Influential Pediatrician Thinks That Wearing Diapers At 4 Is OK, But Many Disagree With His Opinion

July 4, 2019

The invention of diapers was a great relief for parents with babies. However, there come a moment for a child to become accustomed to using a potty, controlling natural needs, and informing adults about this. So, at what age can you give up diapers?

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There are no clear deadlines for this. It all depends on the individual characteristics of the child and the parents’ patience. Adaptation to a potty can begin when a child is 18 months to 3 years old. Some need multiple explanations, while others immediately copy the behavior of older children. The main thing is to show no anger or frustration in the process of training.

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As a discussion on one forum shows, not every child can be out of diapers at ages 3-4:

Lauren Smith:

My son will be 4 this summer. He is still in diapers.

Katie Shanks:

My oldest is 4 and still in pull-ups. She is capable of using the bathroom, and does so at school, but refuses at home. Our pediatrician told us not to push it.

Taryn van der Merwe:

My son is 4 years in 6 months and still needs a nappy to poo and at night. He does not wear a nappy during the day and uses the toilet to wee, standing up when he needs to.

Renowned pediatrician, Dr. Yevhen Komarovkyy, believes that if a child needs to sleep in a diaper at 4-5, there is nothing wrong with this, and this up to the individual family to decide.

How can you discern when it's necessary to quit diapers? The answer is simple: only when you see that the child is ready for such a step.

Have you ever encountered a similar problem when your kids were growing up? What did you do to transition from diapers to potty? Share your experience since it may be helpful for others.

The material in this article is for informational purposes only and does not replace the advice of a certified specialist.