And lo, the underwear, it did burn him.
Mr. Pants thinks underwear is for hats only. Even though he gets it that Mommy and Daddy wear underpants (in the, you know, “traditional” sense), and even though he has books that tell him that “Underpants r awesome! Moar underpants pls kthxbai!”, he is still deliriously unhappy if we put underpants on him. Like, falling-on-the-floor-wailing-screeching-and-scrabbling unhappy. There are tears. Like the world will end if he wears those underpants for 30 more seconds.
Like the awesome parents we are, we tricked Kale into wearing underpants over his diaper and under his jammies last night by installing the underpants into the jammie bottoms and then putting those on him. After some prancing and general happiness about wearing our jammies (oh man do we love jammies), we then let him know he was wearing underpants and suggested he pull down his jammies to “check and see”. When he spied them, we were quick to tell him how awesome they were, what a good boy he was, how cool he was to be wearing underpants, and so forth. He wasn’t pleased at first, but after a few more (ultra fun!) “check and see”s, he was okay to have the underpants remain on him.
I should back up here. We’re starting potty training, although I can’t stand the word “training” when it’s partnered with “potty” or “toilet” because I don’t really think it’s “training” per se. It’s learning about your body, in my books, and Kale’s understanding of when he needs to pee and poop isn’t a skill I want to drill into him, it’s something I’d like to see come as naturally as possible. We have the ability to make peeing and pooping a non-event – I’d really prefer for there not to be control issues around it and for it to just be yet another part of life.
To that end, I want Kale to wear underpants so that he can wear underpants while we are home so that pottying is easier. I love the cloth diapers but they are hard to get off quickly so we need to move to underpants at home for easier pottying. Once we have at home mastered, we’ll start heading out in underpants and from there, hopefully, just ease out of diapers entirely.
But unfortunately, Kale thinks underpants are the devil’s work. When he wears them he says he doesn’t like them and begs for them to be off. I’m stumped about how to make the underpants less crappy (no pun intended, okay, maybe a little). I will not buy underpants with licensed characters on it – I just won’t bend on that one. But I’d love to hear any advice you might have about how to encourage Mr. Pants that underwear = good, diapers = bad.