Typical age for a
child to go diaper-less doesn't happen until the child
is at least 2.5 years old.
This change is largely to do with lifestyle and technology.
For one, the advent of automatic washing machines removed
the need to hand-wash soiled nappies and thereby encouraged
mums to become dependant on machines to clean the pile
of cloth nappies. But the real culprit is the disposable
With the arrival and continuous improvement of the disposable
nappies, toilet training has been pushed to the back
burner because mothers unwittingly procrastinated training
since diapers were available, affordable and mess-free,
and definitely had an edge over hand-washing dirty linen.
Cloth nappies soon were viewed as unfashionable and
convenience loomed large as more women started to join
With the use of diapers, a new generation of babies
and toddlers emerged who did not have to feel wet or
uncomfortable enough to warrant early training. Nurseries
of today have been encouraged to remove the old policy
of permitting entry of children who are still in their
nappies, thereby contributing to the delay in toilet