Monday, December 28, 2015

Cloth Diapers: Potty Training: Kissaluvs

We didn't get much use out of E's Kissaluvs pocket trainer.  She saw that it had snaps on it and therefore decided it was a diaper, and she wouldn't use it!

Image from Kissaluvs

The few times I did get her to wear it, it worked okay, but it did have that wonky Kissaluvs fit on her.  It had a pocket to add extra absorbency, though we never got that far.

Reading about the trainers on their website, they seem to have redesigned them.  The one E. had was a brown PUL outer with a brown flannel inner with stars on it.  (That actually was not the one I had even ordered, but nevermind that.  For a while it was hard to determine which Kissaluvs design you would be receiving!) Now apparently they have plain cotton fleece/sherpa inside, without prints.  I think that's the wrong way to go, personally, because with E. most of the excitement of potty training came from which design/pattern she was going to wear!

Anyway, in theory these look like a good trainer, if your child is not picky about front snaps, like mine was!

UPDATE:  Apparently Kissaluvs is no longer in business as of earlier this month!  Another diaper brand I've reviewed that isn't made anymore. :(

Cloth Diapers: Potty Training: Imse Vimse

Imse Vimse was another great choice for trainers!  They were probably my favorites along with Gerber and Blueberry.
Image from Imse Vimse

They were just like underpants, and happily they are made in larger sizes.  I had the Magic Dragon pattern shown above, and then got some white ones on sale and put my own designs on them with fabric paint.  E. LOVED them!!

Here are some pictures of the ones I painted; to see more visit my DoriNori blog!

DoriNori dogs trainers




Again, nothing bad to say here.  Comfy and toddler-approved!  Big enough to add a booster and be "night undies".

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Cloth Diapers: Potty Training: Super Undies

I got one pair of Super Undies -- they are extra pricey!  They were a simple pull-on trainer with cotton inner and waterproof outer.  These worked fine, more absorbent than others, but sized small.  The legs got tight on E., which meant she couldn't pull them down in time.  Also they were a bit poofy.  Well used in our rotation, but not my absolute fave.

The pair E. had was red. Image from Kelly's Closet

Now Super Undies has changed their designs a little and come out with a new hybrid system (which looks really good, actually), so I'm not sure the exact style we used is still available.  But it looks like they have even more options, especially for older children.  Which is actually somewhat rare, so yay Super Undies!

Friday, December 11, 2015

Cloth Diapers: Potty Training: Gerber

Ah, Gerber training pants!  These are FANTASTIC.  Yes, they are inexpensive and available at most Target-type stores, but sometimes that is actually the best thing. (Especially when you are on an outing and need to buy more on the fly!)

These are all-cotton briefs with a little extra accident protection built in.  That's it.  No waterproofness, no super absorbency -- just real undies with a bit of extra padding. They are not going to save your lap, but they make the perfect daytime trainer once your child has a pretty good grasp on using the bathroom.

We used them well beyond training, because they also make the perfect everyday undies!  Soft, plenty of coverage, unbeatable price.  Cute prints, too!  E. loved her "cars" print (below) so much, we had to get another pair when she sized up.  And these fit well for a long time, too.

They are cut pretty much exactly the same as the Hanna Andersson underwear, so save some dough and get some Gerbers for your stash!
Image from Amazon.com



Image from Amazon.com showing "cakes", another favorite print


Cloth Diapers: Potty Training: Hanna Andersson

I never did get the Hanna Andersson training pants, but I did get a pack of the regular underwear.  The prints on the set we had were different and are no longer available.

Image from Hanna Andersson

These were great and comfortable for E.  I noticed that so many of the cheap packaged undies in stores are cut in such a way that there's not good coverage.  We had tried some of those, and the fit was horrible!  These are actual briefs, all cotton with a covered waistband.  Nice!

Cloth Diapers: Potty Training: EcoPosh

I got one pair of EcoPosh trainers for E. (by KangaCare, the Rumparooz people!) and they were pretty good.  I didn't like them as well as Blueberry or Imse Vimse due to sizing and aesthetic reasons.

Image from Nicki's Diapers

I had the blue color, called "Peace".  Aesthetically, I was a little disappointed that these colors are more muted than they appear online.  I guess they are made with recycled materials, but still, they look like, I don't know, the brown paper bag of training pants.  They are literally brown inside, too!  This is a good feature in theory to disguise, ahem, you know . . . but in practice it's a bit disconcerting.  They definitely seemed utilitarian, not fun!

But, they worked fine.  I forget what size E. had, but they seemed to get snug rather quickly.  They also were fairly stiff and bulky, which made them a bit tougher to get off and on.  I wouldn't necessarily recommend them, but if you need an unexciting trainer (which I also would not recommend), these appear to be on sale all over the place right now!

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Yogurt Taste Test Addendum: The Worst Yogurt Ever

Even though my Great Yogurt Showdown was a long time ago, I still enjoy picking up new yogurts to try.  I'm not as scientific about it these days.  Anyway, this yogurt looked fun, but turned out to be nasty!


Yes, that's Carrot yogurt.  So much potential to be fun and tasty, yet so much fail in real life.

You've been warned!

Friday, January 16, 2015

Cloth Diapers: Potty Training: Carter's

I know, it's a bit useless to review a product that is no longer made, but you know me and being thorough.  I did indeed buy the Carter's My First Undies 2 pack (in two sizes!) for E., and though they had a couple issues, she really liked them (while they fit).

Image from Amazon.com

She loved the patterns, which as I've mentioned is super important for getting your toddler on board with potty time.  They were soft and quite absorbent for what they were (that is, trainers that you don't expect to catch everything), with good coverage.  The price was right!

However, here are the downsides.  It turns out that they did have a short rise, so as she grew, they quickly didn't cover as well.  The leg holes were on the small side, so they would get rather stuck on my girl's chubby thighs.  It seemed like the elastic in the legs was somehow tighter than the waist, and that seemed uncomfortable for her.

And the biggest downside: they didn't have the standard hidden PUL waterproof layer, but rather a hidden waterproof layer of something crinkly!  That is, you could hear these trainers crinkling around like a plastic grocery store bag!  It really bothered me because that is so un-undies-like and just not common these days, especially not with cloth!  So boo to that.

Well, they must not have been that successful because I can't find a trace of them online anymore!  (Except for that "unavailable" Amazon link from the photo -- which is where I bought them before.)  But there you go, another review for completeness' sake. :)

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Cloth Diapers: Potty Training: Blueberry

Here we are!  Potty Trainer reviews!  E. started trying out "undies" (training pants of various types) part-time around 18 months.  We did a mix in the daytime: continuing to go to her little potty as much as possible (yay!), diapers, and undies.

Right away we found out her preferences.  Anything remotely diaper-like was NOT undies, but rather still a diaper.  This meant any visible snaps, anything easy-open, anything too huge.  She called these types "diapers" and after a while (when she was mostly in undies all day) she would refuse them.  So I looked to get trainers that were as undies-like as possible!

I knew for the learning process that there would be a lot of laundry and puddles.  I wasn't looking for maximum absorbency, but rather trainers that would minimize the mess.  I think it helped her to know that yes, she just had an accident because she was not in a diaper.

Another preference she had was for PRINTS!  Getting fun pictures on the undies was vital, because she really enjoyed them, wanted to wear them, and would request certain patterns.  I think all trainers and undies need to be FUN for kids!

OK, on to the review for my favorite trainer, Blueberry!  These were completely undie-like, soft velour on the inside, and had two hidden layers of absorbent microfiber and waterproof PUL.  Outside they were soft cotton prints.  Perfect!  They held up great in the wash, minimized cleanup, and were very comfortable for her.


 Photos from Blueberry site

I got these in size medium and they were kind of snug so then I got large.  Used these during the day while using the toddler fitteds and covers at night.






 Photos from Blueberry site

These two were size large and were good for a longer time.  Eventually these became "night undies" (sometimes with a booster) when she started refusing the fitteds and covers.

I have nothing bad to say about these trainers, other than I wish they were sized a little roomier! (Neither size medium nor large went all the way up to their promised max weight by a long shot!)  When E. got the hang of going to the bathroom more on her own, any sort of snug waistband was hard for her to get down and more prone to accidents.  The same went for her pants; the era of close-fitting legging-type pants was over, in favor of roomy sweatpants-type elastic waist pants and stretchy loose yoga pants!  We called them "easy pull-up-pull-down pants".

Blueberry trainers are great (though pricey), and it's the style I wanted to emulate when I found patterns and started making my own trainers for E. (more on this later!)