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Rubber Underwear for Potty Training

by Dan Ketchum

From cushions to toilet targets, parents have a toolbox of potty-training accessories to choose from. Among those options, rubber underwear -- a supplement to training diapers or cotton undies -- can help your child during his transition to the toilet. These potty accessories come from a variety of manufacturers, so consult the label for proper use.

Characteristics and Use

Typically, “rubber” underwear products are made of vinyl, often polyethylene vinyl acetate, a chlorine-free alternative to PVC (polyvinyl chloride). Some feature cotton or polyester linings with 100 percent vinyl outer coverings, while others are made of polyuerethane laminated fabric. Most types come in regular toddler underwear sizes and have elastic waist and leg openings. Training toddlers wear these undergarments, which usually pull right over without any additional fastening, outside of their training pants.

Potential Benefits

Rubber underwear helps prevent leaks during potty-training. Outer training pants might also make accidents more noticeable to toddlers, encouraging them to make it to the potty on time. These products offer a green alternative to disposable diapers because they are washable and re-usable, and kids might appreciate the colorful designs offered by various brands of potty-training pants. Some public pools require children under a certain age to wear protective underwear such as this while swimming.

Potential Drawbacks

Because vinyl- and plastic-based training undergarments are made of a variety of different materials, some children might experience a reaction or skin irritation, especially in products that contain chlorine. While these undies are usually machine-washable, they typically must be air-dried.

Cost and Considerations

As of 2012, waterproof trainers run from about $5 to $12 for a two-pack of pants. Baby and toddler specialty stores and online retailers sell these items. Remember, rubber training pants aren't an elixir -- clinical psychologist Edward Christophersen tells the website BabyCenter that most children continue to have accidents for four to six months after they've been potty-trained.

About the Author

Dan Ketchum has been a professional writer since 2003, with work appearing online and offline in Word Riot, Bazooka Magazine, Anemone Sidecar, Trails and more. Dan's diverse professional background spans from costume design and screenwriting to mixology, manual labor and video game industry publicity.

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