Diaper changing tends to be the most maligned part of parenting small children. The sooner they are out diapers, the better, most people seem to think.
But I have been more than happy to have two in diapers for the last six months (and with my first two, I had a four month overlap).
Here’s why I am happy to change two little bottoms for a while:
- Less chance of regression.
Lots of toddlers seem to regress after a baby is born and their whole world is turned upside down. I’d rather wait and do it once.
- I’m great at changing diapers.
Five years into parenting, I can change a diaper blindfolded! It’s no big deal to add a few extra to my daily changing tally.
- I like to be less sleep deprived when I do it.
Waiting a few more months means I’m better rested and more patient with the inevitable accidents. And let’s be honest, potty training does require some patience.
- Diapers are so convenient!
No rushing to a bathroom in the middle of a nursing session or when you’ve got a full grocery cart – I can wait until I’m ready to change a diaper without dealing with an accident. When I have a new baby, I’m all about convenience and this is an easy place to get it.
- An excuse to let my toddler be my baby a little longer.
I’m in no hurry to make my babies grow up and if they want to wear a diaper a little longer? No problem!
- Older children are usually easier to train.
I’d rather wait until they’re old enough to get the hang of it pretty fast and be able to manage the toilet with the help of a potty seat.
Don’t feel rushed about potty-training – you have plenty of time to do it and having two in diapers won’t make your life harder!