Regardless of how and when you are planning to potty train your children, you may be considering Cloth Training Pants<. If so, I'd like to present this review of an amazing brand that I absolutely love! Mme & Co is a Quebec company that designs and sells reusable products like cloth diapers, trainers, cloth pads, family cloth and more! They keep costs low so that taking the plunge into a more reusable home life is affordable. Instead of expensive, disposable pull up training pants, consider these washable Mme & Co cloth training pants.
I received this product from Mme & Co at no cost to facilitate my review. I have given my honest and unaltered opinion of the product. This post may contain affiliate links.
My youngest is currently day-time potty trained. We began this process the same time I started with my older two boys: 22 months. I find 18-24 months is the “sweet spot” for potty training for me. They are old enough to figure out the process, but young enough to not argue stubbornly every time I put them on the potty.
Now, just because we started before 2 doesn’t mean we never have accidents! I think the great misconception of “out of diapers before 2” is that these kids are miraculously managing their bowels and bladders, never needing help anymore, and never having accidents. That’s just not the case. And I approach potty training with each child with very real expectations: that it’s going to be me being trained more than my baby ?
Pricepoint is one of the main reasons that I love this brand! And not only is it affordable (these trainers are only 10.99 each! Canadian!), they haven’t sacrificed quality at all. From the moment you get the trainers in your hand you can feel the quality materials and careful workmanship. Mme & Co ships to both Canada and the USA, so our American friends can reap the benefits of a high US dollar exchange.
Well designed cloth training pants
The Mme & Co trainers are one size, with side snaps for easy removal. They pull up and down easily, just like underwear, and my son can do it himself just fine. The front has rise snaps to adjust from small, medium and large. My son is now 25 months old, about 25 pounds, and on the smallest rise and waist settings. He wears 2T cloths. I’d say this fits 2T, 3T and 4T. My four year old can fit these on the largest setting. There are no leg elastics, which help with the up and down motion. The piping along the legs is snug and helps keep any poop in, but diarrhea would probably not be contained.
Inside you’ll find a bamboo lining, with a thicker sewn-in wet zone. Bamboo is great because they feel wet when they pee, which helps the learning process. These cloth training pants can hold 4 oz of liquid and for us that’s one full pee. This makes them great for in the car and trips out of the house. Just in case we can’t make it to the bathroom in time, I know I won’t have to clean up a puddle on the supermarket floor.
They also work for naptime! We don’t use them overnight, because my guy sleeps like a rock and doesn’t wake to pee yet. This means I need something that holds more than one go. Mme & Co. has another product for that: the larger overnight training pants. Those are very big on my guy (recommended for ages 3-7) but still work very well! The Overnight Trainers are $15.99 and designed with a pocket for bamboo insert, and I’ll have a seperate review on those coming soon.
But do they work?
They’re not going to potty train you child for you (oh drats!), but yes they work! Training pants aren’t meant to be diapers, and you will have to change them immediately when accidents happen. But with these, my sons pants do stay dry.
My personal approach to potty training is not to use trainers in the very beginning. I’m more of a ‘this is what happens when the diaper is gone’ mom, and then work with him to figure out how to compensate for no more diaper. It means that we stay home and clean up a lot of messes together in the beginning. I like my kids to understand that accidents are messy and inconvenient for them, and for all of us, which is why we all go on the potty.
But after a month or two, I do like using the training pants. He’s already figured out the potty concept, and does his best to try and self manage, but he’s little so still has some accidents. Usually when I forget to put him on the potty as soon as we get home from somewhere, or if he’s tired and not paying attention, or in the car where we can’t stop.
The ability to contain any messes is more for me than him at this point, if that makes sense. But you might potty train differently (I fully support you doing you!) and want to start with a well-containing trainer right away. If so, this one’s definitely it! Not all cloth trainers on the market hold in accidents, but this one does.
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