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Has anyone made cloth trainers?  I'm looking for a pattern with a side snaps and PUL - so one we can pull up and down, but unsnap if there is poo.  I think I'd prefer a pocket, but it's not necessary.  DD is a tiny little peanut, around 22lbs and 31 inches.  Her 2T underwear from the store just hang on her.  Thanks for any suggestions!


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this isnt the pattern - but i LOVE these!  http://www.nickisdiapers.com/grovia-my-choice-training-pants.html

OK - i should say i THINK i will love these!  that design looks like it would totally work - my LO is the opposite - he is 42 lbs and only 18 months...i need to start training him now because he has grown out of every diaper (short of homemade) 

i havent found a pattern for these yet - but it looks fairly simple to follow. 


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this isnt the pattern - but i LOVE these!  http://www.nickisdiapers.com/grovia-my-choice-training-pants.html

OK - i should say i THINK i will love these!  that design looks like it would totally work - my LO is the opposite - he is 42 lbs and only 18 months...i need to start training him now because he has grown out of every diaper (short of homemade) 

i havent found a pattern for these yet - but it looks fairly simple to follow. 



I have a friend with a bigger boy and she used the Ansty Pants - which look really similar to those ones.  My mom did try to sew me up a few similar to he Ansty Pants, but they didn't work too well, I think the fleece on the inside was too thick or something.  We might try some more, I don't need a stay dry inner liner, but when sewing my own I like it just in case the legs don't roll the right way.  I'm going to the Nicki's Diaper store this weekend, so I will check out those grovia ones.  I heard that there are some Best Bottoms trainers coming out soon too (probably too small for you guy...) and I was hoping those might be in store for me to check out.  Most of my diaper stash is homemade, but I do have some used regular diapers I've bought - I just hate paying full price!  And I have to say, holy moly on the 42lbs, I can't even imagine!!  You must have some super strong arms. :)


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LOL - yeah, i limit the amount of carrying i do - its actually kind of sad because i was really loving baby  wearing and he has outgrown everything....i do have a hard frame back pack - but i only wear him when i CANT take the stroller - even my DH can only wear him for 30 min or so...

those Antsy Pants do look similar - the pattern seems simple - if i find something i will forward it to you...

You have a whole STORE you can GO to that carries cloth diapers??????    i live in Long Island - where only about 1 in 100 mothers even realize that cloth diapers still exist.  I have never seen a cloth diaper in ANY store - i just cant wrap my brain around a whole store dedicated to cloth diapers -  jaw2.gif

thats amazing!

 


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The store is amazing! It is a one and a half hour drive though, so not super close. I will keep you in mind if I ever come across a pattern like that also.

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Oh my gosh, I LOVE my trainers that I made using this tinkle time trainer pattern!  We EC DS and so the first "set" I made were a size small, and fit when he was 7 mos old to 1 year or so.  I then made another set in size medium, which at 19 mos, 24lbs still fit very well.  I think the size medium would fit your DD as well.  They are fairly adjustable as well, by how tight you do the fold over elastic.  I didn't do snaps, as we very very rarely had poop misses from 6 mos on, so just didn't need to.  I also have to say they were SO easy to sew.  I hadn't sewn a thing since grade 8 and managed to make these (only the first pair was a bit of a disaster. After that, they were a breeze).  And they've held up very well.  I have 10 pairs I made that have been in constant circulation since 12 mos (so for almost 7 mos) and they are still holding up great.

 

I ordered my fabric from kids in the garden and was happy with the quality.  We used a PUL outer, a bamboo diaper flannel liner (2 layers, but with an older DD I would suggest 3 layers) and in the first set I used bamboo velour for a liner.  I would recommend against the bamboo valour for 2 reasons.  1, it is harder to sew with as it is a stretch fabric, and 2, it wicks moisture away from the skin which is good with a diaper but bad with a trainer as you want DD to feel wet if she pees in the trainer.  I'd recommend just using a flannel liner.  I actually up-cycled some of DHs old PJ pants for that with great success.  I LOVED how soft the bamboo velour felt, it just isn't best suited to your purpose.

 

I can't say enough about the trainers, I love them!  

 

 


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Oh my gosh, I LOVE my trainers that I made using this tinkle time trainer pattern!  We EC DS and so the first "set" I made were a size small, and fit when he was 7 mos old to 1 year or so.  I then made another set in size medium, which at 19 mos, 24lbs still fit very well.  I think the size medium would fit your DD as well.  They are fairly adjustable as well, by how tight you do the fold over elastic.  I didn't do snaps, as we very very rarely had poop misses from 6 mos on, so just didn't need to.  I also have to say they were SO easy to sew.  I hadn't sewn a thing since grade 8 and managed to make these (only the first pair was a bit of a disaster. After that, they were a breeze).  And they've held up very well.  I have 10 pairs I made that have been in constant circulation since 12 mos (so for almost 7 mos) and they are still holding up great.

 

I ordered my fabric from kids in the garden and was happy with the quality.  We used a PUL outer, a bamboo diaper flannel liner (2 layers, but with an older DD I would suggest 3 layers) and in the first set I used bamboo velour for a liner.  I would recommend against the bamboo valour for 2 reasons.  1, it is harder to sew with as it is a stretch fabric, and 2, it wicks moisture away from the skin which is good with a diaper but bad with a trainer as you want DD to feel wet if she pees in the trainer.  I'd recommend just using a flannel liner.  I actually up-cycled some of DHs old PJ pants for that with great success.  I LOVED how soft the bamboo velour felt, it just isn't best suited to your purpose.

 

I can't say enough about the trainers, I love them!  

 

 


I love the way the tinkle time trainers look too, but both DH and I were not comfortable with putting our bank account info.  Is there a different way to pay?  It looked like paypal was an option (which we'd also have to set up), but when I went to the order screen it asked for all the bank info. :(

 


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I don't know to be honest...I have paypal.  It's pretty fast and easy to set up pay pal.  You could also just send an email to their contact info asking the question.  I think I had a question about sizing when I ordered the pattern and the owner responded to me directly.

 


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