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What Are Potty Training Pants?

This is going to be a long topic. So get ready for the ride. We’ll take you through the diaper machine logistics in the U.S. and why diaper design hasn’t changed much in the last decade. Let’s get started with one thing first:
Potty Training Pants. What are they? The short version is: potty training pants in America are basically the same thing as diaper pants in the rest of the world. Diaper pants are disposable diapers engineered to have the same performance and absorbency as regular disposable diapers but designed to be pulled up like underwear and stay put with a snug elastic waist instead of velcro tapes. Despite differences in construction that can provide benefits to diapering habits, diaper pants in the U.S. have been marketed as exclusively potty training pants. We want to take you on a brief history tour that can help us explore why these types of diapers (which are common in other parts of the world), have only been marketed as potty training pants in the U.S. Sure, the diaper pant design can be good for potty training (and we’ll get to in a bit) but the reason they have only been used in the U.S. as training pants instead of diaper pants runs a bit deeper than that. 

Let’s start with a little history of Diaper Design in America. And we can’t talk about diaper design without discussing Pampers and Huggies - the world’s megabrands in diapers who basically shaped the diaper you see today. 

According to Euromonitor, Pampers and Huggies are among the top 10 megabrands in the world, right under brand names such as Coca-Cola, Nescafe, and L’Oréal Paris. 

In the U.S., big brands like Pampers from Procter & Gamble and Huggies from Kimberly Clark own most of the machinery in the United States used to make disposable diapers and they have since the 1960s. These big companies own most of the disposable diaper market share in America - they basically define the supply as market leaders and many of the smaller companies look to them when defining diaper design and strategy. 

Here’s the thing, though. These market leaders have loads already invested in equipment - they own many diaper converting machines where they make their diaper brands. Most of these machines were purchased years ago. Basically these big companies have invested millions and millions on machines that make a certain diaper type: the open diaper. Or what we know in America as just the “diaper.”

Worldwide trends show a growing preference towards diaper pants - this is a phenomenon seen across Asia and Europe. Diaper pants are essentially the same diaper you are used to but it slides on instead of being taped around the sides. This can mean a world of a difference in terms of diapering habits and mobility for your babe but does not need to compromise on absorbency or otherwise quality of the diaper.

The big brands have a vested interest in promoting open diapers in America. After all, they already have millions worth of equipment specializing in this specific diaper design. The term “training pant” was first coined in 1989 when Huggies introduced their Pull-Ups specifically designed as a child potty training aid. Since then in America, the majority of diaper pants have been known and marketed as potty training pants and the megabrands have continued pushing the open diaper design as the prevalent choice for diapering babies. 

So what’s the deal with potty training pants?

“Potty training pants,” as we know them, can be so much more than simply an aid to the potty training journey. Marketing diaper pants for babies for exclusive potty training use does not do justice to many of the benefits that parents have already started seeing all around the world. From added mobility and ease in diaper changes to quicker removal and ability to slide on and off, these pants can be a good sidekick to your diapering and parenting style. You can decide for your child which to use when it comes to using training pants vs diaper.

Of course, they can be of good help when you start potty training your child. Diaper pants or “potty training pants” have helped many parents transition their child to toilet use. Its benefits will depend on a myriad of factors including the parent’s approach to training and whether the child is in daycare or not, their environment, etc but most will enjoy the convenience of diapers being pulled down like underwear right before sitting on the toilet or potty chair. There are many approaches and tips to potty training and diaper pants will undoubtedly be a good resource and can be paired with elimination communication and other training techniques. 

Why potty train with training pants?

Training pants feel like regular “big kid underwear”, which gives your child the ability to pull their own pants up and down while they’re going potty. This is especially important while potty training, as they get used to the independence of this action. During the learning process, your child will most likely have some slip-ups here and there and that’s where potty training diapers come to the rescue. They fit the same as real underwear so your child can easily transition but he or she will have the added convenience of its absorbent material and security. 

Training pants will provide you with the comfort of knowing that your diaper will have you covered whenever the slip-ups happen. 

Why do we think this is of utmost importance? As we discussed, your emotions and the way you communicate with your child during training is essential. And let’s face it, sometimes it’s not the easiest to be the positive and encouraging parent that you are when you’re dealing with a urinated and defecated mess in your child’s underpants. Your child is going to go through a lot of changes during the potty training process which can sometimes be stressful and overwhelming for them. If they sense your frustrations they might develop reservations that will be detrimental to a speedy learning process. Remember, your positivity and persistence will be the key to your child’s potty training.

Once your child starts grasping the idea of using the toilet and mastering it more and more, you can always change to regular underpants- while still slipping on the training pants over them. This way kiddo will know if they’ve had a blunder when they feel the wetness on their skin while still  keeping the rest of their clothes dry! This is especially handy when you’re out in public as it prevents your child from possibly getting embarrassed when there’s been a leaky mistake. 

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Upgrade to a membership and save (big time).

If you haven’t joined our new membership program, you’re missing out on our best value, biggest savings and free perks exclusively for members. You can upgrade your subscription to a membership just by ordering a 3-pack box of diapers. With each 3-pack box, you’ll receive 4 free packs of baby wipes, plus two diaper gift packs to share, one each for two friends. You’ll also save 20% off all future orders, enjoy lifetime savings, can apply extra promo discounts, and can cancel or change diaper delivery service at any time. Ready to upgrade?

Need to take a timeout?

One of the conveniences of a Parasol diaper subscription or membership is being able to hit Pause. Maybe you’re traveling, maybe someone just gifted you a month of diapers, whatever the reason, you can pause your diaper orders and come back when you’re ready. Just go to your account, select Edit Subscriptions and make your choice. And when you’re time out is up, we’ll always be here for you (that’s called unconditional love).

We can make the switch without a hitch.

Maybe it’s time to graduate to a new diaper size? Or to go from diapers to diaper pants? Or from diaper pants to wipes? Some customers think the only option they have to change products is to cancel a subscription and then start a new one (we can all agree that seems rather complicated). The good news is our Customer Service team can change your choice in the system, easy peasy. Just reach out to us at hello@parasolco.com (we never nap), and we’ll take it from there.

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Oh, before you cancel your baby wipes subscription…

Can you please share your reason for canceling?

Can we make that all better?

Just for you, 15% off your next order.

We’re sorry that your experience with our diapers didn’t meet your expectations and hope you’ll give them another try to see why so many parents are devoted Parasol fans. As a thank you, enter the Discount Code 15OFFCART to receive 15% off a one-time entire cart purchase (no product limits, no expiration date).

To help us be our best, we’d appreciate hearing your feedback in a quick survey. And please be honest, we really do listen.

Potty trained, yes!

(And you thought it would never happen…)

Congrats on graduating from diapers to big kid undies. You (both) did it! Tag this milestone @parasolco and give other parents hope that their day, too, will come.

Not all baby wipes are created equal.

Baby wipes aren’t all priced the same...because they’re not made the same. Our new plant-based Clear+Pure™ baby wipes are dermatologist-certified and formulated with only the purest ingredients. They’re stronger to prevent tearing, more effective at getting baby really clean with fewer wipes...and they dispense one wipe at a time. At the end of a long day of changing diapers (and at the bottom of your baby’s bum), that is all clearly the best value we know.

Need to take a timeout?

One of the conveniences of a Parasol diaper subscription or membership is being able to hit Pause. Maybe you’re traveling, maybe someone just gifted you a month of diapers, whatever the reason, you can pause your diaper orders and come back when you’re ready. Just go to your account, select Edit Subscriptions and make your choice. And when you’re time out is up, we’ll always be here for you (that’s called unconditional love).

Before you swipe left on our wipes…

As you shop and compare wipes to find the one best for your baby, it’s important to do your homework because all baby wipes are not created equal. Our new plant-based Clear+Pure™ baby wipes are dermatologist-certified and formulated with only the purest ingredients.They’re stronger to prevent tearing, more effective at getting baby really clean with fewer wipes...and they dispense one wipe at a time. At the end of a long day of changing diapers (and at the bottom of your baby’s bum), that is all clearly the best value we know.

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Oh, before you cancel your diaper pants subscription…

Can you please share your reason for canceling?

Can we make that all better?

Just for you, 15% off your next order.

We’re sorry that your experience with our diapers pants didn’t meet your expectations and hope you’ll give them another try to see why so many parents are devoted Parasol fans. As a thank you, enter the Discount Code 15OFFCART to receive 15% off a one-time entire cart purchase (no product limits, no expiration date).

To help us be our best, we’d appreciate hearing your feedback in a quick survey. And please be honest, we really do listen.

Potty trained, yes!

(And you thought it would never happen…)

Congrats on graduating from diapers pants to big kid undies. You (both) did it! Tag this milestone @parasolco and give other parents hope that their day, too, will come.

Upgrade to a membership and save (big time).

If you haven’t joined our new membership program, you’re missing out on our best value, biggest savings and free perks exclusively for members. You can upgrade your subscription to a membership just by ordering a 3-pack box of diapers. With each 3-pack box, you’ll receive 4 free packs of baby wipes, plus two diaper gift packs to share, one each for two friends. You’ll also save 20% off all future orders, enjoy lifetime savings, can apply extra promo discounts, and can cancel or change diaper delivery service at any time. Ready to upgrade?

Need to take a timeout?

One of the conveniences of a Parasol diaper subscription or membership is being able to hit Pause. Maybe you’re traveling, maybe someone just gifted you a month of diapers, whatever the reason, you can pause your diaper orders and come back when you’re ready. Just go to your account, select Edit Subscriptions and make your choice. And when you’re time out is up, we’ll always be here for you (that’s called unconditional love).

We can make the switch without a hitch.

Maybe it’s time to graduate to a new diaper size? Or to go from diapers to diaper pants? Or from diaper pants to wipes? Some customers think the only option they have to change products is to cancel a subscription and then start a new one (we can all agree that seems rather complicated). The good news is our Customer Service team can change your choice in the system, easy peasy. Just reach out to us at hello@parasolco.com (we never nap), and we’ll take it from there.

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Oh, before you cancel your baby lotion subscription…

Can you please share your reason for canceling?

Can we make that all better?

Just for you, 15% off your next order.

We’re sorry that your experience with our lotion didn’t meet your expectations and hope you’ll give them another try to see why so many parents are devoted Parasol fans. As a thank you, enter the Discount Code 15OFFCART to receive 15% off a one-time entire cart purchase (no product limits, no expiration date).

To help us be our best, we’d appreciate hearing your feedback in a quick survey. And please be honest, we really do listen.

Potty trained, yes!

(And you thought it would never happen…)

Congrats on graduating from diapers to big kid undies. You (both) did it! Tag this milestone @parasolco and give other parents hope that their day, too, will come.

Not all baby lotions are created equal.

Baby lotions aren’t all priced the same...because they’re not made the same.

Need to take a timeout?

One of the conveniences of a Parasol lotion subscription or membership is being able to hit Pause. Maybe you’re traveling, maybe someone just gifted you a month of lotion, whatever the reason, you can pause your lotion orders and come back when you’re ready. Just go to your account, select Edit Subscriptions and make your choice. And when you’re time out is up, we’ll always be here for you (that’s called unconditional love).

Before you swipe left on our lotion…

As you shop and compare lotion to find the one best for your baby, it’s important to do your homework because all baby lotion are not created equal.

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Oh, before you cancel your baby shampoo - body wash subscription…

Can you please share your reason for canceling?

Can we make that all better?

Just for you, 15% off your next order.

We’re sorry that your experience with our shampoo - body wash didn’t meet your expectations and hope you’ll give them another try to see why so many parents are devoted Parasol fans. As a thank you, enter the Discount Code 15OFFCART to receive 15% off a one-time entire cart purchase (no product limits, no expiration date).

To help us be our best, we’d appreciate hearing your feedback in a quick survey. And please be honest, we really do listen.

Potty trained, yes!

(And you thought it would never happen…)

Congrats on graduating from diapers to big kid undies. You (both) did it! Tag this milestone @parasolco and give other parents hope that their day, too, will come.

Not all baby shampoo - body wash are created equal.

Baby shampoo - body wash aren’t all priced the same...because they’re not made the same.

Need to take a timeout?

One of the conveniences of a Parasol lotion subscription or membership is being able to hit Pause. Maybe you’re traveling, maybe someone just gifted you a month of lotion, whatever the reason, you can pause your shampoo - body wash orders and come back when you’re ready. Just go to your account, select Edit Subscriptions and make your choice. And when you’re time out is up, we’ll always be here for you (that’s called unconditional love).

Before you swipe left on our shampoo - body wash…

As you shop and compare shampoo - body wash to find the one best for your baby, it’s important to do your homework because all baby shampoo - body wash are not created equal.

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