Monday, July 27, 2009

In Search of Cloth Trainers

It seems like there has been an explosion in cloth diapering. Numerous cute pocket diapers and covers abound as well as a growing preference to use them. They are not the cloth of the 70's and prior, requiring pins and folding. At least, not if you don't want to.

I have used cloth about anywhere from 50-80% of the time with my daughter. Yet to find a cloth diaper she does not leak through at night, so she gets her pampers then. Since the move to trainers, however, it has been a more complicated process. Do I put her in a cloth diaper to continue to encourage her awareness of her movements or choose the disposable pull-ups which are both costly and so absorbant she can ignore her pees and poos, yet have the "grown-up" feature of being able to pull them up.

So I have been searching for cloth trainers and am still trying to find a style that I like. Just as with cloth diapering, the trainers to not run cheap and $8.00 per trainer is about as low as they seem to go! And just how long is a 'training period' for any how? Is it worth it to invest in them when you will eventually just shift to regular undies?

I don't know.

But here are the brands I am finding because it seems that unlike cloth diapers, cloth trainers are much scarcer to obtain.
The Kushies I am currently using, available at and amazon.

Snooty Booty Diapers
has a nice listing of a few brands available through their store:

Gerber carries a few on Amazon. Though I hear they are just thicker panties and you need to purchase separate waterproof covers.

There are some cool trainers also available via Etsy by many small businesses of Work At Home Moms.

And the Inspired line, which have some really cute patterns.


  1. Have you tried the Super Undies from Starbunz?

  2. Hey! We actually used disposables for diapers, but cloth for training! (We managed to dodge that PullUp financial drain...)

    At WalMart we ended up finding special training cotton briefs that had an extra absorbent crotch. Yes, you do a LOT of washing...for us the training window for our twins lasted months...but it DOES happen.

    :) Hang in there.

  3. You need to read this post written by Twinsanity: a Mommy of 6 kids that includes 2 sets of id twins. She made her own and bought plenty of cloth diapers. She posted a HUGE Cloth Diaper 101 and answers lots of questions a few days later.