When my little guy started showing interest in potty training, I wondered if we should go straight to underwear or invest in some cloth training pants. At the time, I worried that trainers would be too diaper-like, and he would continue to use them that way. I decided to give going cold turkey a try (aka: underwear and going commando), but after a short period of time I realized that using trainers would be the right choice for us. Here's why...
1.) Pee. Everywhere.
Going without a diaper during those first few weeks was not the best idea for us. At first it seemed like he was doing great making it to the potty in time. But a week or so in, he started having accidents. Some of which I'm not sure were really accidents... a few times seemed pretty intentional! Luckily most of our flooring is hardwood, but a few times he did his business on the rug in our living room. I had a heck of a time trying to get that smell out! :/
I decided that if I wanted to save what was left of my sanity and keep our house from smelling like a toilet, my kiddo needed extra protection during this time of transition.
2.) Avoiding Accidents While Out and About
Although potty training was going pretty good at home, in the beginning I didn't want to chance it while we were on the go. Taking a kid out of the house can be hard enough (well, my kid in particular... he's a fiesty one), and I didn't want to add the ordeal of having to find a bathroom to change wet or soiled pants. At least not until I was sure he was ready. I would still ask him if he needed for me to take him to the bathroom, but it was nice that there was still some protection against accidents if we didn't make it in time.
At first, I kept him in a regular cloth diaper when we were out of the house. And that leads me to the third reason I decided to give trainers a go...
3.) Easy Up, Easy Down in a Jiffy
A few weeks into our potty learning experience, something just clicked for my little guy. During a trip to the grocery store, he tugged on my sleeve and said, "Momma, I have to go pee." This was HUGE for us! It would have been just as easy for him to go in his diaper, but he recognized that he needed to go. I rushed him to the ladies room.
Once we get into the stall, I tried pulling his diaper down, but it wouldn't budge. I thought, "the heck with it", and quickly unsnapped it. Once I got it off of him, I wasn't sure where to put it... I didn't want to sit it on the dirty bathroom floor. In the moment, knowing that I needed to move quickly, I did what I had to do... I flung the diaper up over my shoulder, lol! Luckily it was clean! :)
Once he was done, I struggled but managed to snap the diaper back on him (which is not the easiest thing to do with a spunky kiddo!). This little experience made it even more clear, that it was time for us to give trainers a try! Being able to easily pull his training pants up and down gave him more confidence, and just made it a better overall experience for both of us!
Once we started using cloth training pants, the whole potty training/learning experience was a lot less stressful! He didn't stay in them for long, probably just a month or so, and he was ready to make the switch over to underwear. However, he would have been in them longer had I switched him over to them sooner (I wish I had!). They were a great leaning tool for my son, and I'm glad I decided to use them.
*Although I am compensated for my time writing, all opinions are 100% my own.
Stephanie Beck is a busy mama of four. She enjoys being outdoors and spending time with her family. Stephanie started her blog, Apron Strings Attached, because she wanted to share her experiences with raising kids, breastfeeding struggles and success, and cloth diapering. She now enjoys blogging about life in cloth diapers for TGN.
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What is your experience with cloth trainers? Or if you've never used them before, are you considering giving them a try?