If you read my post on the history of American potty training, you know that infant potty training was the norm until the 1980′s when disposables gained a growing market share and experts re-thought toilet training norms from decades past. In fact, I can’t help but mention that in the 1950′s and 1960′s, 95% of all toddlers were toilet trained by 18 months!
Today, most of the mainstream training pants come in size 2T and larger. My daughter is 18 months old and her training pants invariably end up around her ankles after ten minutes of running through the house. I’m searching for a smaller pair of training pants that will accommodate younger children.
I’ve heard great things about Imse Vimse Organic Cotton Training Pants, mainly from Rebecca. She used them with her small daughter and was impressed by their quality and effectiveness. There is no waterproof layer, so they have to be used at home–but they give your child a full sense of how uncomfortable it feels to wet her pants. A small sized pair of Imse Vimse training pants fits babies 24-31 pounds, which is still far too big for my petite sized daughter–but will fit other children that range from 15-24 months.
Mother-Ease Training Pants seem like a better fit, since a size small ranges from 20-30 pounds. They have a waterproof layer on the outside, so would work more easily on the go. They’re also a reasonable $13.50 a pair.
Although I have no idea what their sizing means, I have to say that Blueberry Trainers Pants are just about the cutest things I have ever seen. They are not waterproof, but their vibrant colors and thick comfortable layers make them really appealing. And what toddler wouldn’t want to start potty training in order to sport a pair of these stylish pants?
If you’re training an infant, you’ll be happy to know that Diaper Free Baby’s website now sells infant underwear for just $6.00 a pair, and baby training pants for just $8.00 a pair. They’re not waterproof, but since they’re specifically from a site that emphasizes elimination communication, you know that they will actually fit!
Do you use pocket diapers for potty training, make your own, or find another great brand of training pants? Please give me your tips on favorite cloth trainers for young toddlers or babies!