9.16.2013

Cloth Training Pants: The best and the worst.

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Just because we're potty training, doesn't mean the cloth diaper addiction ends! I used potty training as an excuse to try a variety of training pants. I'll give a full run down of all the trainers we tried, complete with details, but here's a brief summary of my favorites.

Naps: Bummis Potty Pant, Best Bottom, or Flip
Errands: Flip, Best Bottom, or Bummis Potty Pant
At home: Blueberry or Bummis Potty Pant (when not naked or in regular underwear)
Preschool: Bummis Potty Pant

Read below for complete details on the trainers we've tried!







Bummis Potty Pant
Cost: $15.95
Features: 
  • Pull-up style
  • Cotton layer to feel wetness
  • PUL outer
  • Looks like underwear, 
  • Sized
I love this trainer! It is one of the favorites we have tried. They fit my toddler great, like underwear, and are very trim under clothing. With accidents, the trainer holds in all the wetness without leaks, but the cotton inside allows for my toddler to feel the wetness. We have successfully used this trainer for outings and naptime. I just invested in a few more of these for preschool this fall.

While I was bummed that this didn't have a snap feature for accidents, it hasn't been a big issue. I do wish there was a wider variety of colors and prints. This trainer only comes in two prints, blue or green dots, or solid white. For a full review, click here.

GroVia My Choice Trainer
Cost: $18.99
Features:
  • Pull-up style
  • Side snaps
  • Pocket to adjust absorbency
  • One-size
  • TPU outer
  • Polyester inner to feel wetness 
I wanted to love this trainer. I love trim it is and the pull-up style with snaps was a big plus when I was choosing trainers to try. Unfortunately I could not fall in love with this one. The inside always felt stiff and I couldn't imagine it being comfortable for my toddler. The side panels are removable and interchangable. The trainer comes with a set of side panels in the same color, but you can purchase other colors or a plus-size version for bigger kids. The corners of the side panels are thick and leave indentions on my son's skin. They don't appear to be comfortable, but my toddler has never complained. I like that there is a pocket to add absorbency. This trainer does absorb without stuffing the pocket. I had a hard time finding something in my stash to fit into the trim pocket. I've been told GroVia prefolds in newborn size fit, but I don't have any to try. This trainer is available in 4 solid colors.

Fuzzibunz Trickle Free Trainer
Cost: no longer available
Features: 
  • Looks like underwear
  • Pull up style
  • Side snaps
  • Minky inner to feel wetness
  • PUL outer
  • Sized
While I wasn't crazy about the prints on these trainers, my toddler was! He is a huge fan of trucks and loved the "no dumping" on the back of this trainer. This is a very trim trainer and really looks like underwear. Unfortunately we could not get a good fit. We tried the medium which should fit 20-30 lbs.  My toddler is tall and skinny, 28 lbs. and these just never fit right. The legs were too tight and pinched his thighs, The waist fit okay, but the rest of the trainer was incredibly baggy. It's really a shame because this trainer absorbed well. These trainers are no longer available. You  may be able to find them on sale in limited quantities and sizes or used.

Blueberry Trainer
Cost: $15.95
Features: 
  • Looks like underwear
  • Pull-up style
  • Sized
  • Hidden layer of PUL for partial absorbency
  • Cotton velour allows your child to feel wetness
This is one of my favorite trainers for home use! Both my toddler and I love the fun prints and colors. The fit is great! When my toddler has an accident in this trainer, I love that the wetness doesn't puddle all over the floor. This would be a step up from regular underwear or Gerber trainers. I've found that if I don't catch the accidents in this trainer immediately, his clothing will get wet. The outside of the trainer gets damp. I don't like using this one out of the house, but it is perfect for at home. Similar brand we didn't try: Sloomb

Flip Trainer System
Cost: $17.95 - shells, $17.95 - 3 pack training pads
Features: 
  • Pull-up style
  • Side Snaps
  • Most like a diaper
  • Organic Cotton pads allow your child to feel wet
  • Waterproof PUL shell
  • One-Size

I love my Flip diapers, so I was really excited to try this training system. If you buy one shell and three pads, it works out to be about $12 per use. Of course, you could buy more pads and get more use out of one shell, lessening the cost. Since my son is used to the Flip organic cotton inserts in Flip covers, I think this trainer was most like a diaper to him. This is the most absorbent trainer we tried. The pads stay in place with aplix in both the front and back of the shell. I wish the regular Flip system included this feature. I really like this system for errands or when we were out of the house and I expected accidents to happen.

I found that having two shells was helpful with this system. If I needed to change him due to an accident, it was easiest to have another shell ready to go with a pad already in place.

Best Bottom Potty Training Kit
Cost: $22.95 - one shell and 3 inserts
Features: 

  • Pull-up style
  • Looks like underwear
  • Flannel inserts allow your child to feel wet
  • Sized
  • Waterproof shell
I had heard wonderful things about this trainer so I decided to give it a go! I love that the outer shell looks like underwear. It's even cotton on the outside like underwear, but has an inner layer to make it waterproof. The FeelWet inserts are printed with fun, coordinating prints and snap into the shell to keep it in place. If you purchase the kit (1 shell and 3 inserts), this system works out to less than $8 per use. This is a great price! You can purchase even more inserts in sets of 3 for $12.95 and use the shell longer. Unfortunately, I found that reusing the shell was almost impossible every time we had an accident. The shell kept getting wet as well, including the cloth outer layer.

I loved the way this trainer fit my toddler. I ordered the medium which is supposed to fit a 3T, but my son is really a 2T. I went off of the weight suggestion instead of the size.

Super Undies Snap-On Potty Training Pant
Cost: $19.99
Features: 
  • Pull-up style
  • Snap sides
  • Pocket for added absorbency
  • Looks like underwear
  • Sized
  • Waterproof outer layer
  • Inner layer allows child to feel wet
I've heard such great things about Super Undies and these were on sale, so I decided to try them. I've heard these run big, so I ordered a small. While a small fit, it won't fit for much longer and I kind of wished I had gone for the medium. I like that I can add anything to the pocket to boost the absorbency and the pocket is large, so it's easy to find something to fit. The outer layer stays waterproof with one accident and the built in layer of microfiber is enough to absorb one accident.

Super Undies One-Size Hybrid
Cost: $34.95 (one shell with three inserts)
*available late October 2014

Features:
  • One size (up to 35 lbs)
  • Pull up style
  • Snaps for accidents
  • Waterproof outer layer
  • Inserts allow the child to feel wet
This a great trainer if you have a younger/smaller child learning to use the potty. The hybrid system allows for you to reuse the shell as needed. The Feel Wet inserts are made of microfiber, but are topped with a special material that allows your child to feel the wetness when an accident happens. The waterproof shell prevents you from having a mess on your hands when accidents happen. For a full review, click here.


Gerber Training Pants 
Cost: $15 (4 pack)

Features:
  • Most like underwear
  • Comfortable cotton
  • Padding in the wet zone


These are the typical trainers you are going to find at your local store. They are a step above using regular underwear. There is a bit of padding in the wet zone to provide some absorbency which is great if your child catches himself mid accident and stops peeing. If your child continues to pee you will still end up with a mess on the floor. Similar brand we didn't try: Osocozy

What trainers have you tried? Which ones do you recommend?



5 comments:

  1. I like WunderUnders' (WAHM) Hybrid trainer with added side snaps. It's a big step up from the Flip whose insert is prone to shifting. https://www.facebook.com/WunderUnders

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  2. Kissa's trainers. Flannel inner with a layer of microfiber. Outer is PUL and there is a pocket for extra stuffing but usually holds one pee just fine. It comes in two sizes and has snaps so it can be taken off easier for messier accidents.

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  3. MamaBear BabyWear makes one size fits all snap on/off pull ups! And they come in under the price of most of these.

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