The short answer: Diaper pants are a pull-up version of a standard tape diaper without the tape. They have an elastic band around the waist and legs so you can pull them up like a pair of pants.
Want the long answer? Keep reading to learn more about diaper pants, when to use them, and how to change them.
Diaper Pants vs Tape Diapers
Diaper pants are convenient for both parents and babies. They are soft and flexible, which helps them form to your baby’s body and move with them when they’re on the go. They can also easily hike up over the hips when your baby is wiggling around.
Similar to tape diapers, diaper pants (also known as training pants) help your baby stay dry. However, if your baby is less than 6 months old, diaper pants may ride too high on the waist.
Tape diapers are often a better option for babies whose umbilical cord hasn’t fallen off yet, since you can adjust the tape under the navel for a more comfortable fit.
When to Use Diaper Pants?
Around 6 months of age, most babies start lying on their stomachs for tummy time and try to crawl. If you’ve ever had to playfully wrestle your little one into a tape diaper because they wouldn’t stay still, you know that at this stage, it’s hard to flip them on their back to change a nappy.
Suddenly, diaper pants become much simpler to dress your child in since all you have to do is pull them up and down to change them. So when your baby starts getting restless and using their hands and knees to get around, use diaper pants.
Diaper Pants for Potty Training
Diaper pants can also come in handy when your child is ready to start potty training. They can help bridge the gap between their diaper stage and undies stage.
Often, your child will want to do things themselves, so the easy up-down that diaper pants provide allows them the opportunity. When accidents occur, training diapers will also absorb any accidents and prevent messes.
Our soft, cloth-like training diapers have a super absorbent bamboo core, wetness indicator, and blowout guard to make leak-free days a regular occurrence.
How to Change Diaper Pants
There are simple 2 things to remember when changing diaper pants:
- If it’s solid, pull them down.
- If it’s loose, tear them down.
When diaper pants are soiled with just urine, they’re easy to pull off like a pair of cotton underwear. But if they’re soiled with poop (or loose poop, like diarrhea), it’s better to tear the side stitches of the diaper to avoid any mess or diaper rash.
Diaper pants are an excellent option for babies 6 months and older since they’re painless to change while your child runs around. That said, everyone is different. Using a combination of pants and tape diapers during infancy is totally normal, so do what works best for you.