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The tots bots accessory pack comes with pretty much everything you need to start using cloth nappies.
~ Cost and Availability ~
This is sold on a number of websites for around £29-35. I have not see these in any of my local shops, however, they may sell them in specialist baby shops.
~ Kit contents ~
The kit contains the following:
- 16 litre nappy bucket, with clip on lid - I have found that this bucket will hold around 3 days worth of dirty nappies. Its lid clips on securely with four solid clips, which will be difficult for curious toddlers to open and keeps the lid down to hold in any nasty smells. The bucket is made of quite a heavy duty plastic so looks like it will take a lot of bashing around without breaking. It also comes with a handy handle which makes carrying the full (heavy) bucket to the washing machine easy. The handle also is made out of heavy duty plastic & doesn't look like it will break off very easily.
- 2 mesh bags - these are designed to fit in the bucket, with an elasticated top to hold on securely & doesn't drop into the bucket when filling. When the bucket is full I just pull out the mesh bag and put straight into the washing machine, no requirement to touch the smelly nappies. The nappies work their way out of the top of the bag in the machine. Then wash out the bucket and pop the spare bag in the bucket ready to go. The mesh bags feel good quality silky material that are easily washed. Some people also pop a few drops of essential oils in the bottom to cover any smells.
- 1 wet bag - this is to use when out and about to store the dirty nappies. It is quite a large bag & easily stores 5-6 dirty nappies (probably more). The bag is plastic on the inside and a smooth cotton feel on the outside. I have never had any problems with leaking of this bag when out. The only down side is the bag is drawstring top, which is quite stiff & doesn't keep the smells in that well. I would probably preferred a more secure close with a zip. I stick the wet bag in the washing machine inside out, with the dirty nappies & it cleans well.
- flushable lines - if you have read any of my previous reviews you will be aware that I am not a fan of flushable liners, especially with the runny breastfed poop. These liners are probably the worst I have tried. They are quite thin and small & absolutely useless for newborn breastfed poop. They may be more useful for more solid poops when you can just pop them in the toilet. I have saved these for when my little girl is off the breast.
- 1 bag of "potion" detergent - this detergent is designed to be used for nappies & is antibacterial. It is enzyme free, phosphate free, fragrance free etc so is good for babies delicate skin. It seems to wash the nappies well & I have not had any problems with rashes with my little girl. It gives you peace of mind that there is no bacteria in the nappies, even at low temperatures. But don't expect the nappies to smell of anything when they come out of the washing machine. I don't really like fragranced wash powder however, some people expect their washing to smell strongly of the wash powder when it comes out of the machine.
~ My opinion ~
I really like this set, you may be able to get the items cheaper separately with different brands, however, they may not be as good quality & the last thing you want is to have a nappy bucket to break full off pooey nappies! I have recommended this to my friends how are starting out in the cloth nappy fun.
I have been using this for over 6 months now & have absolutely no complaints. I looks like this set will last for a long time (expect to keep this for my next little one...).