“ Brand: Nature Baby / Type: Vest Extenders „
As I use cloth nappies and many of the baby vests which are available in the shops are not designed to go over the bulkier cloth nappy, I found myself purchasing vests a size or two too big. This meant that my little girls top half was really baggy and falling off her shoulders.
When browsing through the Fill Your Pants nappy website I came across this clever little idea.
~ Cost and Availability ~
They are available from a number of different websites, but I have never seen these in any shops local to me.
They are priced around £5-6 for a packet of three. There are some cheaper available online that are not the "Nature Baby" brand, so I am unsure of the quality.
For the £5 you get three extenders which should last from birth until they are out of vests which do up under the legs.
~ Product ~
It is a very simple idea, it's a rectangle of very soft cotton, with three poppers (9mm) spaced 15mm apart, however as there is some stretch in the extender they can fit up to around 20mm apart.
The poppers fit where the vests connect between the legs, giving an extra 10cm length in the body.
They come in either white or unbleached.
I just stick these in with the normal baby wash and tumble dry on low if needed. These feel extremely well made & look like they will last a long time.
~ My Experience ~
I love these, not only does my little girl wear the more bulkier cloth nappies, she has quite a long body, but not very broad shoulders. She is 5 months old now, but on her shoulders she fits 0-3 months vests, but in length she is now too big for 3-6 months.
Previously when I put a 3-6 month vest it would pull tight on her shoulders and the front pull downed really low, leaving her with a cold chest. When you pop these on, she now fits perfectly in her 0-3 months, and her bigger ones will last us for a good few months yet.
So these are ideal not only for users of cloth nappies, but also for baby's with longer bodies. They also allow you to extend the use of the smaller vests.
My only little issue with this is the colour, they are only in white. My little girls vests are a range of colours, so I would probably prefer some coloured options. However, as they are cotton, they would be quite easy to dye, but that may prove costly if you only want one of each colour.
There is a note saying that these do not fit "Green Baby" vests, I have also found they do not fit the vest I have got from Sainsbury's. However, they fit fine on the vest I have from Tesco and Mothercare.
I suppose if you had the time and were good with sewing these would be pretty easy to make up yourself, and probably a lot cheaper, however, not being that brilliant with a sewing machine, I find these perfect.
~ Conclusion ~
I would recommend these to everyone who uses cloth nappies & people if they have an issue finding vests to fit they little one.
~ Update ~
Just to update, I have been using these for around 9 months and one has started to show a bit of wear from pulling at the popper. However, these have been daily and my daughter is quite the wriggler so do have to put up with a lot of movement. I still find these great as she has quite a long body, but narrow shoulders still, it also means that I can get longer use out of smaller vests ie she is now 1 year old (this weekend) and she still can fit into her 6-9 months vests with this extender, but is in 12-18 months clothes otherwise. For the amount of use I have got out of these I still think they are great value for money.