Flip Trainer Review

Flip Trainer review
Flip Trainer

Another Monday, another video and review.  This time for the Flip Trainer– the bumGenius/Flip solution to reusable training pants.  The concept of this one combines features not usually seen on training pants- “one size” rise snaps and replaceable soakers similar to an All-in-Two.  Did the risk pay off in the design?  Read my review.  You can also watch the video to see how it works in action and see what it looks like on a 3.5 year old.

Ease of Use ✩✩✩ If you block out having to replace the wet soaker pads with fresh ones and possibly having to redo snaps on the rise after pulling it onto the child (this has been a recurring issue voiced by many parents but not one I have encountered personally) then it would be a 5 star. It goes up and down smoothly, and even though my son said it was hard I’m pretty sure he was just being a typical weird pre-schooler who complains about everything. I did not find putting the pads in to be the easiest experience, I had to ponder about what side went where and how to fold and then get it aligned correctly under the flap…. not my favorite thing. I only used the trainer at night and didn’t even need to replace multiple times a day.
Bang for the Buck ✩✩✩✩ I think the Kit with 5 pads and a waterproof shell is very fairly priced at 34.99. That is essentially 5 changes for a child unless you need to double the inserts. Flip doesn’t suggest using these at night without one of their disposable inserts so if that is your plan it will cost more in the long run. The thing about it being “one size” is strange: on the one hand you won’t need to size up on a trainer, but on the other hand- who sizes up trainers?! Most children aren’t in a trainer too terribly long, and not long enough to need to change from a medium to a large. It could come in handy for a second child who trainslater/earlier than your first child and needs a different setting though.
Performance ✩✩✩✩ To be completely up front Fletcher hasn’t used the heck out of this like we do with diapers we review on Everett. He is 3.5 and only wets on occasional nights. My personal philosphy on potty training is to cut them off so I’m not even sure I would have a use for a waterproof day trainer that often. We did use it at night with mixed results. Some mornings the sheets were wet, some they were dry. We only used 1 soaker but I suspect we should have been adding more but I just kept forgetting… The soaker was definitely saturated when he did go and he is 3.5 so his wettings are on the heavy side. I’d like to try it with a hemp insert as well soon but it was packed up when the movers came on accident. Boo!
Fit ✩✩✩✩ Fletcher is 30 pounds and wears the trainer on the middle rise. He wears the panels on the tightest setting. It fits him well in this size. I did not experience the rise snaps popping open when I pulled it up or when he did but I saw this complaint often on Diaperswappers.
Overall: I wanted to love this trainer but it didn’t do much for me. Since it hasn’t worked that great at night and I don’t have a need for a day trainer it won’t get much love from us until maybe when Everett begins potty training. In my world I don’t know that we would utiilize the AI2 functionality because of they way I like to train my babies (completely nude or undies) and would only use a waterproof trainer for outings. I might sing a different tune when Ev trains but for now that is what I’m thinking. I do prefer the looks of the GroVia as well but love the Lovelace and Albert prints in the Flip trainer.
Where to Buy Sweetbottoms Baby Boutique (affiliate link)
I purchased this kit from Cottonbabies.com in order to perform this review.

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  • Jessica Kimbrel

    I was really curious about these when they first came out. I have a 21 month old and am starting to think about trainer options. Do you think the flip would be better suited for a toddler first starting out potty training or are there trainers out there that you like better for starting out?

  • Becky

    I would guess the main reason he said it was hard to pull up is because he was wearing underwear too which would be harder to pull up another tight fitting item over them.

    I think it looks like a nice one. I have flip covers now for nighttime use and like them. I also am guessing they have such a wide size range as some kids may train way earlier than others needing a smaller size and then of course for those kids that train a bit later and maybe are a bit heavier. Though 50 pounds is a pretty big 3 year old!

    • I was going to make the same comment about why your son they were hard.  I’m sure if you had him test them out off camera sans the extra undies it would have been much easier for him.

  • Leigh

    We had one for my 3 year old. It came out after he day trained so we just use it at night, with a small Joey Bunz tucked under the pad. 
    It fits well once I realized that there was an adjustment in the side panels. My problem is that the cover gets sinky after a night pee and need to be washed long before the inserts run out.

    I trained him mostly naked and liked Blueberrys for saving the puddle but not the pants when I was tired and one or twos pair of waterproof trainers for day when we were out for a long time.

  • Dawnshine77

    What other trainers do you use?  Do you have a favorite?

    • Anonymous

      I’ve used GroVia My Choice, Little Beetle Learners, Fuzzibunz Trickle Free, Snap EZ, and the Flip. I think I like Gro Via best but I really just let my babies train nude. We only used any trainers for Fletcher when we left the house but only for about a week. Then he was 100% day trained. I got lucky.

  • Sally

    I love the design for larger sizes! This will be great for kids with special needs who may be older and larger than typically developing kids when training.

  • I think the one-size concept in a trainer is great on several levels.  First, some kids are truly in between sizes when they first start to potty train/learn.  Since trainers are a bit pricey, it is reassuring to know the Flip will fit the child for the long haul, and as you mentioned it is a great option for future kids who may be of various sizes when learning to use the potty.  Also, some kids just aren’t quick trainers.  I know my cloth diapered kids weren’t and I’ve been through that phase six times now.  Also, for families with a history of night time wetness issues past the pre-school years, a Flip Trainer is a nice option for those with very light wetting issues past the age of 3.  I will add, that nakey time really was the best ‘training’ option for our kids.  Long t-shirts for boys with something like BabyLegs for the cooler months and simple knit dresses for girls are/were great for our kiddos.  Of course, using the nakey method does require some extra patience when a child lets a load out on a carpeted surface.

  • lisar79

    Do you have a favorite trainer for nighttime?  Like your son, my 3 year old daughter only needs a diaper or trainer while she sleeps.  She has been daytime trained for over a year, but she can’t seem to wake up when she needs to go in the night.  I’ve been using cloth diapers at night because she needs plenty of absorbancy, but I would love to be able to figure out a better option that she can pull up and down by herself.

    • Anonymous

      I have honestly been using diapers the most. I’d like to try a SuperUndies, those are supposed to be very absorbent, but I can’t speak to that from experience.

      • lisar79

        I do have one pair of the Super Undies Nighttime trainers which actually work quite well.  They are pretty pricey though, and my daughter has a difficult time pulling them down once they are wet.  I may end up slurging on a couple more though if I can’t find a better option.  Thanks!