“ Brand: Kitty Kins / Type: Nappies „
I started buying cloth nappies while I was pregnant with my daughter, and it turned into a bit of an obsession, as I couldn't resist buying different colours and patterns - there are so many to choose from and it's incredibly tempting to just grab every different pattern! I had done a lot of research prior to buying them (facebook, various parenting websites, articles, friends who also have babies and so on) and had decided that it was a route that I wanted to go down - not only to save a substantial amount of money in the long term, but also because I believed that they were much more eco-friendly compared to disposable nappies, and would also be better quality, as well softer and comfier than the run of the mill disposable nappies due to the fleecey material. Also, due to the softer material (opposed to the plastic-like material of disposables), I was also pretty confident that cloth nappies, when used correctly - eg hygienically - would be very gentle on my babies skin, therefor potentially reducing the risk/severity of nappy rash as well as any other skin irritations.
I remember when I first started researching cloth nappies and browsing online, and I was incredibly overwhelmed by the sheer amount of brands and different types. There are so many companies out there throwing different claims around and it was hard to decide on which company to buy from. I ended up purchasing all of my cloth nappies online, from a company called 'Itti Bitti' as this company had been reccomended to me by a number of people on a pregnancy and baby forum, who assured me that their nappies were A. easy to use and B. good value for money. I found this company to be the best option for me due to their straight forward method of sizing, and I also loved their different patterns. More importantly, I found their prices to be fair and their product descriptions were informative and easy to understand, even to a cloth nappy newbie.
Itti Bitti is an international company who ship worldwide, and it was established in 2005 by Sue McLachlan, a Mum to two from Newcastle in Australia, who designed the nappies after becoming fed up with the bulk of many disposable nappies. Sue's new design - the design of the Itti Bitti cloth nappies is described on the official Itti Bitti website as 'very trim, much trimmer than anything else on the market. The slim crotch and high cut shape of the front suits not just small babies but those with chubby legs as well, with a super snug fit making them truly as tiny as a disposable.' By the time that my beautiful little girl, Erin finally arrived, I had an impressive stash of fifteen cloth nappies from Itti Bitti, all varying in patterns and colours. I absolutely adore the range of patterns and there are so many to choose from. Most are unisex and are a solid colour, for example blue, yellow, red, white, orange etc however they also have patterns aimed at one sex, eg pink and white or blue and black and so on. Itti Bitti, the company whos cloth nappies that I am reviewing also have limited editions which I personally think are a bit over the top (for example zebra print, stars etc) however I admit that a few of my daughters cloth nappies are from the limited edition range as I couldn't resist the cuteness!
Cloth nappies, or at least mine from itti bitti, are 'one size fits all'. They have four size settings and can fit a child from seven pounds to 20 kilograms. As they are suitable from birth we have been using cloth nappies on and off since my daughter was born, although there have been numerous occasions where I have had no choice but to use disposables (eg rainy weather, no tumble dryer = no dry, clean nappies!) so I am able to compare the both types, which is important in my opinion, as what's the point in buying cloth nappies if they're no better than disposables? Not that they aren't, but you know what I mean. The 'one size fits all' sizing design hugely appealed to me, as it obviously ensured that I would save money and get my money's worth, too - babies grow ridiculously quickly and it made sense to get a load of nappies that would fit my baby until she is potty trained. As mentioned briefly above, these cloth nappies have four different settings, which are easy to adjust as at the front of the nappy there are little press clips which you clip together with the clips on the side of the nappy when you are happy with the fit on your baby.
I know that might sound a little confusing to some people, but it is honestly, once you get the grasp of how to do it, just like putting on a disposable nappy - as long as you have adjusted the size setting so that it suits your baby. My daughter was tiny when she was born and lost additional weight within the first month, meaning that unfortunetly the cloth nappies were useless for her as they fell off and didn't contain any 'mess', however now that she is almost four months old she is able to fit into them fine and is on the second to smallest setting of the nappy, and we have never had problems with leaks. We did struggle at first to work out how to fit the nappy on my baby correctly and I got a little frustrated, however we soon worked it out and I have since discovered that there are actually youtube tutorials on how to fit the nappy onto different sized babies correctly.
The price put me off a little at first, as these nappies retail at an average price of £17.50 each. They can be purchased individually, however Itti Bitti also offer 'value packs' - packs of six, twelve, eighteen and twenty-four. I was going to purchase just one of the nappies at first, but then I thought 'well what if the baby messes it up within a couple of hours?' so I ended up browsing the 'value packs' section on the website and was going to get the pack of six (the smallest multi-pack), which retails at £89.95, however I went a bit crazy and thought 'what the heck' and ended up with the twelve pack as well as three limited edition nappies, with the help of my boyfriend's debit card - with his permission, of course!
The twelve pack cost £174.95 which apparently cost over thirty pounds cheaper than it would of had I bought them seperately, and delivery was around £3.75, which was a bargain as the nappies came in a mahoosive box! They were packaged securely, which is worth mentioning. Although I bought the nappies in a multi-pack, I was still able to choose the colours that I wanted; they don't just send you twelve red or twelve blue. There are a wide range of colours and patterns to choose from and I got a wide variety. The nappies when they arrived were folded in half and had a cardboard sleeve wrapped around them, which was very basic witn the product name written on the front. I was quite impressed at first by how soft they are and they are incredibly fluffy.
The nappies are waterproof with 'stay dry suedecloth' which keeps baby dry and comfortable. I didn't realise that the value packs do not come with soakers so I had to place another order. Soakers are the pads you need to insert into the nappy before joining it up, to avoid any leaks. I purchased five of the soaker sets which were around seven quid each, and each set had three soaker pads meaning you can adjust the absorbency depending on how much your baby pees, lol. The soakers are described as luxurious, soft and waterproof. I bought organic cotton soakers and bamboo soakers are available, too. I use two soakers in my daughters nappy in the day time as she pees a lot and I put in three at night to be on the safe side.
Putting the soakers into the shell in the correct position was a little confusing at first due to how they need to be snapped together, but now I have got the hang of it it's really quick and easy. The colour coded poppers make it easier to get the hang of quickly as well in my opinion. I put the one which is medium length in first, then fold and clip the longest in place with the smallest in the middle of the longest, which sounds confusing but it's easy peasy. Despite how absorbent the pads are, they don't bulk the nappy out by a noticeable amount. The poppers are really secure and I have never had any problems with them coming un-done.
Itti Bitti reccomend different combinations on how to fit the pads, depending on the sex of your baby so if you are interested in how to fit in the soakers with more in depth instructions it's worrth checking out the itti bitti website. Saying that though, every baby will be different when it comes to which soakers/how many you use. The soakers are easy to wash and should be removed from the nappy before washing them, as according to Itti Bitti, there is the potential for snaps (the poppers) to rip out of the nappy shell, and for the elastic to deteriorate quicker than normal due to extra stretching from the weight of the soakers. Getting stains out of the soakers (and I mean really bad stains!) isn't too hard, although sometimes in cases of severe diarrhea, even after 3-4 washes there are still small marks. The soakers do not hold nasty smells at all and even after daily use since my daughter was around a month old, they're all still soft and in good condition.
Washing the cloth nappies is a simple process, although admittedly very time consuming. I use Rockin' Green, which is a cloth nappy & laundry detergent. It is totally safe for cloth nappies and is free of phosphate. The ingredients isn't full of any nasty chemicals and is better for the planet than a majority of other detergents. The product comes in three different scents. The one that I have smells lovely - like fresh watermelon, and it leaves the nappies smelling clean and feeling soft. It is fine to be used even if you or your baby have sensetive skin. The wash loads are quite big, which is a major drawback and I usually wash batches of five or six every 2 days to ensure my baby always has a fresh, clean nappy available. The nappies dry quickly if it's good weather, but if not they take around 2 days to completely dry but if you have a tumble dryer this will not be a problem. I hang mine on the washing line with two pegs and if it's windy enough, they will be dry within around eight hours. All of the nappies have been washed several times now and have lost the initial fluffiness, however they are still soft to the touch, have not shrunk, faded or changed in texture and look adorable.
If you're a busy Mum like myself and are always out and about with baby, I would reccomend getting one of the Itti Bitti wet bags. I have one and find it so handy to use as I can just pop the dirty nappy in there when we're away from home then wash it when we get back home. The wet bag is waterproof and holds smells and wetness in so I feel confident that it won't leave my baby bag smelly or dirty, and I can fit four nappies into the wet bag, which I think is a decent amount. The wet bag was around £12 and it's really handy. The cloth nappies fit my baby securely and are very soft and gentle on her skin. She's never had nappy rash (so far so good!) which I personally think is down to these nappies; they're lovely and soft and in my opinion let her skin breathe more than disposables, which are, in my opinion, really unpleasant material.
The waistband area is secure and is not too tight on her, but it is not too loose either - same with the leg holes. My daughter seems to like her cloth nappies - by that I mean she shows no discomfort when I change her or when she is wearing her nappies, as she is used to them completely, although to be completely honest on the occasions where I have put her in disposables she has not shown any discomfort and there have been no nasty effects on her skin. I feel that by using cloth nappies though, I am saving money and doing my bit for the environment, and it's nice not having to carry a massive bag of dirty disposable nappies out to the bin every day which will be sent to landfill. Also, cloth nappies look so much better and are a lot less bulky than disposables.
The only minor disadvantage with these nappies is that they mask smells incredibly well due to the padding and thickness, and the Rockin' Green smell lingers on them and smells quite prominent so it's virtually impossible to tell if baba needs changing or not just by having a quick sniff (unless obviously she's done a particularly nasty poop!) - which is a little awkward when at friends houses etc as instead of just having a sniff I have to take my baby to the bathroom and check by taking the nappy off and then I have to faff around putting the 'shell' of the nappy together again which is a total waste of time if it's clean, this is not a huge disadvantage but it is not very practical.
When it comes to storage space for these nappies it can be a little awkward, as they are quite bulky when folded in half. Up until recently I kept them folded in one of the drawers in a cabinet in my babies room however recently in my local B&M I came across a plastic door hanger - the transparent type you use for clothes and shoes, with different compartments and the nappies are a perfect fit and when stored like this they are easy to organise and take up very little room. Overall, reccomended. Whether you are expecting a baby or have a baby who is a number of months old, I really do think that all mums should convert to cloth nappies - they're so much better for the environment, luxuriously soft, simple enough to clean, great quality, absorbent and stay on my baby securely, despite the fact that she has recently learnt how to roll! Oh, and did I mention that they're also absolutely adorable?!
I bought one of these Itti Bitti nappies as I had read some good reviews about them. I also wanted something that didn't need flushable/disposable liners inside, and something that was as flat as you could get to a disposable nappy.
I bought my one from Amazon, and ordered it in a medium; they come in small, medium and large.
True to word, these lovely looking nappies are very flat and compact; they are low rise and high leg as well as flat. Not bulky at all. They are beautifully soft, made from minky type material which is super soft. i feel the medium fitted my son snugly, and didn't feel too tight or too loose. The instructions said they shouldn't need a liner, so I didn't bother. Whoopsie, first mistake! The first wee my son did leaked straight through the nappy and up his back all over his vest!
I washed the nappy and decided to give the nappy the benefit of the doubt. I tried it again, and again had a leakage. I must say, they do wash up lovely. You don't use a fabric softener, just non- bio detergent. I only put it on an hour wash and then air dried it. I'd estimate it dried in five hours.
The next day I used a liner. Unfortunately, we had a third leakage within an hour of putting the nappy on. I really was so disappointed with this nappy, as I absolutely love the look of them. they come in loads of different colours, from blue for boys to pink for girls, plus neutral colours. They wash and dry beautifully, and feel so nice and soft. They also fit under bottoms eg- trousers, jeans etc, unlike lots of other reusable nappies.
I am going to try other reusable nappies, so look out for my honest reviews on those!
Oh Itti Bitti how we love you!
Modern cloth nappies have come a long way since fiddly pins, plastic knickers and That Smell. When I started out in cloth nappies I borrowed loads of different kinds and tried out as many as possible but stuck to the two part nappies, thinking the all in ones were too expensive and surely couldn't work as well. I was, of course, wrong! Technically an 'All in two' as it comes apart for washing and possibly for changing the Itti Bitti Snap In One combines the best of Australia's considerable expertise in modern cloth.
I initially bought one Itti Bitti D'Lish snap in one because it was beautiful and I fancied a bit of a change. Once I'd tried it I was hooked. I now own a day's worth of outers, lots of the snap in parts and even a couple of the limited edition ones.
They are gorgeous. Great for showing off but also great as a work horse nappy under old trousers for playtime. Unlike some all in one nappies the waterproof layer is hidden under a lovely soft layer of minki fabric. the absorbency comes from the snap in boosters, which are very easy to use as it's got nicely colour coded poppers to show you what goes where. Once you've done it once it takes seconds to do. The boosters are bamboo and cotton. Bamboo is a fantastic material. Antibacterial, much more absorbent than cotton and environmentally more friendly as it replenishes so fast!
The top booster has a suedecloth layer to pull moisture away from the baby, helping prevent rash and making a more comfortable nappy. There are additional mini boosters available but we've never needed them with our heavy wetter. A nappy can, if it must, last 4 or 5 hours on our daughter (over naps and journeys).
The first thing I should have said is that These Just Work. It's fantastic how well they work for such a slim fitting nappy. Only very slightly thicker than a disposable nappy these fit under any clothes my daughter owns, even the ones clearly designed with so little room in the bum that the manufacturer obviously only had disposables in mind. She's also very comfortable in them She's learning to walk right now and the extra cushioning makes all those bumps less daunting!
Secondly the price. At around £12-14 depending on the retailer and the print they are, clearly, a little pricier than buying two part nappies. However taking into account that you don't need to buy a wrap and you can buy several snap in booster sets and it makes a cost effective nappy system. I have at least one extra set of boosters for each outer that I own. The shells dry on a clothes horse in a few hours and the snap in boosters can take overnight or even a little longer, so by having a few sets on boosters on the go I can use the nappy again the next day. If the shell isn't soiled or wet you can easily replace the snap in parts and use the same shell again at least twice that day, although I personally find it quicker and more convenient to make them up for the day, wash the lot and use them again with the dry boosters in.
The available colours are rather lovely; Red, Rockmelon (a bright orange), yellow, lime, peppermint, jade, royal blue, turquoise, lilac, purple, fuchsia, baby pink, ivory, chocolate and midnight, plus three new colours ; bubblegum, silver and navy, and limited edition prints, though these can be hard to obtain in the UK. I have a moo moo (cow print) which I love!.
The fit can throw people off. They're much lower rise and slimmer than many cloth nappies. The fit should go around the hip not the thigh. Small fits 8lb-16lb, Medium fits 14lb-26lb and Large fits 22lb-36lb If in doubt I'd recommend going up a size, but my daughter's just stopped fitting her mediums at 14 months.
These are some of my favourite nappies. I own one all in one too and while less economical it's fantastic, even slimmer and just gorgeous. Highly recommended. These are the nappies that have all our friends and family asking about cloth.
I am a cloth nappy ADDICT and have tried pretty much everything out there. Then I came across the Itti Bitti D'lish.
The Itti Bitti is an all in one nappy which means you don't have to add anything to it. It has a waterproof layer and the absorbent bit inside. The difference between this and normal all in ones is that the absorbent bit poppers in and out for fast drying times.
The inserts for the nappy are snapped into the outer shell using colour coded poppers so it is very easy to put together - one large insert tri folds and then an hourglass shape insert poppers in over the top, which is lined on top to create a stay dry layer next to baby's skin.
The nappy, considering it's size which is tiny, is extremely absorbent. However, you can purchase extra boosters to increase absorbency. You can also buy further insert sets so that if the outer shell of the nappy isn't soiled you can simply change the inserts and away you go.
This nappy isn't the cheapest - at £14 per nappy it could work out fairly expensive, especially as it is a sized nappy meaning you would have to buy several sizes between birth and potty training. However, the cuteness of this nappy makes that a little easier to take!
The nappy is one of the slimmest on the market - comparing well to a disposable, and comes in a variety of colours meaning there is a nappy for every outfit.
I would definitely recommend this nappy.
Well, just when I thought my obsession with reusable nappies was over, I came across these, and the obsession quite quickly turned into an addiction because I just could not stop myself from purchasing a couple!!
As usual I came upon them on the Kittykins website, they had some limited edition prints in red, blue or pink spotty and I just couldn't resist them. At £14 each they are not cheap but it's a small price to pay for how cute they look on my daughter. They are also not cheap because they are not a 'one-size' nappy, they come in small (8-16lb), medium (14-25lb) and large (23-37lb), so if you were to use these from birth to potty you would potentially have to buy 3 times as many nappies as you would with a one-size. But if you're like me, you'll probably end up buying every nappy that takes your fancy anyway...
They are classed as an All In One (AIO) but they come apart with poppers (easier to wash and drying time is reduced), but once constructed they are 'all in one'. These ones are actually an Australian nappy and consist of:
A furry soft waterproof outer cover (minkee fabric I think) which come in a range of 15 bright colours, and now some limited edition prints.
A suede cloth inner which is meant to help prevent wicking.
Two snap in inserts made from organic cotton and bamboo. They are both quite thin and I was quite dubious as to how absorbent and reliable this nappy was going to be. The first insert you snap in is square and folds into 3 to form a thick layer. The second insert is hourglass shaped and snaps in on top of the folded booster. Both of these have colour coded poppers so there is no doubt where they go within the outer layer.
When I first received the nappy and snapped these into position, I was a bit worried because both inserts appeared longer than the outer cover and I couldn't understand how this whole system was meant to work....then I read the instructions. Because the nappy is elasticated around the legs, you have to stretch the nappy out and then the inserts just sit snugly within the outer to form a cute little nappy ready to go on your baby. You can also use a liner with these which makes disposing of solids easier.
So once the nappy was constructed I was actually really surprised at how small this was; I had bought the medium because my daughter was about 16lb at the time so it was the perfect size. The nappy seemed smaller than a disposable which I just couldn't quite believe, but then disposables tend to have a lot of excess papery bits around the legs and waist. But this was a very neat looking nappy and once it was on my daughter (fastened with a row of poppers around the waist), it looked tiny!
I really couldn't believe that it would be successful because the inserts only just seemed to fit within outer layer and I was convinced that she would have leakages around the legs. It was very low cut around the waist as well so it really was just covering her bottom area (very strange in the reusable world because many washable nappies come up quite high on the waist and cover a lot more ground that just the bum area!) So I was also very worried about any poo episodes that we might have whilst wearing this nappy, I was quite sure that this nappy would not be able to contain her bottom explosions.
So, after having many many doubts about the reliability of this nappy, I was pleasantly surprised and really impressed that someone has managed to design such an absorbent nappy which has such a snug fit. These have now become my favourite nappy; with the Close Parent Pop In coming a close second (see earlier review). My daughter can wear this nappy for 4 hours at least without any leakages, and the fact that they are so trim means that she has no issues with moving around (she's just getting to grips with crawling and these don't hinder her movement at all).
Do they contain her poo? Yes they do, but this is because she is on proper food now so her poo is also proper...not sloppy like newborn poo can be. So we have had no poo leakages, but if she was a newborn, I think this part of my review may have been a little bit different. Both of my daughters had very explosive bottoms when they were newborns (breastfed) and I really would not trust this nappy to contain their explosions, there just simply isn't enough nappy available to catch it all in my opinion. But as I have not tried them on a newborn I cannot really say for sure, but my gut feeling is that they would leak poo and I would not buy them in small if I was to have another child.
So how do they wash? You can wash them at any temperature up to 60 degrees. I usually wash them at 40 and do a 60 degree wash every so often. I take the whole nappy apart before I wash them so I feel like they are getting a better wash that way. Then I just peg them out on the line to dry. The outer later dries in no time at all, but the inserts take rather a long time. In this heat that we are experiencing at the moment, they take a full day, and on a cooler summer day they take a full day and night. So drying time is a bit disappointing but I suppose this is because they are so trim and a lot of absorbency is packed into those inserts so they obviously soak up a lot of moisture which then takes a long time to dry out!
The quality of the nappy has not deteriorated at all after several washes and I am really impressed with this, the outer later has remained lovely and soft, like new. It really is a good quality nappy, but I suppose this is reflected in the price.
I really recommend this nappy for those of you who worry about bulkiness of reusables, there truly is no bulk at all. Something else which makes this a good choice is that they don't take up much room in your changing bag if you are one of those busy mums who are out and about all the time. Lugging big fat reusables around with you is not really favourable, but you wouldn't notice the extra weight with a few of these in your bag. They are also really reliable so you wouldn't have the additional worry of leakages while you are out.
They are simply brilliant.
*************UPDATE JULY 2010******************
My daughter has since moved up from the medium to the large size, and whilst the medium worked wonders and I couldn't fault it, the large just doesn't perform. I'm wondering whether she needs to 'grow into' the large size before it will work efficiently, but I'm just not sure. She is within the size range, so it doesn't really make sense why this one does not work when the medium one worked perfectly.
I've been really disappointed with this because I bought 3 outers plus 3 spare boosters sets for her in the large size because I had been so impressed with the medium size, and now I can't really rely on them to contain her wee and poo. They start to leak after an hour or so, and if she poos in them it comes out of the side.
I now only use these if I am desperate. And I feel I have wasted a lot of money!!
An Australian nappy that offers great functionality and exceptional versatility.