Pull-Ups: Helpful or Hindrance?

Posted by Shawna Clark on August 10, 2015

I do not care what anyone says, potty training is not fun or easy! Of course, it is exciting when your little one makes the mark and leaves little mess behind, but more often than not, that is not the case.

I waited until I knew that my son was ready to start training. I watched for signs that he knew when his body was telling him that he had to go. I was told to just go for it instead of starting him on pull-ups but boy was I exhausted from cleaning up mess after mess, washing sheets daily and so I decided to give it a shot. My son is very smart and he knew that they were meant to be used for underwear yet they just became another diaper. He refused to use the potty, going instead in his pull-up. They came in handy for long car rides or places without a potty so I contributed to the dependence.

Then we began working on using underwear during the day and pull-ups at night. Unfortunately, he developed a fear of using the potty for anything other than peeing because it hurt him one time. No matter how hard I tried to help him overcome his fear, nothing worked. Not even bribery at its finest. I took them away from him and he held it for a few days so I had to give in and bought one more package. I did not want to cause him harm over something that he needed a little more time to conquer... fear.

Well, I ran out of money this month and was unable to purchase him any pull-ups. I could have borrowed the money of course, but I chose to just go with it and see what would happen. He held it for two days and when he could no longer hold it, went in his underwear. Thankfully it was not a feeling he enjoyed one bit. Victory! The journey was long and difficult but we made it.

The excitement and joy on his face was truly memorable. He was proud of himself just as I am proud of him for facing his fear and now another journey begins... preparing for preschool.

If anyone is on the fence about using pull-ups I would suggest not to because of how difficult a time we had and it only delayed the inevitable.