I bought these for my niece when she was ready to start wearing panties. I thought that the thicker material would be an easier transition from pull ups to panties. She liked that she had "big girl" panties on and I liked being done changing diapers and pull ups whenever I babysat her. They are more absorbent than regular underwear. They aren't a long term underwear for kids to wear once they are accident free but they do help your child get more accustomed to the feel of fabric instead of plasticky diapers or pull ups. They aren't as cheap as regular underwear, but they do come in a multi pack, and you probably don't need to buy more than one multi-pack. We bought two, one to keep at my house and one to keep at my niece's house. They are durable and withstand messes, accidents and many many washes. I would recommend this to mothers and fathers who are looking for something that is in between pull ups and panties when potty training their kids.