Product Type: Tesco baby products
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Ultra dry and ultra saving - but a bit of nappy rash for us
Tesco Baby Essentials Ultra Dry Nappies
Member Name: scooch12
Tesco Baby Essentials Ultra Dry Nappies
Date: 19/06/13, updated on 19/06/13 (69 review reads)
Advantages: Are ultra dry most of the time, great value compared to brands
Disadvantages: My daughter got a bit of nappy rash but we might be an exception
I've been trying to make a few cutbacks recently and trying cheaper supermarket items instead of brands. I originally used Tesco nappies when my daughter was a newborn, then moved to Pampers and stuck with them because the pricing between Tesco's own and pampers didn't seem vastly different. That was until my daughter moved up through the sizes - I suddenly noticed a few weeks ago that a similar sized pack of Tesco ultra dry nappies were nearly £4 less than Pampers in her current size of 4+.
The nappies are tightly compacted in their packaging, so even with the bigger pack the product isn't massive to store away. I bought the bigger 'economy' size that contains 44 nappies for £5.97 (the number of nappies for £5.97 depends entirely on the size - that's what you get with size 4+). They also sell a smaller pack with 24 nappies in for £4.68 so going for the bigger one made a lot more sense in the long run (in the hope that they'd be ok). Just for comparison, a similar size pack of pampers (although there are 4 more at 48 nappies) is £9.99.
The nappies themselves feel a bit rigid - they're made of what they describe as a 'supersoft' material but isn't as soft as the pampers baby dry are. This also means that they aren't as flexible when it comes to stretching them out and putting them on but they do feel smooth to touch. They work in the same way as other nappies with two tabs that pull out on the back panel towards the sides and fasten around at the front. The nappy also has a pretty picture on the back in neutral colours of yellow and orange - I've never understood the point of these though, it's not as though my daughter is going to take any notice, especially with it being on the back. If it saved consumers money I would much rather they were kept plain and simple!
Using the Nappy
My daughter's at the stage now where she wriggles all over the place when I'm trying to fix her nappy on. Although she's constantly standing up and trying to get off the changer, these nappies have been quite easy to fasten. The tabs stick down well, even though I have to re-stick them down a few times during a change because of all the movements she makes. I find the sizing on the nappies very confusing (but this is the same with pampers) - my daughter is in size 4+ and I reckon she is soon to be in size 5 yet the size 4 nappies state that they can be used for babies weighing 7kg-18kg. My daughter is nowhere near 18kg (she's around 11kg) but the size 4 ones are too small for her. I think it's a case of trial and error rather than relying on their indicated weights because I've never found them to work very well for us.
The nappy sits in place well until I change it and even though they are not from the active fit range, they stay in place with her crawling which is an added bonus as these are the nappies designed to keep baby dry primarily. I've found that these Tesco nappies last just as well as branded nappies - I need to change her around 5 to 6 times per day just as I do with the branded.
For the most part, they live up to their ultra dry name. We have used these through the day and overnight and had very few problems with leaking apart from the odd time when my daughter's done a particularly bad nappy. They are very absorbent. My daughter is a good sleeper overnight mostly and she can sleep through with these on - she's never woken up overnight because of the nappy needing a change. I honestly don't think that the branded nappies are any better than these in terms of absorbency and dryness and obviously there is a much higher price associated with the branded.
A big downside for us.....
We have had one issue (and unfortunately this is a big negative for us) - my daughter did receive a small nappy rash shortly after using these. She's never previously had nappy rash, although it is small and disappears within one use of nappy cream so thankfully hasn't become more serious. It comes and goes and I can only assume that it is from using these nappies because she never suffered from any before and nothing else (wipes, creams etc) has changed during this time. It's a real shame because the nappies have been great apart from that but obviously we won't be able to continue using them because it's something I would much rather prevent than treat when it happens. I'm not sure if this is just an allergy on my daughter's part of if this is a common thing with others but I have to assume that we're an exception.
I would definitely recommend giving these nappies a go. I think we've just been unfortunate to experience the nappy rash and if it wasn't for that appearing I would definitely consider switching to these permanently to save some money. I rate them 4 stars overall, with the appearance of the nappy rash taking a star off. I don't think it's fair to take any more away incase my daughter is an exception experiencing it and would advise people to give them a go to see if they fair any better because it's a great saving to make if the nappy rash stays away.
Thanks for reading :o)
Summary: Worth a try