21/03/2010 at 09:03
I'm only 14 weeks pregnant, but thought I'd get my research in. I really want to use washable nappies this time round. I wondered if anyone else is using them and can recommend a brand. There are loads of different packages to buy and the prices range from £200 up to huge amounts. Would appreciate any advice.
21/03/2010 at 10:56
Im 34 weeks pregnant and have just ordered a trial washable nappies pack from a company called Little Lamb. For £35 they send you 4 different types of washable nappy (different materials) and all the bits you need to go with them.
Although I havent got the pack yet (only ordered it today) I have spoken to them on the phone and they are really helpful. A 20 nappy pack (mix of bamboo and microfibre nappies) is £155.
Hope this helps
21/03/2010 at 15:16
try this website, it will tell you more. also u can claim cashback from your council (depend on your location). i got £30 back for each child. some places dun offer cashback but something else.
23/03/2010 at 13:43
Hi Andie/ Eileen
Thanks I will take a look at both of these. I have had a look at the trial packs, but does that mean that you will buy disposable ones as well so that you have enough?
24/03/2010 at 23:18
i use both disposable and reuseable (when they are about 8 mths old) for my kids.
reuseable comes in 2 sizes. size 1 from 0 to 9 mths approx. size 2 from 9 mths above.
i only use reusebale at home cos it is hugh and messy. u wont want to pack 2 reuseable nappies in your baby bag! it will take up too much of space. dispoable is easy to dispose and they are thin to keep in baby bag.
personally, i will keep a few disposable handy when u using the trial pack.
25/03/2010 at 13:28
We really wanted to use washables but found that they just didn;t fit my son. They were really gappy round the legs and leaked a lot.
I would suggest getting a few to start with and see how you get on. I would also check what age they start from (don;t know if different brands are different) but the ones we got only started at about 3 months and we weren't told that when we bought them. Also check with the hospital that they're happy for you to use them in hospital - ours said they prefer people to use disposables.
25/03/2010 at 13:32
I have used Little Lamb, Motherease, Bambino Mio and also Kushies in the past.
The Little Lamb and Motherease are shaped with an internal liner and then you have to put a wrap on the outside. The Motherease are one-size-fits-all and the Little Lamb I believe come in different sizes. I did find these good although the Motherease in particular I found needed changing quite often as they got wet through very quickly even with a liner. I have friends that love them though.
The Bambino Mio and Kushies are my favourites. Bambino mio have a shaped wrap and then a square piece of cloth that you fold a particular way depending on age/sex of baby. The Kushies are completely all-in-one with a liner, material and wrap all stitched together. Both of these brands require you to change sizes as your baby grows though.
I think everyone likes something different so it is good to try different brands. Maybe find a friend or someone at a baby group who could lend you some to test? Just another point, you can no longer buy 2nd hand washables on Ebay which is annoying when trying to sell them on. I looked in the local newspaper and got a HUGE bundle of Motherease stuff for £40. My friend did the same and got a HUGE bundle of Bambino Mio for £40 which she passed onto me because she didnt use them.
25/03/2010 at 13:47
Hello, try http://www.thenappysite.co.uk/ for second hand nappies.
I used Tots Bots Bamboozles and they were awesome. Never leaked even with super liquid breastmilk poop. Very easy to wash at 60 degrees and come in two sizes so last pretty much until baby can use the toilet.
Used them with Motherease wraps. Tried a fleece wrap but they just soaked clothes!!
They only downside I would say is unless you have a tumble dryer you might run out of clean nappies a few times in the first few months as they do loads of real liquid poo. Less of a problem as they start solids.
Bamboozles do dry very fast on the washing line but the weather in this country is too unpredictable and there will be times you don't have the heating on but it's raining outside.
25/03/2010 at 17:39
26/03/2010 at 09:18
26/03/2010 at 09:40
Hiya Tiger201, couldn't remember how many I had but the tots bots website recommends that:
''If you plan to wash daily you will need 15 size 1 nappies and 4 size one wraps and the same again in size 2 once your baby is ready to move into the second size. (If you want to wash every second day we recommend you buy another 5 nappies and 2 wraps)''.
I did wash every day, but once the poo slowed down I could go two days. The new bamboozles look even better than the ones I had and apparently the size 2 can be from 9lbs so if you have a big baby from birth that's quite a significant saving. My 7lb 11oz baby was 9lb 4oz at 14 days so I could have done disposable for two weeks then straight onto size 2. Shame!!
26/03/2010 at 10:07
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26/03/2010 at 13:03
31/03/2010 at 10:38
Just one point re being out and about... yes reusables do take up more space so if you're going out for the day can be tricky but if you only need one or two nappy changes its fine. - Just ,ake sure you have a sensible size bag not a teeny changing bag. If you make sure to change them somewhere with a loo, then you can throw the poo away immediately, and then put the nappy in a tightly done-up waterproof drawstring bag (like old fashioned swimming bags) and then it won't smell.
I have always managed with reusables out and about even when on a day trip to london or similar.
Also regarding what some people said about nappies don't fit well etc - that's why its good to try some different ones as babies are different shapes and some nappies will fit some but not others. Find out if your council has a real nappy advisor - they should havea lot of different types to show you, or even have some samples you can borrow to try out.
01/04/2010 at 18:24
01/04/2010 at 21:31
I use both reusable and disposable nappies. I use the reusables when we're around the house and the disposables when we're out and about (in case we need a quick change!)
I currently use a brand of reusables called Kushies. They are all in one, come in two or three different sizes and can also be used with washable liners. On the whole they're great but I tend to find that whenever my daughter wears them with trousers, when I come to change her, her vest is damp underneath where the press studs are. Whenever she wears them with a skirt & tights she's fine so I'm wondering if they make her sweat? She finds them comfortable, though and she's never suffered from nappy rash with them
When she was first born I used Mothercare Smart Nappies. I found them great for poos but not so good for wees.
I would recommend using a trial/tarter pack of any brand you wish to use.
11/04/2010 at 10:53
Its been great reading all of your replies. I have also found a website selling washable wet wipes http://www.cheekywipes.com/ for anybody that may be interested. I'm still a bit unsure about which ones to go for, but will check out all the brands that have been recommended on the thread.
13/04/2010 at 20:15
I live on the Isle of Man and our maternity unit run a reusable nappy policy and has done since the end of 2005 i think.
My little boy was born in sept 2005 and was born during the beginning of the project so started out on disposables and then went on to reusables as he was in for a week. Unfortunately the reusables were useless for him as he had really skinny legs (think bird leg thin) and they leaked constantly and made for a lot of messy changes and it was always a total change of clothes and baths - not nice for him. i did try other brands with the same result so we ended up using disposables.
Not much help but you definitely have to try different brands i think.
02/06/2010 at 13:34
I've been using tots bots now for 18 months now and think they are so easy - I managed to get some real bargains on amazon and ebay too. Now I generally buy all mine from ebay, I've found it the cheapest. I started using them from about one week old onwards and started off with some tots bots size 0, next time I won't hesitate to use them from word 'go'.This morning I did a post on my blog about washable nappies...its all about dispelling the myth about the misconception that they take up lots of your time. You can check it out here http://nurturingcareermama.typepad.com/blog/
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