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21/04/2013 at 15:28
Been considering these rather than disposables, would you recommend them, can they really save you money, how many do you need, are they a pain to keep washing them, which ones would you recommend etc?
I have no clue about them really so any help would be good, thanks.
21/04/2013 at 15:59
Can't give huge amounts of advice as I'm new to cloth nappies myself - had an attempt to use them with #1 but wasn't really committed and had a pretty rubbish nappy so gave up. This time I'm really up for it, and am washing far more often than before (par for the course with 2 already!) so I've been doing some shopping.
AFAIK, and the experts will be along to correct me soon, there are three main types of nappy:
Pocket nappies, where you use a bamboo/microfibre insert in a special pocket in the back of the nappy to absorb liquid.
All in one nappies, where the wrap and nappy are altogether. These can use boosters inside for heavier wetting babies.
And nappies and wraps, where the two are separate so with an insert too you end up with three parts.
Some are sized, some are birth to potty and adjust with poppers to fit babies of different sizes.
I've got mostly pocket nappies so far, with a few two parters as well. I'm trying to only get one or two of any one type at the moment as despite recommendations, what suits one baby may not suit another. I think the suggested number is 15-20 depending on whether you are using them day and night or just daytime, based on changing 3 hourly and washing every other day. They seem to need washing separately but are mostly very quick drying. No specific recommendations from me yet as I haven't actually used them!
Hope this helps a bit, and I'm sure some of MD's cloth experts will be along later with more advice.
21/04/2013 at 21:33
Yes totally worth it. They last longer than disposables so I changed at every feed, 4 hours. So on that basis I used 6-8 a day, and washed every 2 days. He goes through the night in a night nappy now so fewer are needed.
There are mainly 2 types. All in one and 2 parters. An all in one has a waterproof outer and attached stay dry inner. You can stuff this nappies in a pocket with boosters which are the parts that soak up the wee. (These are called pocket nappies, such as little lambs osfa). Some nappies don't need stuffing as the boosters are attached already, such as a bambino mio solo or bum genius freetime. You use the all in ones as a disposable, a new one at every change.
The 2 parters are a shaped nappy fully made out of absorbant material, so the whole nappy is absorbant not just a booster. As these get wet you need to use a waterproof wrap on top. These are what I use at night with a couple of boosters and can go 12 hours easy with no leaks. They are referred to as 'bombproof'. An example is the little lambs bamboo nappy. The wrap can be reuse 4-5 changes with a wipe down unless soiled.
You can also use paper or fleece liners in the nappies. This catch the poo so can be chucked down the loo. Paper flushed, fleece reused. I personally use both as fleece stays dry but helps prevent poo touching the nappy so prevents staining, not that you get much if any anyway. And paper to chuck poo away.
You need a wet bag or nappy bucket to store dirty nappies, dry. I do a cold rinse first as helps prevent baking on stains and gets muck off, then a normal 40 wash or occasional 60 if really soiled. I use half the amount of detergent as normal. Then a rinse after.
21/04/2013 at 21:42
I used them with Zoe from birth (well around 5 weeks) until she was around 2 yrs old. We used BumGenius pocket nappies to start with but when started crawling we had some problems as the stuffing would bunch up and they would leak so starting trying different types. The most effective then were two part nappies with the seperate wrap but I never really liked them because they are more bulky.
They are obviously more work than disposables but to me it was worth it, not only for the environmental side of things but also as I didn't like the thought of all the chemicals in disposable nappies. As for the cost, well yes they can be cheaper but if you are like me and get hooked on buying the really cute ones it can start adding up.
21/04/2013 at 21:48
I use cloth. Can't really add the advice above except to say the costs are in initial outlay for cloth. So buy them whilst you are working ..... Disposables will cost about 10quid for pack that last week&half. You wash baby clothes all the time so may as well wash nappies too. Plus, once you have the cloth, you'll never need to buy nappies for baby#2, baby#3 or however many you are planning on having :-). Or eBay them :-)
21/04/2013 at 22:10
We used bumgenius nappies which were great for my 1st and she still wears them overnight now she's 3, but she wasn't a heavy wetter. My 2nd is a heavy wetter and I'm finding it more difficult as she leaks after 2 1/2 hrs in the BG, so I'm currently buying some different types, including some 2 parters and different inserts. I wasn't able to use my 1st's nappies with my 2nd, as they were so well worn the elastic had stretched too much for a new born. She may be able to use them once she's bigger though. Cost wise, it probably won't save me as much this time around as it did last time, due to the leaking issues, but I hate the smell of disposables and how quickly the bin seems to fill up with them. Cloth also looks a lot nicer on (particularly as I have 2 girls wearing dresses).
If you're getting some if you're quick off the mark you may get some of the real nappy week bargains.
21/04/2013 at 22:17
I have a mix of bumgenius and the little lamb bamboo with wraps. I prefer the two parters and find them no extra fuss for washing. My machine is on pretty much every day anyway. If you wanted to get some to try then fluff heaven currently have the little lamb bamboo on buy one get one free.
21/04/2013 at 22:31
Can't really add more than what's already been said.
Most of our stash are Tots Bots. We bought the starter kit from the Baby Show and have 15 Easy Fits (an all in one, birth to potty nappy) and 5 bamboozle stretches (need wraps, use at night time).
I am absolutely hopeless at laundry, never have an empty basket but I don't find the nappies any more hassle tbh. They're easy to just whack in the machine and hang out to dry then shove in the drawer, no sorting colours, checking labels, folding or ironing etc so it's much easier than normal laundry.
Whenever he's wore a disposable his bum looks red after a couple of hours yet never does in cloth.
22/04/2013 at 07:46
Have a look on the nappy lady website full of useful info and she also offers as to help decide which nappy would be suited. Www.thenappady.co.uk
Whoops should be www.thenappylady.co.uk
22/04/2013 at 07:56
I use cloth on E. I think everything has pretty much been covered.
Some brands to have a look for are: TotsBots, Little Lamb, Bum Genius, Charlie Banana, Wee Notions (for the prettiness!), Bambino Mio, gNappies.
It was Real Nappy Week last week so there were lots of discounts. Some places are continuing them for a bit longer though. www.cleangreennappy.co.uk are.
It's worth liking their pages on Facebook as they often do special offers for fans on there.
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