If you are looking for Montessori toilet learning pants, we have recommendations for you! This list includes 100% cotton and organic cotton training pants for toilet-learning toddlers.
Phase 1 of Montessori toilet learning includes using cloth diapers, so your baby is aware of eliminating, and informing and involving your baby during diaper changes.
Phase 2 of Montessori toilet learning for toddlers begins when your child is around 12-months-old and walking. During Phase 2 of toilet learning, cloth training pants are worn and your child is given opportunities to use a small potty or toilet. For a brief explanation of the Montessori toilet learning process, see Sarah Moudry's book Toilet Awareness.
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Features: Montessori Training Pants
There are many types of training pants on the market these days. Pull-up disposable diapers are sometimes called training pants, but that's not what we're talking about here. When we use the term "training pants" we are referring to reusable cloth training pants. They are basically underwear with extra padding to catch a pee miss.
Here are some features to look for when selecting training pants for Montessori toilet learning:
- 100% Cotton (or other natural fibers)
- Pain white or simple design
- Easy to push down
Wearing 100% cotton training pants will help your child feel wet and maintain awareness of when he eliminates. Non-waterproof training pants help the parent or caregiver to be aware of misses. This will allow you to respond right away and help your child change into a clean dry pair. If you ever need the reassurance of a waterproof layer, you can add a wool soaker or shorts over the training pants.
For Montessori training pants, opt for solid white or a simple design. We are guiding our child to use the toilet because that is the proper place to eliminate. We don't need to coax our child with character-covered training pants.
The training pants should fit loosely enough that they are easy for your child to push down. The main reason for switching from cloth diapers to cloth training pants is to allow your child more independence in the toileting process.
It is helpful to keep a small basket of clean training pants in the bathroom, and a laundry basket for your child to fill with any wet trainers.
Brands: Montessori Toilet Learning Pants
Under the Nile Training Pants
Starting from size: 12-24M
Fabric: 100% Organic Cotton
Under the Nile offers natural organic training pants. My son starting wearing Under the Nile training pants around 10-months-old. The trainers did a good job of absorbing a pee miss, while allowing me to see right away when they were wet.
Tiny Trainers by Tiny Undies
Starting from size: 6-12M
Fabric: 100% Cotton
Tiny Trainers were designed by Andrea Olson, author of Go Diaper Free: A Simple Handbook for Elimination Communication and The Tiny Potty Training Book. Tiny Trainers are a good option for small toddlers since they start from size 6M and run small. Be sure to check the size chart, and consider sizing up.
Truly Charis Wool Shorties, Longies, or Soakers
Starting from size: Newborn
Fabric: 95% Merino wool, 5% Spandex
When leaving the classroom or house, it is convenient to add lanolized wool shorts, longies, or a soaker over the cotton training pants. If your child has a miss, the wool will contain the wetness.
Video Explaining Montessori Toilet Learning
I love how this video explaining Montessori Toilet Learning shows students toddling around a Montessori infant classroom wearing tee shirts and training pants! My extended family thought I was strange for letting my one-year-old wear just training pants around the house. To me it didn't make sense to put shorts over his training pants, since it would make it more difficult for him to use the potty and for me to see if his training pants were wet.
"The children usually don't wear pants until they are successfully using the toilet, and that's just because it is an obstacle to them getting there and being successful."
I hope this blog post helped you select training pants for Montessori toilet learning. For more options, including waterproof training pants and small training pants for babies doing EC, please see our massive Cloth Training Pants Comparison Review.
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