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The Ins and Outs of Thirsties Potty Training Pants

Thirsties Potty Training Pant is designed to help catch small accidents while potty training.
Since we’re starting to stick our toe into the potty training world again (okay, that sounds gross) with our 2-year-old daughter, I was ecstatic when Thirsties announced their new training pants. We skipped straight to Gerber trainers with our son but I wasn’t a fan, so I’m pleased to give the new Thirsties potty training pant a try. Laura recently talked on #ThirstiesLive about the ins and outs of Thirsties trainers, so we thought we’d share that great information with you all today. 


The features of these pants elevate them above the rest. Intended to help catch small accidents while training, it’s important to note that they do not replace diapers. The interior consists of four layers of soft, absorbent certified organic cotton. The wet zone is lined with waterproof TPU laminate to help keep clothes dry. Gentle elastic along the legs and waist provide comfort and make it easier to pull pants up and down. Here’s how they stack up as far as sizing (all available for $18.75 MSRP): Small- 20-27 lbs (9-12 kg) Medium - 26-35 lb (12-16 kg) Large - 33-45 lb (15-20 kg) X-Large - 42-56+ lbs (19-25 kg) Before using, be sure to watch the trainers 1-3 times. When it’s time to wash, treat them like diaper laundry: remove solid waste, prewash, do a hot wash followed by an extra rinse, then dry on low (or hang to dry). If they’re not wet or soiled, celebrate a win and wash normally.

What a Trainer Is / What a Trainer Is Not

A trainer is designed to fit and go on and off like underwear while giving extra protection in case your litte one has an accident while learning how to use the potty. It’s not a diaper that looks like underwear.

Strategies for Use

Trainers are only one tool in your family’s potty learning tool belt. You should determine your strategy and the aspects of toilet learning before giving it a go since it could be a harmful struggle to all involved otherwise. This link is super helpful, offering the idea of toilet learning rather than toilet training, and an overall Montessori-style philosophy that boils down to this: “...we observe what it is that the child needs to accomplish, then we analyze what is the best way to offer the necessary assistance. Assistance can then be given both through indirect and direct preparation.” Before using a trainer, be sure your child is ready to start potty learning and remember that a trainer is not a diaper. “Toilet learning should assist the child to develop the ability to control two distinct actions for urination and defecation. Nature intended these functions to operate for the survival of the species. However, for the children to control and coordinate these actions, their awareness of them has to develop concurrently with the maturation of the systems involved.” How you use Thirsties Potty Training Pant is dependent on how you’re assisting your child in potty learning. For protection at home, you’ll need up to 10 trainers, (although many consider going pantless at home). As extra protection while out, you may need around 5. Remember, while they are inconvenient for caregivers, accidents are not bad things; in fact, they are important learning opportunities. Thirsties Potty Training Pants are designed to help make those accidents less inconvenient. For more great advice and cloth diaper topics, be sure to check in with the Thirsties team every Friday at 1PM MST on Facebook and 1:45PM MST on Instagram for #ThirstiesLive. Thirsties Potty Training Pant is designed to help catch small accidents while potty training.
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