Potty training is now upon us and we have been looking for a well rated, absorbent, PVC-free training pant for when we are out and about. I had gone to our local Target and Babies-R-Us but could only find the more common brand of training pants (i.e. Gerber) that were 100% PEVA (vinyl). For those looking for more clarification on vinyls, check out “Sorting Out The Vinyls” on healthybuilding.net.
After researching numerous brands, I have found a few non-vinyl options for training pants as outlined below. Some of these pants offer more absorbency than others so it’s really a matter of what you’re looking for in your potty training approach!
Blueberry Training Pants
Blueberry Training Pants are made in the USA with latex-free elastic and are made of 50% cotton and 50% polyester. They contain a hidden soaker pad & waterproof lining that is 100% polyester. Overall, the pants get good reviews but the vibe I get is that the pants aren’t as absorbent as parents would like. I like the idea that these are made in the USA but wish the inner shell was made of 100% cotton. Check Out Blueberry Training Pants on Amazon.com!
EcoPosh Recycled Organic Training Pants
EcoPosh Organic Training Pants are made out of recycled water bottles, bamboo and organic cotton. They contain 2 layers of bamboo and organic cotton in the lining with a hidden panel of biodegradable TPU. What is TPU? According to Kangacare.com, biodegradable TPU is a polyester fabric that has been laminated with a thermoplastic polyurethane using a heat bonding process, not chemicals. This process is low in toxicity and is better for the natural environment then traditional PUL. Both the TPU laminate and the polyester fabric the laminate is applied to are biodegradable. When composted they will biodegrade in 4-5 years.
The feedback on these training pants from parents is mixed with some indicating that they are great for training and others indicating that they are not as absorbent as they would like. What I personally do not like is the amount of washing needed in “prepping” the trainers for initial wear. According to their website, the training pants should be washed 5 times in hot water without detergent with a cold rinse and tumble dried on medium to shrink them to the appropriate size and “sponge up” the fabric for absorbency. On an ongoing basis, the feedback online is that the drying time for these pants is typically a cycle and a half. I love the fact that these training pants are organic and recycled but the cleaning process is just too time intensive and not eco-friendly! Check Out EcoPosh Organic Training Pants on Amazon.com!
Hanna Andersson Training Unders
Hanna Andersson offers fantastic organic clothing and their training “unders” are made of organic cotton with a four-ply crotch panel. These pants are certified by Oeko-Tex – a European ecological certification process that tests garments for over 100 harmful substances. In order for a garment to be certified, every fabric, button, thread and zipper is tested for over 100 potentially harmful substances. Reviews of these training pants indicate that they are for “light” accidents and may be better suited to using when potty training has progressed a bit. Check out Hanna Andersson Training Unders!
Potty Scotty/Potty Patty 2 in 1 Waterproof Training Pants
Potty Scotty/Potty Patty Waterproof Training Pants are made of 100% cotton (inner layer) and waterproof PUL fabric (outer shell – a polyester knit Plyurethane Laminate). The article on PUL from New & Green Baby Co. is a good resource for more information on this material. This training pant also has an absorbent center layer and because it received the highest reviews of all of the pants researched for absorbency, this was our choice of training pant. We are just starting out and absorbency is a key requirement for our beginning diaper free days! Check Out Potty Scotty Training Pants on Amazon.com!