Quick look at the best potty training pants
Depending on who you talk to, potty training is either a breeze that can be completed in as little as a weekend or a stressful prolonged stage that many parents are happy to see end.
Regardless of your experience with toilet training, there’s one question that many parents face: when to transition your growing tot from diapers to potty training pants. So, we took a deep dive into the world of big kid undies to create a guide that outlines some of the best options, depending on your needs.
Don’t be fooled by the name, potty training pants are essentially underwear, but they’re transitional underwear designed to catch potty accidents.
While cloth versions aren’t as absorbent as a diaper, they still provide a better barrier than traditional underwear if your child doesn’t make it to the potty in time or doesn’t yet understand bodily cues that indicate it’s time to go.
As you shop for potty training pants, there are a few key features to keep in mind.
Of course, you want whatever’s touching your toddler’s body to be soft and gentle so that it won’t encourage a rash or discomfort. Many feel it is best to prioritize natural materials.
For reusable pants made from cotton, keep in mind that they’re not as absorbent, so your child will notice if they’re wet or have poop in the pants. For some kids, that’s a good thing, and for others, it’s just a mess.
Disposable training pants tend to be very similar in absorbency to traditional diapers which can make some children less aware when they’ve wet their pants. But if your child already has some idea of when they need to use the potty, they might not need the same tactile cues.
Disposable vs. reusable
Depending on your preference, there’s a benefit and a risk to each.
Disposable potty training pants give you the same ease of use as a disposable diaper. However, as we mentioned, because they’re nearly identical in sensation to diapers, some children don’t necessarily notice when they’ve wet their pants.
In contrast, reusable cloth training pants can eliminate repetitive expenses since you’re simply washing the pants with the laundry as opposed to buying more training pants when your child soils them.
And many parents note that using washable training pants helps encourage their child to learn bodily cues that it’s time to go potty.
Many training pants are designed with enhanced absorbency in specific locations depending on whether the pants are made for boys or girls. While this isn’t a requirement, it’s a nice feature since it may reduce leakage.
Likewise, if you’re promoting the idea of wearing “big kid” undies, training pants with fun designs on them can be a great transitional step to get them on board before your child graduates to real underwear.
We specifically chose a range of disposable and reusable diapers, while also focusing on the materials to help ensure that they were friendly to your toddler’s skin. But we also considered the design, and of course, we looked at reviews from parents just like you!
Note that training pants come in multi-packs — after all, as they’re training, your toddler will go through them! The price ranges listed below are for the total price of the training pants pack, not a per pant price.
- $ = under $20
- $$ = $20–$30
- $$$ = over $30