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I LOVE these nappies!!!
I have been using them since my son was 4 days old and he has just gone into the next size at 5 1/2 months old. I use a combination of the terry towelling ones (fluffles) and the flexitots. When I bought them I intended to use the nappies full time so I bought 24 nappies and 4 waterproof covers. This was sufficient to only need to wash them every other day.
The nappies are extremely simple to use. They are the same shape as a disposable nappy and you simply pop in a liner (either disposable or fleece) and put the nappy on your baby fastening with velcro (applix) rather than the sticky tabs that a disposable has. You then put a waterproof cover over the top to stop seepage. The nappies are extremely absorbant, however, my baby was sleeping very well at night and was starting to wet through them. As I didn't want to have to wake him to change his nappy, I decided to put him in disposables at night.
Once a nappy has been soiled, simply put it in a nappy bucket with some sanitiser (I use Napisan) and leave to soak until the bucket is full or you need some clean nappies. They do not smell at all if treated in this way. Once ready to wash, I simply put them in the washing machine on a 40oC wash with non-bio detergent and fabric conditioner (I also use Vanish Oxy Action to keep them white). They can then be either line dried or put in the tumble dryer.
These nappies are expensive to buy and with the offers that are available on nappies in supermarkets, and taking into account the extra costs involved with all the washing, I am unsure how much cheaper real nappies work out. They also make baby's bottom very large making it sometimes quite difficult to get clothes on as they are obviously designed to be worn over disposables. However, despite this, I much prefer these nappies over disposables. They look much nicer and I am sure they must feel nicer against baby's skin. They don't create much more work than disposables either, with a baby in the house the washer is on constantly anyway so what difference does another couple of loads a week make? My husband can use them easily and when debating whether to buy my son the Size 2 nappies or put him into disposables full time, it was him that championed the Tots Bots.
I have not used any other brand of real nappies so am unable to compare Tots Bots to anything else, however, I am very pleased with this brand and that is why I have not felt the need to try any others.
So even if you don't feel the need to use real nappies to save the environment, or to save money, consider using real nappies because they are traditional, look much nicer and are probably much more comfortable for your baby.
I have been using reusable nappies for 15 months and have tried several different brands but settled on Tots Bots cottons with wraps as my favourite and most reliable. I also have a few of the Tots Bots all in ones but have to use these as the last nappy of the day in case of a leak!
Having separates seems to be the best way to prevent leaks, I don't think we have ever had to change clothes with these nappies (even with the most horrible poos!). I think it also helps having Velcro and not poppers as the nappies fit all the time. I have found with popper nappies there is a time when your baby is in-between the popper sizes and this causes leaks. Now my son won't sit still for a nappy change I also find the Velcro easiest as I am trying to change him chasing him across the room!
Being separates it also means the drying time is reduced, a nappy will easily dry outside on a line on a warm day or 2 days inside on a clothes horse.
I have also found these nappies very competitive in price and have found some bargains on ebay. The only disappointment is the lack of choice in prints for the wraps and this has led me to buy other brands of wraps like Motherease (which also have the advantage of gathered leg holes).
Tots Bots are also not as bulky as others I have tried but still have the full absorbency.
We use a few different types of cloth nappies and Tots Bots are among my favourites. We have 2 different kinds of nappy from Tots Bots - Aplix fastened and popper fastened old style Bamboozles (both of these are shaped two part nappies) and pocket tots, which are, as the name implies, pocket nappies.
The customer service at Tots Bots is fantastic too. I had a few problems choosing and then receiving my nappies (thanks to the postal service, not TB) and I was impressed with the professional help I received.
Bamboozles (Old style).
These two part nappies are a larger fit, a little bulkier but incredibly reliable. Many people I know use these as night time nappies, either on their own or with an additional booster and I use them over nap times, long journeys or any time that I need a completely reliable nappy. They need a waterproof wrap over the top. Tots bots make wraps or you can choose another wrap. There are lots out there and it can be confusing, but I personally find Motherease Airflow wraps over a bamboozle to be unbeatable in terms of reliability. It's also good to consider using a liner fleece or paper - in order to help keep the baby dry and to help with cleaning up nastier nappies!
They come in three sizes, the first fitting from 8lb - 18lb (birth to around 6-9 months depending on your child's shape and size), the second fitting from around 18lb - 35lb (this will fit many children until potty training) and a third size for children of 35lb and above.
The old style can be found on sale at many online nappy retailers at the moment because the new bamboozle stretch has been released into the wild! I won't comment because I haven't tried it yet but it looks fantastic!
These pocket nappies are lovely. I didn't personally get on with the inserts that came with them however. I instead use bamboo boosters and microfibre inserts and these are very effective in combination with the pocket.
The nappy has a waterproof, PUL outer so no wrap is needed, and have a pocket at the back into which you stuff the appropriate level of absorbency for your child's size, age, level of wetting and occasion.
The lining that goes against the child's skin pulls moisture into the nappy leaving the skin much more comfortable, although I do also put a fleece liner in mine as a personal preference.
The pocket nappies are available in the tots Bots rainbow colours or in white. I have the rainbow ones and they look gorgeous under a skirt or a long top on a summers day!
I love the look of these nappies but it stops there. I made the mistake of buying the full 'kit' without trying these as I had read so many good reviews. Perhaps I am putting them on wrong or our baby is too small but given they are suppose to be suitable from birth to potty and easy to use, these don't seem to be reasonable reasons for the repeated leakage. It is so bad that on one occasion we had to change her twice before we could settle her to sleep; as we moved her from the changing station to the crib in our room she wet her nappy and it leaked through to her clothes. This was not only frustrating for us but the repeated nappy changes then unsettled her meaning we struggled to get her off to sleep.Please try before you buy!
We are lucky enough to live in an area where the council runs a nappy library. This is a service whereby you can borrow a range of different washable nappies to try for a couple of weeks in order to see which style
suits you best. This meant that I was able to try 10-15 different brands of nappy before settling on the Tots Bots fluffles (if you have a chance to use a service like this, I would definately recommend it).
Tots Bots are a company making nappies in Glasgow, and they make a
range of differnt nappy styles. We opted for the 'Fluffles'as they were incredibly quick to dry compared to others we tried, however the fluffles have now been discontinued by Tots Bots. The nappies are a two-piece system, so you have the nappy itself, then a waterproof wrap which goes over the top. We bought a birth-to-potty pack, including nappies and wraps together, as we got a good deal at the baby show. The fluffles are a shaped nappy which fasten which press-studs. The nappy
comes in one size and is then folded to fit smaller babies however this can make them very bulky on a young baby. The nappy has an in-built fleece liner which is brilliant at wicking away moisture from the babies skin and also acts as a pocket in which to stuff the booster portion of the nappy. The booster, which comes with the nappy, is an extra layer which attaches with press-studs yet can pull out of the pocket for quicker drying. I found the nappies absorbant enough with the supplied booster, however I am sure you could add another booster to the pocket if you needed greater absorbancy. The inbuilt liner meant I did not use and additional liners with this nappy, however you could of course use disposable liners to make cleaning easier!
The Tots Bots wraps I found very dissapointing. The wraps attach with
velcro at the waist and I have found it hard to make sure that the whole of the nappy is covered at the top of the legs, meaning that urine wicks away onto clothing. Also, the wrap has a binding at the edge which gets wet as the nappy underneath gets wet. I found that this meant the wrap had to be changed at each nappy change or else, again, clothes got wet. This was dissapointing as with other wraps you can use one wrap all day, just changing the nappy underneath at each change, cutting down the number of wraps that you need to buy. The wet binding also caused sore spots on my boys legs several times once they
were crawling. We gave up and bought Motherease wraps instead, which were brilliant.
Use of these nappies is very easy- we dry paled the used nappies with
a tight-fitting lid and didn't find that they needed soaking at all. They can be washed up to 60oC and dry very quickly. The nappies stayed fluffy and soft throughout the two years we were using them and have plenty more life left in them. They have saved us a fortune in disposable nappies over the time of their use.
I would definately recommend Tots Bots nappies, and would certainly use them again, although I would not use Tots wraps. For a very small effort and a couple of extra loads of washing a week you cut out all of those disposables going into the bin, and save a fortune!
I tried a few brands of cloth nappies before settling on Tots Bots and have now been happily using them for nine months. I started off buying a few Fluffles (which have now been discontinued although they are still available on some websites). The advantage of these is that they dry incredibly quickly however I found them too bulky, especially on a one month old.
Then I discovered Bamboozles which are made of naturally anti-bacterial bamboo fibre and now use these all day every day. They are available with three different fastenings: popper, aplix and nappi nippa. I chose the popper fastening as the top of the nappy can be folded over so the nappy fits a smaller size (I believe this can also be done with the nippa version). My son has been wearing these since he was two months old. He is now eleven months and there is plenty of growing room and the nappies are still in very good condition.
You will also need to buy an outer wrap to go round these nappies - Tots Bots ones are available however I opted for the Motherease Airflow wrap because they have cute animal pictures on them and the reviews I read seemed to rate these ones more highly. Plus you will need liners to place inside the nappy so the contents can be removed and flushed away.
I have been really impressed with the performance of these nappies; they have never leaked, unlike previous brands of cloth nappy I had tried and they come with a removable booster pad to provide extra absorbency.
When the nappies first arrived they were lovely and soft however they are now much rougher (although they are still fine next to my baby's skin). The only way of keeping them soft is to wash them with fabric conditioner which unfortunately reduces their absorbency.
The only complaint I have with these nappies is that they take forever to dry. On a hot and sunny day they will dry outside in four hours or so but in the winter they can take up to two days to dry indoors.
I bought my Tots Bots from Amazon for a bargain price of £3.74 compared to £7 or £8 in most other places. I have noticed that the Amazon price tends to fluctuate so if you plan to buy these it may be worth keeping an eye on the price over a few weeks in case it falls. Currently the popper version seems to be priced at £9.99 however you can get the Nippa version for £5.04.
Overall these have been a very good buy and I plan to continue using them on my son and on any future children.
I am rapidly becoming a fan of reusable nappies and tots bots were the first that we purchased and I now have a small variety of types.
The first type that we have is an aplix fastening fluffle nappy in a size one and we also have size two nappies that are fastened using a nappy nipper- a safe alternative to a safety pin these nappies need a wrap. The wraps come in a variety of colours patterns- and are very cute. The main problen with the two part nappy system is that it is very bulky. However we have used this system over night with a booster and although the nappy is saturated in the morning there are no leaks.
We also have an organic all in one pocket nappy from tots bots this is green with stars and uses bamboo as it's main soaker. The nappy is slimmer fitting than the two part nappy system and fits better under clothes. The nappy copes well with poo - although it has not yet had to cope with a major poo explosion and the bamboo is absorbant. This type of nappy is good as it is very convenient.
Overall tots bots are great. I believe that they have helped to revolutionise the cloth nappy system and they always seem to be coming out with different nappies that will suit different requirements.
Tots Bots were the first reusable nappy that i tried. After researching for months i took the plunge and bought 3 fluffles, a rainbow bamboozle, a fleece wrap and a PUL wrap. I tried these out on my little lady for a few weeks. By the time my son was born a couple of months later i was well and truly an addict. I now own loads and loads of different brands of nappies in different shapes and styles so be sure that I am experienced in using cloth.
What are tots bots?
Tots Bots are a family run Scottish company which supply reusable shaped nappies made from microfibre, organic cotton, cotton and bamboo. The also supply PUL (waterproof) covers/wraps which are suitable for daytime use and fleece wraps which are aimed towards night time use. They also supply accessories for cloth nappying; changing mats, wetbags and liners.
More recently they have introduced dolly tots (cute nappies for dollies), bamboo towels and face cloths.
I want to know more about the nappies?
All nappies are gently elasticated to give a snug fit. This is especially good in the event of explosive poos. All nappies, except fluffles also feature an attached flapout booster for more absorbancy and for faster drying. Fluffles feature a booster but it snaps in with poppers.
Cotton Tots: The original Tots Bots nappy, available in unbleached or white and comes in 2 fastenings, nippa and aplix. I find these quite bulky, I use them for long journeys and night times. There was a range called rainbow bots which were coloured versions and were slightly slimmer which was great for daytime but this range was discontinued. I would recommend that these are used with a fleece liner and they would benefit from a tumble dry now and then as they can go a bit crunchy even in soft water. Available in 3 sizes but most children will go from birth to potty on 2 sizes.
Organic Cotton Tots: Exactly the same design as Cotton Tots but made with more environmentally friendly organic cotton. Available in the same fastenings but in only 2 sizes lasting from birth to 35lbs. Available in natural and 5 other colours, aqua, green, lilac, orange and yellow.
Fluffles: These won the Mother and Baby Silver award. Made from microfibre these nappies are soft and fluffy and stay that way. They are super quick drying which is great during the winter if you don't have a tumble dryer. I do find that these tend to smell a bit funny even after washing unless they are dried outside. These claim to be more absorbent than cotton and have an internal pocket which you can stuff with more boosters if needed. They are really bulky especially to begin with until the fluffiness dies down a bit, all in all a nappy I tend to use at night time only. Available in white only in 2 sizes. Size 2 can be used as a bulky birth to potty if you nippa. No longer available in popper, just nippa and aplix fastening.
Bamboozles: Mother and Baby Gold award winner. A slimmer nappy made from bamboo. Bamboo has natural antibacterial properties (great for nappy rash) and is lovely and silky soft, great for hard water areas but is the longest drying nappy. It is a very good environmentally friendly fabric. It doesn't take long to grow and is easily obtained. These are my number one choice for a daytime nappy. They are much slimmer than the options above and bamboo is 60% more absorbent than cotton so a great choice for a heavy wetter. For this reason bamboo also makes a fantastic night nappy. Available in 2 sizes and in the same colours as Organic Cotton Tots. These do not longer come in nippa fastening, the material is so soft that the nippa cannot grip properly. If your nippa ones aren't performing you can contact tots bots and I think they add on aplix. These are now available in aplix and popper fastening.
PUL Wraps: these wraps are very soft and pliable so shouldn't leave any marks on baby. They are fastened with aplix and are available in 4 sizes and 5 designs, white, lilac polka, yellow polka, aqua stars and orange stars. They have gusseted legs just in case there are any major poop explosions and have crossover tabs for the slimmer baby. I find these wraps come up a little loose around the legs. I had terrible leaks with my size 2 one but my white size 0 that I used on my son was fine. I don't rate these highly and you are far better with another wrap like Motherease.
Fleece Wraps: These are my night time wrap choice. I have a red one for my son which is nice and thick and a polka dot one for my daughter which is a little slimmer but still leak resistant. Fleece tends to whiff a little in the morning but that's because it is breathable. These are available in aplix and have crossover tabs. They come in 3 designs and 4 sizes but to be honest you are better off buying the size 1 for a start. If you are using it as a night time nappy it has to fit over something a little more bulky.
How do i wash them?
Tots Bots have made it really easy. All nappies and wraps can be washed up to 60c. The face cloths and bamboo towels can be washed at 40c. If you have to tumble dry then it has to be cool. Some people like to tumble dry now and then to fluff up their nappies. Remember, nappies don't need the full amount of detergent, only a little bit will do for washing them.
How do you rate them overall?
I am glad that I only bought a couple to try. I haven't tried the organic ones yet but I imagine they will be identical to normal cotton in ever way. I never bought any more fluffles. I prefer a slimmer look. I did however splurge on some bamboozles and as I said before I'm not a fan of their wraps, they are cute but not practical. My coloured bamboozles wash and wear very well but that was the older brighter colours but I would imagine the newer colours would be of the same quality.
How much then?
Tots Bots nappies range from £7.50 for the Cotton Tots to £9.25 for Coloured Organic Cotton and Bamboozles. Fleece wraps are £7.50 and PUL wraps are priced at £7.50 for white and £8.00 for a design one. These prices may differ from retailer to retailer.
I need some of these, where do I get them?
You can get them from certain branches of Toys R Us and Mothercare but you are far better off buying from an online nappy retailer or a local nappy agent who will be able to give you more tailored advice.
Thank you for reading my review.
What they are:
Tot's bots are a very popular cloth nappy system. The nappies are available in unbleached or white, as well as a limited amount of colours, known as Rainbow Tots. hey are made of some of the softest, fluffiest terry towelling I have ever come across, and I have to say they were so soft and cuddly, I fell deeply in love. They are a shaped nappy, so no folding, and you have a choice of getting the sort that fastens with aplix or the sort you can fasten with pins or the modern nappy nippa that has msotly replaced pins! For those not in the know, aplix is like velcro, but stronger, harder wearing, and much softer. So no scratched up ickle tums! Also, the legs and back of the waist have really stretchy and soft inside elastication, meaning excellent containment of unwanted leaks and mess.
Sizing and fit:
They come in three sizes. The small size fits from birth to about 18 pounds, but as it doess ay from 8 pounds, you might wish to wait a couple weeks before using as some smaller newborns will get lost inside the nappy! I have to say, my DS was a big newborn, but the nappy was so big, he not only was swimming in it, but looked rather like an upturned turtle. I had to laugh as he simply had an enormous "bubble bum". It was really cute though, Mummy hormones aside :) The medium fits from 18-40 lbs, , and lasts most until potty training. Size 3, or extra large, is for children over 40 pounds, so fabulous for children who are late being dry at night. The bulk does mean that mopst high street clothes will not fit over your child's bum and forget about even trying to fit a baby grow on over it!
Water resistant outers:
These nappies do require a wrap, and Tots Bots make their own brand. The Tots wrap is a polyurethane coated breatheable ployester aplix fastening wrap, with plenty of room for a huge Tots Bots as you would expect, or any other cloth fitted nappy or prefold you might wish to use it with. Tots Bots also makes the famous Red Wrap, which is a red fleece aplix fastening wrap.
The fleece wraps are meant for use mostly at night, as the fleece allows optimal air circulation and allows the water and ammonia content that is soaked into the nappy to evaporate, cooling the skin and allowing the nappy to hold more urine and keep skin happy. I use my Red Wraps with fitted nappies and prefolds at night, so it is very versatile. Both types of wraps have the same sizing as the nappies, so it is very easy to know which size you need to order.Cross over tabs mean you can get as snug a fit as you need too, making both types of wrap ultra adjustable. The PUL wrap also has a fourth size, a size 0, which is even tidgier for smaller newborns.
Other bonus features:
Another bonus point for this system is the fact that a Scottish mother designed these nappies, and they are made right here in the UK. I personally thnk this is a bonus point, as I like to encourage British industry and innovation when I can. Yet another bonus is, many councils offer rebates and incentives if buying cloth nappies, including this make.
Simply flush any poo down the loo (I used flushable liners in mine to make this dead easy), and pop into an airtight lidded bucket. being as these do not unfold, bacteria can get trapped inbetween the layers of fabric on the nappies, and they can suddenly begin to smell once worn. To prevent this, a long wash cycle at 60 should be used on the nappies and be sure to not fill the machine past the halfway mark. Wraps should be placed in the bucket as well without soaking as it wrecks the PUL laminate waterproofing. The night wraps are made of fleece and can be washed with the PUL wraps, as both should be washed at 40. The nappies are best tumble dried due to the thickness, and take about an hour or so to dry. Airdrying takes far longer, with cool spring days and indoor airers taking up to three days, and hot sunny days taking 6-8 hours.
Value for money:
Now for the downsides. I adored these nappies, but had to sell them on after very little use. Why? They were so thick, I could not get them to dry soon enough, even with the fold out booster. Alas, I do not have three days to wait for nappies to air dry :( and at £7.25 a pop new, and a used price in excess of £5 plus shipping, I could not afford to buy enough to go without washing for three days as that would have been an outlay of over £200 in nappies. Having said that, it IS cheaper than just buying disposables, but I simply could not afford to put that out all in one go. So I sold my Tots on and bought some Nappy Nation No Fold terries instead. So unless you have a tumble dyer, I would not advise these.
The wraps are excellent value for money as you can use them over any fitted nappy. I do prefer my Cotton Bottoms Superwhisper wraps, but that is just a personal preference ove the feel of the fabric. My all time favourite night wrap has to be the fleece Red Wrap though, sheer durability, fit, and performance wise, it wins hands down.
As the PUL day wraps do not have to be changed each time unless badly dirtied from stray poo or badly soaked, the price tag of £6.99 - £7.50 asking price very reasonable by similar comparisons. The Red Wrap does have to be washed and dried after each use, so you need 2-3 depending on how often you wash, and at the same price, it does work out a bit more exspensive as you have to wash each and not just reuse. But as it is a night wrap, it is still very economical. I use my Red Wrap over various shaped nappies, as well as prefolds, and have never ever had a leak. Marvellous!
My over all thoughts:
So, all in all, a truly great system, and I probably would have gone completely over to Tots Bots nappies and wraps, had it not been the unfortunate fact of no tumbledrier, and lack of space for one. Boo hoo.
Where to look for them:
You can obtain new Tots Bots products from their website, totsBots.co.uk, from Twinkle on the Web, Plushpants, the Buzzness, and many other online nappy retailers. For second hand, you do get the rare Ebay find, or at NCT nearly new sales as well as the UK parents nappy buy and sell forum.
I didn't start out using cloth nappies with my little girl. It was something I was quite interested in, but with the fuzzy headed state of early parenthood, she was months old before I got round to doing any research. I spoke to a few friends who used cloth, and the tots bots came up again and again, and when I looked around on the internet, it appeared that for a first timer, they were fairly idiot proof. So I took the plunge and bought three unbleached nippa tots, and a motherease airflow wrap and away we went. I tried them overnight and they were amazing: not a single leak. We'd previously used Pampers and she always had damp pyjamas in the morning. They were quite astoundingly bulky to people who'd been used to the skinniness of disposables, but after a week or two we stopped noticing. I then bought some rainbow tots (same design, just lovely colours and slightly more slim fitting) and a few more wraps so that apart from nursery she was in cloth most of the time.
When I got pregnant again, I decided we would go for it full time, and bought some size one nappies, this time with applix (like velcro, but longer lasting and a bit softer) to make life a tiny bit easier. Applix tots are used just like a disposable, you just need to put a wrap on too. Our little boy is nearly four months old and we have had one leak in that whole time, and that was because he was a few pounds too heavy for the wrap and it couldn't cope!! I moved him into medium wraps and all is well. My only problems with tots bots are that they take ages to dry (about 24 hours on an airer if it's warm, longer if it's cooler) unless it's a hot sunny day, in which case they dry in a few hours outside on the line, but are like cardboard. We live in a hard water area, and to get them soft enough to put near his bot, I have to tumble dry them for half an hour or so when they're just about dry (which I don't like doing, because it's really environmentally unfriendly) or else rub the nappy together to loosen the pile, which takes ages if you're doing 20 nappies, and gives me wrist ache. All in all though, they are completely worth it, because they last about 4-5 hours during the day, or all night if you're lucky enough to have a baby who'll sleep all night!
I've bought 15 size 2 bamboozle nappies, made by tots bots, now that he's too big for size ones. They're made out of bamboo which is very environmentally groovy as it doesn't need pesticides, unlike cotton, and grows really quickly.. Don't ask me how they get bamboo shoots and make them into nappies; I have no idea! They are very soft, even after washing in our hard water, and they're as absorbant as their cotton cousins despite being about a third thinner.
If I was going to advise someone new to cloth nappies, I'd recommend tots bots wholeheartedly. The applix ones are really easy to use, the nippa variety have the edge on adjustability and fit, but either are good solid choices. The original nappies are fabulous, but I'd probably recommend bamboozles if you don't have soft water because they work as well as the original or rainbow tots, but are slimmer fitting and stay soft. Hope this helps!
As a newcomer to cloth nappies, I did the sensible thing (or not) - tried folded terries, then rushed out and bought the first nappies I found online.
Then I did my research.
The nappies I'd bought were prefolds, and didn't suit my little lady's shape. I knew that I wanted something like a terry, but without the work of teaching my partner to fold!
After lots of reading I decided Tots Bots sounded good for me, so I ordered my white tots bots (thick, good for night time), and my rainbow bots (thinner, and more slimline for daytime use).
They are incredible!
They are shaped like a disposable, with excellent elasticated back and legs - meaning great containment. There is a foldable booster inside which you can position towards front or middle depending on the sex of your baby.
The fold out booster means that drying time is less, but they do still take a while to dry, but with a baby, I'm always drying clothes anyway!
They come in two types - your basic tots bots which are thick and come in white or unbleached, and Rainbow Bots - pink, lilac, blue, green, orange and yellow, thinner and a more tailored fit for daytime wear.
They come in three sizes (size one = 8-18lbs, size 2 = 18-40lbs, size 3 = 40lbs+) and can be held together with nappi nippas, or they have aplix (velcro). I have been told that size 2 will work as a birth to toddler nappy, with some folding, but I have yet to try it... Maybe next time. Rainbow bots are only available in sizes 1 & 2.
I highly recommend these. My daughter is a very heavy wetter, and they can withstand her during the day, and with an extra booster (tots bots sell boosters for £1.50/£1.90, or I just use a folded muslin square) last though the night too.
~How to use them~
To use them, just fold the booster to the correct position (instructions are included or available on www.thenappylady.co.uk). Put in a liner - you can either use washable fleece or silk liners, or disposable paper ones. The liners stop the wetness coming back onto baby's skin, and also catch the poo once they are weaned. You then just lie the baby on it like a disposable, and do it up at the front (either with a nippa or aplix). It then needs a waterproof wrap over the top of it - I recommend motherease ones.
A nappi nippa is a little rubbery gripper thing that works instead of pins - great invention!!!
I used to store them in a bucket of water with a few drops of teatree oil, or nappy soak (you can keep them dry, by the water stops the stains from setting as much), but I ave recently stopped adding the water (called dry pailing), and have just been putting a muslin in the bucket with a few drops of tea tree and lavendar on it to mask the smell a little. It is a lot easier to empty the bucket, and to be honest, I was getting stains anyway!
I then wash them every three days on a normal 40 degrees wash (with an occasional 60 wash to blast any mean germs). I add a spoonful of vinegar to the final rinse, which helps to soften them. With a younger baby you will probably need to wash very other day.
You need about 15-20 if you are starting from a newborn, I am coping with 10 (8 rainbow, 2 white) but Bronwyn is now fully weaned, and about 3/4 wraps.
They usually cost £7.25 for the nippa version, £7.95 for aplix (size 2, other sizes are approx 75p more of less). Unfortunately they are only available online at most cloth nappy websites which often incurs postage costs, but The Buzzness has free postage.
Main TotsBots site - www.totsbots.com
The Buzzness - www.thebuzzness.co.uk
They also have a great resale value, normally going for about £5 on ebay.
My little lady is now 18 months old, and needs to go up to size 3 fairly soon. There is no way she is 40lbs. They still do up round her waist, but she has a very errrr, voluptuous bum? and it doesn't do too well at covering her bum cheeks anymore!
~Why Use Them?~
I'm not going to spout al the environmental stuff, you've heard it all before - reuse nappies=less waste.
What I will say is:
Money - they will save you a small fortune in the long run. If possible, start saving for them as soon as you find out you are pregnant, or ask the willing famiy members who want to "buy something for the baby" to get you some. It soon builds up to a full supply.
Leaks - B has always had leaks with disposables, either wetness overnight, or poo if it is a little loose. I very very rarely have leaks in tots bots, and if I do, it is only onto the wrap, so a clean wrap is needed, rather than a clean outfit!
Safety - You know exactly what you are getting with these. I changed to reusables because B used to get the little crystals on her bum from disposables, and I felt I had no idea what they were made of, and what they might do to her. With these I know exactly what I am washing them in, what they are made of, and I feel safe.
Durability - These babies last! I have bought a few used off ebay, and I now can't tell which were usd, and which were new as they all look so good still!
Love - A strange idea for a nappy? No! Once you start using the right type of reusable for you, a weird passion comes over you, and you will chose your nappy over any other at all costs!!!
You have to wash them, and therefore get over the "ick" factor. It doesn't take much of your time, and with practise, changing them is as quick as a disposable.
They need changing slightly more often than a disposable, but since the guidelines state that disposables should be changed every 4-6 hours anyway, it is about the same (its just easier to get away with it in a disposable).
Drying time - they do take quite a while to dry, but can be tumble dried (shortens their lifespan slightly).
Tots bots are one of the many reusable cloth nappies available as an alternative to disposables. Tots Bots are made by a family owned company from Glasgow, Scotland but are widely available from cloth nappy internet sites. I particulary like Tots because they are made from thick terry but are shaped to fit unlike the basic square terry nappy which requires folding. In fact, the Tots is made up of five layers of terry and has a sewn in fold out booster which increases absorbency but reduces drying time. The fold out booster can be folded where necessary to suit either a boy or a girl. Please bear in mind that Tots need to be used with a wrap. The great thing about Tots is that they come either with no fastenings or with Aplix (a strong hook and loop fastening). This allows for great versatility. Personally, I prefer Aplix because it cuts down changing time and makes these nappies very very similar to disposables (much easier for daddy to change too). The Aplix versions have fold back laundry tabs to prevent your other stuff sticking to the nappies in the wash. The non-aplix versions must be fastened with a pin or nappy nippa. Tots come in 3 sizes to suit your baby. Size 1 is designed for a newborn, size 2 for up to potty-training and a size 3 for the toddler. It may be possible to only purchase the size 2 which can be folded down and padded out with boosters to fit a small baby or newborn. This will also radically reduce your initial outlay and gives maximum use if you have two children in nappies - they can share them. Tots come in a loverly range of colours to suit all tastes, white, unbleached (a creamy colour) or an assortment of rainbow colours (red, green, yellow and blue) with matching boosters when required. Tots are extremely absorbant. I use a Mother-ease Air Rika wrap which I find very effective with the Tots. I have not experienced any leaks and on the rare occasion that my son sleeps 12 hours, Tots functions better than any disposa
ble. I love being able to put something so natural on my baby and dont mind the washing at all. Tots can be washed quite effectively on as little as 40 degrees. Unfortunately, the only downside (and its not a major one) is that Tots take a while to dry but you have to weigh this up with how wonderfully absorbant they are! The quicker drying competitors are arguably less absorbant. I give my Tots a spell in the dryer and then overnight in the airing cupboard just to be sure. Tots are a lovely nappy to look at and feel and I would certainly recommend them. My son looks gorgeous in his Tots and it almost seems a shame to dress him.
I'm a new cloth convert but the transition from disposable to cloth could not have been easier using Tots Bots. The TotsBots nappy is a multi layer shaped nappy with a sewn-in booster which is only fastened down at the front so it can be folded to the front for a boy, or to the middle for a girl or just laid flat if you don't need the boost (great idea!). I believe the first sized TotsBots comes with a fleece-topped booster sewn in though the 2nd size can be folded down for use from newborn. My son is 12 months old and I went for the size 2, non-aplix version and use Nappi-Nippa's to fasten them and the Air-Rikka wrap over the top (the waterproof layer). From new, the nappies need a couple of washes before they reach their full absorbancy and being multi-layered they do take a while to dry, but on the outside line they're dry by afternoon and in the tumble dryer they do need a little extra time to get the elasticated legs & waist fully dry. For night-time use I add a booster pad, though I'm not sure that he would need it, but I've not dared not put it in....just in case! When I first started to use them I was surprised at how big my sons' bottom looked and some of his trousers no longer fitted, but this was easily solved by going up a size and now I'm happy and he's happy too. All in all a snug-fitting value for money nappy.
I bought several Tots Bots size 2 non-aplix nappies when I had my second baby, to supplement the nappies I already had. I asked everyone I could for advice on which nappy to buy, and kept coming back to Tots Bots, which seemed to be a favourite of an awful lot of people. I was a little dubious at first - I was really looking for a birth-to-potty option, and Tots Bots do come in two sizes, but I was assured by more than one person that the larger size could be folded down to make it suitable for a newborn, especially since I was already used to cloth nappies. I bought one to try out, and immediately fell in love with it. It was very soft, and was a perfect fit on my toddler, who tends to be tall and slim rather than chubby. I bought another half dozen, choosing the non-aplix (velcro-like fastening) version, which can be fastened with nappi nippas or pins. These are easier to fold down for the smaller baby. I have now used them on both my toddler and my newborn, and I wish I'd known about them when I first bought nappies. In addition to being easy to use, with no folding required, they wash and dry well, they fit nicely, and I have had less leaks from my newborn than I ever did when I was using disposables, in spite of him producing some spectacularly explosive offerings! In all, I would recommend Tots Bots, although for people who haven't used cloth nappies before, or who have particularly small babies, it is probably worth getting both sizes.
I had decided to start using cloth nappies at night time for my oldest, and I was recommended this nappy by people who had been using cloth for some time. So I purchased 2 and 1 air rikki wrap and I must say that I have been very happy with them. being shaped a lot like a disposable it is easy to put on fastened with Velcro (and the wrap just does up around it with poppers) First time I put it on I was a little taken aback with how much thicker than a disposable it looked but now I have got used to it I actually think they look really cute. I have been using them for about 4 weeks now and I have not had one leak (though I have had some messy nappies) my girls seem comfortable in them (I now often put both of them in them at night) and they wash easily and so far I have not had any stains. I intend to buy a couple more as 2 really is a little on the tight side (even though I only use them at night time) I showed them to a friend who was that impressed that she purchased 3 the day after and she is also very happy with them.. Only "negative" thing I can find about them is the fact that they do take a good while to dry. Not a problem if you have a tumble drier (but I don't) but as they are terry and folded and shaped they do take a while. This however is not a big problem if you are organised and get them done first thing in the morning then they are usually dry by the evening in summer weather at least.. good buy and I would highly recommend..
There are two varieties of nappy: an aplix-fastening one and a nappi nippa-fastening one. Both come in two sizes, for best fit. However, it is also possible to use the size 2 of either version as a birth to toddler nappy.