Well we have been using cloth training pants for the twins since we started potty training a few months ago. What I have learned is that training pants are not necessary in the first week of training. It is best to have kiddos run around naked so that they can start to identify the sensation of urinating. After they start to get the basics of going on the potty down, and you feel comfortable enough to leave the house, then trainers come in very handy!
We bought three different types of trainers when we started potty training and I wanted to let you know what worked best for us!
Fuzzibunz Trickle Free Trainers: They have a soft lining and a waterproof layer that is hidden. They are made to fit snugly. They have snaps on the sides for easy removal of poopy trainers. These don’t have a lot of absorbent material on the inside. That can be a good or bad depending on your needs. It’s good if you are looking for a trainer that is trim and looks almost just like underwear. It’s bad if you have a kid that is able to hold their bladder for any amount of time and then has an accident. Either the trainer will wick to their clothes or (if you are lucky and catch it early) it may hold the pee in the trainer until you get to the bathroom. Beware. If you take these off with a full load of pee in them it can be a bit like taking off a plastic bag of pee. Having your kid in the shower or bathtub when you take the trainers off in this instance might be a good idea. My kids had a hard time getting these trainers up and down on their own so they required more assistance. I do not recommend these for nap or nighttime use. Cost = $21.95 each for the super cute designes with slogans, $15.95 in white, and $122.70 for a 6 pack.
Blueberry Trainers: These trainers are great if you are looking for a padded underwear. They are super comfy and don’t even think of leaving a red mark on my little ones. They have a waterproofing layer in the wet zone. They are absorbent enough to hold one small pee but because the outer layer is made of cotton, they wick this moisture to the outer layers quickly. These are a one time use and wash trainer. If they get wet the soft microfiber lining can not be wiped out and will need to be washed with each accident. These look a lot like underwear and are fairly trim. They do not have snaps and can create a bit of difficulty when kiddos poo in them. Great option for trained kids that just need a bit of extra confidence if they start to leak before they get to the potty. I do not recommend these for nap or nighttime use. Cost = $15.95 each.
Flip Trainers: These are my go to trainer! I love that these inserts are organic cotton (easier to keep clean than microfibers). These are size adjustable for size 20-50 lbs which makes them great for special needs kids who may take longer to potty train. The side panels snap on and are stretchy. You can pick different color variations. These were the priciest trainers we bought BUT, we use them the most. The shell is wipeable on the inside so that you can reuse them after most accidents, and they come with FIVE cotton inserts. I also love that these inserts could be used in a cloth diaper if needed. We are still using cloth diapers at nap and night time but we have used these on a couple occasions for nap as well. I doubled the inserts and they worked fine! Finding a trainer that can be used for nap and night is quite a feat and I am happy to be able to suggest one! My little ones are also quite capable of pulling these trainers off and on with ease. It is very cute to see how proud they are of themselves! These are pricy at a cost of = $34.95, but like I said, we use these for an entire day or more sometimes. I don’t need to have 6 pair. Two are plenty for us since I only worry about changing the shell if poo gets on it. I love these for kids in all stages of potty learning.
Those are the three trainers that we have personally used. I would have loved to have tried the next two but funds are limited in this house – as are in most unfortunately.
Super Undies: Super undies are a non wicking washable training pant. They have a microfiber lining with 3 or 4 layers of absorbency according to which size you get. The video on the website suggests they hold half a pee contained and will leak to your children’s clothing with a full pee so that you are able to tell that they need attention. They have a sewn in version and a pocket version which might be better used (and stuffed with more absorbency) for nap time. Cost = $19.95-21.95
GroVia Trainers: These trainers seem to me to be a cross between the Flip trainer and the pocket super undies. They are a pocket trainer which allows you to stuff as much absorption as your child needs into each trainer. They are a one sized trainer with snaps on the front to adjust the rise. The snap on stretchy side panels come in sizes 1T-3T. The absorbent layer is a hemp cotton blend. I think these might just make for a great nap and night time trainer. The pocket makes the absorbent layers a bit more contained. The only drawback that I see, is that they are a one time use and wash trainer if toddler has an accident. GroVia trainers cost = $18.99 each.
I believe my ideal trainer stash would consist of two GroVia trainers per kiddo for nap and nighttime and two Flip Trainers per kiddo for the rest of the time. What is your favorite trainer? Have you used and loved any that I haven’t listed? Please tell us about them in a comment!