“ Brand: Smartipants / Type: Nappy Wrap „
I used terry squares for nappies with my first son with quite a bit of success. When reflecting on my stores in preparation for my second son, there were three things that had disappointed me in my earlier experience using terry squares with plastic pants as covers - there were a lot of leaks when my son was between sizes, when he stopped wearing vests/bodysuits with poppers his nappies fell down too easily, and nighttime absorbency wasn't up to much. I decided to invest in some wraps to solve problems 1 and 2, and after a bit of research decided on Smartipants (I solved problem 3 with some little lambs bamboo boosters). I bought initially three pairs of Smartipants wraps from Fill Your Pants (see separate review) and later topped up with another 2 pairs. I paid just under 11 pounds a wrap, and have been using them for just over three months. 5 wraps has been enough for my usage (described below)
Birth to Potty?
One of the big attractions for me with this wrap was that it was claimed to be able to be used from birth to potty. My second son was two weeks old when we abandoned disposables and put him into these nappies with them poppered and velcroed to the smallest size. My oldest son still has terry pull ups at night and we put a wrap over the top to prevent wet sheets if he has an accident, and with them on the largest setting they fit him at 3.5 years, although he is slightly small for his age, I imagine it would easily fit most potty trainers (and it does stay up with a poppered bodysuit/vest!). The poppers (on both length and waist) and the large adjustment on the waist through velcro assures me that it's likely they'll fit everything in between. So, I was slightly puzzled by the guarantee on the label - poppers 2 years, material and workmanship 60 days. Needless to say neither of my children have been potty trained 60 days from birth!
So do they just fall apart in the wash?
No, in short. The instructions advise they can be washed 'hot' and ours have all been through several 60 degree cycles with no signs of wear and tear. They have handy tabs to fasten the velcro down onto to stop it snagging your other washing too.
Certainly better than we had before. The odd pooplosion escapes (mostly up the back from my little one but that may have more to do with baby than wrap), but the majority are reatained at least inside the wrap. Wet nappies are certainly perfectly contained, and the majority of poos get no further than leaving a small mark on the edging. I cannot fathom out why the edging round the edges is white - a colour more likely to show up stains? An improvement would certainly be to match these to the colour of the wrap, then if you've foolishly chosen a light colour (such as my investment in an aqua one), so fool you, rather than one and all being at risk of stains.
So, would I recommend it?
Yes, I'm nit-picking over minor flaws rather than critical performance features, and the odd guarantee won't bother me while I don't have to use it!