Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Product Review: SuperUndies

George models a Midnight Blue Bandit size medium Pull-On
Caboodle 3 models a Midnight Blue Bandit
size medium Pull-On (old style)
I have three caboodles. I have been dealing with diapers for 6.5 years straight. Here's the current pottying status in the house:
  • Caboodle 1, age 6.5, female: nocturnal eneuresis (bedwetter, nightly)

  • Caboodle 2, age 5, male: occasional bedwetting (when he refuses to pee before bed)

  • Caboodle 3, almost 3, male: not potty-trained. He will pee when taken to the toilet but will protest half the time. He will not go to the toilet when directed.
We have used all sorts of brands and types of diapers, disposable and cloth. I have used Huggies, Pampers, Parent's Choice, Teddy's Choice, and Kirkland. I've used name brand and generic pull-ups. On the cloth side, we've used Kushies, Fuzzi Bunz, bumGenius, Kawaii, an assortment of WAHM diapers, prefolds/covers, and Monkey Doodlez AIOs. For training pants, I have tried Kushies, Bummis, Imse Vimse, and Blueberry before finally settling on Super Undies.

It starts with a gimmick. Super Undies are worn by potty training super heroes. Your super heroes will defeat those soggy diaper foes and rise dry and triumphant!

Plus you'll save money on pull-ups. Don't get me wrong, Super Undies are crazy expensive. Daytime potty training pants (pull-on and snap-on) retail for $19.95 and up. Bedwetter pants retail for $29.95 and up. Yikes! But! Have you ever looked at the price of pull-ups? A pack of 43 daytime pull-ups is $19.93. How long will that last in your house? Probably about 10 days here. A case of 46 GoodNites (what Caboodle 1 would wear) runs $32.87 at Walmart (as of April 4, 2013). A case of 68 nighttime pull-ups (the smallest size, fewer if you need a bigger size) is also $32.87. Caboodle 3 sometimes wets so heavily he goes through two disposables a night. Caboodle 1 doesn't, but let's do the math.

Caboodle 1 outgrew regular pull-ups and diapers when she was about 4. That's 912 overnight diapers at 46/case, or almost 20 cases, for a total of more than $650. That'll buy you 21 pairs of SuperUndies Bedwetter Pants. We have three. I'll let you do the math on daytime pullups. It is also worth noting that, at least in BC, disposable training pants are now subject to both GST and PST. Cloth is only subject to GST.

comic-po-anatomyHave a look at Super Undies anatomy. Both the Pull-On Trainer and the Bedwetter Pant are built similarly. With the Pull-ons, there is a sewn-in soaker layer and a pass-through pocket through which you can stuff more inserts. I use a variety of microfiber, bamboo, and the occasional cotton prefold. Don't have any? Old face cloths, hand towels, or even t-shirts will do the job -- and that's only if you have a heavy wetter.

Bedwetter Pants are similar, but in addition to the sewn in soaker layer they also have a sewn-on insert that can tuck into the pass-through pocket and get pulled out for a cleaner wash and faster dry. Both models have a mesh liner to help with detergent build-up, which can reduce absorbency.

SuperUndies Bedwetter Pants.
Super hero? The Webslinger!
Bedwetter pants are also trimmed with a broad band of fleece at the waist and leg openings. This provides both extra comfort and helps hold in excess pee at night.

Both of these pictures depict the newest generation of Super Undies. Caboodle 3 has been testing out the new Bedwetter Pants with great success. As I mentioned, this kid will soak through a disposable due to his frequent refusal to pee before bed and his dependence on a nighttime (and sometimes midnight) "doddle" (bottle). I know, I know, but we're talking about diapers, not big boys who still use bottles. The point is, he can last up to 14 hours with no leaks (not even an odour leak) in his Super Undies Bedwetter Pants.

I do actually prefer the previous style of both the pull-on and the bedwetter pants. The old style features a half pocket where you can stuff your boosters without passing your whole arm through the diaper. There's also less pee to touch when you remove them. That said, the old style pull-on is ideal for boys, not so much for girls. The old style bedwetter pant has a half pocket at the back rather than the front. This makes tucking in the sewn-on insert easier, but you can't boost your absorbency at the front where boys need it most. The new style allows you to boost absorbency for boys AND girls. The new style is also more trim, less bulky.

Easy? Yes. Caboodle 1 can stuff her own diapers and then remove the inserts and place them in the appropriate laundry receptacle in the morning? Caboodle 3 can remove and put on his Super Undies himself. The sizing is spectacular. Size smalls will fit your petite early potty trainer. Mediums will fit your average potty trainer. Larges are for kids who take a big more time, or are BIG kids. But then you move into the realm of nocturnal eneuresis and older children with special needs. Super Undies standard sizing comes up to XXL, or a max of 85 pounds/age 13. They've also started to make adult sizes.

Training Pant Comparison Chart

BummisKushiesImse VimseBlueberrySU pull onSU bedwetter
WaterproofYesSort ofPartialPartialyesyes
Lasting Power1 small pee1 small pee1 small pee1 small peeSeveral peesHours of pee
LookBubble buttBubble buttTrim fitTrim fitTrim fitBubble butt
Outer fabricPULNylonCotton knitCotton knitPULPUL
Inner linerCotton flannelCotton flannelOrganic cottonCotton velourPoly-Lycra blendPoly-Lycra blend
TrimPoly ElasticKnit CottonKnit cottonKnit cottonPoly ElasticFleece

I'll leave you with a final comment from Caboodle 3.

bedwetter - night

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* Super Undies Secret Headquarters International provided one pair of SuperUndies Bedwetter Pants for the purposes of this review. I purchased Caboodle 1's three XL bedwetter pants and Caboodle 3's three M pull-ons for my own use, long before I planned to write a review.

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