Cloth Training Pants

When you were pregnant, one of your many decisions was whether you would use cloth diapers or disposable diapers. Now that your child is no longer a baby, the cloth versus disposable decision comes into play again -- this time over training pants. A third alternative is to simply go directly to underwear.

There are pros and cons to each choice. This time another voice (a quite loud and opinionated voice) takes part in the decision -- your toddler! Let's take a look at the advantages and disadvantages.

Cloth Training Pants

Pros:

  • Environmentally friendly
  • Cost efficient
  • May be healthier for skin
  • May encourage child to train quicker because the wetness stays close to the skin

Cons:

  • Must dunk, soak and wash
  • Must carry something to contain the pants when accidents happen away from home
  • May leak and or stain clothing and furniture

Disposable Training Pants

Pros:

  • No washing Helps prevent leaks and staining
  • No need to carry something to contain after accidents

Cons:

  • Cost
  • Some children use them same as diapers, since they feel the same
  • May be difficult for children to pull up

"Big-Kid" Underwear

Pros:

  • Inexpensive
  • Reusable
  • Easy for child to pull up and down
  • Thin enough that child feels wet and dirty
  • More like what adults wear

Cons:

  • If child has an accident, entire change of clothing is often necessary
  • May create a lot of laundry
  • Doesn't protect surfaces when in the car or on an outing

It's Your Choice

Try all the different choices to help you decide what will be best for you and your toddler. You may choose one path or any combination. Remember what works for one parent and toddler, may not work for another.

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