Today’s guest post is from Anne, blogging over at Zephyr Hill. Anne is a homeschooling, cloth diapering mom of 7 (with another little one due any day), who somehow manages to find the time to blog about family life, recipes, everything cloth diapers and rural living.
If you love cloth and want to continue using it through the potty training stage, you’ll have several different options when it comes to choosing a trainer. My best advice (after potty training 3 children with cloth so far) is to take some time to assess your child’s needs and your budget before buying too much of any one thing.
And you don’t have to limit yourself to one style, either. You might find that one type of trainer works well during the day, and another at night. Or that you’ll need one style when your child first starts learning and then something different as they are graduating.
Here’s a quick rundown of the basic types and what situations they work best for.
Pocket Trainers: These look a lot like pocket diapers but are designed to easily pull up and down. Pocket trainers are:
-Generally less expensive than other styles
-Adjustable/one-size, so they should fit reasonably well at any stage
-Customizable, because you can stuff any type of insert or diaper inside
-Suitable as overnight trainers, if properly stuffed
-Easy to clean since the sides can be unsnapped.
Popular brands include Kissaluvs, Sunbaby, Baby Beduga, GroVia My Choice and Super Undies
Hybrid Trainers: These include a shell or cover, plus inserts that snap in. Hybrid trainers are:
-Easy to clean since the shell (if made of PUL) can be wiped clean and reused
-Designed to save you money since the shell can potentially be reused several times
-An attractive option if you don’t like stuffing
Popular brands include Flip and Best Bottoms.
AIO Trainers: These are like sized underwear with extra padding sewn in. Some have waterproof backing and others don’t. AIO trainers are:
-Easy to use because there’s nothing to stuff or snap in.
-A great choice for toddlers who don’t want to wear something that looks like a diaper
Popular brands include Snap-EZ, Blueberry, Bummis, Imagine and the lightly padded Gerber trainers.
Diapers: You can use diapers already in your stash as trainers. Pocket diapers and side-snapping fitteds (like BabyKicks and Motherease) are typical choices. Diapers from your stash are:
-The most economical choice since you don’t have to go out and buy anything
-A good choice for toddlers who are suspicious or uncomfortable with something “new” or different
What style of training pants appeals to you most? If your child has already graduated, what kind did you find worked best?