Oct 092015

learner2When I give away or sell my last cloth diaper, I’ll be a happy mama. And it seems we could be close. The jury’s out, on whether Bug will ever be a big brother, but what I do know is he’s transitioning out of diapers and into underwear.

Even though I’ve already seen one kid go from diapers to potty, we don’t exactly have a plan here. When we’re home, Bug is bare butt or in undies. Sometimes he goes in the potty and other times on the floor. I recently dug up the undies we used for Babe when she was learning to use the potty. They have this little padded area in the crotch that possibly catches some of the pee. If you’re a girl. They virtually do nothing for Bug. And to be honest were also a little pointless for Babe.

When I heard AppleCheeks was coming out with “learning pants,” assumed they would be similar, but they of course went above and beyond. They didn’t invent the training pant, but they may have perfected it! Unlike the undies I had for Babe, the absorbent panel covers all the way up to the waist band in the front and the back. This means they work for boys and girls.

And can we talk about the name for a second? Thank you, AppleCheeks, for calling them LEARNING pants, not TRAINING. Kids aren’t supposed to be trained, but they certainly love to learn. Learn to eat, learn to sleep, learn to use the potty. No training necessary!

The absorbent panel is made of two layers of microterry sewn in, covered by the PUL used in AC diapers.

When a child’s getting used to using the potty, I feel like these are better than diapers with snaps. These pull up and down quite easily, while snap diapers like ACs take that little bit too long a tiny bladder might not be able to wait.learner

Bug chose a St. Lucia blue training pant, but they also come in Appletini and Jem.

He wore them the entire first day and used the potty so I couldn’t gauge how much pee these things hold. I put him in a diaper for overnight.

The next day, he was surprisingly eager to put on his big boy underwear. He wore them and just a shirt, and peed, standing right in front of me. A full, 2.5yo 40lb pee. You know how much pee ended up on the floor? None of it. So I guess that how “training” pants are supposed to work.  Truly impressive. They’re not meant to replace a diaper, but in this case they did.

There’s an option for a booster, which I stuffed in once. It’s not recommended you remove it like you might with a pocket diaper. It’s a bit finicky to get in there, but I don’t know how necessary it even is. The learner held a full pee without the booster too. Since then, I’ve left it out.

If the learners are not soiled, they can be washed as regular underwear. If they did catch a poop, AppleCheeks recommends you rinse them first and then wash them as soon as possible. Any solids should be removed prior to washing to avoid staining and to keep the learners clean.

They retail for $21.95CDN. You can buy from your favourite retailer Monday, but first enter here to win a pair!

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