Thursday, March 14, 2013

Cloth diaper Trainer Review Part 1: Kissa's by Kissaluvs

It's been a long time coming on the post, and I apologize Jocelyn on my tardiness! A few months back I decided to wet my feet with a few cloth diaper training pant purchases. My daughter is only 18 months, but we've been doing EC for about 7 months, and I figured it might be the next step in the journey to potty training. Just as a disclaimer, I am not very religious about putting her on the potty after transitions. I know I could be better about it, but I'm not. Sorry EC gods, I know I've let you down.

Back to the stash. Currently I have three official training pants and one unofficial pair that I think would be a fantastic training pant. Here they are, can you guess the brands? Have you been checking out all the cute options as well?

Which one of these is not like the others? Three have side snaps. One is clearly like a pair of underwear, so it can't be that one. Given up yet? If you guessed the left one, you were wrong! If you guessed the gray one on the far right you were right! Bravo you fluff addict, you spotted the impostor! You may recognize this adorable piece of poop/pee catching goodness from a previous post.

Here are the diapers from left to right: Kissa's by Kissaluvs in 2T, Blueberry trainer in small, Grovia trainer, and our beloved Bottombumpers in the limited edition christmas print with an embroidered owl on the back.

I won't review all the trainers today, but I'll split them up for the sake of brevity. I can't imagine how long this post would be if I continued to ramble on and then did a review of each of the trainers. Without further ado, here is the first installment of cloth trainers

Kissa's by Kissaluvs

This trainer is really adorable. I fell in love with the owl print inside as soon as I saw it. Here is a link to the website where you can see all the adorable colors and prints these come in.


Side snapping
This is so important if you are just starting out the potty training journey. Chances are, it's going to take awhile before your little one is pooping in the potty. If that's the case, you'll really really want a side snapping option to keep any accidents (or misses) from being smeared down their legs. Isn't that just a lovely thought?

Pocket in the back-This is genius! It's like a pocket diaper, but flannel on the inside, so your pee monster gets a little added boost during nap time, or when you're just starting out. The flannel lets them feel wet immediately, meaning they still get the message without having to clean up a big mess afterwards.

Cute designs inside-This I think is genius! Who wants to poop or pee on all the cute owls, or monsters? Telling your child not to not poop or pee on their friends is a great way to get encourage them to ask you for the potty. I think having your toddler even pick out the prints they like is genius in really getting them involved in the process. And like most of you know, it's much easier to get a toddler on board when they have some control over what they are doing!

Microfiber liner and PUL outer layer-These two combos mean you can contain one accident, providing it's not too large, without wetting clothes. I think this would be the perfect pair of trainers to take out on your first errands out of the house.

Price- These are very reasonably priced at $15 each. For the quality and function, you could easily use these on several kids, or in the alternative, get a great price back on resale.


Sizing-If you practice EC, these trainers will probably be too big for your little ECer once you are ready to transition to a trainer. They only come in 2T and 3T. My daughter is wearing 2T clothing, but at 25 lb and with a slim build, these are not really feasible at the moment. Right now, they sit in her diaper drawer, waiting for the day when she will grow into them. The website says 20-32 lb, but my little Lucy is not able to wear these yet.

Design-If you little trainer is very perceptive, he or she may not be thrilled with the idea of "graduating" to big girl or big boy pants that look very similar to his other cloth diapers.

Overall, I think these trainers are a great addition to a family with a toddler who is a little on the chunkier side. The design is a great first trainer to get your toddler transitioning out of diapers and into trainers.

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