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August 3, 2010

Disposable Pull Up Pants: Sales Are Dropping Down…

Disposable Training Pants

Often called “Nappy Pants”, “Pull-Ups” or similar, disposable training pants may have re-sealable sides, and special ‘wettness’ liners to help the child sense their elimination patterns.

The fact is, using a pair of knickers under a regular disposable nappy would serve the same purpose and be a lot cheaper. Using the washable cloth training pants is the other option to save a vast amount as your child is moving out of nappies.

Training pants do have the benefit of little bulk, and easy on and off that can aid in your helping your child make the transition to independent toileting – with the psychological back-up they may need for confidence when out and about. Around the home though? Cloth trainers or a nudie bum is your best bet.

For today’s topic we’ve asked your Nappy Experts about the reported 10% drop in sales of disposable training pants in the US during the global recession.

Let’s see what they have to say:

“There’s been a 10% drop in sales of disposable training pants in the US during the global recession. What’s your comment?”

Emma Davidson of Brindabella Baby:

I’m not surprised. They’re expensive, and not as good as cloth undies when it comes to children learning when to use the toilet. For nights or in the car, I use Bumwear pull-up toilet training pants as I don’t have to throw them away if there were no accidents overnight, and they’ll still absorb a full wee if they let one go.

Melinda of Avanappy:

I tried them with my son and found them to be another disposable with different packaging and appearance (not to mention more expensive than regular disposables). They do nothing to help toilet training or help kids be aware that they need to/have just soiled their pants.
Mel of Little Para Pants:
I find it really amusing that companies have worked so hard to make disposable nappies with ‘stay-dry‘ lining, only to turn it around with ‘feel-wet‘ lining when it comes to toddlerhood and toilet training a few short years later!

Louise of Scamps Boutique, NZ:

Not surprising, used these a couple of times and realised that there was no point to them, they are just a disposable in a pull up style – does nothing for toilet training expect prolong the use of nappies. A clever but environmentally damaging marketing ploy from disposable manufacturers.
Eva of Oz Baby Trends:
AWESOME!!! They’re the biggest waste of money on the baby aisle shelves. SO unnecessary.
My all-time favourite product to replace sposie pyjama pants are Mother-ease bedwetters. A little on the pricey side, but worth every cent, and they work out cheaper in the long run.
AWESOME!!! They’re the biggest waste of money on the baby aisle shelves. SO unnecessary. My all-time favourite product to replace sposie pyjama pants are Mother-Ease Bedwetters. A little on the pricey side, but worth every cent, and they work out cheaper in the long run.

 Inge of Earth Kidz:

Of course, ‘Pull Ups‘ are bullocks. They are just a nappy. They still don’t know whether they are wet or not. Go the hard way let them be in knickers and do some washing – it saves money in the long run.

Cassandra of New Age Nappies:

People are probably keeping them in nappies longer or maybe they have discovered undies or cloth trainers!!!

Annette of Iish Fly:

I think I find it hard to comment as I have never bought them myself as most of my children were trained by the age of 2. I do see why people use training pants, but the disposable ones I have seen are more like a nappy than training pants so I personally can’t see what the purpose is.

Michelle of Issy Bear Nappies:

Fantastic. I am releasing new Issy Bear reusable toddler pants very soon. Visit my Facebook page for more information…

Ashley of Cheeky Creations:

I don’t think disposable training pants are needed. If I was a disposable user I would see toilet training as a good way to stop buying them! So I think it’s a bit silly to stop buying disposables but start buying disposable training pants! I think they’re more expensive anyway!
Cloth training pants or even just plain undies do the trick!

Carli from MiniLaLa:

I’m surprised there is a need for these at all! But it is a fantastic thing to see that sales of disposable nappies or pants are dropping. That makes a massive impact on landfill rates, and therefore on our planet.

Tracey from Flattery:

I’ve never used disposables but Ii guess to me the Pull-Up ones look like a non-necessity – even for disposables users. And they cost more don’t they?

Bec from Baby Chilli:

I’m not sure why?
Kelleigh from Little Miracles:
I would never use disposable training pants. Cotton training pants have an advantage over them in every way. They help children toilet train much faster than disposable ones, which are too much like disposable nappies. They are better for the environment as they can be washed and reused again. They are more like little underpants. When toilet training is finished, they can still wear their training pants for years afterwards as they look and feel just like regular underwear. Even waterproof ones are handy longterm as they can be used when going out in case of accidents. Little Miracles Toilet Training Pants
Julie from Cloth For Comfort:
Assuming this means there has been an increase in cloth use, not people leaving disposables on their children for longer, this is a positive.
Peggy from Fluffy Bubs:
Pull up pants aren’t necessary. It is more of a ‘want’ or convenience rather than a need. Essentially, in my experience, if a toddler is ready for toilet training, then fewer accidents occur and the process is quicker and less frustrating. They go straight into undies and skip the need for pull up pants.
Kate from Nappy Days:
Parents are moving to reusable pull ups instead of disposables because they can save so much money. Also I believe parents are becoming more concerned about toilet training earlier and also many daycares are becoming more welcoming toward cloth nappies.
Alisha of Baby Safari:
Sasha of Green Kids:
It’s pretty hard to justify paying upwards of $1 per pair of training pants, then to just throw them in the bin! We just used nappies when toilet training, rather than buying a set of training pants, and these worked really well for us.
Yippee !!!
Well, there you go – a range of complimentary ideas, and some toilet learning perspectives in there as well! With that experience, you’ll no doubt join the trend away from expensive disposable training pants. As someone who enjoys combining cloth with Baby Pottying, cloth training pants are my absolute faves from about 6 months on when out and about.
Thank you to all our nappy doula’s for their contributions,

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