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[Potty Training] Daddy-approved pull-up pants (Kissaluvs Pocket Trainers)

2012 January 11
by MieVee @ MummysReviews.com

Kissaluvs Pocket Trainers

More on training pants options — this is a review of Kissaluvs Pocket Trainers, provided by Milagro Trading.

Potty training is a long journey, and it’s great when hubby chips in to help, especially with boys. When outdoors, hubby’s in charge of bringing Vee to the toilet and teaching him how to relieve himself “men’s style”.

Kissaluvs Pocket Trainers are certainly Daddy-approved, with their trim fit and ease of pulling up and down. If you’re looking for training pants for day-time and outdoors, read on.

About Kissaluvs Pocket Trainers

These are the main features of the pocket trainers:

  • Outer fabric: 100% custom milled PUL
  • Inner fabric: 100% cotton flannel
  • Soaker:  Microfiber (2 sewn in layers)
  • Closures: 4 side snaps. 2 snap settings per side.
  • Country of origin: Made in the U.S.A.

They’re available in 2 sizes; and 4 colours with printed cotton flannel inside.

First Impressions

These are unique training pants with prints on the inside instead of outside. Haha… my mum thought that it’s a reversible underwear. And the dinosaur prints would be a hit with boys!

They’re very trim and side snaps make them suitable for pulling up and down during potty training.

Kissaluvs Pocket Trainers - close up 1

There’s 2 layers of sewn-in microfibre, and a back pocket opening for stuffing more inserts to boost absorbency.

Kissaluvs Pocket Trainers - close up 2

Our Detailed Review

Rating Guide: Oh no!     ★★ Poor     ★★★ Fair     ★★★★ Good     ★★★★★ Excellent!

(a) Prewash & Laundry: ★★★ I prewashed the Kissaluvs Pocket Trainers by hand in warm water. There was slight colour run by the dark brown fabric, which cleared up after 3 rinses.

Unfortunately, the training pants can’t be washed with hot water.

Subsequent laundry is very easy because of the 1-piece design. They dry quite fast too, within a sunny day.

(b) Ease of Use: ★★★ There’re only 4 side snaps to handle. For short hours, no insert is needed — very easy to use.

Even though Vee’s rather chubby, they’re easy to pull up and down, almost like a regular underwear. This is why Daddy loves using this outdoors when bringing Vee to the toilet.

But the pocket is very narrow and feels stiff inside; it’s hard to stuff an insert in. So I’d use it as it is, without adding absorbency.

(c) Fit / Trimness: ★★★★ Vee wears size 3T and is on the smaller waist setting. They fit well at the waist and thighs, while the rise is slightly too long.

They’re very trim (though look puffy in the photos) and fit well under pants for outdoor trips.

The elastics at the back and thighs are sturdy yet gentle without leaving red marks. Vee has a big belly, so it’s good that the trainers rest nicely under his tummy.

Here’re his sexy bums…

Kissaluvs Pocket Trainers - different views

 

(d) Performance: ★★★ The trainers have 2 layers of microfibre and 1 layer of cotton flannel, that can hold 1 of Vee’s pee. This is suitable for potty-training in the day and outdoors.

As mentioned, the pocket is too narrow. I managed to stuff in our narrowest insert (Knickernappies LoopyDo) plus a hemp booster, to last through Vee’s nap. Generally held in well with an occasional leak.

Since these are training pants, I like the feel-wet inner cotton flannel layer.

Personally, I won’t use these for overnight potty training yet until Vee’s dry for more nights in a row.

We didn’t get to test them with poo.

(e) Quality: ★★★★ The sewing and workmanship is excellent. We haven’t used them rigorously enough to judge the long term quality.

(f) Overall Value: ★★★ Each pair of Kissaluvs Pocket Trainers retails at SGD21.50. In the U.S., the suggested retail price is USD14.95.

My main gripe about these trainers is the overly-narrow pocket. Otherwise, they’re easy to pull up and down — great for potty training in the day and outdoors. Not for long naps and overnight, unless you want to catch just one pee, or you manage to stuff additional inserts in.

What we like about it:

  • Ideal fabrics for training pants — waterproof PUL to contain a pee accident and feel-wet inner fabric
  • Easy to pull up and down by adult and toddler (nearly 3 years old)
  • Gentle leg and back elastics that leave no red marks on chubby toddler

What can be improved:

  • Widen pocket for easy stuffing of inserts
  • Use fabric that can withstand occasional hot washes
  • Indicate waist, thigh and rise dimensions for easier choosing of size

Get Your Own (with Discount!)

To get your own Kissaluvs Pocket Trainers and other cloth diapering products, visit Milagro Trading.

  • Special Treat: 10% discount off regular priced cloth diapers products
  • Discount Code: MUMMYREVIEWS12
  • Validity Period: Until 30 June 2012

Live outside Asia? You may also check the price at Amazon here: Kissaluvs Pocket Trainers*

P.S. Coming up next is an article on More Potty Training Tips, the sequel to 18 Sure-Fire Tips for Early Potty Training Success.

Disclosure: I received 1 pair of Kissaluvs Pocket Trainers from Milagro Trading for review.

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9 Responses leave one →
  1. January 11, 2012

    Hi MieVee,

    Can I get your advice on training pants please? I’m rather clueless about it and have been scouting around for affordable ones. Just wondering, is it necessary to graduate my toddler from cloth diaper to training pants after a while? Can I double up CD as training pants? Please correct me if I’m wrong; the main purpose of TP is to allow the toddler to pull up/down their pants for toilet training purposes right? If that’s the case, CD won’t work?

    My boy hasn’t show any readiness for toilet training yet. He used to tell us when he pooped but these days, he would keep quiet even after he has done big business in his diaper (probably too engaged in his play and doesn’t want us to drag him to the toilet). For pee, he has never told us before although we did take the steps to encourage toilet training. If I were to start him on TP, how many should I get and should I change him as soon as he wet himself?

    Sorry my questions are never-ending. Hope you won’t mind sharing a few tips. Thank you!

    • January 12, 2012

      Hihi Joey, training pants are not a necessity.

      When I chose L-sized cloth diapers for Vee at 9 months old, I got side-snapping Knickernappies because it can be pulled up and down for potty training. But then I realized I can’t do so with Vee’s chubby thighs. Ha!

      So I continued potty training with cloth diapers (feel wet fabric such as cotton, bamboo are most suitable). I brought him to the potty from once then to several times a day.

      When he could tell me when he needed to pee, then I let him wear underwear at home. He was day potty trained at 23+ months but could only pull his underwear down a few months after. Pulling up took another few months. Pulling pants need good motor skills, so it depends on the child. I needed to help him at the potty until 2+ years old.

      For outdoors, I let him wear the side snapping cloth diapers and the 2 pieces of training pants we have. Even regular CDs are fine too. I simply remove them, place them somewhere, let Vee finish his business, and put them on again while he stands.

      I’d share more in the next article. Happy potty training! :)

      • January 19, 2012

        Thanks for the tips, MieVee. I guess it’s about consistency too; if I were to do it on weekends but the same effort isn’t carried out at his daycare, it would be tougher to crack the nut. I’ll talk to the caregiver to see what steps they have taken to potty train their older toddlers.

        And thanks for the latest article! It’s very informative :)

      • January 20, 2012

        Yes, it’d be good to be consistent between daycare and home. Alternatively, can try the first step of potty training at home in the day first.

        There’re areas where hubby and I use different methods, e.g. pee standing vs. pee sitting. Initially, Vee would insist on 1 method. Then I told him that Daddy knows how to pee standing but Mummy only knows how to pee sitting. He was able to differentiate and adapt.

  2. January 11, 2012

    Looks comfy to wear!

  3. Jenny permalink
    June 4, 2013

    Hihi. I am currently trying to toilet train my boy who is 2yo. He is not ready yet but I just bring him to the toilet every 30-45 min. Can I know how you let Vee use the toilet outside when he was 2? I think he is too small for adult urinal and not all female toilets at the malls have the kids urinal. He is peeing when standing up coz he hates the toddler toilet bowl.

    • June 6, 2013

      Hi Jenny, Vee’s used to sitting on the potty for big / small business since a baby, so when out, he was fine with sitting on the adult toilet bowl. I’d wipe it well and lay toilet paper before he sat on it. Else, find the squat type for him to pee standing up?

      When hubby brings him to the toilet, he prefers to let him stand, so used to let him step on his shoes so that he’s tall enough for the toilet bowl / urinal.

      Now at 4+, he’s tall enough to stand and pee at most toilets. Hope this helps! :)

  4. Jenny permalink
    June 5, 2013

    Thanks.

  5. Jenny permalink
    June 7, 2013

    Thanks a lot for the ideas. I think the squatting toilet would work well if I’m out with him alone. =)

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