Little Beetle Learner Review (Organic Cotton Velous Training Pant)

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First Impression

These are Better For Babies, Inc early potty learning training pants. The concept behind this trainer is incredibly appealing to me. They use two layers of  fair trade organic velour cotton, with a third layer tucked into the wet zone no PUL or other waterproofing layer. I search for fair trade and local made products in general to reduce my carbon footprint. However the no PUL does worry me a bit. I’m nervous about the absence of the waterproof layer on a early trainee.

My first impression of the actual trainer in my hand is not the best. They are a very thick trainer, they look like a fancy dress and I am not excited about the snaps on the sides and their placement so close to the edge of the fabric. I may have an irregular one??? I washed the trainer in Eco Sprout detergent that is safe for cloth diapers, free from dyes, brighteners, enzymes, phosphates, & is SLS free. The velour pilled just a little bit. Keep in mind this is my first impression and I have yet to give it a fair chance.

Declan’s first impression was excited it was yellow his favorite color. He chose this trainer above the others to try first.` It even was tried on his favorite bunny. He however did call it a diaper and argued that this is not big boy undies.

The Little Beetle purchased is size Medium. 2/3 years 24 – 35+. They seem to run small. I think I should have got a large for my 30 pound 2 1/2 year old. It was hard for me to pull up and down and Declan was not able to at all. As you can see Declan’s tummy protruded over the front of them.

Declan did pee in them as I expected. The pee came right through on to his pants and on to the ground. What I wasn’t expecting while I was taking these photos Declan went into our bathroom and pooped.  Sonny our four year old came running out saying poop was on Declan’s fingers. I walked in the bathroom to look in the potty and stepped in his poop that was on our bathmat. After cleaning his hands and my foot Declan sat on the potty, tooted and peed just alittle more. He got a big hug and a bath.

I’m not sure if you can tell from the photo of the open trainer but the back snaps on the right are a smaller cut than the ones on the right. This make me really think I got on irregular one now. I wonder if the store I got them at will take them back after they have been used?

Little Beetle Learner Review – A day at Preschool

First Wash

Second Wash

The second wash it looks and feels about the same as the first wash. I’m still convinced  that it is lopsided but it could be that it’s all natural fibers and has shrinking.

Declan started the day off in his Little Beetle at school. I let his teacher know that this trainer says it’s for the early learner however there is no waterproof layer. Tonight when I came to pick Declan up she said he had extreme difficulty pulling the undies down in time and peed all over his shirt and undies.The only reason his shorts are still dry is because he took them off before his dash to go potty. Preschool really wants a trainer that doesn’t leave a mess or I’m sure more people wouldn’t have to talk them into cloth. This wont would not be the one to convince them.

I don’t think we are going to try these for a nap time. In my opinion these trainers are not for early learners. found they cost anywhere between $20 and $23 dollars. The Little Beetle website says you can pair them with  a soaker or covers but isn’t that just an over priced non-absorbent cloth diaper.

I won’t be purchasing anymore of these trainers or giving them another shot.

About Jenn

I am the babywearing, cloth diapering, eco-friendly mom behind Earthy Crunchy Mama, which grew out of my desire to create a healthier life for my children. However my most important job is Mom to 2 beautiful boys, Cole (3) and Max (1). When I am not spending time with my boys, I am working right here on Earthy Crunchy Mama.
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3 Responses to Little Beetle Learner Review (Organic Cotton Velous Training Pant)

  1. Serena Michelle says:

    I came across your review as I’ve been scouring the internet for a good deal to order my son a few more. First, I’d like to point out that these need to be washed a minimum of a few times before using (organic cotton products don’t absorb very well until they’ve been washed a few times).

    I’ve been using these for a week and they work really really well for us. I opt to leave my son without pants on – to make it much easier to get to the bathroom in time and not having to try and get pants off in addition to the trainer. Also, because these aren’t waterproof – if he’s wearing pants then the compression from the pants will definitely cause his pants to get wet if he does have an accident. Without pants – I can see if he wets the trainer – but it’s not well contained and I avoid the accident getting on my carpet! He’s only had 3 accidents in the last 4 days – which is pretty good.

    I bought these primarily for home use only – I definitely would not recommend using these for going out (unless the little one rarely has an accident), nor would they be ideal for nap/night time (they’re not absorbent enough for that – in addition to the waterproof issue).

    My little man is 38 pounds and the size large fits him a little big – but he’s rather slender (his weight is mostly because he’s so tall) – although I think the medium would have been a little too snug for him to pull up and down easily.

    Overall, I really like these trainers (we’re home a lot because I homeschool my two older children). They work well for our needs.

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