Step-by-step guide to all-in-one reusable nappies

Thinking about switching to reusable nappies but baffled by which to type go for and how they work? Read our guide on how to use all-in-one reusable nappies, one of the four main types on the market.

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All-in-one reusable nappies are closest to disposables in their design, generally making them the simplest to use. An absorbent inner liner is stitched into the main body of the nappy, so there’s no need to insert extra pads.

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“The cost is higher as you’re paying for everything in one go,” says Tamara Rayment from the Women’s Environmental Network and Real Nappies for London. Extra drying time is also needed, as you can’t take them apart to wash.

The all-in-one reusable nappies we used

Modern Baby Pop-in nappy, £15 each.

Step 1: Lay flat

All-in-one nappies are made like disposables, so lay the nappy down in the same way. Some brands provide you with extra padding to put inside, but most come already stitched.

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Lie your baby on the nappy, and pull up the front towards his tummy.

Step 2: Pull up

Once you’ve got your baby lying on the nappy, pull up the front towards his tummy as you would when changing a disposable.

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Fasten the Velcro tabs or poppers to hold the nappy in place.

Step 3: Fasten

Fasten the Velcro tabs or poppers to hold the nappy in place. “When putting on a disposable, the general rule is you should be able to fit two fingers down the side. The same applies with all reusables, therefore the fit should be snug but not tight and certainly not gaping away from the skin,” says Tamara.

Why choose reusable nappies?

While we’re all keen to save money at the moment and watching our family budget with eagle-eyes, it’s a good time to think about trying reusable nappies as they may save you up to £500 per child, according to the Women’s Environmental Network and Real Nappies for London.

“They’re also a good option if you’re worried about the absorbency chemicals in disposables getting near your baby’s skin,” says Tamara Rayment from the Women’s Environmental Network and Real Nappies for London.

There are four main types of reuseable nappies you’ll come across:

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  • Pocket
  • Pre-fold
  • Shaped
  • All-in-ones

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