Real Nappy Week – Our First Update

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!


Tots Bots for Real Nappy Week 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!)

Charlie Banana for Real Nappy Week

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!)


Real Nappy Week GoVia
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.

Bambino Mio - Real Nappy Week
We followed the GroVia Hybrid up with a Bambino Mio – Mio Solo – Now either Amy particularly loves this nappy or she had cottoned on to the fact I was trying to take pictures of her cloth nappies! Either way this picture really made me laugh!

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.

Real Nappy Week Smartpants cloth nappy

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* 


  1. Karen Monkeyfooted Mummy
    April 28, 2014 / 8:52 pm

    I prefer Velcro too, and was never convinced on reusable wipes but totally get them now, for the exact reason you describe! I've washed too many pampers wipes now by accident. The thing I love about tots bots is not having to pull anything out before washing just seal the tabs and hoy em in

    • April 28, 2014 / 8:55 pm

      I do have some Little Lambs resuable wipes in my kit so I'll have to give them a go – how do you manage them?

    • Karen Monkeyfooted Mummy
      April 28, 2014 / 10:07 pm

      I have a Tupperware tub with dampened wipes in, in our 'easy access' bag with a couple nappy's then the rest are ready to use with inserts etc in one of our tv unit drawers

    • April 29, 2014 / 9:00 pm

      Thanks love that's really helpful 🙂 x

  2. Pippa Ainsworth
    April 28, 2014 / 10:01 pm

    Great post Colette, I really wanted to go with cloth with LM but I never really understood all the vocabulary and terminology around it. An opportunity like this would have been perfect for us.

    • April 29, 2014 / 7:26 pm

      Having the support of The Nappy Gurus and a such a range of products to try really does make a world of difference!

  3. April 28, 2014 / 9:05 pm

    Wonderful!!! I use reusable wipes and it's sooooo much easier!! Reusable wipes are brilliant and I can't stand disposables now lol….nothing to get hold of he he!! Are all your nappies all in one? Just wondering cos I like separate wraps and that's all different again! I am an obsessive when it comes to organising nappies! I put them together ready to use and have a basket each for the girls (they mostly use different nappies but Bea can wear Flossy's) I have a changing table downstairs given 2 in nappies and the baskets livw in the shelves. I have seen some amazing storage for people with very fancy stashes!!!

    • April 28, 2014 / 9:12 pm

      Yes I have one Little Lamb which has a separate waterproof layer (I'm not down with the terminology yet!) but I've not use that.
      Everything else just has inserts – some of which are removable (like the Smartipants) and others which are all fastened together (like the Tots Bots and Mio Solo)
      I think I might just need a bigger basket!!

  4. April 28, 2014 / 9:08 pm

    We got on well too, and touch wood no leaks at all!
    I'm not a huge fan of the Charlie Banana doings up either, tricky! However my sproglet likes to pull the velcro open as soon as I have velcroed anything shut, so I have to either distract her or get a vest done up over it quick sharp!
    We did an overnight last night in a little lamb, and so far so good!
    Lauren | Belle du Brighton x

    • April 28, 2014 / 9:14 pm

      Ah I suppose I'm lucky in that sense that Amy is too little to be messing about with the Velcro and still lies pretty still to be changed. The idea of doing those poppers up on a moving target fills me with dread!
      The Little Lamb does look pretty substantial for night time use! I might risk it when I'm feeling braver 🙂 x

  5. April 28, 2014 / 9:19 pm

    You sound like you're doing a great job Colette. 🙂 x

  6. April 28, 2014 / 9:22 pm

    I love Velcro ones too but did really like poppers once I had figured how to get a good fit (it's a bit trial and error) I really rate cheeky wipes as the boxes are handy. I also use close parent bamboo wipes in my cheeky wipes box. Much easier than disposable wipes with cloth nappies! I do always have disposable wipes around though. Looks like your doing really well so far and Amy looks like she's loving the attention bless her! x

    • April 28, 2014 / 9:45 pm

      I'm certainly willing to be won over by the poppers but for now the Velcro is definitely easier! I do think I'm going to have to look at trying some reusable wipes. Perhaps that will be my task for tomorrow!
      She's a right little fluff flasher isn't she!

  7. April 28, 2014 / 9:38 pm

    Great post with so much info!
    I have zero interest in trying cloth but love reading about other people's experiences. I think I would prefer velcro too, it makes more sense to me. I'd also probably veer towards reusable wipes too – Although using disposable nappies I also have zero interest in reusable wipes! x

    • April 28, 2014 / 9:46 pm

      The Velcro feels much more like using a "normal" nappy so it's definitely good for a first timer like me! x

  8. April 28, 2014 / 10:32 pm

    Welcome to the world of cloth! Been nice chatting to you on Twitter so you know where I am if want any tips. I've not tried GroVia myself yet but know how slim fit it can be and loads of people love them. I use gNappies instead (another form of hybrid nappy) as my daughter has started to master undoing velcro but gNappies have the velcro at the back 😉 And I didn't mind poppers with my son but with my chubby girl I just can't get a nice fit for her so I'm with you, velcro all the way!

    • April 29, 2014 / 7:28 pm

      Thanks Helen – that's great to know 🙂
      I had some gNappies when Amy was very small and did like them but found the disposable liners a bit of a pain, think I'd have invested in some resuable ones if I was going to carry on with a bigger size for her. I can imagine the velcro on the back is really handy!

  9. Christina Marriott
    April 29, 2014 / 12:49 pm

    You're doing fab hun! I've only tried the Bambino Mio miosolo and the gro via hybrid (mines different to yours – mine hasn't got velcro, its poppered) and fell in love with the Bambino mio solo, the gro via wasn't a good fit on Nieve – was too tight round legs and left marks on them although I don't know if that's normal! I'm with you on the velcro front – took time with a wiggly toddler to figure the poppers on the hybrid. I've put all my cloth in piles on our changer – I've separated it out into all in ones, covers and training pants.

    looking forward to hearing more! 🙂

    • April 29, 2014 / 7:33 pm

      I was looking at your GroVia picture and it looked like the all in one that Amy tried today? Is it mesh like inside? The hybrid is mesh like and the soaker pads pop out but you can put new ones in without changing the outside bit.

    • Christina Marriott
      April 29, 2014 / 8:50 pm

      its mesh like inside and you put the soaker pads inside on my Grovia. I'm sure it said hybrid on the packaging! 🙂 x

    • April 29, 2014 / 9:01 pm

      Yes that's the hybrid one I'm sure. I wonder why they look different?!

  10. thepiepatch
    April 29, 2014 / 1:27 pm

    When my youngest was in cloth nappies, we used dispoable wipes. I just used to have a nappy sack already opened ready for the dirty wipes. We were still massively reducing our landfill by using cloth nappies so I had no guilt about using disposable wipes for a poopy bum! Now that she's potty trained we've switched to reusable wipes for sticky hands & faces. I love them & they're no bother to wash.

    • April 29, 2014 / 7:35 pm

      That's really useful to know thank you! I think I'm going to try the washable wipes tomorrow and see how it goes – if it doesn't work I'll be resorting to a nappy sack! 🙂 x

  11. April 29, 2014 / 1:21 pm

    Long time since we used cloth nappies. Youngest is almost 7. All three of mine were in cloth nappies from day one. I tried all sorts of brands, but in the end I used Little Lamb exclusively. Used them for all three children and then gave them to a mum-to-be through Freegle. Covers last longer if you use them several times, before putting them in the wash.

    I used washable wipes. Made my own. They are so much more substantial than the throw away type. Plus the water and lavender were kinder on my hands. I just threw them in the wash. If they were really dirty, I'd rinse them well first.

    Hope you get on with the fluffy nappies.

    • April 29, 2014 / 7:34 pm

      One of my friends is a big fan of Little Lamb – I've still not tried that one. It's on my list for tomorrow!

      I do think washable wipes are going to be the way forward. I need to brave them over the next couple of days!

  12. houseofthreemonkeys
    April 29, 2014 / 7:46 pm

    I am a popper person much prefer them to velcro but my little boy was older when we switched and we got the best fit with BTP. Amy is showing of all the nappies well 🙂

  13. Twice A Mummy
    April 30, 2014 / 4:42 pm

    I love the prints on them especially the quote 'goodbye disposal hello cloth' x

    • April 30, 2014 / 9:47 pm

      It's really cute isn't it!

  14. April 30, 2014 / 9:23 pm

    We used cloth nappies before in combi with naty nappies. We eventually just used naty cuz were really not saving a lot with washing and drying in winter & cold season. but I dont like velcro that much as its always gets something on it like fibers abd stuff. buttons are the way to go for me. And oh you have the cutest baby ever =) #MadMidWeekBlogHop

    • April 30, 2014 / 9:48 pm

      Thank you 🙂

  15. May 2, 2014 / 12:00 pm

    I used pocket nappies with two of mine and can't wait to use them again when baby is born. We also used reusable wipes in the form of cheap baby flannels from pound shops as I hated fleece wipes.

  16. May 2, 2014 / 8:54 pm

    Good for you! Cloth nappies are something I wanted to try but never quite took the leap! How fantastic you're getting to try so many at once.. what a great post for new mammas just starting out with cloth nappies!

  17. May 2, 2014 / 8:43 pm

    good luck they look so much better than when my daughter was little!

  18. May 4, 2014 / 8:56 pm

    I prefer the hook and loop fastening to poppers, I struggle so much trying to get a good fit and Arthur gets really agitated when he has to lie for longer than he feels necessary.

  19. May 6, 2014 / 9:15 pm

    We've always used poppers but I'd love to give velcro a go! I can feel a fluffy bulk buy coming on, it's been far too long since I bought any new fluff! haha. Good for you for busing reusuable wipes as well as the cloth. I have to admit, I still use disposable wipes. I don't think I could be without them as they are super useful for everything, lol.

    Great post hun and glad to see that you & cloth are getting along. Thanks for linking up to #MMWBH x

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