Wondering if you should invest in a few pairs of peejamas for your potty-training toddler? As a fellow potty-training parent myself, I’m here today to share my thoughts for you in this peejamas review. Hopefully it will help you to decide if peejamas are the right move for you and your child!
What Are Peejamas?
Peejamas are reusable overnight training pants. They were created in 2016 by parents who were looking for a better solution for nighttime training their own children. After experiencing the struggle and need for an alternative to diapers, peejamas were born!
I think they are a really cool company seeking to help a very specific group of people. And if you are in this group (which I will elaborate on below) you will LOVE them.
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How Do Peejamas Work?
Before we received our peejamas in the mail, I understood that they were made of “super absorbent” material, but I actually thought their website was a little bit vague as to HOW they actually worked.
When our peejamas arrived we figured out that the super absorbent material is sewn inside a pair of built-in underpants that contains the nighttime accidents. Essentially, they are pajama bottoms with a high-tech cloth diaper built in. (See photo below!)
When I say absorbent, I mean ABSORBENT! This fabric holds quite a bit of liquid! (15x their weight to be exact.)
The part of the potty training process that we were at with our almost-3 year old was that she was almost entirely accident-free during the day, but just starting out nighttime training and having accidents almost every night.
We had made ourselves very familiar with the “Oh Crap!” potty training method and materials, and in following Jamie Glowacki’s suggestions, we had gotten rid of diapers entirely and were being very intentional with the whole process. My husband was even very consistent early on with doing 1-2 wake ups at night to help our daughter go to the bathroom and not wet the bed.
However, this was getting exhausting for our family, not working particulary well for us, and for several reasons we wanted to try something else. BUT, I was still hoping not to go back to diapers. That’s when I heard about peejamas, and I was hopeful they might be the perfect middle ground for gentle nighttime training.
I was a little hesitant the first night we were putting these on our daughter because I was still not sure if they would work. (My silly girl on the other hand was stoked about wearing her new PJ’s!)
Sure enough, the first thing the next morning we rushed into her room to discover that she had indeed had another accident, but the pee was entirely contained and her sheets were completely dry! It was amazing!
It felt great to not have to strip all of her bedding for the first time in weeks. I also appreciated that she could both feel that she had had an accident and communicate verbally that she had wet her pajamas to us but was still kept comfortable enough to not be startled awake or upset by the feeling of being soaked.
However, one thing I was afraid of was that because the pants have a thicker inner lining it might feel too much like a diaper and she would “relapse” into peeing every night, so to speak. So I was curious to see how that would play out.
Gratefully, she started having dry nights here and there in the peejamas pretty quickly. So I didn’t feel this was too much of an issue. And then pretty soon she started staying dry almost every night. Yay!I!
(I really think I learned it just has SO much to do with giving plenty of time and gentle, consistent coaching! But every kid is different.)
How To Use Peejamas
When you get your peejamas in the mail, you can’t use them right away. First you will need to soften and activate the inner lining by running them through the wash.
While 3-5 pre-washes are recommended, I believe we washed ours twice and let them soak a little extra before starting the cycle and they worked perfectly after that.
*Once you start using them, they just get washed like normal on a cold setting with like colors and tumbled dry on low, fyi.
Daily Wear Versus Occasional Wear
When we first started using our peejamas, we would have our daughter wear them every night. Once she was consistently having dry nights, we started to use them less and less. I tried to pay attention to her fluid intake and if I felt she’d had too much to drink around bedtime that would be a night I would throw the peejamies on as a precaution.
I have LOVED this method so much more than the ol’ 2am wake-up approach, and more than not allowing my kid to drink to thirst at nighttime if they are really saying they are thirsty. And if an accident happens, well, it really is pretty easy to just throw the pants in the wash!
If you are planning to use them every night as you transition out of diapers, I definitely recommend getting at least 2 pairs to make it worth it. That way you always have a clean pair if one is being laundered. They have some cute bundles available on their site right now perfect for this.
Pros and Cons of Peejamas
Overall we have had a great experience with our peejamas and feel that they have been a huge benefit for potty training. However, it’s always a good idea to consider the pros and cons before you invest in something. Here are the major pros and cons of peejamas in my opinion:
- Contains small pee accidents. Don’t have to wash bedding every day.
- May prevent child from waking from a small accident and allow them to sleep through the night.
- Like a cloth diaper, still allows the child to notice the feeling that they are “wet” upon waking and that they had an accident.
- All the same earth-friendly benefits as cloth diapers and can be washed and re-used hundreds of times.
- More comfortable to lay on, no risk of child sliding off, and ultimately less mess than reusable waterproof pads.
- Assists in the process of completely getting rid of diapers.
- They still have to be washed every time your child has an accident.
- Because of its absorbent nature, the inner lining can take a long time to dry. (Drying the pants inside out does help!)
- Depending on what they are used to, some kids may feel that they are bunchy or uncomfortable. (Showing all the peejamas models on the website got our kid pretty stinkin’ excited about repping her own pair though!)
- Finally, they are more expensive than regular pajamas. However, night time pull-ups are also quite expensive. It’s worth considering the cost over time of how long you think your child will benefit from extra protection at night with the upfront cost of purchasing peejamas to help you decide.
Plus, HOW good does it feel when you realize you have purchased your last pack of diapers for a kid?!?
We love peejamas! Here are our final thoughts for those considering making a purchase!
I don’t think they are ideal for children who still COMPLETELY soak a diaper or pull up at night, as they may not hold entirely, or for children who are already wearing cloth diapers, as they are already very similar.
But for nighttime training toddlers who are done with diapers but still having small night accidents, they are A FABULOUS solution!
(Also for parents who don’t want to wake up twice a night to take their kid potty! ;))
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That’s it! I hope you found this peejamas review helpful! Night training is so intimidating at first but I just love to think of all the other parents that have been there and made it to the other side. Godspeed and good luck night training your kiddo.