These padded cotton potty training pants are specially designed to fit loosely so that they can be easily pulled on and off by your toddler, without adult help. Not only does this increase the chance of getting on the potty in time, but it also makes whole process much more independent, which is one of the goals potty training. They have an absorbent center panel that contains the accidents, but still allows your toddler to feel uncomfortable and therefore increase her awareness of her excretory function, especially when compared to diapers and pull-ups. These padded potty training pants are very comparable to the Gerber training pants when it comes to function. Moms have told us that they prefer the quality of these training pants over Gerber Training Pants for Girls. We highly recommend these potty training pants. They are our best sellers, however these potty pants are not waterproof and if you are worried about messes and leakages coming through the potty pants.