I love cloth trainers like the Flip Trainer for potty training. While we are mostly successful, my sons do have an occasional accident. With regular underwear, this means taking a whole new outfit in our diaperbag, changing clothes in a bathroom stall and carrying around soiled clothing until we get home. Not with a cloth trainer! With a trainer the outer layer is waterproof. This means that pants stay protected and all I need to change is the trainer. With the flip cloth potty training pants, I only need to change the insert and the shell gets used several times.
As a Mom to 4 boys, ages 5 and under, I’ve had lots of gentle potty training experience. I cloth diaper 3 of my 4 babies and knew that cloth trainers were the best transition from diapers. They give more protection then regular underwear and come in many of the cute prints that cloth diapers do. In fact, many cloth trainers are made by cloth diaper companies I love. I’m excited to share this Flip Cloth Trainer with you! From the cottonbabies line of products, if you love BumGenuis, Econobums and Flip diapers then you’ll love the Flip Trainer. Check it out here:
I was gifted a set of econobum prefolds and covers when my second son was 8 months old and dove into pockets shortly after. Bum Genuis 4.0 diapers were our first pockets. When I started thinking about cloth trainers, I thought about cottonbabies and was excited to try the flip trainer. This training pant comes with lots of bells and whistles. Features include removable and adjustable side panels, adjustable rise snaps and an organic cotton removable insert that is held in place by velcro. In addition, the trainer functions like a cloth diaper shell and can be used multiple times before washing. This means that our diaper bag is a bit lighter. My son wears the trainer and I simply carry a few replacement pads for light leaks. While not as absorbent as our cloth diapers, this trainer does allow for a bit more accident then some of our other brands that are only for teeny tiny leaks. Take a look at our sample from Green Mountain Diapers here:
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Below you can see the flip cloth trainer compared to the Bum Genius 4.0 I mentioned earlier. This is a well loved diaper and the elastic has relaxed a bit compared to when it was new. Both items are open all the way, the rise snaps are not being used. However, as you can see the flip trainer is still longer and more narrow in the cut. In addition, if you compare the wings, the flip wings are much longer and make up for the difference in distance with the front panel. The fit under clothing is far more trim with the trainer compared to the diaper. In addition, just like with the pocket, less or more absorbency can be used with the trainer. You can use one or several pads, add boosters and it’s all easy to change in a flash. However, while we haven’t had a bowel accident in these I imagine the whole diaper may need to be changed.
Overall impression. This trainer is aimed at fitting babies 20-50 pounds however it feels trim on my 42 pound toddlers. While the depth/crotch of the trainer has some room, the side panels feel tight and I hope to make it to 50 pounds because this really is a great system! While I initially thought this wouldn’t pull up and down easily, it does! In addition, the velcro at the front and back of the diaper hold the removable pad in place well. It took a few times, but my son can pull it up and down easily even in public. This comes in a really great range of colors and prints and the wings can be completely removed and changed. I opened up my sons’ underwear draw this morning and he grabbed the trainer and said “I want to wear this!” That makes me happy.
The features to this system are impressive. With all of the trainers, cottonbabies reports that you have over 200 look options. In addition to the organic cotton pads seen here, you can also use the flip disposable inserts from their flip diapering system. Shop the colors, inserts and a huge line of products from Green Mountain Diapers, home of the workhorse and legendary GMD prefolds. Make sure to read about the best books for potty training to help you along in your journey. Thanks for stopping by!