Sales on Potty-Training Pants in the Toilet

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Training pants sales are in the pooper. Credit: jenn_jenn, Flickr


The bottom has dropped out of training pants.

Blame the economy. It 's stinky. And so, apparently, are some children who are making uh-ohs in their britches without the benefit of a safety net.

That's because training pants have become something of a luxury.

A quick whiff of the industry shows there has been a 10 percent drop in the number of training pants sold during the 52 weeks ending June 13, the Associated Press reports. Meanwhile, the Centers for Disease Control report that births in the United States rose three percent in 2006 and one percent in 2007.

That means there are a lot of tykes making the move out of diapers, while parents are hoping their kids figure out how to use a potty pretty darn quickly.

It might be worth the gamble. Parents can pick up a new pair of underwear for about a dollar or two, but keeping a kid in disposable training pants can cost up to $90 a month.

Besides, training pants are not magical, said Dr. Edward R. Christopherson, a professor at the University of Missouri who studies potty-training issues. Christopherson said on BabyCenter that many parents still mistakenly think training pants are an essential part of potty training.

"Some parents think that just switching their child to training pants will result in a child who is toilet trained," he said. "Unfortunately, it's not that easy."

Disposable training pants do have an advantage over traditional underwear in daycare centers, he said. They don't have to be stored and turned back to the parents at the end of the day. No matter what children are wearing, Christopherson said, the important thing is to clean them up as soon as possible after they do their business.

"Toddlers can get diaper rash just as easily as infants if they aren't changed often enough," he said.

Diapers, training pants or Underoos, the call of nature cannot -- and should not -- be denied, said Dr. Steve Hodges, assistant professor of pediatric urology at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.

Hodges, talking to the Associated Press, said kids are more likely to empty their bladders if they're wearing training pants. And they should, he added.

"The big problem isn't potty training. The big problem is the emphasis we have on 'holding it'," he said.

That ought to be a load off kids' minds.

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.