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

Image from 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!