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).

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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!)