Now, I know that M is quite young to be successful with potty learning, especially compared to other boys his age. We’ve been lucky. Whether it’s the method we chose to help him learn, the fact that he wears cloth diapers, or just pure luck, I don’t know. But whatever it is, it has made finding training pants a real bugger since he’s so small!
M wears a 24 month or 2T shirt (so age appropriate), but he’s only in 18-24 month pants, anything bigger would be swimming on him. Most training pants start at around 28lbs, he weighs about 24lbs now and he’s been using the potty for several months now, so he’s also quite skinny. Normal torso, short legs, skinny waist does not make a combination made for most training pants (let alone actual underwear, he’ll be 5 till he’s in those!).
I first just wanted to buy something that was as close to underwear as possible so I went out and bought the size small Gerber training pants. They started at 28lbs, but I figured we’d give them a try anyway. They were way too big! I worked my magic with some snaps and cinched them in so that they could grow with him. I also used a tutorial to add some extra absorbency and a waterproof layer to one pair of his Gerber pants, but I only did one pair, I found that it just wasn’t necessary. Either way, my makeshift training pants have worked out nicely but I wanted a few more pairs for him without spending a ridiculous amount of money on a pair of glorified underwear.
I also put new use to his 2 pairs of cloth swimmers I bought for him over the summer. The benefit of swimmers was that they were waterproof so in the event of an accident we didn’t have to change his pants, just his undies. The downfall of swimmers is that they are quite absorbent, like a diaper, so he did not feel wet. But, they have worked well as a back up and when out and about so we don’t have to worry about leaks.
I took advantage of Cyber Monday and did some online shopping for training pants that were on sale. I tried to stick to pants that were around $3-7 per pair. I found Flip trainers on sale and they came with 3 inserts and a cover. The training pants are supposed to fit approximately 20-50lbs as the sides and front are adjustable. They are still a bit big around M’s waist though, but they work fine enough, they are not my favorite though and when we first got them, accidents meant leakage from a leg hole. Without a sale, they are about $30, so $10 per pair since you get 3 pairs of undies out of the kit. Not bad, but I was glad I got them on sale.
I also bought the Best Bottom training set . They also came with 3 inserts and the outer cover looks a lot more like a traditional pair of underwear. They fit M well, but with accidents when we first bought them, they still tended to come out the leg hole as he has skinny legs. They come with a plain color cover, but the inserts have fun designs on them. M hasn’t really cared about the designs on his undies though. Best Bottoms sell for about $13 (depending on the site) and again, you basically get 3 pairs, so on sale for Cyber Monday, I definitely got a good deal!
I bought one other training paint for Cyber Monday but it was so huge when it came in the mail that I never even tried it on him. I’ve found that I grab for the Gerber training pants before any of the other brands. I think it’s because they look and feel the most like true underwear, there’s no insert to deal with, and they do have designs on the outside that M does enjoy (especially the dinosaur pair and cars/trucks pair).
What would I recommend for those looking for training pants? I’d recommend just going straight to underwear or the Gerber training pants. But, if you’re looking for something waterproof, I’d recommend the Best Bottom, they’re less bulky, and while they don’t grow with your toddler like the Flip trainers do, I don’t think it’s a huge issue, at least it’s not for us.
What have been your struggles with potty learning?
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