Maria Smith of Baby Fresh USA, a producer of wipes, was quoted in The Wall Street Journal May 4th 1993 as saying:
"The products [wipes] are also benefiting from the fact that children now wear diapers until they are 36 to 42 months old, some six months longer than when Baby Fresh was introduced 16 years ago (in 1977)."
"In 1957, 92 percent of children were toilet-trained by the age of 18 months, studies found. Today the figure for 2-year-olds is just 4 percent, according to a large-scale Philadelphia study. Only 60 percent of children have achieved mastery of the toilet by 36 months, the study found, and 2 percent remain untrained at the age of 4 years."
On average your child in cloth diapers will potty train 6 months to a year earlier. Why? One of the main reasons is the absorbance rate. It might sound strange but disposable diapers are actually too-dry, they never give the child the chance to understand what is happening with their body.
Associating the physical sensation of urination with the wetness afterwards is crucial to potty training. While disposables wick the wetness away, cloth diapers soak up the wetness. The sensation can still be felt. The result is that children in cloth diapers are changed more often than there disposable counterparts, who end up sitting in there own waste for longer periods. Another positive side to being changed more often is that potty training happens much sooner.
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