Using cloth training pants isn't a difficult task. I can understand wanting to read through and understand what I was getting into though before the launch. If you have been using modern reusable diapers, then not much will change for care and usage. However if this is the first time you are considering a reusable, washable choice then lets answer the how.
- Choose a trainer based on your needs and goals. Some parents will want a trainer that is more like underwear; others a product more like a trainer. Read the comparisons and determine which one will meet your needs.
- Make sure you have an easily accessible potty on each level of your home where you are at during the day.
- If you have chosen and training pant that is more like a diaper and needs an insert you will want to unsnap the sides of the trainer for stuffing the insert into the pocket. The pocket is located at the back waist between the inside fabric and the waterproof outer fabric. To stuff the insert hold the insert in a firm grip over your forearm. Slide the trainer up over your arm. The insert is not moving only the trainer. When the trainer completely engulfs the insert inside the pocket, then grasp the front edge of the trainer pinching the insert and holding it inside the trainer as you remove your arm. The insert should lay flat within the trainer. These instructions are quite detailed but the actual process is fairly quick. Once stuffed, snap the trainer sides back up.
- Trainers are generally put on like underwear to encourage the underwear likeness and minimize the diaper relationship. Most children prefer not having to lay down for a diaper change. The up and down of clothes and the on and off of shoes for boys can sometimes become tedious. Side snap trainers can be put on like a diaper just make sure that it won't combat your moving-out-of-diapers setup with your child.
- When child needs to go potty, trainer should easily pull down. Realize young children often need help with this. Also short children may prefer to completely remove trainer since it bunches up and is in the way for sitting otherwise.
- If child has a pee accident, trainer is removed and a new trainer is put on. Wet trainer should be put into wet bag for storage until washing.
- If child has a poo accident, trainer is removed (preferably by unsnapping the sides). Solid poo is dumped into toilet. Trainer can be sprayed with diaper sprayer to remove any excess poo. Then trainer is put into the wet bag for storage until washing.
- Once you have collected soiled trainers for washing refer to the washing trainers page here.
Note on Waterproof: Waterproof is the term used to describe the outside or a hidden layer in training pants that functions to keep the moisture in and protect the clothing. The trainers we offer in our shop all use a PUL (poly-urethane laminate) layer for protection except for the Little Beetle Learners which has no waterproofing. This laminate layer allows for breathability and is a superior choice to the vinyl coated training pants of yesteryear. However, because of its breathability it has microscopic holes that moisture can eventually pass through. You won't be able to have a puddle in the bottom of a training pant without moisture escaping like I have seen on occasion with plastic pants. This does not mean that they will leak all the time or that you can't use them overnight. We use PUL diapers overnight with success because they have a correct level of absorbency. If you match the absorbency level of your trainer to your child's capabilities, then you should have dry clothes. When a trainer is more like underwear, it needs to be changed right away and we have described that in the training pant comparison charts.
Note on Daycare: We have found that daycares that actively potty train children under their care have been open to training pants. The Snap EZ AIO trainers or a Super Undies with an insert seem to be the current popular choices for daycare use.