CHOICES IN POTTY TRAINING

I have been working on collecting some of the best products for use in helping your child potty learn. The product you will want to use will depend both on the level of training level your child may be at and your style of potty training. Some parents start early at about a year, others not until 3.5 and there are parents and toddlers all in between. Read the descriptions of each of the types of trainers first to see which style will meet your potty training goals best. Then, narrow it down to a particular brand in that style. Realize that you may have one-style for day at home and another for going out or even overnight.

Pull-on Diaper
If you are just at the beginning of your potty training adventure you may want to start with a product that works as a pull-on diaper. In this category, you would want a product that can have the absorbency of a diaper, that can be pulled up and down for potty learning, and that has snaps on both sides so it can be removed in the event of a poopy accident. The Pull-on Diaper (with or without side snaps) is also often the choice for toddlers and older children for overnight use. Like pocket diapers inserts can be added to this group of trainers to bring it up to the absorbency levels that your child may need. Most of the trainers listed would need extra inserts to have the absorbency of a diaper. If you have been cloth diapering already, then inserts you have on hand are likely to work well. The main advantage in this style of potty training is a trainer that goes up and down more easily than a diaper. Side snap diapers can also be used with more up and down ease than velcro or front snap diapers. Consider the following: Swaddlebees Originals, Knickernappies, Swaddlebees Simplex and Blueberry Basix.

Brand Name Absorbency Inside Fabric Closure Quick Opinion
Antsy Pants Medium level of absorbency with an option to add inserts. Will Feel Wetness Pull-on/Snap-off Fit is similar to a disposable pull-up diaper. One of the easiest for the child to get up and down.
Happy Heiny Training Pants Absorbency dependent on inserts chosen. Stay-Dry Varies Often considered poochie. We found it was often too tight on chubby thighs.
Snap-EZ Stuffable Trainer Absorbency dependent on inserts chosen. Stay-Dry Pull-on/Snap-off A good dependable choice. Most often used for overnight protection with added inserts.
SuperUndies Quick Release Low level of absorbency with an option to add inserts. Will Feel Wetness Pull-on/Snap-off A highly versatile trainer. Seems to adjust to meet varying needs of potty learning well.


Waterproof Training Pant
If you are actively helping your child to potty learn, then a waterproof training pant with some absorbency protection is preferred. Ideally this potty learning product would have enough absorbency to catch an accident and save the embarrassment of a puddle on the floor. This type of pant would not have the absorbency of a diaper and would need to be changed soon after an accident. It would meet the needs well of the potty training parent who is actively engaging their child with a potty session every hour to hour and a half. The main advantage to this trainer is an easy up and down solution and a trimmer less diaper like solution. Most parents in this situation are choosing the "will feel wetness" style.

Brand Name Absorbency Inside Fabric Closure Quick Opinion
Antsy Pants Medium level of absorbency Will feel wetness Pull-on/Snap-off Fits much like a pull on diaper.
Bummis Training Pants Low level of absorbency Will feel wetness Pull-on/Pull-off Often considered poochie. Can leave redmarks on chubby thighs.
Happy Heiny Training Pants Absorbency and thickness dependent on inserts chosen. Stay-Dry Varies Often considered poochie. We found it was often too tight on chubby thighs.
Potty Time Trainers Low level of absorbency with an option to add inserts. Will feel wetness Pull-on/Snap-off A good choice for a child still having poo accidents.
Snap-EZ AIO Trainer Medium level of absorbency Will feel wetness Pull-on/Snap-off Very easy to use training pant. Generally for day use.
Snap-EZ Stuffable Trainer Low level of absorbency with an option to add inserts. Stay-Dry Pull-on/Snap-off Can be used with a low level insert for day use or a thick absorbent insert for overnight.
SuperUndies Quick Release Low level of absorbency with an option to add inserts. Will feel wetness Pull-on/Snap-off Can be used with a low level insert for day use or a thick absorbent insert for overnight.
SuperUndiesUnderwear Medium level of absorbency Will feel wetness Pull-on/Pull-off Very easy to use training pant. Generally for day use.


Waterproof Underwear
Once your child is having consistent success with using the potty, waterproof underwear will provide an underwear like fit and feel while still allowing waterproof protection for that just in case time. If your child is ready to go out in underwear but you want to play it safe this may be your best solution. These trainers are used often at home with younger toddlers who are not yet communicating when they wet and with older toddlers out and about. When out and about, if an accident happens, the trainer will need to be changed immediately. Main advantage of this style is a underwear look and feel with a waterproof layer for the oops.

Brand Name Absorbency Inside Fabric Closure Quick Opinion
Blueberry Daytime Trainers Low level of absorbency Will feel wetness Pull-on/Pull-off Super cute and easy to use. Look like underwear. Cotton outer and soft bamboo inner
Imse Vimse Organic Trainers Low level of absorbency Will feel wetness Pull-on/Pull-off Nice and cute very easy to use. Look like underwear. Cotton inner and outer.
Imse Vimse Organic Velour Low level of absorbency Will feel wetness Pull-on/Pull-off Nice and cute very easy to use. Look like underwear. Cotton velour outer and cotton inner
Potty Time Trainers Low level of absorbency with an option to add inserts. Will feel wetness Pull-on/Snap-off A good choice for a child still having poo accidents.
SuperUndies Quick Release Low level of absorbency with an option to add inserts. Will feel wetness Pull-on/Snap-off A good choice for a child still having poo accidents.


Padded Underwear
Many parents will choose thicker underwear for use by the child before moving into standard cotton underwear. This will contain a trickle as the child works to make it to the potty in time. However, if planning to use padded underwear with plastic pants over them we have found most parents are more satisfied with using the waterproof underwear style of trainer listed above.

Brand Name Absorbency Inside Fabric Closure Quick Opinion
Little Beetle Learners Medium level of absorbency. Will Feel Wetness Pull-on/Snap-off Trainer is not waterproof but can be used with a pull-on wool cover for a completely natural fiber and organic potty training choice.

Overnight Bedwetting Solutions
Sometime bedwetting can last long past the potty training stage. We understand that their isn't much we can do as parents in this case but we do want to protect the bed and sheets so we are not doing laundry all the time. For young toddlers overnight, they often don't mind wearing whatever cloth diaper they were wearing before potty learning began. However, older toddlers and young children can become sensitive and want something to keep them dry and comfortable that doesn't look like a diaper. If you are adding absorbency to your trainer the best choice is bamboo or hemp inserts. Bamboo is the trimmer of the two and has a high level of absorbency. Swaddlebees Bamboo Doublers, Blueberry One-size Bamboo Inserts, Swaddlebees Hemp Doublers, and Blueberry One-Size inserts are among the top favorites for use in pocket style trainers.

Parents are tired of throwing out a disposable Pull-On diaper in the morning that may or may not be wet as they wonder how long this will last. We have found parents and children alike have been quite pleased with a reusable bedwetting solution.


Brand Name Absorbency Inside Fabric Closure Quick Opinion
Antsy Pants Medium level of absorbency. Add absorbency to level needed Will feel wetness Pull-on/Snap-off Fits much like a pull on diaper. Trainer is hard to stuff but will work for the light to moderate wetter overnight with the right inserts.
Happy Heiny Training Pants Absorbency dependent on inserts chosen. Stay-Dry Varies Often considered poochie. This brand can be special ordered in larger sizes and can meet the needs of special needs children. Choose a highly recommended overnight diaper insert to use in this trainer. Best for light to moderate wetters.
Snap-EZ Stuffable Trainer Absorbency dependent on inserts chosen. Stay-Dry Pull-on/Snap-off Now includes a youth size. Choose a highly recommended overnight diaper insert to use in this trainer. Best for light to moderate wetters.
SuperUndiesQuick Release Low level of absorbency with an option to add inserts. Will Feel Wetness Pull-on/Snap-off Simply loved by older toddlers and children. The children really connect with the style and names of this trainer. Choose a highly recommended overnight diaper insert to use in this trainer. Best for light to moderate wetters.
Super Undies Nighttime High Level of absorbency with the option to add more in child's wet zone. Will Feel Wetness

Pull-on/Pull-off

A true bed wetter solution. Designed for the child still having accidents overnight.