Gerber Big Kid Training Pants have become a potty-training classic for good reason, reviewers say. Designed like souped-up underwear, they are an ideal stepping stone between diapers or pull-ups and real underwear, according to parents' reviews. The training pants are also soft, trim-fitting and durable, but they can be hard to track down unless you shop online.
Comfy and close to real underwear. Parents say Gerber Big Kid Training Pants do a great job of keeping small accidents in check while still tipping off their children that it's time to head to the bathroom. Some parents pair the training pants with waterproof covers for earlier stages of potty training. Reviewers say the training pants are soft, fit well and aren't bulky under clothes; they also like the thick, cotton-covered elastic at the waistband and legs. Some complain that they are hard to find in stores.
Durable enough to withstand constant washing. Gerber Big Kid Training Pants are made of brushed cotton, with an absorbent inner lining. One blogger wishes they came in a more eco-friendly organic version, however. The training pants are reusable and machine washable. Parents say they hold up well to a lot of wear and constant trips through the washer and dryer. They are available in plain white, blue trim and prints designs for boys and pink trim and prints designs for girls.
Review Credibility: Very Good About 100 reviewers give Gerber Big Kid Training Pants 4.6 out of 5 stars on Amazon.com. They say the training pants are soft, classic-looking, not bulky and good at containing small accidents while still forcing a child to be aware of them. Some parents pair them with a waterproof cover to limit messes. They are also easy to machine wash and dry and hold up well, reviewers say. A few complain that they are simply "high priced panties" that don't hold in messes, while others note that they can be hard to find in stores.
Review: Gerber Training Pants, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of February 2012
Review Credibility: Very Good Molly Balint says Gerber Big Kid Training Pants are an ideal "first undie" that absorb some of the mess of accidents. The soft fabric and waistband are comfy for kids, and they're also easily washed and durable, she says. Commenters have similarly positive reports.
Review: Potty Training Time? Try Gerber's Training Pants, Molly Balint, July 2, 2012
Review Credibility: Good Parenting blogger Johnson says Gerber Big Kid Training Pants are ideal for late-stage potty training, when major accidents are few and far between. She says they absorb enough, but not so much that they discourage a child from heading to the bathroom. The training pants are trim under clothes, but she wishes there was an organic cotton version.
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