So what’s the deal with the claim that using cloth diapers during infancy can help a toddler potty-train more easily?
It’s (mostly) true!
Disposable diapers and some modern cloth diapers—including our GroVia Stay-Dry Soaker Pads—pull moisture away from the skin to keep babies comfortable after they have used their diapers. This can certainly have its advantages, and there’s a reason we offer Stay-Dry products! When my own babies are going to be in the car or in a busy situation, I like to use Stay-Dry Soaker Pads.
But natural fibers like organic cotton don’t do this. When your baby uses his diaper, it feels wet.
Why is this a good thing? Because your baby can learn, from a very early age, to connect the sensation of a full bladder to the soon-to-follow sensation of wetness in his diaper. And if this sensation is uncomfortable to him, he will cry, you will change him, and his preference for a dry bottom is reinforced. Guess what! Making that ‘potty-awareness’ connection is half the work of potty-learning right there! Continue reading