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My two year old son is doing really well with toilet training and is now generally dry during the day and just wearing a pull-up throughout the night. This only leaves the issue of dealing with his daytime naps and long car journeys where, for convenience and reassurance, I have also been using a pull up nappy just in case of any little accidents. I had noticed these relatively new 'Dry Like Me' pads in the supermarket and wondered whether these would be more convenient and less confusing to use during the daytime so I was delighted to get the opportunity to try them out and review them.
The Dry Like Me pads are very much like pantyliners but designed to slip inside the pants of potty training youngsters to capture 'little accidents.' I do like the idea of these pads as I have found continuing to use pull-ups as a potty training aid can lead to laziness on the part of some children but moving straight on to pants can be a messy and time consuming alternative. I am a little torn on the design of the pads as the predominantly white colour scheme (with a few odd orange splodges dotted about) is very reminiscent of standard pantyliners and I wonder whether something a little more kiddy friendly might be better. Having said that, these pads can also be used for older children, up to the age of seven, so I suppose the neutral colours are a little more discreet.
Using the pads is very simple and I find them to be much more convenient than using pull ups, as these simply press on to the base of my son's pants. This is much handier when we are just about to travel somewhere as I can quickly pop one of these in rather than needing to undress him and mess about removing underwear. The liner has a strong adhesive on the back and I have never experienced any problems with the liners moving around once in place. Positioning the pad is pretty straightforward and logical. As I'm using this to capture any stray wee from a little boy, I tend to position the widest section quite high up towards the top of his pants. This can be moved accordingly to accommodate little girls or used in conjunction with another pad to deal with poo as the woven outer section of the liner helps to capture these accidents and protect underwear and clothing. Each pack of 18 pads comes complete with a waterproof plastic pouch which is handy for either carrying a clean, unused pad in the changing bag or potentially containing a soiled pad ready for convenient disposal.
My son is usually more than happy to wear one of the pads at nap times or before we go in the car - barring the odd moment of toddler unco-operation- and has never complained or appeared to be uncomfortable whilst wearing them. My son is a pretty active little boy and is able to run about and get up to his usual mischief with the pad in place! The fabric on the surface feels soft to the touch and he has not experienced any signs of irritation or nappy rash since using these.
Using the pads during the day has surprised me by revealing just how rarely my son does actually have daytime accidents now, even when fast asleep in his pushchair. The vast majority of the pads have been completely dry when he wakes up, with only the odd one or two having a slight smell to indicate that he has produced anything. When using pull ups, by contrast, my son would often end up weeing in them, even when awake, as I think the association with nappies was still too strong.
I do always try and make sure that my little one goes to the toilet before having a nap or travelling so that helps to minimise accidents as these liners are not intended to be a replacement for a nappy and clearly will not absorb as much as a nappy would do. Fortunately, my little one has only really put this to the test once - when a broken night's sleep resulted in an extra long daytime nap the following day. During his two hour sleep (twice as long as usual) he had clearly weed heavily. The liner was completely swollen with urine but my son's pants were still soaking wet and had to be changed, although his trousers were not as wet as would normally be the case under those circumstances.
I do think timing when to switch to these pads, rather than nappies or pull ups, needs some consideration to avoid disappointment. Pricewise, at £2-£3 for a pack of 18 pads, these are not particular cheaper than pull ups so it would be frustrating (and costly) to begin using these too early and have the expense as well as the inconvenience of washing wet clothing as well. Over the long term, however, I do think these can save money by potentially speeding up the process of potty training, whilst helping to deal with some 'near misses', as the child is more aware of any small accidents, avoiding the complacency that can come with prolonged nappy or pull up usage.
I did consider using these during the night time but, having tried them out during the day, I don't think they are absorbent enough to deal with the volume of urine that my son currently produces during the night, although they may be something to move on to for extra reassurance once he is at the stage of being dryer at night. Perhaps the company might consider producing a thicker version specifically for night time use?
Overall, I think Dry Like Me is a useful new product for toilet training, particularly for the convenience of using whilst out and about, although I would recommend using them once a child is fairly confident about using the toilet as they will not cope with larger accidents. The pads are widely available from most supermarkets and frequently on offer for the lower £2 price.
I have recently started toilet training my 2 year old little girl and had decided that I was taking nappies away completely during the day and wouldn't be using them when we went out either as I did not want to confuse her. At the same time we had places to go and I didn't really want her peeing all over other peoples houses or all over her brand new car seat which cost me a fortune! So I went searching down the nappies aisle looking for a solution for this. To be honest I was looking for the disposable bed sheets and was planning on placing them everywhere she sat. Not very dignified I know but I'm sure family and friends wouldn't appreciate puddles left on their carpets and sofas.
While in the nappy aisle in my local tesco I came across the dry like me pads. I had not noticed these before so gave them a look over. I only noticed them because of their bright coloured green box they just jump out at you from the shelf. They do say they are new so this is properly why I have not noticed these before.ninpaid about £4 for these in my local tesco store, I'm not sure how new these are or how widely available they are.
In this ox you get 18 pads. The box say that they are ideal douse at; school or nursery, in the car, on a plane and on shopping trips so this seemed ideal for what I needed them for. It states they catch small accidents I'm not sure what is classes at small accidents but I was soon to find out.
When taking the pads out the only was of describing these is sanitary towels for children. I know it sounds awful but that exactly how they look. They fit inside you child's underwear in the same way. I did notice they were pretty big and when putting them inside my 2 year olds underwear they were too big but I just went along with it. When watching my little girl when she was wearing them I did notice she was walking funny so I an only guess they were rubbing where they were too big.
When it came to them doing their job I didn't expect amazing things because this pad didn't look although it would hold much liquid and I was proved right. I had lined her at seat with a towel as well as I was not taking any chances. When I took her out of the car my little girls whole bottom half was soaked and so was the towel. But I continued to use them and this was the case with every accident.
I can only presume my little girl was not having little accidents.
I would not recommend these pads to anyone unless you are certain you child only has small accidents because everything still ends up wet. The price wasn't bad for giving these a go.nbecause they really didn't do the job for me I can only give this product 1 start. And that's for the price and box design as for them doing their job they get no stars from me.
These pads come in a one size fits all. Well not it certainly doesn't they were too big for my little girl making them uncomfortable.
My little girl seems to store all he liquids for one toilet session so this could be why they did not work but as the pad isn't exactly big I antimagine it does old much liquid. So I would defiantly say save you money with this item.