Flip Trainers Review

I have a tendency: when I find a brand that I like, I go through everything that the company offers.  I know that I love BumGenius 4.0, BumGenius Freetime, and Flip hybrid cloth diapers, so when Flip trainers came out, I figured it was a given that I’d buy them and I’d love them.  After all, I’ve loved everything else that Cotton Babies makes, so why should the Flip trainers be any different?

Flip Trainers Construction

Flip Trainers Review (Cloth Diaper Addicts)Flip trainers are a one size training pant.  Like the Flip diapers, the trainers have the adjustable snap rise.  There’s also a yoke style mount for the inserts, but there’s Velcro to keep the trainers in place.  The closures are side snaps on stretchy panels.  The panels can be adjusted to allow for different sizes of toddler.  The Flip trainers inserts fold much like the Flip diapers, but the inserts are made of organic cotton.  Each package comes with three inserts.


What’s Awesome About Flip Trainers

Flip Trainers Review (Cloth Diaper Addicts)The PUL of the Flip trainers is the same amazing PUL that Cotton Babies uses on the rest of their line up.  You can also get the same gorgeous prints and colors, including Albert and Lovelace.  The one size aspect means that you can keep them for multiple kids and not worry about fit.  The snap closures on the sides make life easy when your little one has a bowel movement in the diaper.  They also have the usual Cotton Babies one year warranty.

What’s Not Awesome About Flip Trainers

Flip Trainers Review (Cloth Diaper Addicts)Because of the snap sides, my son thinks of them as diapers.  That makes them a little less effective for us.  I don’t care for the way the cotton inserts sit in the bottom of the training pant.  Instead of staying flat in the crotch, they tend to bunch.  I’m also not too keen on the velcro for the inserts.  They don’t cling the way that they should.

In a Nutshell?

They really didn’t do anything for us.  Norton was unimpressed by them.  I really, really wanted to like them, but the bunching in the crotch thing just didn’t work for us.  I know that some people out there use them and love them, but I’m not one of them.

Did you use Flip trainers?  How did you like them?

Where to buy: Cozy Bums, Nicki’s Diapers, Kissed by the Moon, and Kelly’s Closet

About Suzi

Suzi is an American ex-pat living in British Columbia. She's a cloth diaper addict, wife, mom of three, and President of the Prince George chapter of Cloth for a Cause.


  1. I had the same problem – the inserts just DIDN’T stay put and really they weren’t very absorbent. I know they’re not supposed to be super absorbent, but what’s the point to barely hold one accident!?

    Thanks for sharing your opinion too!

  2. Thanks for the info. I’ve been thinking of getting something like this for my son.

  3. Thanks for the review! My second child is at the potty training stage, so I have been looking around at different brands and styles. This looks quite alot like the Flip covers, so I was a little hesitant to try them. The problem with the last trainers (we tried Kissaluvs, Just Simply Baby/Kawaii) for my first child was that they were difficult to pull up and down (and he is a skinny child!)…did your son have that issue with these?

    • He didn’t really have an issue with pulling them up and down… not more than with anything else. He’s not chubby, but he’s not twiggy, either. The big thing was that they were like diapers to him because of the sides.

  4. Interesting review. My SIL uses them on her daughter and hasn’t really had any complaints, but I haven’t asked her for an indepth review either. Thanks for shedding some light on the new Cotton Babies product. We’re fans of the cloth diapers (also love the high quality PUL) and probably would have bought into a whole set of the trainers. Now I’ll have something to think about!

  5. I haven’t used them, but I can see that bunching being a problem. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Oh how cool- I am thankfully I am passed that baby/toddler stage! However this definitely would have been a cheaper option when my twins were babies!! Thanks!

  7. Angela Addington says:

    These look pretty cool. I completely get your snap comment and it being a downfall of the product. I don’t have kids in diapers or pull ups any longer.

  8. Prototype Mama says:

    wow– you ladies are killing me with the cloth diapers! Really wished I used them when my little bits where little — so freakin cute!

  9. Thanks for the review! I am looking to purchase trainers for my son. He is only 14 months but is starting to show signs of readiness. I have heard many good things about Flip covers so this is very interesting.

  10. Cortney Niederer says:

    I hated them for the same reasons. We like GroVia way better!

  11. Rachel N says:

    Thank you for the honest review. I was thinking of trying these for my son, I may look into some other options though. Is there a trainer you liked better?

  12. Lindsay says:

    Thank you for the informative review! 🙂 I was thinking about using these, but looks like I’d be better to stick with my thick undies and wool combo.

  13. Jacki Manley says:

    I like the concept, but I just think my son would also view them as diapers and that it would not work in our favor towards potty training..too bad, because they are cute:)

  14. Great concept if switching from disposables. The concept helped my 18 month old to get the idea. The problem is that I have ordered 3 covers and all 3 covers the snaps came off after about 3 months. I had to switch back to pull ups while I was waiting for an exchange (which they are great about) and then my daughter regressed.

  15. Rachel A. says:

    Yes they seem like they are just like a diaper. I am not even close to potty training yet, but all of this is good to know! Thank you!

  16. Erin Davison says:

    I had the same problem-bunching insert and she thought they were like a diaper. However it did definitely help in the beginner stages of training to help her recognize she was wet and the snap down sides were a blessing when she pooped.

  17. I really like them but more as a diaper might be a trainer for my 2.5 yo w the flip org prefold.and a underwear cover for my SN 6 yo I like that they can be washed very well, compared to other trainers on the market!

  18. Leslie bush says:

    I really like them. First I have to hand wash most of the time so they are easy to get clean or as clean as I can. I can hand wash the shell and hang to dry! I use one pad and a disposable insert when I know it’s bm time. Yes, my youngest is not ready and hasn’t been for a long time. However, I thought he was and I got him a stash of these. So, they have been his diaper undies to him and he is just now helping to pull them up! The bunching could be resolved by just making the pads a bit wider, by the company. Other then that we love em


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