Babies-Toddler Vivian | 06 Feb 2010 06:11 am

Buying WAHM Toddler Training Pants Or EC Baby Pants? 10 Aspects to Consider When Shopping

Training pants and EC baby pants add to your confidence when helping your baby or toddler wean to regular underwear. Training or Learning pants are simple to pull up and down, offer the toddler access to earlier independence, and are very convenient to switch when there are no change facilities available. They prevent puddles, feel like regular underwear and look great. They have little bulk, and can go in the regular wash as generally by this time you are managing wet items only.

There are many types of ready made (in stock), custom or hand-made training pants now available for the potty or toilet training child. Specialist varieties are available for families practicing Elimination Communication (EC) or Infant Potty Training in smaller sizes. In this case, look for unique adaptations for baby pottying access. They are easily removed or partially open for potty access, simpler changing, or easier drying.

Consider These 10 Features When Choosing the Right Training Pants for Your Family:

  1. Waterproof pants, perhaps lined with laminated fabric (PUL), boost your confidence on outings
  2. Non-waterproof trainers, perhaps for when at home help you know just when a wetting occurs for feedback, reminders and a quick change
  3. Training pants with sewn in sides are most like regular underwear. Look for varieties that have an elastic fabric side for easier pulling up and down action for a youngster
  4. Pants with ‘snapping’ sides help in case of poo accidents- they easy to remove quickly with less smearing. Snap fastenings last longer, so a better environmental choice for training pants, and last for all your children
  5. Thicker polar fleece pants delay wettness wicking onto other clothing. Polar fleece is made from recycled plastic bottles, so a choice mindful of the Earth
  6. Wool is absorbent. It remains warm if wet, is very natural and may also be hand knitted or crochet for a specialty fashionable one-of-a-kind choice
  7. Organic Hemp or Bamboo are more ecologically sustainable materials. Organic Cotton is also a better option environmentally
  8. Touch-tape fastenings are quick to put on – look for pants with ‘laundry tabs’ to prevent snags in the wash
  9. Some trainers have built-in booster padding or you can choose to add inserts for more absorbency, like with a nappy or diaper. With removable padding you can use them simply as lightly padded underwear later – for the little ‘Uh- Oh’s” on the way to the toilet independence
  10. A pair of woollen undies can be used as a cover for over small underwear, or as pants by themselves. They give variety in that stage of weaning to regular underwear, while still feeling the need for confidence with a little added protection in case of an accident.

Regardless of the age or stage in the potty training or toilet learning process, there are lots of choices these days. Options to tailor to the needs of your family from price, baby or toddler confidence and dexterity or your environmental concerns.

Commercial varieties are often are pretty poor at puddle catching, as well as being ‘crinkly’ with plastic liners. Disposable training pants, well they just extend the time your child is wearing one-use underwear. Support a local work-at-home-parent for least environmental impact and supporting local businesses as well. Look into cloth, washable and reusable training pants instead! You now know all the things to consider to make an informed choice.

Pop over to Charndra’s website on part time Baby Pottying, to browse for washable, reusable training pants and EC baby pants made by WAHM’s world-wide. Discover the wide range of pants available. While there, you can join to receive a free e-course introducing you to the 7 secrets to confidence in practicing elimination communication.

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