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My son was a real wriggler right from birth. From 5 months changing his nappy was a complete nightmare, he would roll and writhe around everywhere and it was often a two man job needing a different distraction for every change.
I then discovered pull-up nappies while I was out shopping one day. Contrary to popular belief this type of pull-up nappy provide no less absorbency than a normal nappy. Many people think they are for potty training so they don't work as well. But I have found these to have just as much, if not more absorbency than a normal nappy.
Instead of the sticky tabs at the sides the sides are already joined for you so they are pulled on like a pair of pants. To remove them you simply rip them open on either side, and the sides are slightly perforated to make it easier. Alternatively if you are potty training they can be pulled down and back up to save wasting a nappy.
They come in sizes 4,5 and 6 and appear to be available in most Tesco stores. They come in small and large packs and recently I have often found the large pack on sale for 2 for £10 making each nappy about 17p. They have recently been re-branded and have great new patterns on them. I have tried other brands who make these but value for money wise Tesco brand definitely come up trumps.
These are the single most useful invention I have used since having a baby. There is no way of making my son lie down for changes and these are so easy to get on. Ironically now we have a new baby and my son is only 22months and now sometimes lies down on my daughters changing mat for his nappy because he sees us doing hers like that!!
I would highly recommend these, they have saved my sanity.
Although at only a year old Freddy is nowhere near ready for toilet training, he is rather good at rolling away in the middle of a nappy change and even undoing his nappy. So when, while doing my latest online Tesco shop I noticed these Easy Fit Pants were on offer at only £3.20 for a pack of 20, I couldn't help but add them to my basket. Although the Easy Fit Pants are available in a variety of sizes ranging from Maxi to Extra Large, I bought them in Junior as that is the size nappy that fits Freddy the best.
The twenty pull-ups come supplied in standard nappy packaging, with a perforated opening down the side. I found this packet easier to open than some nappy packs and once opened it allows easy access to the pull-ups. I say pull-ups because basically that is what these are. Rather than having tabs like traditional disposable nappies these are based on pants and have stretchy sides that hug Freddy's waist. The exterior of the pull-up feels nice and soft and features a couple of animals. Whereas the design on nappies usually has no real function, the design on these does. The front of the pull-up features a front view of the animals, while the rear shows their behinds, meaning it's easy to tell which way round the pull-up goes.
The inner surface of the pull-up is even softer and looks as if it is extremely comfortable against the skin and the whole pull-up is incredibly thin, thinner even than most traditional disposable nappies. I find it easy to get these onto Freddy and he even tries to help pull them up. I really like the fact that I don't need to fasten tabs while trying to keep Freddy's hands out of the way. Although Freddy is slightly lighter than the suggested 26lb minimum weight for Junior (23lb at the last weigh in), they fit him incredibly well. The combination of the slightly elasticated waistband, fully elasticated cuffs and stretchy sides mean that they fit snugly round his waist and legs without rubbing or leaving red marks, while the fact they are so thin means that they don't bulk between his legs. In fact, these pull-ups give Freddy far more freedom of movement than any nappy we've tried.
I must admit that we've never used these pull-ups at night, preferring to stick to traditional disposables, especially as Freddy sleeps from 6.30pm to 8am meaning that they would have to hold 13+ hours worth of wee. We do put them on Freddy during the day though and so far we've not had a single leakage. They seem to draw the liquids away from his delicate bottom, he never feels damp to the touch and they don't bulk out too much even when wet. They also hold Freddy's rather stinky poos in place, although I must admit that his poos are never of the type that explode out of nappies anyway. Freddy's been wearing these for a week now and hasn't shown a sign of nappy rash, although he is changed regularly and is never left for more than a couple of minutes with a stinky.
Removing the pull-ups is a little harder than with a standard nappy, rather than undoing tabs it's a case of tearing the sides and then cleaning the bottom. This is when the pull-ups one and only downside comes into play, with a nappy you can use the tabs to parcel the nappy up before putting it in a nappy bag, but these don't have tabs. As far as I'm concerned this is a very small price to pay, as not only are these pull-ups far easier to put on an active toddler, but Freddy actually looks far more comfortable wearing them.
So I have no hesitation in recommending the Tesco Easy Up Pants to the parents of curious, active toddlers who are starting to try and pull their nappies off. They look incredibly comfortable and the reduced bulk makes moving easier, while at the same time they are secure and absorbent. They look far nicer under clothes than traditional disposable nappies too, and are easy to pull up and down when the toddler is ready to start using the toilet. So I'm giving these pull-ups a healthy four stars out of five and will be buying them for the foreseeable future.
Maxi - 18-33lb (8-15kg) - 22 pack - £3.74
Junior - 26-40lb (12-18kg) - 20 pack - £3.74 (38 pack - £7.20)
Extra Large - 35lb+ (16kg+) - 18 pack - £3.74 (34 pack - £7.20)