I've found 2 pair at local thrift stores, but would guess that's probably not too common. What stores sell them on-line? I'd love to have a look. I know I could buy them in China cheaper when I'm there in a few months, but doubt we'll have much packing room so I may not get any there so I can have more space for things like artwork.
If I make any modified split pants I'll post pictures. I would likely just make them like leggings with the crotch left open and with an added piece of material hanging from the front at the waist and velcro attaching at the back so it's easy to pull the flap open.
If you're going to be in China soon and you are able to buy some, maybe you'll consider picking up some extras and sending them to me? I *know* they must cost much less than $15/each in China! (If not, then nevermind I guess.) I know you'll have better things to think about
but I would certainly buy some from you. Something to keep in mind
I had some friends that were going to get me some when they went, but then SARS happened and they cancelled their trip
Thanks for the links! I'll probably just make some or buy them at one of those sites if I need more, since we won't have much packing room. We hope to go carry on only so we won't have to carry big suitcases around everywhere in China, otherwise I'd be glad to get you some!
Well I can't *make* anything, but if you make some for yourself and they work and you decide you wouldn't mind making a few more... let me know! I have wanted to buy some but $15 a pair is waaaaay too much for me right now. I mean, $15 will feed our family for 2 days, and that's about what we use it for! But half that cost and we're talkin'...
I have considered just taking a pair of shears to some of her pants that I don't like too much...
I think cutting existing pants would be a great idea! It would be by far the cheapest option. Buying material (just the material costs alone) would be far more expensive than just getting some thrift store pants ($1 or less usually) and cutting them. I think thrift store shopping is better for the environment anyway, since it's not using any more resources.
Yeah, cutting existing pants is a fantastic idea, except that wouldn't the fabric unravel in the wash? You'd have to do some kind of hem, I think, and I can't even hem a straight line much less some kind of crotch-shaped opening. (That came out sounding pretty terrible!) I dunno, maybe it would be fine if I just cut a hole in some of these garage sale pants!
We too can't afford the $12 a pair and since I can't sew it has been difficult to find a cheaper alternative. But keep in mind, that if you do have a way to buy split pants from China, the reason why they are much cheaper is because factory workers are paid almost nothing and treated terrible. So while we are thinking about the environment (ie not using diapers or washing cloth diapers; buying second hand clothing), please also consider human rights by not buying products made in China (unless you are sure they are made in a factory where the workers are treated fairly).
So far, I took one pair of pants and took out the hem in the crotch and then sewed a very uneven hem around the open crotch. They work. The other thing we use at the moment is called a baby wrap. It's basically a blanket with a hood and feet with velcro around the waist. I got 2 used ones when we were living in California. They were being made by someone in California called "Baby's Image" but I have found out that the company has closed. There are some left over at some baby liquidation site http://store.yahoo.com/kidsurplus/bbictwsb.html but they only have small sizes left. Anyway, when held in the peeing position, the genitals are exposed and the baby can pee without peeing on the blanket. Thankfully my mother-in-law can sew and she has made us some larger ones from the pattern of the old ones. If only I could convince her to make split pants. Something about the genitals just hanging out of the pants that I think wouldn't sit right with her.
I had someone in China send me a few pairs and the quality of construction is pretty mediocre, not to mention the McDonalds advertisements embroidered on.. FWIW, the hole in the crotch is pretty big and you could surely just cut out the crotch of regular pants. If it will unravel, it's very easy to just stitch the edge of the fabric by hand, or use fleece pants.
In reference to my above post... I don't know if it was ok for me to post that. I read the diapering guidlines but I'm not sure if this violates it or not. If so, please delete it, I can't figure out how. Sorry if I screwed up!
Well it is good to know that the Chinese pants aren't all that awesome; now I won't try too hard to get my hands on any. McDonalds logos??? Is Mickey D's in the business of making Chinese baby pants, or do they just add the logo for decoration? I'm sure you don't know, just wondering.
I did cut a hole in a pair of dd's pants today, but when I sat her on the potty to try them out she didn't go, and when I put her on the floor afterward, she went right away