For Real Nappy Week 2018 I’m bringing you my experience of using cloth nappies – ten years’ worth over four children. Yesterday I spoke about how our journey began with Bambino Mio nappies, so today I’d like to share my thoughts on some other well-known brands that are out there.
I’ll begin with TotsBots. Based in Glasgow, these nappies have won the Mother and Baby Award for Best Reusable Nappy a record nine times! We use the easyfit stars and the bamboozles.
The easyfits work in the same way as the miosolos – both are pocket nappies with the insert attached for easy assembly. The easyfit comes with a booster that attaches with poppers. It has a velcro fastening and poppers down the front for adjusting the rise.
I’ll be honest and say that it isn’t one of my favourites, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be one of yours! It could simply be that my littlest ray’s shape isn’t as compatible with this nappy. I’ve found that since giving it the extra boost it has worked better for us, so if you’re having issues with any of your cloth stash, persevere and try different boosting techniques.
The bamboozles, on the other hand, are AMAZING!! These are a fitted nappy, which means that they need a waterproof wrap over the top. They are made from bamboo (which is incredibly absorbent) making these nappies a firm favourite for night time. They come with a bamboo booster that fastens in with poppers. I give it an extra boost too, then pop a fleece liner on top, to keep the wet away from my littlest ray’s rump. The bamboozle is a birth-to-potty nappy, and has poppers down the front for adjusting the size. Be aware that bamboo nappies take a bit longer to dry, but they are well worth it.
The wrap can be any brand you like, so don’t think you need to stick with one in particular. We use the TotsBots peanut wraps. Wool wraps are meant to be the best, but I’ve yet to try them. The wrap just fits over the nappy. Make sure you check the fitting around the legs and the waist, as you don’t want anything escaping, nor do you want it to be too tight for your baby.
I’ve been known to sometimes use a Close Parent pop-in outer as a wrap. The pop-in is a two part nappy which comes with an outer shell and two inserts, which are attached using poppers. (Hence pop in.) It’s one of my favourite nappies, mainly due to the double leg gusset. It’s my go-to nappy when babywearing, as the double leg gusset prevents any pressure leaks which can occur with babywearing. As with the other birth-to-potty nappies, it’s also size-adjustable with the poppers running down the front, and has a velcro fastening.
So far the nappies I have spoken about have been fastened with velcro (sometimes known as hook-and-loop.) I found this fastening to be preferable with a very young baby, as it made changes quicker. As my littlest ray is growing, however, I’m beginning to see the advantages of a popper fastening – the main one being that she won’t be able to take the nappy off!! Little hands love exploring, and she’s decided that her nappy MUST be explored! At the moment she needs to have a vest or tights over it, just so that she isn’t tempted to remove it for further examination.
Enter the Bumgenius nappies. I only have two, which I purchased from Kingdom of Fluff, but I’m tempted to buy some more, if they’ll keep little hands from squishing poo! I have a freetime and an elemental. The freetime has the inserts semi-attached, and they fold out for quick drying. They have poppers down the front for size adjustment, and a double row of poppers along the top for fastening. The elemental has a double cotton insert completely sewn in, so no stuffing or folding required. As with my other nappies, I’ve found giving them an extra boost with a bamboo booster increases the absorbancy.
My other popper nappies are Fuzzibunz, which I bought from Plush Pants. They are a pocket nappy, and come with a hemp insert. It’s worth noting that hemp doesn’t hold a lot of moisture, so I boost with bamboo and have had no further issues. The Fuzzibunz have a double popper fastening, which also overlaps to give a more flexible adjustment. They differ from other birth-to-potty nappies, in that they don’t have poppers down the front for adjusting the rise. Instead, they have strong elastic going all the way up the leg gusset, which allows for a more natural adjustment, as it will stretch with your baby. This nappy isn’t for everyone, but we’re quite happy with it.
Deciding to use cloth nappies can be a daunting experience for many. There is so much choice these days, that it can be difficult to know where to start. I’ve found that it’s very much trial and error. Avoid buying a complete birth-to-potty set from any one brand, as your baby’s nappy needs will change as they grow. Instead, buy a few different brands to try when they are on offer, borrow from willing friends, or see if there is a nappy library local to you. You’ll soon find what works for you. By all means read reviews and ask for advice, but remember you won’t truly know if a nappy is right for your baby until you try it for yourself.
This post is simply a snapshot of the choice that is out there. These are my own opinions about what has worked for me. If you have any questions on using cloth nappies, please don’t hesitate to ask. Check back in tomorrow for some more cloth nappy talk!