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Mothercare Smart Nappy
Member Name: Red51
Mothercare Smart Nappy
Date: 03/11/11, updated on 09/06/12 (184 review reads)
Advantages: Cheap when on sale, quite slim fitting
Disadvantages: Rubs on my baby's bum, pad not very good at absorbing runny breastfed baby poop
~ Cost and Availability ~
These are Mothercares own brand, therefore only available in Mothercare. I purchased the set of 4 nappy outers and 8 pads on sale, the full price was £40, but I got it for around £12, so works out quite cheap.
~ Style of nappy ~
This nappy comes as two parts, and outer nappy, which has an internal cradle which a pad slips into. The outer nappy is made of a plasticy waterproof material.
The pad is made up of three panels, in the middle there is a quilted polyester (which touches the baby's skin) and the sides are made of a fleece, which fold over underneath the quilted part. Once folded this tucks into the cradle part of the nappy outer.
This nappy system also comes with the option to purchase disposable pads, to put into the nappy outer. I don't really see the point in this, as if you want to use disposable pads, why don't you just use a disposable nappy.
These nappy's are sized, and come in 4 different sizes -
- premature/newborn (4 - 11 lbs) where you would used the newborn pad and outer
- Newborn/small baby (6-13lbs) where you would use the small outer and small/medium pad
- 1 - 9 months (12 - 20lbs) where you would use the medium pad and outer
- 9 - 24 months (20 - 30lbs) where you would use the large pad and outer.
The newborn pads also double up as a booster for larger baby's. I started my baby on these nappy's when she was around 8 weeks so went straight into the Medium size.
These nappies use the soft touch Velcro to fit, with a long line of Velcro right across the front of the nappy outer which means you can get a really good fit. The Velcro tabs also have a bit to fold down onto, to avoid the Velcro attaching to other items in the wash.
The nappies are designed to be able to just change the pad, and only have to change the outer nappy every few wet changes, or when baby does a poop. So you should need fewer outer nappies than pads. However, I do find I have to change the outer nappy every change as my little girl poops quite often.
~ My Experience ~
To start with I really liked these nappies. As they are sized, it means that they are relatively slim fitting (compared to my Naughty Baby which I have previously reviewed).
They only come in white, so they will not clash with any of baby's clothes, however, do look a bit clinical and not as cute as some of the coloured nappy's you can get.
The internal cradle sits quite close to my little girls bum so is quite good at containing runny breastfed poop.
However, I have found a few issues with these nappies:
Firstly, these nappies are designed to use the paper liners with and are not really effective at absorbing runny baby poop into the pad. I don't like using paper liners as I find they stick to my baby's bum and smears the poop all up the front, not keeping her bum dry.
Secondly, the cradle which touches the baby's bum is made out of a plasticy material on the inside and has a overlocked edging made of a cotton material (may be polyester) to attempt to be soft against the babys skin, however, I find that the overlocked part turns inside out in places when the pad is put into the pocket, leaving the rubbery surface of the cradle and rough stitching to touch the baby's skin. This has left red marks and once a blister on my baby's bum, until I worked out what was causing this.
I stopped using these nappies for a while until I purchased some Little Lamb fleece liners. To avoid the above issues I place a fleece liner over the pocket (not tucked in) so only the fleece liner is touching my baby's bum. These liners help with the absorption of the baby poop as well.
~ Washing ~
As I have a few different type of nappies I just stick them all in the same wash at 60C. These nappies wash pretty well, and they look like they will last quite a while as they are pretty well made.
The instructions does say to soak the nappies, but I have never done this, it may help keeping the pads crystal white, as they have started to grey.
The outer of the nappy washes very easily and does not need tumble drying, but I put the pad in the tumble dryer for a while on low. They do take longer to dry than my other nappy's fleece pads, but not as long as my bamboo ones.
Remember, as with all washable nappies, to pre-wash when you purchase to boost the absorbency and not to use fabric softeners when washing as this affects the absorbency.
~ Conclusion ~
I have mixed feelings about these nappies, but I am very glad I didn't pay full price for them, as I do not think a set of 4 nappies & 8 pads are worth the £40 price tag.
With the fleece liners they are usable, however, are still at the bottom of my nappy pile.
Summary: You need fleece liners if you want to use these
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