Potty Training With Superbottoms Cloth Diapers
My daughter Karma is 2.5 years old and we started potty training her recently. Each family under takes this step at a stage that suits them best. Some parents start potty training before the age of one and some wait till their child is a toddler. We decided to wait till Karma is old enough to understand the process. If your toddler has always been in disposable diapers and you want to start potty training, then this post is for you. I will explain our logic of why we transitioned to cloth diapers first, list down the process we followed and some handy tips to introduce potty training. I used Superbottoms cloth diapers and you can read why they worked well for us.
The WET Logic
Karma has been in disposable diapers since she was born. So she never made the connection between pee-pee and wetness. Hence, to start her potty training in an easy manner and introduce, I decided to shift to cloth diapers to familiarise her with the process. Cloth diapers are not as dry as disposables but are dry enough for kids to be comfortable in them. So a child used to disposable diapers will notice the difference soon and learn. Therefore, I could make her understand the connection without dealing with the mess of pee all over the floor. So we really took it step by step but I feel that it made potty training just another fun new thing to learn versus something new and scary. We chose Superbottoms cloth diapers based on the positive feedback I got from my cloth diapering friends.
Superbottoms Plus Diapers
- We used Superbottoms Plus for heavy absorbency since Karma drinks a lot of fluids a day and we wanted something that can hold well. This has 8 levels of bamboo cotton absorbency and is great for heavy wetting babies or toddlers.
- Superbottoms is India’s 1st Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC), USA tested & Compliant cloth diaper brand. I really found the diaper quality top notch.
- It’s not always easy to get a disposable diaper child to switch to cloth diaper but the attractive design really appealed to Karma. We got the Indian Motifs print and Karma calls it her animals diaper. 🙂
- It comes with an attached soaker and an additional soaker that be attached easily for nights. You can also place any soaker in the back pocket. Karma slept comfortably at night with 2 soakers in place.
- The soakers are really soft and were very gentle on Karma’s skin. There are only a couple of diaper brands that can be used on her since she feels itchy. But she had no problems with Superbottoms.
- The size is easily adjustable and you can even remove it like training pants. The elastics are very soft and don’t dig into the skin.
- They’re very comfortable in hot and humid climates too. I was a bit worried about how Karma would feel when humid summers set in Mumbai but she stayed quite cool in these.
- You can even order their wet bags that are great to carry soiled diapers in when you are out or traveling. One can hold multiple diapers or inserts.
Potty Training – The Easy Way
1. If your toddler is used to disposable diapers, then I recommend shifting to cloth diapers first instead of removing diapers altogether in one go. It will make them realise what happens when they pee without the trauma or mess. Just having pee all down their legs and floor can put some toddlers off potty training if they have no concept of wetness before.
2. Let them go about their daily routine in cloth diapers without trying to explain or impose anything. Wait for your child to come to you or if you see the diaper is full, gently ask them – Is it wet? Did you do pee-pee?. Introduce statements like – See it’s wet. When you do pee-pee, it becomes wet. This is to make them understand the connection. It’s the same way you teach alphabets or numbers.
3. Stick to the terminology you use and don’t mix it up. Whether you use pee-pee, wee-wee, su-su or just plain ‘go to the bathroom‘; use that term every time. That way your toddler knows what you are referring to. In our house, it’s pee-pee and poo-poo. 😉
4. Keep the potty seat visible and let them know what it’s for. Whether you are using a portable potty seat or a potty chair, let your toddler get familiar with it. Make him/her sit on it just for kicks. Don’t force them to pee or poop in it.
5. Next time your toddler comes to you and says wet or pee pee after they can feel the wetness in their diaper, take the diaper off and make them sit on the potty. Tell them the next time they want to pee-pee, they should do it here. Build this connection a few times.
6. Don’t show any signs of upset or anger during accidents. They will happen. We had accidents a few times when Karma told us she wanted to pee and it happened before we made it to the potty. But accidents would upset her. So we told her – It’s okay! It’s good you told mama papa. As they start understanding wetness, they will realise they wanna pee and come and tell you. But in the beginning, that realisation might come when they can’t hold their pee any longer. So commend the progress of coming and telling you. And let the accidents be.
7. Watch out for signs – If you see them clutching their diaper or stand in a corner trying to push, ask if they wanna go. Don’t rush or force. Karma learned pee-pee in the potty seat way faster that poo-poo. And that’s okay! Forcing or rushing to the loo might make them feel they screwed up and we don’t want that. It’s just potty-training. There is no hurry!
8. Make a routine – Pee-pee time. Pull down diapers instead of unbuttoning. Sit on potty and wait. Wash & Clean. Flush. Wash hands. The routine will make it one big activity that they want to try out. Karma loves ‘washy washy’ and then standing on a stool and washing her hands with soap. That part made her eager to learn how to pee pee on the pot.
9. We are now at the stage where Karma is still wearing her diaper but tells us when she wants to pee. Now, our focus is on poo-poo training and the same rules apply. We have added reading a book while she tries to poo-poo on the potty. That also means, Karma sometimes just says poo-poo because she wants to sing nursery rhymes from one of her favourite books… LOL! But it’s working.
10. Soon, we will be removing the diaper altogether and moving to training pants. They don’t hold the pee and drips will happen. But Karma is 70% trained now so it won’t be a shock to her.
Yes, we had accidents and made some messes. But overall, potty training wasn’t tough on Karma. Some people recommend just removing diapers altogether and that approach is fine too. We did try it with her a few times before but maybe she wasn’t ready then or she got upset when she saw the mess… It essentially didn’t work for us. Having said that, I have seen it work on other kids. But if your child is like mine, then try this approach where we ease into it by making the child understand how to pee and poop.
Wish you guys all the best! Hope this works for you! If you have any questions or doubts, feel free to contact us.