are plenty of different approaches to potty training, and no one method is suitable for every child. Parents who plan on using diapers throughout their kids’ childhood should not force potty training. It will only turn it into a power struggle and make the process even longer and more frustrating.
On the flip side, parents of children showing readiness signs such as staying dry through nap time or communicating that they need to use the bathroom should still wait until they’re ready before beginning full-fledged potty training.
Even if a child can stay dry all day, there’s still a chance of accidents during sleep, outings, and other circumstances involving stress or excitement (such as eating at restaurants).
Signs To Start Potty Training
When your child is ready for potty training, they will show the following signs:
- They know when his bladder is full and can tell you before it’s too late.
- They feel uncomfortable if they have a bowel movement in his diaper, even after a bath or shower.
- They will stand still for a few minutes when they need to have a bowel movement. Also, they may even have occasional dry diapers.
- If going poop makes your child uncomfortable, they will let you know by pulling on the pants, squatting, or quickly moving away from where they have been sitting or playing. They might point to his bottom or say that something doesn’t feel right with it. If you see them squat, they probably have a bowel movement.
- They will let you know when to go and then stop playing and stand still or squats. Also, your kid may say something like, “I need the potty!”
If your child shows some of these signs, start by offering them choices. For example, if they’re old enough to understand, you could say: “Do you want to wear your diaper or use the potty?” If your kid chooses the potty but isn’t quite ready yet, don’t force it. Put on a diaper and try again in an hour or two. And remember that there is no as such average age for kids to get toilet trained!
Getting Rid of Diapers
There is no rush to get your child into diapers. If you start to potty train and then decide that they are not ready, back up a step and let them go diaper-free in the area where they sleep or play.
Don’t make a big deal out of it if your preschooler uses a diaper for his bowel movements while going potty at other times. They may want to use a diaper because they haven’t yet developed complete control over when they have bowel movements. In time, this will get better.
Potty Training Kids: Help For Parents On The Go!
If you frequently travel with your children, then you know the hassles that come with diaper changes on the go. Potty training pants not only cut down on some of those inconveniences but also make it easier for kids to get used to the sensation of wetness and allow them more independence while traveling. They help a lot in the early potty training journey.
- They are the next step after your child is dehydrated instead of in need of a diaper change.
- Some parents start with reusable, waterproof underpants once they’re confident that their child will stay dry for at least two hours (like overnight or while napping).
- Other parents prefer to use disposable diapers like pull-ups because there’s less mess, and it’s easier to know when accidents happen.
- Plus, the older your child gets, the more they’ll want independence and privacy, so having pulled-up pants or a grown-up type diaper may be just what they want.
Try Napppy Pants
Our pants are similar to regular diapers, except they look more like underwear. They have elastic around the waist and legs, unlike diapers that fasten with tabs or Velcro. You may see them referred to as “pull-ups” as well.
Training pants come in sizes from slim fit, which can fit babies up until toddlers. Up through pull-up styles made for older children who need a little more convenience when learning to use the bathroom. Our pants are exceptional for daytime potty training and won’t cause a diaper rash.
How Long Will It Take To Get My Child Trained?
It depends on readiness. Keep in mind that less than half of all kids are fully trained by age three! Some children take just a few weeks, while others master the task over several months (or even years!). Most children can master bowel control before they master bladder control. So don’t be surprised if your child is dry during naps and at night before they have any daytime accidents.
- Look for lots of interest and enthusiasm. Continuing to stay interested in using the potty and staying dry will make your child want to keep doing these things!
- If your child seems afraid of or uncomfortable using the toilet, you might push them too fast. Allow continuing to wear diapers until they’re more comfortable with the idea.
- It is also important to remember that it takes time for children’s bodies to adjust from diapers to underpants. Many kids feel insecure about going “number two” in undies because it feels weird not having a diaper on.
For all these reasons using training pants during toilet training is recommended because they provide better protection than regular underwear and help ease the transition into using real underpants.
We hope this article has helped you better understand what to expect at different stages of your baby’s development and how long they will continue wearing diapers. If you have any questions about the process or need more information on diapers to pants transition, don’t hesitate to contact us! Also, if you think it might be time to move away from diapers, talk with a child’s pediatrician about when the right time would be for your little one!