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The Boots Reusable Nappy is an All-In-One (AIO) nappy. This means that is has an outer waterproof layer which eliminates the need for plastic pants or a wrap. The lining is made from soft 100% cotton flannelette. This nappy also has an inner booster/soaker pad to increase absorbancy and it can be folded to suit a girl or a boy. The Boots AIO comes in 2 sizes to suit an infant or a toddler. I straightaway purchased the Toddler size because I felt the Infant size would not last long enough. I previously purchased the very similar Kooshies Ultra in the infant size and my son grew out of it within a matter of weeks. The Boots AIO is a very versatile nappy. It has two thick strips of velcro at the front to help you find a good fit. The velcro tabs have fold backs which prevents snagging other items in the wash. This nappy is quite effective. The liquid is contained very well and makes removal and emptying the nappy into a bucket cleaner than if you have to handle the nappy without a wrap. It also makes a great travelling nappy. I find that this nappy does not handle poo containment very well and it has let me down on several occasions. I am also not very impressed with the inner soaker pad because it is attached to the back of the nappy (unlike my faves Tots where the booster is attached to the front). I think the idea behind this is that one might wish to fold out the pad to dispose of poo but most cloth nappy fans use additional liners which is far more effective anyway. This nappy has been relagated to the 'spare nappy' pile and is usually only put on at night with an extra booster (as I know my son wont poo at night). You can wash this nappy as you would with your other cloth nappies but it takes simply ages to dry. Even if tumble dried, it still needs time in the airing cupboard. Tumble drying your AIO reduces its life span as well so this should be considered when deciding which cloth nappies to purchase. This nappy is qu ite bulky under clothes but it does come in pretty designs and is one of the cheapest AIOs on the market so definately is good value for money and as a stepping stone to cloth nappy use.
The use of nappies is essential for small children who have not yet learnt to use the toilet or potty day and night. In my parents day it was an easy choice, which towelling squares would you buy. The decision was based on price and quality. Now the choice of nappies is mind-boggling. First you have to decide what type of nappies you want to use. Will it be reusable nappies or disposable? If it is reusable will it be all in one type or will you use some sort of pants with a pad in them? When my oldest daughter was born the choice was not so great and I used the towelling square. Most of my contemporaries used disposable nappies, as they are very good, but no good for the environment! I am pleased to note that nowadays more of the mothers with young children I know use reusable nappies! Since my youngest child came along 15 months ago I decided to have another look at what was available. As I had lots of towelling squares I was using them and I have found an excellent type of pants to use them with, I wrote my op in the reusable nappies in general section called 'Weenees by Eenees Design'. As an extra nappy for emergency use I bought a boots all in one nappy. This comprises of a waterproof outer with an absorbent inner. There is a flap of material, which is folded in different ways for boys and girls. All you have to do is fold the flap, put in a nappy liner for all those horrible fillings, and use the Velcro to put these on. These nappies are quick and easy to use. The tests that must be done on a nappy include absorbency, wash-ability, dry-ability, and ease of use. I have now had this nappy to comment on each of these factors. As far as absorbency is concerned I have been very happy, there have been no leaks and it has be excellent for overnight use when the nappy is worn longer and is often wetter than other times. As for wash-ability, I like to was nappies at a high temperature for hygienic r easons, unfortunately these nappies can not be washed at high temperatures due to the outer waterproof coating however they wash well in a normal wash coming our clean and ready to use again. The biggest problem comes with the dry-ability, these nappies are very good at absorbing lots of moisture and so when they are washed they hold a lot of water to be removed. I have been using my boots nappy over winter when the weather is not so great and so I have been hanging it in the house. I have found that it has taken 2 days to dry the nappy while towelling squares and the pants I have been using have been dry within 1 day. This means that if you rely on this type of nappy you are going to need quite a few as each time the nappy is changed it will be 2 days at least before it can be reused and that relies on them being washed straight away. As for ease of use I can not fault my boots nappy. These nappies are quick and easy to put on they stay on well and do not seem to leak. They are good to put in your changing bag if you are going out as you only have one thing to put on and they do not take up much room. One of these nappies costs £7 which may seem quite a lot but if they are used on a regular basis they can soon pay for themselves. I believe that using this type of nappy will be useful when potty training as the child will be able to remove it to go to the potty!
I have been using the Boots All-In One nappy for about 6 months now. I have used Terry’s, shaped Terries and other types of washable nappy in the past. But the All-In-Ones are my current favourite. I actually only use re-usable nappies part time, because I do about 5 or 6 loads of washing a day, and with two in nappies my machine would never get a rest!! I am aware of environmental issues and decide that using nappies part time was the best solution for me. The Boots All- In-One Nappy is very easy to use and has clear instructions on the packet. These state that the nappy should be first soaked in a solution of water and sodium bicarbonate and then the nappy should be washed 3 times. This is done to ensure the nappy is adequate for the intended purpose! The more the nappy is washed, the more absorbent it becomes. The design of the nappy is similar to other brands of all-in one. It has an absorbant lining and plastic cover, which is attached. There is an inner pad, which can be folded according to where you have a boy or girl. (Apparently they wet different parts of the nappy, but this is something I have never tested personally!) It also states that one way nappy liners should be used, with this nappy, this makes for easy disposable of anything deposited in the nappy. There are no nappy pins involved, just velcro, which still works well even though the nappies have been used for 6 months. The fit of the nappy is quite bulky, and I have to use bigger sizes of clothes to accommodate this all-in one. The width of the nappy underneath is quite wide ;this makes my toddlers waddle more than when they wear other brands of All-in one. But saying that the nappy does fit well on my children, better than some types of disposable nappies. I have not had a problem with nappy rash, occurring with this Boots nappy. It was something that happened frequently with Terry nappies. After use the nappy can be s tored in bucket and soaked in a solution of Sodium Bicarbonate, until you have enough nappies to do a machine wash. The nappies should be washed with non-biological washing powder and softener should not be added as this effects the absorbency of the nappy. Drying this nappy does not take long on a good drying day, usually an afternoon on the washing line. This nappy is not supposed to be put in the dryer, so in winter they can take longer to dry. (But I have cheated and dried it in my drier on a few occasions and it does not seem to have effected the nappy’s performance.) These are a great alternative to disposable nappies, and I would recommend for anyone to try them. My word of caution, is to only buy one to start with. Then you can see if you and your child like using this type of nappy.
I have also used the Boots AIO nappy as it was £2 cheaper than the leading AIO nappy available on the high street. I have to say I prefer this over them too, it is wider in the crotch and just as absorbent. They are easy to use - just like a disposable, have a very good range on the weights they will serve. The downsides are they are not breathable, take a long time to dry and only come in the one print. But on the whole great value for money.
I bought boots all in one cloth nappies when I changed my son over onto cloth at 7 months old. Its something I'd wanted to do for ages, but wanted to feel settled before I did it. Well I'd looked at other all in one systems (ie a terry nappy and waterproof pants all in one) and was in boots one day when I spotted them and couldnt believe that they were £7 each. This was £2 cheaper than the other brands I'd looked at. Well I was a bit sceptical that they would be as effective, but bought one to try. They are fab and actually I prefer them to the more expensive brands, and we use these most fo the day adn espeically at night. If you're thinking of changing to cloth its worth giving these a try as they really are fantastic.