Posts Tagged ‘pul’

Cloth Pottytraining Options

Thursday, April 21st, 2016

potty trainingMy baby sister was learning to use the toilet at about the same time that Pull-Ups first hit the market. After cloth diapering me, my mom swore never again to wash a diaper and used disposables for both of my younger sisters. When Pull-Ups came out, my mom jumped on board right away, thinking she wouldn’t have to wash stinky accident undies, either. Unfortunately for my mom though, in my little sister’s case, Pull-Ups were not a potty training tool, but just a diaper that was pulled on instead of being taped in place. They definitely didn’t work as a toilet training device.

Fast forward a zillion years to now, and not only are Pull-Ups and several competitors still around (apparently they do work for some kids), there’s a whole new market of cloth trainers out there. So what’s the deal with these, and do they work?

First up, the old school Gerber training pants. These were around in my day. They’re basically undies with a two-ply crotch and front area. These aren’t designed to hold back a flood; rather, they can absorb a little trickle if the child has waited a bit too long to go potty. They’re thin so they fit easily under pants. When I was little, mom would put little vinyl pants over the top as well if she needed them to be waterproof. Nowadays, you also have the option of wool as a waterproof cover; some people use lanolized underwoolies over training underwear, which are thin enough to fit under pants and come in cute colors to wear under dresses. Gerber training pants are useful with children that are already for the most part toilet trained, and just need a little extra barrier now and then.

Next up are modern training pants. These are often sold by cloth diaper companies and are more absorbent (and have more bulk) than the thinner gerber pants. They usually come with a layer of PUL sandwiched inside, so they are waterproof with smaller accidents, but they don’t have the gussets and whatnot of a regular diaper so they probably won’t contain major floods or explosions. Pants should still fit over these (though with more of a diaper-like fit due to their bulk) and they pull up so the child wearing them gets practice with this. These are useful if you aren’t fully confident in your child’s toilet-using abilities when going out of the house especially, and also for naptime insurance.

Finally, the closest option to both a cloth diaper and a disposable Pull-Up is a hybrid trainer, which use inserts and operate similarly to an AI2 diaper. These are waterproof due to their PUL outer, and you can customize the inserts depending on any fiber sensitivities or absorption needs. They have a non-bulky fit (thinner than a cloth diaper). Because they look and perform the most like a diaper, this can work for or against you. My oldest was night trained using these because they looked and felt like diapers and he didn’t want to have to wear a diaper to bed like a baby. I offered him the option of these or using the toilet only and he decided on the toilet. On the other hand, my youngest decided they were diapers and used them as such, with absolutely zero hang-ups on them being “for babies.”

Meaghan Howard is currently a stay-at-home mom and enjoying living overseas with her husband and two young children. She enjoys traveling, running, and the most excellent sport of all time, dragon boat.

Cloth Diaper Lingo

Monday, January 26th, 2015

Cloth Diaper LingoI’m not exactly sure at what point in my pregnancy I became interested in cloth diapering, but I do know that for the first few weeks of researching options, the terms and lingo were so confusing! “Prefold” was especially troublesome. Was it something I had to pre-fold before using? How did one fold it, whatever it was?

Cloth diapers practically come with their own language, and it can take some time before you become fluent. So here’s a list of the most common terms you will encounter as you begin to look into cloth.

Diaper Styles.
These are the type of diaper you put on your baby, based on construction and appearance.

  • AIO – All-In-OneThis diaper is the closest to a disposable, since the absorbent material is sewn into the diaper. Some may have the option to add absorbency, some may not, but the basic idea is that everything you need is already sewn into the waterproof shell.
  • AI2 – All-in-two – The same concept as an All-In-One, except that the absorbent material tends to snap into place inside the waterproof shell.
  • Hybrid A waterproof shell plus either reusable or disposable absorbent material.
  • Pocket A diaper with a waterproof outer shell and a lined interior that creates a pocket for holding absorbent material. Most, but not all, come with inserts (see definition below). Probably the most common form of modern cloth diaper on the market.
  • Fitted – A cloth diaper that is not waterproof. This has the shape of a modern cloth diaper and is made entirely of absorbent material. This diaper requires the use of a waterproof cover and is often used as a night time diaper option.
  • Prefold One of the “old fashioned” versions of cloth diapers and what your mother or grandmother will likely think of when you begin to talk about cloth. A flat rectangle of fabric, typically cotton, that has multiple absorbent layers sewn into the middle. This diaper has to be folded and fastened onto baby and requires the use of a waterproof cover. Prefolds are economical and are generally considered among the easiest options to launder.
  • Flat A flat also falls into the “old fashioned” category. Flats are large, single layers of cotton that must be folded and fastened onto baby and require the use of a waterproof cover. They are also economical and extremely easy to launder.
  • Cover A waterproof shell designed to go over absorbent material. Covers have no absorbency and must be paired with a prefold, fitted, or other appropriate insert.

Accessories/additional terms

  • Insert Absorbent material typically designed to be tucked inside of pocket diapers. Can be man-made fiber or natural. Pocket diapers (purchased new) typically come with an insert suited to the diaper, but inserts can be purchased separately for added absorbency or due to preferring a particular fiber.
  • Snappi The modern alternative to diaper pins. These are a stretchy, Y-shaped piece of plastic with grabby “teeth” that are used to fasten prefolds, flats, and closure-less fitteds.
  • Boingo Like a Snappi, they are an alternative to diapers pins, but are two pieces rather than one.
  • Liner A liner is something that is placed between baby and the diaper. Some are disposable (some flushable) and are used to catch poop for easy disposable. Some are fleece and are typically used to keep babies skin dry.
  • PUL – Polyurethane Laminate – This is a waterproof material used to make covers and the outer shell of pocket diapers and All-In-Ones.
  • TPU – Thermoplastic Urethane – Another waterproof material.
  • WAHM – Work At Home Mom – This term is used to describe diapers that are made in a home based business.
  • OS One Size – Diapers typically are either sized, meaning you will buy different sizes as baby grows, or “one size”, meaning that the diaper typically fits a child within a range of 8-35 lbs and grows with baby from birth on.

There are many, many other terms that you will come across as you really dive into the depths of cloth diapers, but as you come to speak the language they all become much easier to understand. Hopefully this helped welcome you into the world of cloth!

Kate Cunha lives in the Pacific NW with her husband and daughter. She’s a huge cloth diaper advocate and just a bit sad that her daughter is currently saying goodbye to their cute fluff.



Sunday Funday Giveaway: Blueberry Trainer

Sunday, September 2nd, 2012

If you have a wee one who is learning to use the potty be sure to check out the awesome selection of cloth training pants at Mom’s Milk Boutique! The Blueberry Trainers in particular are a popular choice for both their adorable prints and effective design. The Blueberry Trainers are made to catch small accidents during the day, however are far less bulky than a regular cloth diaper. Trainers are designed to mimic underpants in their fit and feel. Although unlike traditional children’s underwear, Blueberry Trainers are made from cotton velour, micro-terry and PUL making them absorbent AND super trim! While they will effectively contain small leaks, Blueberry Trainers are not intended for nap time or overnight usage. Blueberry Trainers are available in 3 sizes: Small (22-30 lb), Medium (25-35 lb), Large (32-42 lb). Older children who are learning to use the potty are sure to appreciate the many different gender specific prints to choose from!

Want a chance to win a FREE Blueberry Trainer for your potty learning toddler? Then be sure to enter this week’s giveaway below! One winner will be drawn at random and announced on Sunday, September 9. Winner will be notified via email and is asked to respond within 48 hours to claim their prize. Good luck everyone!!


Top 10 Signs You Might Have an Addiction to Cloth Diapers

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

Recent observations of cloth diapering families has revealed what specialists now refer to as a “Cloth Diapering Addiction”.  Here are a few of the associated symptoms:

1. Your significant other frequently comments that he/she thought cloth diapers were supposed to SAVE money.

2. You coordinate your baby’s outfits with his/her cloth diapers.

3. You could go easily go two or more weeks without washing diapers and still have clean diapers for baby to use.

4. When people go to your home and see your stash they say “Oh, I didn’t know you ran a cloth diapering business”.

5. You have holiday-themed cloth diapers

6. You can correctly identify various brands of  cloth diapers when a bit of fluff peeks out from other babies’ pants in public.

7. Your child’s name is embroidered on several diapers in your stash.

8. When people ask what to get your baby for a holiday or birthday you gift, you send them a link to your cloth diaper registry.

9. You can correctly decode the following: AIO, AI2, PUL, RLR, CD, CPF, H&L, BG, and FB.

10. You belong to and actively participate on multiple cloth diapering forums.


If you can answer “YES” to 3-5 of the above you have a mild case of cloth diaper addiction.

If you can answer “YES” to 6-8 of the above you have a moderate case of cloth diaper addiction.

If you can answer “YES” to more than 8 of the above you have a serious case of cloth diaper addiction.

Treatment options:

Successful treatment for cloth diapering addiction is limited. In fact the only known cure is for your child to be potty trained. In which case some addicts will have another baby just so they can continue to use cloth diapers.

-Sarah 😉

PS. Don’t forget tomorrow May 25 is Fan Photo Friday. If you haven’t submitted a newborn babywearing photo yet do so by tonight to get your 25 Milk Miles!