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Flip Trainers Review – Updated 11/11/13

Flip Trainer 33 small side

Post contains affiliate links, I purchased this product myself. I finally received the Flip Trainer I ordered the day the new products/colors/prints were announced! My son is 2 1/2 and isn’t terribly interested in the potty. He was doing pretty well before the baby arrived, but backpedaled a little bit. I know that’s normal and I’m not concerned! I was, however, excited that Cottonbabies had created a trainer, because I knew it would be good!

Flip Trainer 1
Flip Trainer 2 Flip Trainer 3

The trainers are available in all 13 colors and 2 prints, including the new Albert print (what I chose.)

Flip Trainer 4 Flip Trainer 5

The trainers come with a reusable, waterproof PUL shell and 5 organic soaker pads. Each set retails for $24.95. Additional soaker pads are available in packs of 3 for $17.95, and the side panels are available separately for $5.95 a set (so you can customize the look of the trainer.) Unfortunately, the shells aren’t available for purchase separately. Update shells are now available for $17.95 each and sets contain a shell & 3 inserts for $29.95. The shell/5 pad set I bought is no longer available.

Flip Trainer 6 Flip Trainer 7 snaps open
Flip Trainer 8 back snaps Flip Trainer 9 stretchy sides

The trainer unsnaps on the side to make it easy to handle messes, and the sides are stretchy for a snug fit and to make them easy to pull on and off.

Flip Trainer 10 front and back elastic Flip Trainer 10-2 leg elastic

They have both front and back elastic, along with gentle leg elastic.

Flip Trainer 11 albert print

I love the Albert print!!

Flip Trainer 12 rise snaps Flip Trainer 13 inner

The trainers have the snap down rise we’ve come to expect from Cottonbabies (trainers are estimated to fit 20-50 lbs and 18 months to 4T), and the inner is wipeable PUL.

Flip Trainer 14 front soaker attachment Flip Trainer 15 back soaker attachment

Soakers attach to the front and back of the trainers with hook & loop. There is a “laundry tab” to press on top during washing to avoid snags.

Flip Trainer 16 soakers
Flip Trainer 17 soaker in Flip Trainer 18  soaker in

The soakers have additional loop, as well as folding guidelines to attach them when the trainer is on the small or medium setting. You can put the extra absorbency in the back for a girl, or the front for a boy.

Flip Trainer 19 med soaker in Flip Trainer 20 small soaker in

In addition to the rise adjustment, there are also two settings for the waist.

Flip Trainer 21 two waist settings

The adjustment is done via the rear side panel snaps. You can put each panel at the smaller setting, each at the larger setting, or one on each to get the right fit for your child.

Flip Trainer 21-2 largest leg opening

Between the rise setting and the waist setting, the leg opening gets quite large!

Here’s the smaller waist setting measured flat and stretched (I stretched the trainer, then had to let go and place it on the tape measure since I only have two hands, LOL.)

Flip Trainer 22 small waist Flip Trainer 23 small hip
Flip Trainer 24 small waist stretched

and the larger setting:

Flip Trainer 25 large waist Flip Trainer 26 large hip
Flip Trainer 27 large waist stretched

Here’s the small rise setting measured folded & stretched:

Flip Trainer 28 small folded Flip Trainer 29 small stretched

The small setting is fairly similar to the medium Bumgenius (this is a medium 3.0 AIO.)

Flip Trainer 30 small vs med bg
Flip Trainer 31 small soaker Flip Trainer 32 small
Flip Trainer 33 small sideFlip Trainer 34 small back

Medium:

flip trainer Flip Trainer 35-2 med stretched

Flip Trainer 36 med Flip Trainer 37 med side
Flip Trainer 38 med back

Large:

Flip Trainer 39 large folded Flip Trainer 40 large stretched

Flip Trainer 41 large Flip Trainer 42 large side
Flip Trainer 43 large back

My son has become very picky about diapers. He doesn’t want to be changed most of the time, and when he does, he wants specific diapers. He is not into anything new at all. I mean he freaked.out. when I put this on him. So I put it on him, then took it right off. Therefore, I unfortunately have no idea how it actually absorbs or performs! I tried to tell him that when he uses the potty, he can decide what undies he wears, but he didn’t go for it, LOL! Update performs great! Soaker pads are quite absorbent.

Here he is in the small setting at 2 1/2 years old and about 28+ pounds.

Flip Trainer 44 small on 28 lb Flip Trainer 45 small on 2.5 yo
Flip Trainer 46 small back

It was easy to put on and easy to take off, and fit him quite well (with tons of room to grow.)

Update 11/11/13

We are using these at night time on my 4.5 year old, and they fit him wonderfully. He is between 33 & 35 lbs & rather petite, but not scrawny. He prefers to wear them over his undies because then it is “just to catch accidents” rather than a diaper.

@Flip training pants - large setting on 33ish lb 4.5 yr old via @chgdiapers 1 @Flip training pants - large setting on 33ish lb 4.5 yr old via @chgdiapers 2 side
@Flip training pants - large setting on 33ish lb 4.5 yr old via @chgdiapers 3 back

The inserts are plenty absorbent to catch big or small accidents, and the trainers actually fit my 50 lb 8.5 year old (snugly.) She tried them on over her leggings to show my son they were not a diaper, LOL. Since we are using them at night, the ability to swap out inserts doesn’t matter too much to us. I can air out the cover & reuse, but I tend to just wash the whole thing.


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Maria Moser
Maria is the mother of 3, writing about cloth diapers & going green. You'll often find her juggling her preschooler and typing 1-handed in between sips of cold coffee. Maria works with many companies within the cloth diaper industry and beyond, providing social media management, product development and other services.
31 Comments
  • October 12, 2014 at 3:19 am
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    WOW just what I was looking for. Came here by searching for cottonbabies

  • January 25, 2014 at 11:22 pm
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  • carol lewis
    January 8, 2012 at 8:56 pm
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    This looks great for Raineer!

  • jeanne conner
    January 8, 2012 at 6:17 pm
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    thanks for the great giveaway

  • January 8, 2012 at 9:11 am
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  • Jodi Kershuk
    January 6, 2012 at 6:08 pm
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    This would be great!

  • Laurie Snow
    January 5, 2012 at 8:01 pm
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    Would love to win! Just started working on potty training, this would be a wonderful addition to our fabulous cloth start!

  • Maria Pereda
    January 5, 2012 at 11:11 am
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    If I won I will use it for my 2 yrs old daughter!1

  • Brenda Fader
    January 3, 2012 at 11:11 am
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    My granddaughter is just getting to the potty chair age. These look like great!

  • Sarah
    January 3, 2012 at 9:12 am
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    My son is 16 months and I’d like to see if he’s interested in the potty soon 🙂 I have another boy on the way (due in June) so it would be great if I could get my first out of diapers before the next comes. I’m new to cloth diapering so I’d love to try these.

  • January 1, 2012 at 11:39 pm
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    Thank you for this great giveaway! My son is just about potty trained, but my sister’s son (5 months younger than my little guy) is still struggling. She’s resorted to disposable training pants and feels awful about it. I’d LOVE to win her this kit. I really think it would help him learn when he’s wet much better than those sposies she is using.

  • Jelissa
    January 1, 2012 at 2:57 pm
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    Would love to win these as i have a 2 and 6month old.

    • Jelissa
      January 1, 2012 at 2:59 pm
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      corection 2yr old.lol

      and thank you for the give away. 🙂

  • December 31, 2011 at 9:58 pm
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    Thanks for the giveaway!

  • hannah
    December 29, 2011 at 1:32 am
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    thank you!

  • Kate
    December 28, 2011 at 10:19 am
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    Thanks for the giveaway! Would love to win this for my 2.5 year old!

  • THERESA L
    December 28, 2011 at 8:46 am
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    THIS IS A GREAT IDEA, WHO EVER CAME UP WITH THIS WAS A GREAT DEAL ,I WANT TO KNOW WHEN WILL THEY BE IN THE STORES TO PURCHASE.MY GRANDDAUGHTER JUST TURN 2YRS OLD AND WE HAVE BEEN TRYING FOR A YEAR NOW ALONG WITH THE DAYCARE,SHE SAYS I HAVE TO GO TO THE BATHROOM AFTER SHE WET HERSELF BUT HEY THAT’S A START.

  • December 28, 2011 at 1:27 am
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    I love the two prints that this comes in… .though i don’t think lovelace would look good on my boys 😛
    Thank you for the chance to win!

  • sherry k
    December 27, 2011 at 10:20 pm
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    would love to try these

  • .:karen:.
    December 27, 2011 at 12:21 pm
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    Would love to win for when we have to potty train DD 2. I never had any side-snapping trainers with DD1 b/c we started using cloth late with her and she only had problems with wetting during sleep. So I know these would be helpful for the full training experience. Plus, we love our Flips! Thanks for the giveaway!
    -k

  • TRACY SIMMS
    December 27, 2011 at 10:54 am
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    THANK YOU FOR THIS GIVEAWAY!

  • December 27, 2011 at 1:14 am
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    Wow, how awesome! How do you enter the giveaway? I use Flip and Bum Genius on my 13-month-old now, but we will be needing trainers probably in the next 6 months or so. By the way, I love your blog and I love that you’re doing this! It will really help out whoever wins, because I know from personal experience, raising kids ain’t cheap!

  • Brandy Anderson
    December 26, 2011 at 10:05 pm
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    I love the Albert print! So cute.

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  • Sarah
    December 26, 2011 at 5:17 pm
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    wow – those look really cool. we are just starting potty training (next weekend is going to be potty bootcamp weekend!)

  • Kristen Jeffery
    December 26, 2011 at 4:01 pm
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    LOVE the Albert print. Thank you so much for this chance!

  • Trisha W.
    December 26, 2011 at 2:05 pm
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    I received an Albert and Lovelace just before Christmas. My daughter is a bit young to start training, but I LOVED the concept and the price was so reasonable. And yes, I ordered an Albert for my daughter. I have lots of kiddos that love math in my house — both girls and boys.

    • Trisha W.
      December 26, 2011 at 2:10 pm
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      P.S. Like you I was surprised to learn that Flip doesn’t plan to sell the trainer covers separately, at least not at this time. I thought that was odd since they were selling extra inserts separately. In my opinion, I think it would be nice to have a couple of covers on hand just in case the accident isn’t a urine one. Poopy accidents are messy and tend to get on covers, at least in my experience they do.

  • Leo Nguyen
    December 26, 2011 at 12:34 pm
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    My son is 3 years old. I would love to win this trainer. Thank you so much for doing this.

  • Katie
    December 26, 2011 at 11:53 am
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    I’m not entering because my son is already potty trained, but that’s very nice of you to sponsor this!

  • December 26, 2011 at 10:29 am
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