Pros: These ones have Ariel the Little Mermaid on them
Cons: These caused a rash almost immediately for my little girl
I recently ran out of my bulk box of Pull Ups that I buy from Costco so while I was at the grocery store I picked up a package to hold us over. I wasn't paying attention because the package that I picked up was Huggies Pull-Ups Training Pants for girls with Wetness Liners instead of the Huggies Pull-Ups Training Pants for Girls with Learning Designs. Oh well, I thought... no big deal. Well, as it turns out this has been a big deal and oh what a mistake!
About Huggies Pull-Ups with Cool Alert Liner
Pampers came out with a similar product years ago that I used with my son called Feel 'n Learn Advanced Trainers. My son was right on the cusp of getting potty trained and these training pants worked pretty well for us. So, even though I bought them on accident I was hopeful about trying Huggies version of the product since I prefer their Pull-ups over Pampers Easy Ups.
Huggies with Cool Alert have a special Wetness Liner in them that becomes cool when your child wets the pull-up. This is supposedly going to help teach my child to recognize that they are wet. Inside the training pants there's a snowflake like pattern and a 3X3" white patch which when wet, gets cool. I was curious how Cool Alert works so I looked it up at www.pullups.com which gave me this interesting information:
When the child wets the pant, sorbitol crystals dissolve, which cools the urine in the patch. When the cool urine in the patch contacts the skin, the child feels the coolness. This cool feeling is similar to the change you feel when touching cool tap water. The pants remain cool for a few minutes. Sorbitol is a sugar-like material that occurs naturally in fruits such as apples, plums, cherries and pears. It is commonly used as a sweetener in gum and in low calorie foods. In cosmetics, sorbitol is frequently used as an emollient (skin softener).
Aside from the Cool Alert these training pants look very similar to the Huggies Training Pants with Learning Designs. They fit my daughter well, and I love the easy access resealable sides. These pull-ups come in three sizes [2TןT (up to 34 lbs.), 3TנT (32-40 lbs.) and 4TסT (38+ lbs.)] My daughter is 2 years old, 24 pounds and takes the 2T-3T training pants. She enjoyed the Disney Princess patterns on these, in particular that these have designs that are specific to Ariel the Little Mermaid (with pale purple easy open sides), her other Pull-ups have Cinderellas on them (with pink sides). Similar to the Learning Designs pull-ups they also have "fade when wet" patterns on the front.
Its a little bit confusing because the snowflake pattern that is inside of these Cool Alert pull-ups looks like it should fade when wet but it doesn't. I really don't get what the point of the snowflakes really is. As for the wetness liner - its supposed to get cold within seconds. I did try it (with water) but didn't notice much of a change.
What I did notice is the following... When my daughter wet in these training pants they tend to puff out a lot the way that some diapers do. Also, when I change her there's gel and particles all over her diaper region. Yuck! I had this same problem with Huggies diapers which is why we prefer Pampers. The biggest issue that I have with these Cool Alert pull-ups has to do with the mad red rash and irritation that my daughter developed within the first few days of using these. After reading more about how the Cool Alert works, I can certainly understand why she was irritated. I also question the wisdom of peeing on sugar-like crystals and having that come in contact with sensitive parts. Given my daughter's bad reaction with Huggies Pull-Ups with Cool Alert Wetness Liner, I have no plans of purchasing these again. We'll be sticking with the plain 'ol Huggies Learning Designs pull-ups til our potty training is completed.