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Olive Waterproof Velcro EcaPants


Pros: Super fast for EC, not bulky, nothing else compares for ease of use with EC

Cons: Some leaking around son's skinny legs after 18mos, some initial pilling on knit outers

When I first saw EcaPants and my son was tiny, I thought, "What a silly product. A cloth diaper with just an added belt to attach it." lol.gif Boy, was I off the mark. We EC'd with cloth diaper backup from birth, and it got really tiresome laying the baby down, getting the same (still clean) diaper re-positioned, and fastening it back on him. By the time DS was standing on his own, I was ready for a change. I found three used EcaPants for a good price. Then I was hooked. I stalked the used sources and found a couple more, but ended up biting the bullet and buying another 12 of them retail. That I would buy them retail is saying a lot: I'm quite the cheapskate in general, I've never bought any other cloth diapers new (and I've had about 100 of them in various brands, sizes, patterns and styles). We have all the waterproof colors except pink, and four patterns of non-waterproof, in sizes S (a couple), M (a few), and L (most).  They really are different all around than a regular cloth or disposable diaper:


- They're a completely different shape than cloth diapers, with a narrower center and longer leg elastics; the "belt" fastens along the baby's natural waist under the tummy.

- They're trim so the child can move his legs freely

- They're all-in-one, so no folding or stuffing. They wash clean in one cycle with pre-rinse and dry fast (we tended to hang them to dry, but they do great in the dryer too).

- They're super stretchy to fit a big range of sizes comfortably

- The velcro (on velcro ones) fastens in the back so our son was leaving them alone for months past when he'd rip a front-fastened cloth diaper right off

- The snap ones are so very easy to use (my husband's favorite, since he dislikes fastening laundry tabs)

- The non-waterproof ones can hold one "miss" and let you know right away that you missed a pee (which helps get back on track with EC)

- The back elastic gusset holds in those explosive breastfed poos just as well as a cloth diaper (which means, several times better than a disposable)

- The waterproof ones are great for outings when you want some insurance, or for playing on the carpet

- And best of all, you can re-fasten them in seconds while the child is standing up! No more wrestling sessions with the baby, no more icky public restroom changing tables.


Of course, nothing's perfect:


- The waterproof diapers seemed to cause rashes when DS was in them full-time (night and day) long term.  Nothing major, but EC had us accustomed to DS being completely rash-free. Switching to non-waterproof (coverless or with a wool cover) and napping/sleeping bare-bummed seemed to help the rashes go away.

- The flap has to be held up, or folded back and fastened, if you're helping the baby potty on a big toilet (we had a couple incidents where they got "dunked"), and you have to be careful not to let it slip into the bowl of the potty seat too. There's a bit of a trick to fastening the flap behind the baby's back (you turn the tabs backwards) - which I had actually forgotten about when I first wrote this review - but when you do that, it's still hanging down a little bit in back. Sometimes we would lift it straight up and tuck it into the top of the back of DS's shirt to keep it out of the way. smile.gif

- The leg openings on the current style of Large are generous, and you only get one setting for both waist and leg (due to the single attachment on each side). So we had to fasten the belly rather tight and pull the EcaPants "up" (like a pair of pants) in order to keep the leg openings from gaping once our son was about 18 months old and his thighs were getting skinny. The inserts tended to make this worse, but we didn't find that we needed the inserts for daytime use anyway.  Medium lasts a long time and fits great toward (and even over) the top of its size range, so don't jump up to L too early.

- They didn't always stay leak-free, even with the insert, for after-nap pees, so we used a waterproof pad as backup, and turned the volume on the baby monitor up so we could hear those first waking noises and get to DS quickly when he first woke up so we could take him to potty instead.

- The bamboo chickadees and pink hearts patterns are knit outers (like T-shirt material), which made tiny pills all over itself the first few washes. We switched to gentle cycle for a while and the pilling went away. I think the knit fabric had some "excess fuzz" that wore off eventually, so I don't think the problem will recur, and it was just cosmetic anyway.  The other patterns we had (harmony rose and blue robots) had a woven outer which did not pill. The insides of the current style are a beautiful birdseye weave that does not pill, but some of the older-style flannel insides do (the older-style are on sale on the Ecaware Baby website at the moment).


Overall, EcaPants were the best for us out of everything we tried. My husband, who hated gDiapers with a passion, loved EcaPants for the ease of use. EC went well for us, although it is admittedly labor-intensive at first. Our son was night and nap trained from 8 months, was pooping only on the potty by 13 months (with many "catches" before then) and was potty independent (pee and poop) at 19 months of age (as long as he was naked; now at age 2, he'll still ask us for a little help with clothing).


Pros: cute, easy to use, wide range of fit

Cons: might be hard for a toddler to take off by himself (that might be a pro...)

I bought a pair of EcaPants (not these olive ones, mine are actually not waterproof and they have the rocket print) to try them out on my son, and I love them. We use them around the house when we're home for the afternoon. I think they are super cute and trim. They are also easy to put on--even if the baby is crawling away from me, a big problem for us these days. I keep meaning to buy some more, but for now we're still using the diapers that we have been for a while. 


Pros: makes EC easier! my son loves them.

Cons: want more!

i have picked up a handful of these trainers and we like them a lot!  i wish we had a few more.  while they seem expensive, you can see the care that goes into making them.  and that really proves that the price is reasonable.  they are not made in a chinese sweatshop!  


the maker of ecapants personally takes care of you and provides amazing customer service.  


most of the ecapants we have are aplix, which we find easier.  but we have one pair of snaps and that is just too difficult for us.  but that is just our preference.  


and our son very much prefers these over diapers!  probably because they are nice and trim.  


Pros: easy to open/clos, fun colors, trim, just enough absorbancy,

Cons: the velcro is not as strong as I would like- every now and then it comes undone.

I purchased ecapants way back when Lisa was first starting her business and in need of testers. I loved them immediately. They fit my baby at six months old perfect (size medium) and they were so much easier to use that other trainers that pull up and down.  I purchased the waterproof ecapants and was very glad I did. They do hold a miss in very well. I never had a leak with one miss...even when it was a pretty big one.


That was 4 years ago. Now I have another baby who I purchased ecapants for. This time I purchased the current style as well, with the pocket. The pocket is a great addition, but even without the insert ecapants hold in a miss just fine, without any leaks. 


Another plus for ecapants is that they do not take any longer to dry than a prefold diaper. Also, they work well under split crotch pants.


I have one pair of the the non waterproof ones with snaps vs. velcro. I much rather the waterproof pairs and  velcro is a little faster to get back on vs. the snaps.  


The only negative comment i have is that the velcro is not super strong. It does NOT wear out- just seems to not be as strong as other vecro diapers and covers I have used in the past.




Pros: EASY to get on a mobile baby, flexible fit, trim, great customer service

Cons: just a tad wick-y

I have 4 of these diapers and wish I had more. 2 of the older style and 2 of the newer style. My 1 yr old daughter is actually in one right now. :) I love these trainers. They are my go to when we go out because they are the easiest to use in a public restroom setting. We use them at home too in a rotation of non-waterproof trainers. They are trim because they are meant to hold only one wet, which is exactly what I want. They do tend to wick at the legs in our experience but it's not enough to require a pants change. I have the waterproof style. I wish they had fun styles in the waterproof ones! :) 

Olive Waterproof Velcro EcaPants

EcaWare Baby manufactures ecaPants, a uniquely designed cloth training pant for babies and caregivers practicing early potty learning or elimination communication (EC). The patent pending design has a drop flap front panel that flips down and back up again for easy potty access, while a belt stays secure around your baby's waist so you don’t have to take the trainer off for potty trips! This makes potty time a breeze! EcaPants also work great for traditional potty learning for those children who still require assistance undressing, or for any child who hates changes! They work especially well for the squirmy or very active child; your little one can be standing, crawling, sitting, laying down or even walking away and they can be put on with ease. EcaPants special little learning pants come in a variety of styles, colors, and sizes. From newborn to size large, ecaPants can take you from birth to potty graduation. They are available in waterproof, non-waterproof, snap and velcro styles. As a hybrid of All-in-Ones and Pocket Styles, you can choose the level of protection your child needs. EcaPants were invented by an WAHM (Work at Home Mom) who practiced elimination communication and early potty learning with her own sons and loved it so much she wanted to find a way to make it easier and more accessible for everyone! EcaPants are now sold worldwide to mainly family run cloth diaper or EC Specialty shops. Take the next step and change the way you change with ecaPants; the flip down drop front little learning pants! To learn more visit: http://www.ecawarebaby.com.

BindingBaby Product
FeatureMedium fits: 15-22lbs, up to 15" rise, 9-13" leg, 15-19.5" waist
LabelEcaWare Baby
ManufacturerEcaWare Baby
Product GroupBaby Product
Product Type NameBABY_PRODUCT
PublisherEcaWare Baby
StudioEcaWare Baby
TitleOlive Waterproof Velcro EcaPants
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