Finally, Training Pants that actually look and work just like undies! Meet the Bummis Potty Pant!
One of the first things that I noticed about the Bummis Potty Pant, was the print and color options. Bummis gave me a Potty Pant to review, and let me pick out which print or color I wanted, so I clicked on their website and let my two year old make the choice. He wavered between the “circus” print and “vintage robot,” but ultimately decided that he preferred the robots. I know that normally print options aren’t much more than a cosmetic feature in a cloth diaper—one we moms are often willing to pay more for but babies don’t care much about—but in the case of potty training, a good print can be the difference between a motivated two year old and a two year old who gets dragged kicking and screaming to the potty.
“-in the case of potty training, a good print can be the difference between a motivated two year old and a two year old who gets dragged kicking and screaming to the potty.”
When I potty trained my daughter four years ago, I made her a set of fleece potty training pants with Sesame street characters on the bums. I’ll never forget her reaction to them: “I can’t pee on Bert’s face, Mommy. He be sad!” I don’t think she would have cared as much had they just been plain old yellow training pants. Bert’s appearance made all the difference for her because she was emotionally attached to him and my son’s excitement about getting robot underwear was great motivation for him to keep the pants dry.
Potty Training Pants = Big Boy Underwear
When the potty pants came in the mail I gave them to my son immediately and he thrilled and so proud of his big boy underwear. “Mighty machines!” he exclaimed as he pointed to the designs he’d forgotten about and referring to one of his favorite shows on Netflix. “Yes, they are,” I said, choosing not to correct him. We slid the potty training pants on and he beamed as he sat there between his fully potty trained buddies and watched The Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. He wore those pants for the remainder of the morning and only took them off after nap time because he peed in his sleep. Two days later he was wearing his “mighty machines” (vintage robot) training pants when he stayed dry for almost 12 hours for the first time ever!
Bummis Potty Pant Features
Other than the prints, what do I love about these pants? So, so much! First of all, they are very trim. They have an effective absorbent layer. He had no leaking during his nap which I can’t say for some of his diapers, and yet the potty pants are thin enough that you wonder if there is any absorbency in them at all. I have yet to see them leak, but we send him to the potty every 30 minutes so if he does have an accident, the pee volume is low. I do think it’s good when potty training pants leak just a bit because it teaches kids the consequences of not getting to the potty in time so if they do leak one day, I won’t be sorry.
The pants are super stretchy. They move with my son as he plays and they’re easy to get on and off which is good because he is at a point where he isn’t very proficient at putting his underwear or his clothes on by himself yet. Having nice, stretchy, easy fitting underwear really facilitates quick and successful trips to the potty. The tags are thoughtfully placed on the outside of the training pants so they don’t irritate kids who hate feeling tags up against their skin. In my son’s case, it means he can play with the tags which is good because he is obsessed with them. They also fit well even when put on backwards. It doesn’t seem like the back and the front of the potty pant are cut any differently. There are different tags on both sides, but other than that, they’re indistinguishable. For a kid who is still learning how to put on his clothing for the first time and who doesn’t care about right, left, front, or back, this is a great feature. I don’t have to ask him to take them off and put them on correctly, or put the baby down to do it myself. Finally, the pants are soft to the touch and thanks to the stretchiness, they look extremely comfortable. My son seems very much at ease running around wearing them.
I love these training pants. I haven’t tried many different cloth trainers because I usually make my own, but comparing them to the couple of kinds I have tried, they’re definitely my favorite and I would most certainly purchase more. I love them and recommend them with just one, very small hesitation: they don’t have a dinosaur print. ;)
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