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Having 3 children in nappies, as you could imagine it comes at a price, a hefty one at that. Buying Pampers or Huggies is just out of the question. My bank balance could never stretch to that. So since having my son (now two years old) I decided to invest my money in cheaper brands. I have tried the basic nappies from supermarkets but above all the rest I found that boots nappies rule the other out by far.
I purchase two different sizes of boots nappies size 6 which come in a pack of 22 and are the largest size available, being suitable for children who are 16kg plus or 35lbs plus. But it goes more by the shape of your child depending on if they have a larger bum or wider hips.
I also purchase boots own branded active stretch size 4 nappies which come in a pack of 26 nappies. These are suitable for children between the weights of 7-18kg or 15-40lb. This is a large size range and they have a good stretch on them to accommodate your child's size.
They both retail for less than £5, making this excellent value for money (compared to the slightly higher branded nappies.) you can also purchase in packs approx. 55 for just under £7.00. They are currently on offer in boots, 3 for 2, cheapest free obviously! And don't forget to use your boots advantage card to receive your point, or if your registered with the boots parenting club you will receive 10 points for every pound you spend (on the baby and toddler department) instead of the normal 4 points per pound spent in store.
They come in a thin plastic, easy to open packet. The nappies and nice and tightly packed together, keeping them clean and sterile.
Upon opening the nappies, each nappy has a colourful picture on the front. The nappy is nicely lined, and stretches easily to fit around your little ones legs. The tabs are easy to open and attach to the front of the nappy with a good grip which through are rough and tumbling, crawling or climbing will hold tight.
So do the nappies work? They have a lovely thick pad on the crotch, slightly thicker than the branded nappies but do not restrict your child's movement. The thick pad is very absorbent. Both my youngest and middle child wear these to bed and they have leaked on very few occasions through the night, but normally are great at holding it in, it also absorbs well into the pad taking it away from babies skin on their bum. This reduces the amount touching the skin and reduces nappy rash.
One thing I have noticed about the boots branded nappies is that the urine starts to smell quite quickly and I would recommend wrapping them in a nappy sack and placing in an outdoor bin as soon as possible as they do not disguise the smell fantastically well. But the nappy should be removed and changed regularly to prevent nappy rash.
Overall these nappies are far by the best non branded nappies on the market and I would recommend them to any mum who is looking for a cheaper reliable brand.
Thank you for taking the time to read my review.
Terrible quality, the tabs come off and they leak all over the place, stick to pharmaceuticals Boots!!
I wrote a review yesterday on Huggies newborn nappies, and I mentioned the good experience that I had had with them so far. Well, although I had quite a few newborn nappies stocked up before having my daughter, we were going through packs quite quickly and when I was in Boots the other day, about to buy more Huggies on the 3 for 2 deal that is currently running, I noticed that the Boots own brand of newborn size 1 nappies were over £1 cheaper at £2.49 for a pack of 24 (altough the Huggies has 27 in a pack). Having always been pleased with Boots own brand quality in other things, I thought it was worth trying these.
I decided to put the nappy on during the day for the first time, rather than at night when obviously it was more important that my baby daughter sleep better and not get uncomfortable in case these nappies weren't reliable or leaked. Boots promote these nappies as being super soft with a super absorbent core, and thus should protect babies skin and keep it dry, with added layers to absorb liquid more quickly and keep moisture away. These size 1 nappies are for babies with a weight of between 4 -11 lbs, the same as Huggies, although I don't think these are as big as the huggies, and seem to be a slightly better fit certainly at the moment.
When I first took a nappy out of the pack, I have to admit I was a little disappointed and a bit sceptical about them working as they seemed a lot thinner than the Huggies, despite the claims made on the pack. As I said earlier, I used one of these nappies for the first time during the day, rather than at night and found for the first time ever that my baby's vest and babygrow were wet due to a leak. I was kicking myself that I had tried something other than the leading brands of nappies. However, since I had a pack already open I wasn't going to waste a pack of nappies and so I persevered. The strange thing is, is that I am now half way through the pack and I haven't had a leakage since and my daughter doesn't seem o complain if her nappy is just wet and so I can only presume that the nappy is absorbing the liquid well keeping her dry. I even tried one of these nappies during the night and my daughter slept soundly.
So all in all, despite a bad start, I haven't had any problem since and although I still prefer huggies, these nappies aren't a bad alternative and are a decent price and probably one that I will buy again,
This review will cover both the Active Stretch (Purple Packet) and Super Dry (Green Pack) nappies and as you will find out both in my opinion are worlds apart in performance.
These nappies are packaged in the usual plastic wrap in purple and come in packs of 25-30 depending on the size of your baby and are currently on offer for 2 packs for £8. These nappies are basically a Boots copy of the Pampers Active Fit with the same level of absorbancy and the only real difference being the characters on the front (the nappy is still purple though), slightly larger cut and more padding at the back which isn't always a bad thing. I used these nappies on my boy during the day and they were very good at containing his explosive breastfed poos and his heavy wee's and I can honestly with hand on heart state that there was never a leak whilst using these. The cut of the nappy was suitable for my son as he was very slender at 5 months but very long which caused issues with finding a nappy that didn't cause gapes or give him a builders bum/hipster front. I would recommend these nappies to parents when you're buying packs in the 30's rather than bulk buying as they do end up costing less than the Pampers as they are £6-£7 for the equivalent pack size.
These nappies are packaged in a green plastic wrapping and come as either carry packs (30-25 depending on nappy size) or economy (62-44 depending on nappy size) packs and are currently on offer 2 x carry packs for £7 or 2 economy packs for £12. These nappies are a poor attempt at copying the Pampers Baby Dry which they do not compare and I personally hated these nappies and threw an entire pack away after having consistent leaks. The nappies are made from hard/sand papery material and are bulky, poorly cut and poor in performance. The nappies are white and have a design on the front in orange and are generally quite cheap looking. My boy has used both Pampers Baby Dry and Active fit with great success and after the positive experience I had with the Boots Active Stretch I thought I would try these nappies out and to my horror I found them totally atrocious and I might as well had wrapped a bedsheet around his lower half as it would've offered better protection against wetness. The nappy when removed was absolutely soaked wet though (5-6 hours night time wear) and had leaked onto his clothes, bedding and his skin was coated in wee - I intially thought that maybe I hadn't fitted it properly but this happened again during the day and again the following night so the pack went straight into the bin. I then went back to using Pampers Baby Dry and have had absolutely no problems at all and would never try anything else.
Personally I think if you're buying a carry pack I would recommend the Active Stretch but otherwise if you're buying in bulk - I generally get Pampers Baby Dry 2 Boxes of 100 for £26 and find this a much cheaper way to get decent well designed nappies.
DO NOT TOUCH THE BOOTS SUPER DRY NAPPIES WITH A 10 ft BARGE-POLE is my conclusion
This is a review of Boots "Super dry" nappies
Now, in the 9 months since my son has been born I have tried many brands of nappies and, although Huggies seem to work the best for my son I have never had any problem with any brand. Until I tried Boots superdry nappies that is.
Where do I get them?
Well, as a Boots own brand product they are only availble in Boots, or online at www.boots.com. I purchased 2 packs of size 3 nappies each containing 62 nappies for £12. Now this is a pretty good price, two similar sized packs of Huggies are £14 in Boots and Pampers 2 for £16 so brownie points go to Boots on price.
Well they are disposable nappies so you pop them onto your darling baby and then take them off when they are "soiled".
Do they work?
The biggest thing that I want from a nappy is absorbancy, both of wee and "number twos", there is nothing worse than a "poosplosion" out the side / up the back / down the legs. AND these nappies are pretty good. Brad (my son) has done some fairly enormous poos which have been nicely contained.
They are also gentle on his skin - wee is whipped away so that the nappies feel dry even when they are really heavy, meaning a much lower chance of nappy rash.
Unfortunately like all disposable nappies these have to go to landfill. A necessary evil, but not something I am going to mark Boots down for.
So what is the problem?
Above I said I had a problem with these nappies and here it is. The sticky tapes that attach the back of the nappy to the front are attached in a really shoddy and sub standard manner. What do I mean? Well when you try to put the nappy on, one of the sticky tapes sometimes breaks off meaning that you cannot use the nappy.
Now, I am reasonable - I accept that occasionally there may be a defect in an individual nappy. BUT out of the 20 I have so far used from a pack of 62 - 5 of the nappies have broken. Those statistically minded will realise that this is 25%. Given that out of packs of Huggies and Pampers normally NONE break this is really poor quality.
So would I recommend these?
Absolutely not - they are not "cheap nappies" - at only £2 less than the much higher quality Huggies, they are a false economy.
to me, wasting disposable nappies is an absolute crime - not just from a money point of view but from the ecological impact of having to throw them away.
Avoid like the plague.
I am reviewing Boots, Super Dry Nappies, these aren't the ones that have been pictured. I have been using them for about a month now and I've finally found a nappy good enough to replace the previously brilliant but now sadly inadequate Pampers nappies.
The packaging is a simple plastic wrapper, it's a pale sage green colour with a picture of a baby on. The writing is white, clear and easy to read. The size is very obvious as it's a white number in a bright orange box. All this makes the nappies easy to locate on the shop shelf. The nappies range from 22 to 32 nappies for £3.99, dependant on the size or 44 to 62 nappies for £6.99. There is often an offer on to get three £3.99 packs for £10.00, saving you £1.97.
The nappies feel substantial, with a green stripe down either side. There is a band across the top with pictures of bears, paw prints and the size printed repeatedly across the strip. The nappies are very soft inside and smooth on the outside. The elastic is very stretchy across the back and around the legs. They are fastened with Velcro tabs that are quite secure.
Well I can say that I use these with my two youngest boys. In the course of a month I have had no leaks, no nappy rash and no nappies coming undone. The nappies last well over night.
All in all a very good nappy, much better than the current brand nappies available.
As an alternative to your branded nappies - boots own range are great!
They start with the newborn sizes and go right up to size 6, and ar ea fraction of the price of Huggies and Pampers etc.
Boots claim that they are made from supersoft materials to keep babies skin free from irritation. I was sceptical at first, but i have to say that i agree! These are great nappies and you really couldnt tell the difference from branded. They have the absorbant middle, to draw moisture away from babys skin and keeo them dry and comfy and they have good attachments to keepo them in place. They fit snugly around babys thighs to make sure that nothing leaks, but they dont pinch. Brilliant!
They are really quite cheap too - about £3 for a pack of 24. The sizes are easily identifyable - each size has a different colour packet. The bigger sizes come in an easy-up version for help with potty training.
Boots very often have deals on with these too - usually you can get extra points on your advantage card with every pack bought.
As alot of Boots also have mother and baby changing rooms - its also handy to know that these are great in case of emergency!
I just think its a shame that only Boots stock them!
I normally use Tesco or Sainsburys own brand nappies as I get them when I do my grocery shopping, or sometimes Pampers when they're on offer. Recently I have tried Boots own brand nappies as I needed something to make up the money on a christmas present order online.
I bought 3 packs of Super Dry size 5 nappies, normally £3.99 each, but on special offer at 3 for £10. That was 84 nappies for £10 compared with the Tesco equivalent also on offer at 88 nappies for £10, so a favourable comparison and much cheaper than the leading brands.
The nappies look slightly old-fashioned compared with other nappies that I have used. Not in a bad way but the tabs are square and there is a very simple pattern (two green stripes between the legs and little lions and palm trees on the waistband) which I think gives this impression.
The nappies seem a bit longer and slimmer than other nappies but although my boy is short and chubby this has not presented any problems - they fit well, with no leaks even for 12 hours overnight waking up for drinks of water. The back of the waistband is very elasticated round the middle giving the nappy a snugger fit on my boy than any other brand.
Now i have just been looking at previous reviews on boots nappies and i think i may confuse some of you here because i dont agree with the few i have just read. Personally when my little 1 was a baby the only home brand nappy i ever tried on him was boots because for some reason boots seems more trust worthy for your kids and i have to say we never had a problem with the newborn nappies i thought they were just as good as better known brands it was as my little 1 got more active we had problems as the nappy flappy bits werent very sticky and would come unstuck and sometimes fall off when my little 1 was crawling or toddling and we also found that they didnt hold much moisture and leaked relatively easily so personally i would recommend the newborn nappies and after that i wouldnt bother with them
When my baby was first born I was given a number of packs of Boots Newborn Nappies from a generous family member.
The nappies came in a yellow plastic packaging with a cute, newborn baby on the front. They were suitable for babies between 4-11lbs (my baby was around 8lbs at the time) and contained 24 nappies per pack.
I thought they would be quite good because Boots are a brand I generally trust, but sadly I was wrong.
If my baby did a wee that was left for more than half an hour (if she was asleep for example), it would leak through the nappy.
Also, as most people know newborns have very runny stools so everytime she did a poo it would leak out of the top and sides of her nappy and ruin her clothes and bedding.
Being a new first time mum I actually got quite upset about it because I thought I was doing something wrong, but before long I switched brands and had no further problems. After using my first pack of Boots Newborn Nappies I thought I had been given a bad batch but I soon realised that all of the packs were the same.
To top it off the sticky tabs snapped off about 8 seperate nappies whilst I was fastening them, which means I had to throw away around 8 brand new nappies.
On the upside the nappies were usually quite easy to fasten and seemed to fit quite well around the legs - not too tight that they dug in and not too loose that they became baggy. I recall they had a nice elephant design on too.
Boots Newborn Nappies are really reasonably priced (bordering on very cheap) at just £2.49 per pack. Not to mention the Advantage Card points and regular offers they have on.
Overall Boots Newborn Nappies didn't work for me but that's not to say they wont work for everybody (I read a couple of positive reviews on the website).
After my baby had outgrown newborn nappies I decided to give Boots Super Dry nappies a try and was very pleased with their performance - no leaks and very absorbent. They were also very easy to fasten, fitted well (nice stretchy waistband), were easy to change and of course had cute designs on.
Boots Super Dry nappies come in a green, plastic packaging and in a range of different sizes (9lbs - 35+ lbs). The amount of nappies in each pack varies depending on their size (the bigger the size, the less nappies you get in a pack) but you can look at paying £3.99 for a pack of around 32 nappies or £6.99 for a pack of around 54 nappies. They are very well priced in my opinion, especially compared to leading nappy brands.
My overall verdict is:
Yes to Boots Super Dry nappies but no to Boots Newborn nappies.
I am quite fickle with all products I use unless I find something fantastic that I love too much to change. Nappies are no different - I just go for the most economical deal!! I tend to buy nappies in bulk as they are expensive items as it is without messing around buying a small pack very regularly. I had tried Pampers, Huggies, Boots, Tesco and Asda nappies and they are all quite different.
I bought the Boots nappies to take over to France last month, when I only wanted a small amount just for a week but wanted them in a sealed sleeve (I didn't want loose nappies all over my suitcase!) so I picked up these on a multibuy offer. They were two packs for £8 and were the most economical at the time, which was the main reason for buying; also because I needed something to top up my spend to get lots of extra advantage card points - which I did. I ended up with nearly £9 worth of points that visit so effectively I could get the same deal of nappies for free!!
Anyway, I digress.
We are currently using size 4 nappies of our precious mans precious bottom. The size 4 come in a pack of either 34 or 36 (sorry can not remember exactly) and as I say were on offer at 2 for £8.
The design of the nappy is white with pale green random patterns on and small picture of a cartoon animal on the front. The sticky tabs are folded in on themselves two or three times, giving plenty of room for stretch. They do seem generous for a size 4!.
As soon as I took these nappies out of the plastic packet I noticed a rustling sound and this is very noticeable when Jake is wearing the nappy alone or with a vest or loose fitting bottoms, but not so noticable with his 'proper' clothes on. However this really puts me off, so I tend
to now use them at home only (one sleeve stayed here and one went to France in case you were wondering - nappies are double the price over there!!) as I don't want a rustly bummed boy.
They cope pretty well with messy poos - no leakages witnessed and are okay most of the time with wee. Sadly I do find that if Jake wears one of these overnight he is pretty much drenched in the morning. I don't think they tolerate 12 hours wearing very well at all.
Overall they are okay, but I would prefer to avoid these in the future and go for Tesco or Asda own brands or Pampers.
When we were camping a few weeks back, we ran out of nappies for our little lad and, as we were in town anyway, we thought that we would give Boots own nappies a try. The nappies that we got were the 'super dry' ones which come in a green bag very much like any other bag containing nappies.
The cost of a 'carry pack', which contains 30 nappies is £3.99, an economy pack contains 50 nappies and costs £6.99 on the Boots website, meaning that they are cheaper than premium brands. The size 5 nappies that my son wears are for toddlers between 11 and 25 kg (24-55 lbs). The sizing of the nappies is like any other brand of nappies, so it wont be too hard to find the correspoding nappies if you decide to give them a go.
The nappies that are in the pack in are a lot plainer looking than Huggies or Pampers, but to me that doesnt really matter-as long as it does a good job then I am fine with plain. On my son, the nappies seemed to fit him as well as the premium brands mentioned, which I was impressed with. Another thing that I was, and still am, impressed with is how absorbant they are. They can hold just as much, if not more, than the nappies we have used in the past without leaking which is a really good thing in a toddler.
Even though there aresome very good plus points to these nappies, there are a couple of reasons why I wont get these nappies again unless I am desperate. The major one for me is the fact that the nappies randomly slip down. This happens just as much when the nappy is clean on and free from any bodily functions. I always make sure that my sons nappies are fitted correctly when newly put on. Last weekend, after swimming, we were walking out of the leisure centre and the nappy started falling down for no reason, which isnt good!
The second thing I find an inconvinience is the fact that you can only get these from a Boots store or from their website. As we live closer to Tesco than to Boots, I wont bother going to Boots and as the nappies seem to have a mind of their own, then I wont be getting them from the Boots website either!
Overall, in my experience, I would not recommend these nappies as they seem to randomly fall down for no reason. They are as absorbant and fit as well as more expensive brands, but that does not make up for the fact that they make my son a flasher!
When i had my baby girl like most other first time pparents i wanted to use a well known big brand nappy for her and used huggies till she was around 1.
I only used disposables when we went out or if i had problems drying our little lambs but still there a very important part of daily life.
At around one year my little one started to have more and more leaky nappies when using huggies and for no apparent reason so i looked into other nappies and asked friends which they recommended(alot of us shop at boots so was a bit silly of me to ask really)
so off i went and bought the boots superdry nappies for the odd night time sleep if the washables werent dry in time and the active fit for when out and about.
To my suprise there really really good the super dry soak up loads! and its a good job considering how much my little one drinks, and the active fit ones stay put on even the wriggliest of babies.
Defiantly worth a try if you cant always afford the big name brands
I have 3 children, so over the last 6 years have been through a very high amount of what we call 'bum covers'.
When my oldest was born, we just automatically decided that we had to use one of the big name brands, and picked Huggies. We carried on using Huggies when our second daughter was born, and up until she was about 15 months old, when I noticed that every time I went to buy nappies the price was increasing rapidly.
Having had enough, I decided to shop around. We found a good brand elsewhere, but by the time our third daughter was born the brand had been discontinued. One day I popped into Boots, and picked up a packet of nappies to try, and havent gone back since.
The type of Boots nappies we are on at the moment come in a deep purple packaging. They are called Active Fit, and have a picture of a toddler in a nappy on the front. We are currently using size 4+, but they go up to a 5, and start at Newborn, although newborn sizes come in yellow packaging. The sizes and weights are clearly labelled on the front of the packet, along with lots more information on how the nappies work. The nappies are also very compacted into the bag so as to not increase any waste rubbish from them.
The nappies are white, with a pale lilac trim round the leg and down the 'bum' and there is also a cute little picture along the waistband. They have a stretch fit to make the fit around the legs more comfortable and flexible, and the waistband is also stretchy. The fastens are almost like a velcro type fastening, but once stuck down they hold in place very well. They look good, they are practical, flexible and work well.
I think these Boots nappies are better than the top branded rivals by miles. They are a lot more flexible, the evidence is there when my daughter is running and climbing! The fasten doesnt slip, or need re doing, it holds very well. And the best thing is we have never had any leakages! We go from 6.30pm till about 7.30 in the morning with no change and the nappy holds everything in. We never get leaky legs, or anything escaping out the back!!
I highly recomend Boots nappies, we will continue using them right through to pull ups are done with. And at £4.99 for a bag of 25 nappies, you cant complain!
I tried boots nappies when they were on a deal and worked out very cheaply, i also earnt advantage points which further reduced the price. They were definitely not worth the money! Overall they cost a tiny bit less than tesco own brand nappies and i used size 4+ for my 2 children who were in nappies at the time. Daughter was 23mths ish and son around 7mths. I found them to be really bad value for money.
During the day they were ok although i seemed to be changing the children a lot more frequently as the absorbency was very low and they would only hold around 3 wee's. Although they were a nice feel with a pretty pattern they were bulky and my older child did not like wearing them (which probably helped her to decide to start using the toilet as she was potty training at 2!
Night times were much worse and both children woke up with wet clothes from leaking nappies so added to the fact i was changing them more frequently i was being woken in the night by the older child and my laundry bill was higher, along with a bath every morning to get the wee off their skin. As soon as i had used them up i went back to tesco nappies!