As you know we’re giving cloth a go for Real Nappy Week (read my intro post here).
I washed all the nappies through twice on Friday (the pre washing helps to boost their absorbency) and got them dried quite quickly (though sadly not on the line). I was out all day Saturday (I know check me!) so we made a start with our cloth experience on Sunday when I knew we’d be home all day and could concentrate on getting things right . . . in fairness it was Sunday lunch time before I put a cloth nappy on Amy so it was only half a day really!
From the moment I opened my first parcel from The Nappy Gurus the Tots Bots Easy Fit V4 was calling my name – I loved the print, the Velcro, how neat it looked and I’ve just heard so many good things about Tots Bots from other fluffy mummies.
I poppered it down once to fit (not sure that’s the technical term but I think it explains what I mean!) It was really easy to get a good fit with the Velcro and I felt quite confident that it was going to do the job! She actually ended up wearing it for quite a lot longer than I had planned as she had an especially long afternoon sleep. I think she actually wore the nappy for about 5 hours in the end. I was really impressed that it survived well and although the nappy was absolutely soaking there was no leaking – and this was without the booster pad as well. A good start Tots Bots, a good start!
(I know Kate will be laughing as she’s reading this as she said from the start that Tots Bots would be one of my favourites and so far it looks like she could be right!)
The second nappy we tried was the Charlie Banana – I wasn’t immediately confident with the fit of this nappy. I found the poppers tricky. I didn’t alter the leg elastics as I thought they seemed ok – it was more the poppers on the waist and tops of the legs that I wasn’t sure about. The Charlie Banana just seemed to be more bulky and awkward than the Tots Bots – I didn’t seem to have got it to lie properly flat. I also felt that the liner was probably too far back. I just didn’t trust it all. However Amy chose to christen it in a pretty impressive fashion and there were no leaks at all so I was pleasantly surprised! I’ve had quite a few people now tell me how much they love the Charlie Banana so I’m wondering if this will be a bit of a “slow burner” and that I’ll grow to love it as I get used to cloth.
So Day 1 was a success! Amy went to bed wearing a disposable as planned (I’ve already said that with Amy not sleeping especially well just yet I don’t want to be adding an extra reason for her to wake up!)
Today we started off with the GroVia Hybrid – you just popper the soaker pad in and fasten up the Velcro at the tummy. I didn’t feel entirely confident that it was going to do the job as it the soaker pads seem quite narrow (it reminds me of a sanitary towel in shape) but I guess that would make it more comfortable.
It’s a nice tidy fit – as you can see from the picture it is snug round her leg without being too tight and sits pretty flat to her tummy. I was happy enough that the GroVia Hybrid would be ok so we risked going out in it!! I took disposables in case she needed changing as my bag really isn’t big enough for cloth and I didn’t want to get stuck with a nappy I hadn’t practised. As it was I didn’t change her till we got home – I probably should’ve changed her a bit earlier as her skin was quite damp but it hadn’t leaked and she wasn’t at all bothered. I unpopped the inner, popped a new one in without any fuss and she wore it for her afternoon sleep. She woke a bit earlier than usual which I think was down to the impressive poo performance. The GroVia kept it contained but it was more than the soaker pads could cope with and the outer needed washing too.
The Mio Solo is SO easy to put on and I’m definitely preferring the ease of Velcro. Amy wore this nappy for a couple of hours and it amazingly contained a pretty impressive poo but only just, there was a tiny but manageable leak. The poo seemed to have spread more within the nappy that it normally would but I think perhaps disposables are more instantly absorbent?
The Mio Solo is definitely a strong contender for my favourite cloth nappy so far.
We ended the day with Smartipants – I didn’t really feel I’d got a good fit on that at all but she wasn’t really wearing it long enough to judge as I popped a disposable one on for bedtime again. I did find that her skin was very fluffy when I took it off so I think that one will probably benefit from a few more washes! You can see in the pictures that it is very gappy round her tummy. What I do really like about this nappy is how easy it is to put the insert in as it opens from both sides (some of the others have proven to a bit tricky to get the insert to lie flat).
Tomorrow we need to try our other GroVia and the Little Lambs.
SO where are we at the end of two days in cloth nappies . . .
* I’m definitely preferring Velcro to poppers – I seem to be able to get a much better fit but I do think there’s a knack to it which I’ve not picked up yet (several experience fluffy mummies have said they’ve preferred poppers on older children to stop them from being able to take their nappies off)
* I need to be aware of changing Amy more often – I’m so used to just feeling to see if her nappy is bulky as a judgement as to whether it needs changing for not.
* I’m starting to see the point of reusable wipes – I normally just use the wipes, fold it all up in the nappy and chuck it away. Now I’m using the disposable wipes and thinking “Heck what do I do with these?” at least reusables would just be folded up in the nappy ready to wash – I’d be interested to know how other people manage that? Do you use reusable or disposable wipes?
* I seem to have piles of bit of nappy everywhere and I’ve only got 6! How do you organise your cloth stash? How do you make sure you don’t muddle up different bits and where do you keep it all? My tidy basket of nappies and wipes in the living room isn’t really cutting the mustard on this one!
* I’ve got my first load of dirty nappies in the machine now (in fairness it’s only half a load but if I don’t wash them today we’ll have nothing to wear tomorrow) – I followed Sarah’s advice of making sure everything was pulled out and stuck down (the laundry tabs) as soon as I had taken them off Amy so I didn’t need to do any sorting before I put them in the machine – I was VERY glad I’d paid attention to that!
There you go – how do you think we’re getting on? Any pearls of wisdom for me?! Please do share your advice and experiences, I’d love to hear them!
*We were sent a selection of reusable nappies and associated accessories free of charge for the purposes of review but all thoughts and opinions are my own*