Smarty Pants – Training Pants and Cloth Diaper Review

I’m always on the look-out for good quality and affordable cloth diapers and they aren’t easy to find. In my Complete Cloth Diapering Guide, I write about several brands I’ve tried already, but I hadn’t tried Smarty Pants brand of both cloth diapers and training pants for toddlers. They have super cute patterns and are made of quality fibers like cotton and bamboo.

Affordable Smarty Pants Cloth Diapers Review

Their cloth diapers are super soft as they’re lined with bamboo, which gets a big thumbs up from me since that is a natural and sustainable fiber (bamboo grows super fast and is easy to grow). Also, they are $13.99 each, which is cheaper than some of the big name brands which can cost $20 to $30 a diaper. I like how they have both rows at the top of the diaper to adjust both the waist and leg opening, plus the middle section of buttons to adjust the girth. They fit babies from 8 to 34 pounds! They also sell wet bags to stash the dirty ones in, which is a must-have in our house!

Smarty Pants Bamboo and Cotton Cloth Diaper Inserts

Each diaper comes with this super thick, soft and absorbent bamboo/cotton insert. It’s made of five layers – two bamboo layers on the outside and three microfiber terry towel inserts in the middle. I really like the nice seam near the outside edge of the insert, which I’ve never seen with other brands, that makes it less bulky.

Smarty Pants - Training Pants for Toddler Potty Training

One of the coolest products they sell are their training pants. These are just ingenious! They look and feel just like underwear but have this secret waterproof lining inside the undies to make accidents less messy. They also do not have any padding, which at first I didn’t understand, since training pants I buy in the big-box stores all have lots of padding to absorb accidents. However, once I tried them on Grayson, who’s just shy of two, I understood. He feels the pees much faster than with the padded underwear and told me as soon as he was going “Pee pee potty. Pee pee, potty.”

They also come in super cute designs, like the baseball ones above. You can buy – pink owls, cute chicks, flower princess, and dinosaurs!

Smarty Pants Training Pants - A Look Inside

So they really are perfect for potty training! The only drawback is that if your child has a big pee, it will leak out. However, this was useful for Grayson because it bothered him and he wanted to go right to the potty. So, in my opinion, they are excellent for training around the house but you must keep a close eye on the child and take him to the potty as he is going (this is the best way we’ve found to potty train anyway).

Smarty Pants Cloth Diapers and Training Pants - Affordable and Good Quality!

They even have the option of FREE SHIPPING (yay!) and the products will still arrive in 2 to 5 days. Not bad! Overall, I am quite happy with the quality and affordability of Smarty Pants cloth diapers and training pants and have already ordered a bunch more training pants to continue training Grayson!  I’ll report back to let you know how it goes.

About Sara McFall

Sara is the owner and founder of My Merry Messy Life, which started in 2011 as a way to chronicle her journey to a natural, chemical-free lifestyle and to share her passions of mothering, real food, homeschooling and crochet. She is a mama to three precious and energetic little boys and wife to a university professor who loves to sing, dance ballet and ballroom, and live simply and naturally.


  1. Krystal Czarnik says:

    How are they with sensitive skin? My husband and I sadly went with disposables and are learning our lesson fast. Our son is almost three and he tries to tell us when he has to go (which usually ends with him taking off all of his clothes when he has an accident.) We are planning on more babies and want to be very eco-conscious this time around. Around how many diapers should we buy to start with? One site I read said around 15. Is that an accurate amount for a week’s worth?

    • Hi Krystal! Well, my kids have mildly sensitive skin but not incredibly so, so it’s hard to tell. But, bamboo is great for sensitive skin, so I think it should work well for you. How many diapers you buy depends on how many children you have and how old they are. You’re going to need 10-12 diapers a day for a newborn, so unless you’re going to wash every single day, you’ll need way more than 12. I cover all of that in my Complete Cloth Diapering guide if you’d like more info!

  2. Hi
    I would have loved to have used cloth diapers but my son was born premature and therefore there were none that fitted him and by the time he was big enough he hated the feeling of the cloth and screamed whenever he was wearing them and wet in them.
    I know in Australia there are a couple of companies that let you buy a sample pack – this includes about 6 different brands of cloth nappies and you use them for a certain time period and then decide if you like any of them. Then you return the ones you don’t like, keep the ones you do and they send you a full kit of the ones you have chosen. The cost of the sample pack is then deducted from the full kit.
    This is a brilliant system. For the person asking about sensitive skin. My children both have exceptionally sensitive skin and we were unable to find a cloth nappy that suited them. However I had a huge amount of success with disposables that were made of corn fibre. Neither of my children could wear the most common commercial brands – they gave them terrible nappy rash. The brand I loved best was Naty (Nature Babycare), these are disposable but they breakdown a lot faster than normal disposables – so if you can’t use cloth for certain reasons keep an eye out for these – or use these for when you are going away etc.
    Good luck and thanks for the review.

    • Lori Strout says:

      My son was also sensitive but it was to the fire retardant on the fabric. We had to was every thing in bleach before he even could touch it if it was wet. He would pull his diaper off and pee on it like a potty so training was easy for him once the idea came to me I could get him to take them off in the bathroom it just happened all by its self.He is 32 this year.

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