Tired of wasting money on expensive, disposable trainers? Or is your cloth diapered child ready to move into training pants?
Cloth trainers, although not a necessary item, are a healthier, as well as, a more environmentally and financially responsible alternative to disposable training pants.
Due to the large amount of information contained in this guide it will be broken into three parts. Part 1 contains products A-F, Part 2 G-K and Part 3 L-Z.
As more products arise and more personal experience is had, I will add to this guide. Feel free to add your experiences with products listed or ones I have not included.
Blueberry Trainers. With a great selection of bold prints it’s hard not to fall in love with these trainers. But, looks matter little when compared to performance, right? Blueberry Trainers are lined with ultra soft cotton velour and hidden within is a layer of microfiber and PUL. Don’t assume because there is PUL that these are waterproof!I love the Groovy print we have and find it overall a very nice trainer. It is easy to pull up and down, soft and gentle at legs and waist (and inside!) and adequate for daytime use during the learning phase.I really appreciate the Amazon review written by KC (I have trimmed it down but you can read the whole review here):
I have one pair of these training pants, and they are my favorite!
Sizing: For my daughter, they are perfectly sized, though my daughter is a very petite tot. She is 17 mo old, 50th percentile for height but still very small weightwise (under 20 lbs). Size small fits her well with only the occasional leak from the thigh holes.
100% cotton (that touches child)
Ideal for first-stage of training.
Fits young toddlers.
Waist and thigh bands are really nice! Very soft, yet they have a little hold to them (more hold than hannah anderson or gerber training pants, which have none)
Quite absorbent for training pants. Holds a medium-large pee. If your child is a very heavy wetter, might leak a little.
Very easy to pull on and off — easier than diapers.
These are too expensive to get a full set the way I have diapers. (yes, they’re about the same cost as my diapers, but will be worn for a much shorter time).
Don’t come in really small sizes! It would be awesome to see even smaller sizing for parents practicing elimination communication or early-start potty training.
Not appropriate for completely dry protection! Will soak through. (This isn’t really a con, I just want to set the expectations for people who have never used cotton training pants before.)
Bumbledoo bumble Pants. Review provided by Maria of Change Diapers. Full review here.
If you’re looking for a trainer for a tiny child, Bumbledoo is a great choice. I used the size 1 side-snapping version on my son when he was about 18 pounds and 16 months old, and it could have fit an even smaller child. With 4 layers of zorb and a suedecloth inner, it reminds me of an all-in-one diaper with an underwear cut and side snaps. I did find it a bit bulky and it would probably be better for a child who is inconsistent with making it to the potty and needs more absorbency, or as an easy on diaper for a child that doesn’t stay still for changes!
BumUnders Review provided by Tiffany of Just a Little Muchier Muchness (great blog about parenting a beautiful daughter with Down’s Syndrome!!):
I LOVE BumUnders!! They are by far my favorite training pants. The reason why they are so special? Because they have everything I need in training pants.
To have trainers that make me happy, they MUST have these qualities:
1) They have to be padded enough to protect from an accident. I don’t need one layer of terry cloth, I need something that really absorbs and keeps everything DRY. Because to be honest, my delicate daughter urinates like a racehorse.
BumUnders have some luscious SOFT fabric inner, and it is super absorbant, but is not bulky or bunchy at all. My daughter is the queen of adjusting diapers and trainers that bother her, but she never feels the need to “fix” these at all. There is also a layer of PUL hidden inside in the wet area to help protect, but they still breathe beautifully as it is not in the sides.
2) Good trainers are all well and good, but if your child hates the fabric and refuse to wear them, it won’t matter how well-made they are.
BumUnders has some crazy cute prints.* They are the first trainers my daughter picks, her favorites are a cute zebra flower print and an adorable cat fairy print. (And she even has some Disney princess fabric ones vying for attention!!) The biggest trouble is deciding which one she likes best!
3) The legs cannot cut, or gape.
This is tricky, as there are so many body types out there. My daughter is very skinny but has a booty and very muscular thighs, so in several other cases to make the waist sizing fit, the legs were entirely too tight…and if the thighs were comfortable, the waist was hanging off of her like a Slim Fast commercial. However, BumUnders measures out dimensions in such a way that my very tall 36-pound-almost 3-year-old can wear both the Small and Mediums and they both fit nicely. She gets neither gapes nor red lines/welts in either size. (As a random anecdote, my 5 year old borrowed a pair after an accident out, and while they were tight, her skin was not bothered at all! And she loved the interior fabric!)
4) They must hold up in washings.
If I am going to spend so much money on each trainer, I want them to last forever. Seriously. BumUnders were a little pricey. So to be honest, I bought a few used first, before I added to my stash. They have held up beautifully to the previous owner’s and my own constant washing. They are a smidge pilly, as I tend to throw them in with towels in a pinch, but the elastic and fabric is still spectacular. (*2 The previous owner’s daughter caught her mother packaging them up, and “got all nostalgic…funny what they get attached to…” according to her mother!)
5) I like to have options.
Don’t we all love having options?? BumUnders can be purchased in pull-on and snap-side styles. The pull-ons can be ordered on any stocking day and some off days, too…but if you really are set on having snap sides, they can be custom ordered. I found that, just as they say on the website, the snap-sides are a little more difficult to pull up and down, but they are a nice option to have, especially in the early stages.
DO check them out and consider trying some!! I cannot recommend BumUnders enough!!
- Eco*Posh. One of my favorites for a few reasons: soft all-around, gentle, small size fits early potty trainers and tiny toddlers and moderately absorbent (similar to Blueberry Trainers in many ways).Eco*Posh Trainers are made out of recycled water bottles, bamboo and cotton with a thin, hidden layer of TPU. I have used this on Sterling with the newborn portion of the bamboo 6r soaker lain in at night with great success — which means he peed and the sheets remained dry.As far as sizing goes, Sterling with stick legs and a tiny waist fit just right in a small. Eco*Posh Trainers are trim fitting and even with the adding newborn insert were not too bulky. They are available in 5 beautiful earthy colors. At $15.95 they fall in the middle price range for trainers.
- Flip Trainer. I love bumGenius products but me and the Flip Trainer are not compatible. I found the system to be complicated and awkward.In theory this is a great system: side snapping shell, inserts that velcro into cover, flexible, interchangeable snap-in side panels, bumGenius quality. However, the inserts are narrow and move around more than expected.I also found that the snaps would come undone when pulling the pants on. This is frustrating to try and resnap while the child is standing.Flip Trainers are $34.95 for 1 cover and 5 inserts.
Fuzzi Bunz Trickle Free Trainers. The Fuzzi Bunz trainer is fun option for your child. The bold, unique designs are exciting for potty training toddlers to pick up and wear. Sterling loves his hero “diaper”. When he wore it at night he always called it a diaper.Not only are they cute on the outside but the inside is lined in minky! Who wouldn’t love soft minky next to their tush? Sterling always smiles and says he likes it when I put it on. With side snaps you can easily open it up when a solid accident occurs.The size medium fit great around the thighs and waist of my skinny 2 year old.My only fit complaint is the poofy ballooning that occurs with this style of trainer.Fuzzi Bunz Trickle Free Trainers vary in price depending on print (Amazon).