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I didn't really consider using reusable nappies with my baby until i went to a local fair and was told that i would be able to claim a large proportion of the money spent on the nappies back. I thought i would try it and am really pleased i did. As i wan't too sure i thought i would start off with Terry Nappies as they are one of the cheaper options and the others seemed to have soo many variations that i was a bit confused. Anyway, i am pleased i did as they are soo simple to use. I use Nippa Grippa's with them instead of the safety pins and feel much more confident using them. They are easy to wash and look sooo cute. I must admit that when she was tiny they looked huge on her and looked a little silly under clothes but once they are out of the tiny bby stage then they look fine
We decided to go for these nappies as we wanted to use reusables but were put off by the price of some other makes. The universal square shape can be folded a huge variety of ways to fit babies of varying ages and cater specifically for boys and girls. We use the bat or triple fold where the centre is tripled up for extra absorbency in the day, if we need to use them at night, we use the kite fold to allow a bit more room for boosters. It's possible to fold them into pads to use in wraps like flip covers and pocket nappies. Once you have mastered a fold, it takes less than a minute to fold them, though it isn't our out and about nappy as this can be a lot more fussy then a pocket or flip style nappy if trying to change with bubs in a buggy in a windy park! Similarly, nursery staff may struggle with them. B went to 2 nurseries - the first used them if I sent them prefolded, and we had quite a few leaks, the secind tried but they couldn't master it and nappies frequently came apart and fell down.
The terry towelling is soft and comfortable against the baby's skin. B didn't suffer from nappy rash til he started teething, and the rash he got then I think may be more accreditable to the less breathable plastic pants we used with it. T hasn't had nappy rash yet.
I find the nappy amply absorbent for 4 hourly changes that I do in the day, although at night when we use them we have to boost with several bamboo boosters to get through the night. This makes an already bulky nappy very bulky indeed and we only do it in emergencies. When T and B were newborn the nappies seemed huge on them and almost reached their knees, though they quickly grew to a better fit.
We wash them at 30-40 and they come out clean every time (though be warned, they are very absorbent and if anything in your wash isn't colour safe they'll suck the colour from it - we have pink nappies as a result of a red shirt!). They dry very quickly. In a warm house or out in the wind they'll dry in a matter of hours, on a colder or wetter day, you may need to wait overnight. This is better than some other makes where the inserts has several layers folded over, or is part of it's wrap. We haven't had many leaks, though I think this will depend on your plastic pant or wrap and folding as well as the nappy. With our council refund scheme, it has cost us only £30 to set up with reusables.
I used these nappies from birth to approximately age 2 with my first son. We used them with plain plastic pants and paper liners. At age 2 we found they stopped working so well. They were still plenty absorbent enough, but when we stopped using bodysuits the nappy fell down. I don't know whether this was down to the plastic pants or the nappy not being fitted - time will tell with T.
They're great to have around even if not as a nappy - they are fab mops for sicky babies or mini towels.
Since I've had T I've invested in a range of other makes of nappies to try, but when about the house, these are still my 'go to' first choice nappy because I know they work and they dry so quickly. Though we use smartfit covers which leak less than the plastic pants we used with B, and safer nappy nippas rather than pins.
I have recently been trying out terry nappies on my toddler - who was previously potty trained but has now, for some reason known only to herself, regressed back to nappies full time - so I have reached the conclusion that come November I may potentially have 2 children in nappies, and my 20 Motherease Onesize will probably not stretch to 2 kids at once unless I do a wash every bloomin' night, which I don't really fancy to be quite honest...
So with us being on a tight budget at the moment, I decided to try out some terry nappies, (seeing as these are the cheapest option available), and get practising now so that when baby number 2 arrives I will be a pro terry nappy fitter. I looked at quite a few different types online but I kind of assumed that a terry nappy was a terry nappy and went for the cheapest I could find - Junior Joy - and I managed to get 18 60x60cm squares, 2 tiny newborn wraps and 3 nappi nippas (the modern equivalent of pins) all for approx £20, which I thought was a bargain!
So anyway...they arrived... and the nappies are so thin you can almost see through them! On the label it stated that the 'true quality will show once washed a few times', so of course I washed them and they did fluff up A LITTLE BIT. I was so so disappointed with this, but I thought I would try them out anyway, seeing as though I had now washed them and couldn't return them and get a refund.
I researched various folds on the internet as well before trying them out, and obviously I will not be able to describe the type of folds available in this review, but if you put a search in there are plenty of websites that give you the various options. I opted for the 'kite' fold which seemed easiest to me and it was pretty simple.
I got my daughter's butt wrapped up in no time, although the first couple of attempts I didn't secure the nappy tight enough and it ended up just hanging about in her wrap making her generally uncomfortable. But I soon got the hang of doing it as tight as possible (which made my daughter moan - 'too tight... take off' - but no no no young lady, this terry is staying on! And they do - the trick is to fasten it as tight as possible with the nappi nippa so it almost feels too tight, then as they move around it gives way slightly and then settles into her shape.
As for the absorbency, I am not so impressed; I think this is mainly due to the nappies being so very thin. If I just use a terry nappy and a fleece liner (plus Nature Babies Multiwrap which work fine with terry nappies by the way) she can wear it for 2 hours maximum before it starts to leak. But if I add one of my Motherease booster pads to the terry, she can wear the nappy for 4 hours or more (depending on her fluid intake at the time). So I'm thinking if I had opted for a more expensive fluffier terry square, they would perform a lot better and would probably be as good, if not better than my Motherease Onesize.
The reason I say thicker ones might be better than my Motherease nappies is not because of general performance, it's because of the cost factor - I think you could probably kit yourself out with some good quality terry nappies plus wraps, liners, night time boosters and nappi nippas for between £50 and £100 depending on what type you chose and the type of wraps etc, and another advantage is that they dry in no time - especially the ones I bought - half an hour on the line in nice breezy weather and they are dry! Motherease take half a day in really warm weather, and a day or more in not so good weather, and in winter... well they just go on the radiators.
So my conclusion is - if you are considering using cloth nappies on your little one, do not be afraid of terry squares, especially if you are on a budget, they are surprisingly easy to use once you get the hang of it.
But please just make sure you go for the more expensive types as these are bound to perform much better. There are lots of nappy websites that sell different types and quality of terry nappies (with lots of advice to boot) so it will be easy to find a decent one. I think you can even buy them in Mothercare and Boots, although I'm not sure of the quality of these, but I'm sure they'll be a lot better than Junior Joy - avoid these at all costs!
Use with Mothercare waterproof pants; nappy pins and nappy liners or muslin squares