Many thanks to ANA Founding Member, Catherine Wyrostek of Darlings Downunder, for sharing with us on this subject.
Have you seen reusable training pants available online or in store and wondered if you’ll need them when your little one is toilet learning? Is it worth it – will you get use out of them?
As parents who have gone through toilet training with their little ones will know, for some toilet aware toddlers it can be a quick fuss-free experience, while for others it’s a process that can take many months of persistence and patience.
Once we had established our little one was ready to start learning we stopped using nappies, just like that. Which was great – no more washing nappies right? Well, the problem was she took a little longer to learn to use the toilet than we expected, and she continued to have accidents, especially when we left the house. We thought it would be too confusing for a toddler to use undies some of the time and nappies the rest of the time, so we started using reusable training pants when we went out.
Training pants can be an ideal ‘in between’ aide when toilet training is well underway but is not fully established. Your little one can pull them up and down on their own which makes them feel part of the toilet learning process (and encourages them to use the toilet independently!) with the added benefit of being protected if an accident occurs.
Trainers also come in handy for travel and holidays, when children who are toilet training are out of their normal routine and there may not be quick access to a toilet.
Reusable training pants are easy to care for. They can be washed with your nappies if you still have a child in nappies, or pre rinsed and washed with your regular laundry.
The other advantage of reusable training pants is that – unlike the many, MANY disposable pull ups you may need – you’ll only need a few training pants. Depending on how may accidents your little one has, and what stage they are at with their learning, you may require as few as 2, or if multiple accidents are happening each day, perhaps 5 or 6.