Thanks to Crystal at Baby Beduga for sending a
pair of training pants to review!
There are a lot of really cute, but really pricey, training pants out there. And if the reason you started to use cloth was for the money savings, that can be seriously diminished if you spend too much on trainers. And while it might be thrifty to use cheap cotton underwear or diapers from your stash for potty training, here are a couple of reasons it helps to have some “real” trainers:
- They will look different from your diapers, and this may help your toddler psychologically in the learning process.
- They won’t have as much wear and tear on them, and will stay absorbent through the whole process….however long that takes.
- They can provide a boost of absorbency for car trips or naps.
- They often have special features that aid with learning, unlike traditional underwear or regular diapers.
Along with the pocket diaper that Baby Beduga sent last month, I also received one of Crystal’s personally-designed Super Saver Trainers, which retail for just $11, although they are on sale right now for just $8.99!
Super Saver Trainers feature back and front elastics (for comfort and for making it easier to pull up), 3 snap settings on the rise and 4 snap settings at the waist. There’s PUL on the outside and s microsuede stay-dry inner fabric. The pocket opening allows you to stuff in a standard microfiber insert (included with purchase), or whatever else you like. I have used the trainer on Sam with no insert at all since he’s just about done learning.
Note: Going forward, the inner gusset feature will no longer be included in the Baby Beduga trainers (to comply with and respect the intellectual property of others). However, for my review purposes, I didn’t find that this feature was crucial since we’re mostly dealing with #1 accidents during training.
The two different sets of snaps, at the rise and waist, make this a highly adjustable trainer. In fact, it’s one of the most adjustable I’ve ever tried in four years of diapering; I love all those waist snaps! Crystal’s size estimate is from 15 to 50 pounds. At ages (almost) 2 and 3, Susanna and Samuel can both wear it right at the same rise setting, so I only adjust at the waist. If they were really skinny (which they aren’t) it would still fit just as well.
It’s a very trim and lightweight trainer, which I love. When it’s naptime, I can stuff it with something more substantial like a flat diaper or two bamboo inserts. The only quirk I’ve noticed is that the snaps are exposed at certain points on the inside and sometimes they leave red marks on my little ones. They haven’t complained about the marks, so I haven’t really worried about it. The more I have stuffed in the pocket, the more marks there are. With no insert at all, like I use on Samuel frequently, it doesn’t happen.
Here’s the trainer on Samuel; he’s using the “big potty” now!
And here’s the fit on Susanna. She’ll be 2 years old very soon and is learning on our old wooden potty seat.
For $11, I’d say that Crystal has created a very versatile, well-fitting and functional trainer. There aren’t many competitors out there that can come close to her great price!
This is a relatively new design, so right now the Super Saver trainers are available in just two colors – Cocoa (brown) and Hot Chili (red). To purchase, simply visit the Baby Beduga online store.
Is someone in your house potty training right now? I’d love to hear how things are going, and what you’re using as trainers! And while you’re here, enter to WIN a diaper or trainer of your choice from the Baby Beduga site!