Disposable nappies provide a cheap and convenient solution for many parents and they are the number 1 nappy-option in the UK and North America. Here are my top tips to help ensure successful EC or potty training if disposables are your nappy of choice:
- Consider your options – often the more “eco-friendly” disposables feel a little wetter than the “ultra-dry” type and this can help maintain your baby’s awareness.
- If you notice a pee or poo, change the nappy as soon as possible. Aside from reducing the chance of nappy rash, doing so give your baby the opportunity to learn cause and effect and teaches him that being clean and dry is the norm.
- Try and build in nappy-off time (learn now here) so that your baby regularly experiences an alternative to wearing a nappy. This will help maintain awareness and its also good as a learning tool when you’re learning your baby’s signals and/or timing.
- Consider using some cloths (e.g. flannels or cloth wipes) inside the nappy as a way to maintain awareness of wet and also help the nappy last a little longer.1Just be sure to change them as soon as they are wet to avoid nappy rash.
- Offer your baby a potty at each nappy change, to give them opportunity to wee and/or poo outside of a nappy. This builds readiness skills for potty training.
- If you are potty training, you can ditch nappies completely from 18 months and go through a potty training process. Then you are done with nappies for good (yey!). Learn how here.
- Think of your disposable nappy as a “back-up” – i.e. consider that its not the only option for babies to pee and poo, they can use a potty or other receptacle instead.
- Consider switching to cloth at any time if you think it might work for you. There are many options available now including nappy hire so it doesn’t have to be as expensive as you might think.
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- This top tip was taken from the book EC Simplified by Andrea Olson.