I’m not a big swimmer and I don’t love potty training.
But, potty training is inevitable and it’s hard to avoid water when the south Texas summers are scorching hot.
Last year, when we went to the beach I took along our Monkey Doodlez swim diaper. If you want speedo tight (in the legs) then this is the one for you. We have a CUTE alligator swim diaper in size medium and it barely fits Sterling. It’s T.I.N.Y. and you know how skinny Sterling is.
Obviously, Monkey Doodlez isn’t my favorite swim diaper.
I love Charlie Banana swim diapers! Their cute, soft and gentle on the legs. I know, I know, it’s a pull up. Half of you are going to scream, “What about when they poop??”
Yes, that is a problem. However, I prefer the fit of a pull up over a side snapping.
You don’t have to buy a “swim diaper”. A pocket diaper makes an excellent swim diaper.
So, how does the Charlie Banana swim diaper crossover as a cloth trainer?
I’ve used it at night with Sterling for that little bit of protection. Oh, you didn’t hear? Sterling is potty trained.
Crazy, I know. He turned 2 on March 9th and began using the potty within 2 weeks. Poor kid had some bumps on day 2 of his self-initiated venture. He got the stomach bug, went back in cloth diapers for a couple of days and got right back on the potty when he recovered. Again, self-initiated and parent supported :)
He doesn’t have accidents but I’d hate to not have something on him at night…after all he is just 2!! Can you tell this is completely foreign to me to have a child this young potty train?
Another reason I love Charlie Banana swim diapers as a trainer is the price. At $9.89 they are drastically cheaper than cloth trainers! We don’t use trainers because 1) it seems like a waste of money and 2) I fail to see the benefit.
I did fork over $20 for a slightly used Little Beetles trainer to try for review. I got a small and it does not fit Sterling. I can squeeze him in but that seems cruel. They are soft, really soft but the side snaps make them way too bulky. Not bulky all around but just on the sides. Weird.
If you are interested in other cloth trainer brands, here is a list of popular ones from a 2008 post Most Popular Cloth Trainers.
I say buy Gerber training undies (which I also tried and love!) and spend the money you would have spent on pretty trainers, on you :) Well, that’s what I would do.