Thursday, June 11, 2009

Cloth Training Pants Review

Since E is potty learning I decided to try out a few different types of training pants. I figured I would share my thoughts in case anyone was interested in using cloth trainers.

In the beginning I ran out to Target and picked up some good ol' cotton Gerber training pants. I have a bunch of these and they definitely come in handy. Eliza really doesn't want to wear a diaper most of the time and we usually throw a pair of these on her. They are a little bit thicker than undies but if she does pee a lot we DO end up with a puddle on the floor. Sometimes she decides she wants to wear two pairs at once and this actually works a better. She can feel the wetness and no puddle. They are also reasonably priced (3 pairs for $10) which is a PLUS!

I also ordered two different trainers from Kelly's Closet- the Bummis trainer and the Imse Vimse organic cloth trainer. I have been using them both for a little over a week.


The Bummis trainer has a polyester knit outside and 3 layers of terry pad topped with soft flannel on the inside. My one complaint about the Bummis is that they resemble a huge parachute. E is on the skinny side and the Bummis are huge. It is actually kinda tough to get clothes on over these trainers. However, they do a pretty good job of containing mess and if she is just running around the house they are a good option. She is actually taking her nap in her Bummis trainer now and I feel pretty confident that even if she does go it won't leak. One trainer runs $11 in white and $12 in print.
Imse Vimse
The Imse Vimse trainer has three layers of absorbent terry fabric and a layer of PUL. It is made with soft organic cotton and fits like a dream. I really love this trainer but it is a bit pricier than the Bummis @ $14.30 a pop. Eliza has the jungle print and it is adorable. I will probably order one or two more pair.
I haven't tried but would love to try the following trainers. I am considering ECing with baby #2 part time and might give these a go.

Fuzzies have a fleece outer and hemp/cotton knit inside, with microfiber terry sandwiched between. They run $17.50 but sound very comfy!

Little Beetle Learner

The Little Beetle Learner has two layers of fair trade organic velour cotton, with a third layer tucked into the wet zone. They run $17.00 a piece.
I am sure I could go on and on and on about cloth trainers. There are so many options available I can't see why anyone would choose Pull Ups. You could easily get a few great cloth trainers for the same price you will spend on Pull Ups and you can reuse the trainers for more than on child.

Do you use cloth trainers? Please let me know if you have a great cloth trainer suggestion.


Amber said...

I love the Little Beetles but didn't ever get to try them...I had never seen the fuzzies before! They look cute! I also used the gerber trainers and put a bum genius cover over them (no insert) in the beginning (for my peace of mind!).

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La Mama Naturale' said...

Great line up! Happy Heinsy has a trainer too! I love those EC mats the store offers. Awesome. We use a hemp doubler at night time in T's "underpants". Great tip on wearing two if need be. Hopefully, I'll get the chance to sew up some liners for T using old white t-shirts! ;) My EC journey has been gratifying thus far. Baby C enjoys being diaper free and I definitely think it motivates T-man. LOL!

La Mama Naturale' said...

oh! forgot to mention that the Fuzzies are ultra cute- must get a couple. ;)

Steph at Problem Solvin' Mom said...

I am just a smidge behind you, in that I haven't purchased anything yet, but am looking for advice and want to go the cloth training pant route. Thanks for the info! :)

Amy Washington said...

MamaBear BabyWear makes one size fits all snap on/off pull ups! And for less $$ than most of these. :)