After a wonderful family vacation for July 4th I’m back with a cloth training pant review. Lara will be back next week reviewing another cloth diaper. Since Everett recently potty trained I was able to try the new Bummis Potty Pant and it quickly replaced every other trainer in my rotation. I have a pet peeve when people ask about trainers because often they say “What trainer is the most absorbent for night time?” or they ask about a trainer for an un-trained 3.5 year old. Trainers are not diapers. Period. If you want a “diaper” that goes up and down like a trainer try a looser fit on your snapping diapers or a side-snapping cloth diaper. Trainers are for little ones who are potty training and are not peeing a full amount on a regular basis in their diapers/trainers. That is why I love the Potty Pant- it isn’t trying to be a diaper- it is just a great trainer.
Ease of Use ✩✩✩✩✩
The Bummis Potty Pant is as simple to use as underwear- they pull up and down and require no stuffing, replacing of inserts, or snapping. Everett, even though he is potty trained completely, still can’t master the art of pulling up the Potty Pant or pulling it down. Same goes for his underwear. I’m sure the age when kids can get this skill down varies but for reference Ev is 2.5. I believe my first son figured this out earlier than that and also trained earlier. For me it is very easy to pull the Potty Pant down when he needs to go.
Bang for the Buck ✩✩✩✩ You will pay $15.95 for the Potty Pant which is right in line with similar products performing the same. Assuming your child is on the path to success you won’t need too many. I prefer the naked method of training and only used the trainers on a longer outing or during a nap before he started waking dry. Having 2-3 on hand will cost less than $50 and for reference, a 50 pack of disposable pull-up style trainers are $38. The value of buying a few reusable trainers will really depend on how long you would use them. Some people may skip trainers completely while others will use them for months…
Performance ✩✩✩✩✩ These trainers were absorbent enough to hold more than I expected. Only once did Everett let loose an entire pee in them and we didn’t have anything running down the legs. At the time he wasn’t wearing clothing on top so I didn’t see if they would have been wet or not. We also had the misfortune of a poop in the trainers… luckily it was completely solid and a careful pulling down kept his legs from being smeared with poop. Some children will pee on the potty just fine but prefer a diaper for pooping in- if that is your child, well, I feel for you. These might be the last style of trainers you want. For us, these were perfect.
Fit ✩✩✩✩✩ The Potty Pant comes in 4 sizes- Small, Medium, Large, and X-Large. Plenty of choices. Ev wore the small since he is a peanut, though I think the Medium would have worked better. The small left a few red marks on his legs during extended use. He was about 23 pounds when we first got the trainers to review so technically he fit the small according to the chart. If you think you will need them for a while maybe sizing up is a good idea.
Overall: Like I said, this is the best training pant we used. I’ve tried and reviewed others when Fletcher potty trained and I don’t enjoy the replacing of inserts like the Flip Trainer. There are certainly other brands that are built for overnights but those aren’t trainers- those are bedwetting pants. I want to be clear that as a trainer the Bummis Potty Pant is awesome. If your child is still wetting the bed at night it is probably not going to hold that full amount without leaking, especially since the sides aren’t waterproof.
Where to Buy Find a retailer on Bummis.com