03 October 2014

Review: Best Bottom Training Pants

Description: The Best Bottom training pants are available in a few different colours and consist of a cotton knit exterior with an interior PUL lining to make them waterproof. The training pants are available in sizes, ranging from small to large.  Inserts (bought separately) snaps into the front and back (just like on the Best Bottom shells), but are covered with flaps in the front and back. Special Feel-Wet inserts are available to snap into the Best Bottom shells, but they will also work with the regular Best Bottom inserts in size medium or small. 
First impressions: The training pants look just like real underwear and feature a wide-ish elasticated waistband and nice stretchy material with binding around the legs. The waterproof inner is very soft and thin and doesn't feel at all plastic-y. The colours available aren't particularly exciting - I would've preferred brighter colours and a wider selection of prints. [Rating: 3.5/5] 

Ease of use: These are very easy to use - simply snap in the insert of your choice and pull up/down like regular underwear. There are no waist closures to fasten/adjust or rise settings to adjust. A was able pull these up and down with a fair amount of ease - depending on the size of the insert snapped in. I did noticed she found it easier to pull them up/down with a smaller insert. When the insert is wet, simply pull the pants down, snap out the insert and snap a dry one in. Accidents of the poopy variety are a bit more complicated as you have to pull them off quite carefully to avoid poop getting everywhere. And when your toddler insists on doing this by themselves - well I'm sure you can imagine the cleanup that ensues! The Best Bottom training pants are easy to clean and dry fairly quickly. [Rating: 4/5]  

Fit: These run true to size and at roughly 12.5kg A fit into the size small. They are nice and snug around the waist and bum (thought not too snug), but the leg holes gape slightly (due to lack of leg elastics) and the training pants tends to bunch in the front. The extra fabric in front would probably be less noticeable on a boy. [Rating: 3.5/5] 

Value for money: These are fairly inexpensive (though obviously you need to take shipping into account if you live outside of the US). The fact that it requires separate inserts that can snap in/out means you can re-use the training pants quite a few times before needing to wash them, which makes them more cost effective than other training pants which have to be washed as soon as your toddler wets them. I really like that I'm able to use the regular Best Bottom inserts in these training pants - saves me money and makes the system that much more cost effective. Very clever! [Rating: 4/5] 

Performance: The performance differed according to which inserts we used. While the size small Best Bottom inserts enabled me to get a better fit on A, they also were more prone to leaking since they simply can't hold as much liquid. This, coupled with the leg gaps caused pee to drip out the leg holes and down her legs on at least one occassion. Using the size medium inserts worked fine though - it absorbed well, even though we had to compromise a bit on fit (added bulk). What's great about this system is that the absorbency levels are so customisable - in the beginning stages of potty training you can use the regular Best Bottom medium inserts, then switch to small once your toddler learns more bladder control and eventually to the Feel-Wet inserts as the last step in the potty training journey. The leg gaps caused the most issues when A pooped in these - especially when it was on the more liquid-y side. Yeah... not fun. If your toddler has chunkier legs this probably won't be an issue for you though, but on A it did lead to some less pleasant clean-up sessions. 
[Rating: 4/5] 

Overall impression: I love that this is such a natural progression from the Best Bottom shells and that the inserts you already own can be re-used with the training pants when you are just starting out with potty training. I also love that they look just like real underwear, with the added bonus of a waterproof interior so clothes (and carpets!) stay dry. The slight gaping around A's legs meant that I didn't have total peace of mind when A wore these though. [Rating: 3.5/5] 

Best Bottom Training Pants are available locally from Mulberry Moon. Follow Best Bottoms on Facebook to be the first to know of any new products or specials. 

Disclaimer: All image credits belong to Hippie Safari. Please do not use or distribute without my permission.  I paid regular retail price for this diaper, was not compensated in any way for my review and all opinions expressed above are my own. While I aim to provide detailed, objective reviews of all the diapers that I've used, please bear in mind that this is my opinion and that every mom has her own preferences and every baby is built differently. So what works well for me and A, might not necessarily work well for you and your baby. At the time that these photos were taken, A was 2 years old (27 months to be exact) and weighed roughly 12.5 kg.

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