Summer is approaching, do you want to take off your baby's diapers or not?

May 11, 2023

As the weather heats up and summer is not far away, the question of whether to take off diapers for babies has become a concern for some moms and dads. My advice is that when the weather is hot, we can take off the diapers if we are at home, but if we are going out and playing and sleeping, it is better to put the diapers on again.

Generally speaking, babies usually do not have control over their bowel movements until they are about 3 years old and will tell their mothers "I want to pee". For babies before one and a half years old, because the baby's brain function is not yet perfect, the inhibition ability of the basic urination center is weak, and the urethral sphincter and anal sphincter muscles that control urination and defecation are not yet mature, so they can't control urination and defecation yet. Even if you don't give your baby diapers, he still has to pee, which is determined by his physical development.

Many childcare experts say that if you are successful in urinating your baby, it is not because your baby is holding the urine, but because you have found the right time for your baby to urinate, such as after drinking milk or waking up from sleep. If the elders of the family want to make the baby learn to control urination and defecation early, the chances of success are not very high.


Mom: Will diapers affect my baby's ability to hold his urine when he wants to pee?

Answer: It will have an effect on the older babies who can be trained to defecate after one and a half years old. But as your baby grows up, he or she will find it uncomfortable to pull on the wetness of the pants. With careful guidance from adults, your baby may learn to hold the urine and go to a designated place for convenience.

If your baby is already older and still wears diapers around the clock, he or she may learn to hold his or her urine later than a baby who does not wear diapers. It is recommended that you use diapers as much as possible before the age of one and a half, especially before the age of one, so that your baby can urinate and defecate as he or she wishes without causing a psychological burden.

After one and a half years of age, you can try to remove the diapers during the day and train your child to urinate in the potty or toilet, but you still need to use diapers at night.

Some parents start waking their children up at night to put them in diapers after they are one year old. This can break the child's continuous sleep and prevent them from entering the deep sleep stage soon in the second half of the night, resulting in a shortened deep sleep time and affecting the secretion of growth hormone and melatonin, which in turn affects the child's growth and development.



To sum up:
1. To ensure the baby's sleep, the mother can use diapers for the baby instead of training the child to urinate too early.
It is not advisable to train the child to urinate too early, but to have a process. When your child can clearly express the need to urinate, then you can consider gradually stop using diapers and toilet training your baby.

2. When your baby has the ability to distinguish, you can potty train your baby. Specifically, if your baby can distinguish whether his diaper is wet or not, or if he wants to go to the toilet on his own initiative, when the interval between diapers reaches 2~3 hours, then you can toilet train your baby.

Generally babies will have these reactions when they are 18~24 months old. 3 years old and still using diapers? There is no need to rush, this is normal, the age range of babies suitable for potty training is from 12 months to about 3 weeks old, if your baby is 2.5 or 3 years old and still needs diapers or diapers, this is also normal, moms don't need to be too anxious.




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