“ Brand: BumGenius / Type: Nappies „
With my first child, born in 2001, I had a little interest in cloth nappies but never found enough information about them or places that sold them, so we used disposables all the way. With the birth of my second child this year I decided we were going to go the cloth route as they seem to be becomming more popular and are much easier to find now. Many councils promote the use of "real nappies" now, where I live they offer a £30 cash back incentive if you fill out a form which is then signed by your health visitor. Most areas have similar schemes running.
Upon deciding that cloth was the way to go, I had a good look around on the internet and was completely overwhelmed by the choices availiable. If you think of cloth nappies as being the old fashioned terry squares with pins and plastic pants, then it's time to think again. I built up a stash of different types of nappies to see which ones I liked best. I have terry squares, pre-folds, fitted nappies and a range of pretty covers to go with these. But my favorites in my stash have to be the bumgenius all in one nappies.
BumGenius all in one nappies are designed to adjust with your baby as they grow so that they can be used from birth until potty training. This is achived with stretchy fastening tabs, a wide velcro strip at the front allowing you to fasten the tabs wherever needed and sets of poppers on the front which allow you to adjust the rise of the nappy to suit the size of the baby. It is worth noting that all babies grow at different rates and if you have a small newborn or a large toddler then you might find problems with fit, but anything in between this should be fine. My son was born 9lbs 1oz and so I haven't had the problem of him being too small for the nappies to fit nicely, the reccomended weight for the nappies is 7-35lbs.
The nappies consist of a shell and an insert. The shell is waterproof on the outside (but not plasticy feeling) and has a soft lining inside, between the outer part and the lining there is a pocket in which you place an insert. The nappies come with two different inserts, a newborn insert and a thicker one. You can put either one of the inserts, or even both of them into the pocket depending on how much absorbency you need.
Caring for the nappies isn't difficult at all, no soaking or boil washes in sight! The dirty nappies simply need to be stored in a bucket with a mesh liner or a wet bag until you do a wash load. You should separate the insert from the shell before washing, I do this before putting the nappy in the bucket sothat when it's time to wash I have no messing about. When you have enough nappies for a wash load you just put the mesh or wet bag with the nappies straight into the machine. A 60 degree cycle is reccomended, some people wash lower than this though. I find that washing the nappies on a cool pre wash cycle helps to prevent things staining and then washing at 40 degrees with a little nappy sanitiser added to the washing powder works for me.
I initially bought just one of these nappies to try and quickly decided I loved it, so I now have several of these nappies and use them mainly at nightime or when I am going to be out of the house for a while. There are oh so many reasons that I love these nappies and even my friends who initally thought I was crazy for using cloth have come round to the idea after seeing these.
Money is a big advantage to these nappies. Other types of cloth nappy tend to be cheaper than all in ones, but they are still cost effective and do have advantages over other types of cloth that make the price worthwhile for most people. You pay on average £14 per BumGenius all in one nappy (a disposable costs on average around 16p per nappy, obviosuly depending on brand and size). Although the initial payout might be high, you only have to pay it once for something that will last you until potty training, unlike dispoasables which need buying every week and it doesn't take long to work out that in the long run cloth is the cheaper option. If like me you choose to use reusable wipes too then you save even more money. Also, there is no need for nappy bags, so again,you save even more!
The next big advantage for me is that my baby is comfortable. I have had no problems with nappy rash at all whilst using these nappies, they are soft next to my babies skin (have you ever felt a dispoasble? They are itchy/scratchy feeling and paper or plastic feeling around the legs and midriff, imagine wearing one yourself all day every day, not nice!) and they are effective at keeping him dry. My son is what you would call a "heavy wetter" and I have never had problems with leaks or the nappy feeling too wet even after night time use due to being able to adjust the absorbency to suit our needs. I have also never had problems with explosive poo, way too many times during the first week where I was using disposables I found that the nappy just didn't contain everything. I'm sure I'm not the only parent to find that not only do I have a dirty nappy to change, but also everything else the baby is wearing due to everything going all up baby's back! This was a common problem with my daughter when using disposables too, no matter what brand we tried.
Other advantages are that I never have to worry about running low on nappies, it's a good talking point to help you make friends with other parents (everyone always has lots of questions about cloth nappies), I don't have to deal with nasty smells (pop them in the bucket and close the lid and all the smells stay in the bucket, put a few drops of tea tree oil in the bucket and you don't even get nasty smells when you open it up again, yet disposables lying about even in nappy bags smell horid!) and they look so much nicer than disposables (they come in a range of solid colours to suit boys or girls).
If all that wasn't enough to convince you just how wonderful these nappies are, then there are also big environmental advantages to using them. Disposable nappies take up huge amounts of land fill space (an average of 8 nappies a day, over 2-3 years, just one child makes so much waste!) and nappies are toxic waste that takes 200-500 years to decompose! I may use my washing machine a little more, but that is not using up half as much energy as producing and distributing the amount of disposable nappies I would need.
I am yet to find any disadvantages to using these nappies.
Overall I think this is a wonderful, well designed product that I would urge anyone with children in nappies to try.
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I have followed the care instructions to the letter, all the advice on how to put these nappies on (as on their main web site) and these nappies leak-BIG TIME.They were so-so until my son reached about 4 mnths; contained most of it's contents, but already showing a tendency to leak out the leg. After he reached around 4mnths they did nothing but leak- from the leg, sometimes out the back and bizarrely even out the label at the side. I have to change them every 2hrs MAX. It's true that sometimes the nappies are sodden, however it's also true that often they are not.I've switched to disposables at night as these nappies can't cope with his 12 hr sleeps!
I have a few of these Bumgenius Version 3 in my nappy collection, and I have recently increased the quantities due to my daughter growing out of some of her other nappies. I chose to get more of this particular type because I have come to the conclusion that they are actually the best reusable nappy out there. Without a shadow of a doubt.
When I received my first Bumgenius, I was really pleased with the way it looked; it seemed to be an extremely well thought-out design, made from high quality materials, and looked like it would last the distance. It is a 'birth to potty' nappy so these factors are very important.
The Bumgenius V3 is a birth to potty pocket nappy. The phrase 'birth to potty' simply means that the nappy is designed to fit a newborn baby as well as a toddler, i.e. it grows with your child from birth, until they are potty trained, so you don't need to buy any other nappy as your child grows (as long as you have a good supply of these!)
The way you adjust the sizing is by a series of poppers across the front which alter the rise of the nappy, and these allow the nappy to have 3 different size settings; so you have small, medium and large. The Velcro fastening around the waist is also very adjustable so this easily fits around a newborn's tummy as well as a podgy toddler.
Then the 'pocket' part of the nappy is a pocket (the gap between the fleece liner and the nappy outer) where you stuff the absorbent material. This nappy comes supplied with two inserts, a small one for a newborn, and a large one which can be adjusted 2 sizes down depending on what setting you have the nappy on. I currently use them both together (with the large insert on the medium setting) as my daughter is 22 months old, so she needs a good absorbent nappy, but either can be used separately depending on the absorbency needed for your child.
**Appearance and Fit**
If you like jazzy patterned nappies, then maybe you won't be impressed with the way the Bumgenius looks because they are very plain. But they do come in a range of pastel shades; I have a nice pale pink one and a butternut one. They are nothing spectacular, but you cannot deny that they look nice.
As I said earlier, I was very impressed with the look and feel of the nappy, especially the outer cover, it seems just that bit more high quality and robust than a lot of other nappies I have tried. And the soft fleecy inner which sits next to your baby's bottom felt really soft, and would be nice and comfortable for baby. Anyway, once I had adjusted it to the correct size for my daughter (she is about 24lbs but tall and slim so I had it on the medium setting), I laid her down and positioned it around her bum. As it's a pocket nappy, there is only one piece to fit (just like a disposable), and the way the nappy is designed made it really easy to get a snug fit, it sits nice and secure around her waist (with plenty to spare if she puts a lot of weight on!), and the elasticated legs are also really snug with no gaping when she moves.
Once on, the nappy looked great, it looked really neat and tidy with no lumps or bumps anywhere, it didn't restrict her in any way at all and she seemed really comfortable wearing it. It really is a lovely looking nappy. But, no matter how *good* the nappy looks and fits, the most important thing is the way it performs.
First impressions last, and the first time I used this nappy I remember thinking it was unbelievable how reliable it really was. I have been through my fair share of pocket nappies, and if I'm honest most of them have left me feeling very disappointed (apart from the Thirsties Duo Diaper - see review), but this one has been a gem right from the start.
The inserts are obviously extremely absorbent and hold onto the moisture really well. But not only that, the outer cover is a work of art because even when the inserts are saturated (and I mean COMPLETELY drenched when I have forgotten to change her soon enough...) the cover still manages to hold the moisture at bay. And even when the nappy is at saturation point, there is no sagging as you would get in many other nappies. This one stays very neat around the bottom despite holding onto vast quantities of urine. It's amazing and has really surprised me with how brilliantly it works.
The fact that I can forget to change her just shows that it's an amazing nappy, because if I forgot to change a different nappy, the proof would be all over her trousers...
**Washing and Drying**
Washing these nappies is easy. Simply drop any solids into the loo, remove the inserts from the outer cover and store them all in a bucket until you have enough dirty nappies to form a load. Once you have enough to wash, just wash them with non-bio on whatever wash cycle you see fit (I usually do a prewash or an extended standard wash, depending on soilage). The recommended temperature is 40 degrees but you can wash them up to 60 if you think it necessary. I sometimes do a 60, but more often than not I wash them at 40 degrees, and I usually do an extra rinse, just to make sure I've washed all the soap suds away.
I have been surprised at how well the nappies have survived numerous washes. Obviously the inserts didn't take very long to turn dull and greyish, but the covers have remained in the same condition as when I bought them. There has been no bobbling or deterioration whatsoever and this has really impressed me because many other nappy covers do tend to lose their colour or start to attract fluff, but so far these have managed to avoid any of this.
The drying time is also pretty impressive. The nappy cover (as with most nappy covers) dries within a couple of hours, on the line or inside on an airer (they take a lot less time than this on a hot day). The inserts take quite a bit longer than that but I think they still dry out in a reasonable amount of time. Take today for instance, we've had no sunshine and no wind, and yet they dried within about 6 hours outside on the line. I think that's quite good timing; it's something I'm happy with anyway.
For someone who has been through numerous different types, brands and sizes of nappy, this one most definitely comes out on top in every way possible. At the moment, there are only 3 brands of nappy in my collection which I will put my full support behind, and this is the first one on the list, the second being the Close Parent Bamboo Pop-In, and the third being the Thirsties Duo Diaper.
But for the ease of use, fit, appearance, and all round performance of the Bumgenius V3, it really is a winner, and it's a nappy that anyone could use and not struggle with. There really are no excuses not to use this nappy.
The Bumgenius V3 has since been updated to a V4, but as far as I can tell the only difference is that they have added more colours to the range, they fit a wider size range, and you now have the choice of poppers to fasten at the waist as well as Velcro. The all round performance, fit and looks remain the same.
And with this being updated, stocks of the V3 are currently on sale on many baby websites. I have just bought a couple more for around £11 each, so if you want one cheap you'd better hurry!
Or failing that just put a search into Google for Bumgenius V3 and something is bound to pop up.
The Version 4 retails for around £14.99 and can be found on many baby websites.
We had decided before my son was born that we would use resuables. I spent absolutely ages pouring over different websites as to which ones were the best and went to a demonstration evening. In the end, we decided on BumGenius. My local council also gave us £25 cashback as an incentive - well worth checking out. We bought about 20 of the V2 nappies and thought they were wonderful - at first. We were told that they were birth to potty and would even last for a 2nd or 3rd child. They didn't - they failed after about 14 months. The elastic went at the side and they were leaking after every change as they weren't waterproof anymore.
I did a few calculations and worked out that it was still just as cheap in the long run to buy another set of reusables at this point. Also, I hoped that they might last for another baby in the future. I estimated that it would cost about 40p every time I washed a load including washing powder, electricity e.t.c without the cost of the actual nappies. I think this is probably even a overestimate but you get the rough idea.
So I complained and got 15 V3 nappies at a very good price because I didn't want to give up on reusables and hadn't seen a bad review of the V3.
They come in a great variety of colours and look really snazzy. People do a double take when I tell them I have resuables as they picture the old terry towelling squares and a load of hassle but these really aren't hard work. The V3 come with an outer which is waterproof on the outside but allows liquid in through the fleecy side. There are 2 inserts, one supposed to be for newborn but I tend to use it with the bigger insert if we are going out as it lasts longer between changes. The size can be adjusted with poppers growing as your little does. The easy to fasten velcro straps make then just as easy to put on as disposibles and they aren't too bulky.
I use a nappy liner with each one so generally any pooh is easy to lift out with the liner. (Although messy ones always somehow find their way to the side!) I then pull the inserts out and put them and outer into a dry nappy bin lined with a mesh bag ready for washing. The bin can smell after a few nappies but a few drops of tea tree oil usually does the trick. I wash them about every 3 - 4 days on 60 degrees. Every now and then I do an extra rinse as they can get clogged up with detergent which reduces the absorbancy. You should only use a third to a quarter of your normal dose of powder/liquid and never use fabric conditioner or stain remover. Mine go on the radiators in winter for about an hour before they are dry and on the line in better weather for about the same time.
I use a Tots Bots Bamboozle nappy at night as the V3 just isn't up to the task of lasting all night without becoming soaking.
I've had the V3 for about 4 months now and I am hoping that they don't go the same way as the V2. So far so very good though so I have high hopes!
Bumgenius are a cloth nappy. But not a cloth nappy like you know! Gone are the days where you spend hours folding terry towling squares and using nappy pins. Gone are the days of big plastic knickers.
Welcome to the world of the Bumgenius. They are a fab nappy - they are what's called a pocket nappy. This means exactly what it says on the tin - there is a pocket inside where you stuff absorbent material. They have a waterproof layer underneath the pocket which ensures they don't leak and a soft lining which keeps baby's bottom dry, allowing any wetness to go to the absorbent bit.
The absorbent bit consists of 2 layers of microfleece which work fantastically. The nappy does up with velcro and has poppers on the front which allow the size of the nappy to be changed to fit both a newborn and a toddler alike. The size ranges from 7lb to 35lb and I completely agree with this - my one week old son was put into BG's and is still now in them at 15 months with plenty of growing room.
It is my staple nappy that I always reach for in the nappy box if I want reliability and cuteness alike. They come in a range of colours which are all gorgeous.
These nappies are the closest you get to disposable nappies and therefore are completely dad and nan proof! I would definitely recommend these nappies. And they are great value for money.
Bum genius is a pocket nappy, pocket nappies are the nappies most similar to disposables. They consist of a PUL outer (Polyurethane laminate is a breathable waterproof fabric) and come with a newborn insert and a standard insert with each nappy.
I started using these with my newborn from 5 weeks, they do say from birth (7lbs) even though my little one was 7lbs at birth these were still too big so I waited a little while.
Even at 8 weeks old these were still large on the waist think Simon Cowell. However these have been a great nappy, the only down side being that if your little one, like mine is slender, especially around the leg, then be prepared or a few nappy explosions, as the elastic around the leg fits better when baby puts a little weight on, but I did not find this any different than with the leading disposables that we used in the weeks prior.
Poo explosions are more so in breast fed babies. The BGs have contained messy poo really well, which surprised me. So I'd say from 4 weeks you should be fine to use them, as long as the elastic fits snugly around the legs to keep any mess in.
The other negative of these nappies is that if you do not use a drier like myself the inserts can take a long time to dry, however the outer itself dries very quickly. My remedy has been to buy more inserts, especially bamboo inserts/boosters as they are very absorbent for a heavy wetter.
Boosters are pads of material which can be inserted into nappies to increase their absorbency. This is particularly useful if you wish your nappy to last a night. They can be made of many different materials including, cotton, hemp, bamboo, and micro fibre.
I dry pail in a bucket, lined with a laundry mesh, which has a locking lid to keep the smells in...When there are about 12 in there (I have a stash of 20) I bung them in the wash
I put a few drops of tea tree oil on a sanitary towel and stick it to the bottom of the bin lid to keep any potential smells at bay.
I wouldn't wet pail as these nappies have the waterproofing attached, and it can shorten their useful life. If you do want to wet pail, just wet pail the pads not the outer. It's the pads that get detergent build up anyway and not the outer.
A cold rinse followed by either 40/60 depending on how heavily soiled they are, se a non bio powder but not tablets as you only need about 1/4 of the normal amount you would use and that's for a full load (I personally use soap flakes as my daughter has sensitive skin)
Some people don't bother to rinse again, but personally i re rinse as soap build up on the inserts will reduce absorbency and result in leaks.
DO not be tempted to use stain removers on these nappies as it will reduce absorbency, the best way to get them white again is to simply line dry in the sun and i like me you do not live in a sunny climate (who does in the UK) simply hang to dry in the window on a clothes airier as the sunlight bleaches them back to being white, takes a little longer indoors, I did not believe it myself but have been doing it this way during our rainy summer
You can tumble dry the inserts but on a low setting, the only thing I would not tumble dry is my PUL outer as it can ruin them
Most websites have specials on Bum genius if you buy more. If you buy more than 15 they're approximately 13.64 each.
Council schemes - a lot of councils run nappy schemes (but not all) if interested in using reusable nappies worth giving them a call and asking
One month free trial with a nappy laundry service
2 week trial using home laundry kit (can then claim a £30 voucher at the end of the trial to spend on reusable nappies- £30 returnable deposit or this option)
Apparently you save £600 from birth to potty using cloth. This takes into account washing costs. Can't remember where I saw this. Obviously the savings are more on second and subsequent children
The real savings come if you don't tumble dry. Washing machines are pretty efficient (especially modern A-rated ones), but tumble dryers are really electricity-guzzling.
If you tumble dry all your nappies, then there is still a small cost saving, but nowhere near as much.
Don't forget that kids raised in cloth usually get out of nappies a bit earlier than those in disposalbles too (they don't lose the association between peeing and being wet, so potty training is usually easier). There are savings to be made there too.
Welcome to the cloth nappy addict.
I first found out about cloth nappies after speaking on a cloth nappy forum to some mums and i just bought one Bumgenius Nappie in blue.
it arrived and it went on. 4 hours later Ben was still dry. i thought wow, and that was 2 years ago and 70 cloth nappies later i always go for this nappy
In the UK we through over 8 billion disposable nappies away each year.
so i wanted to do my little bit for the environment and use cloth nappies.
buy 15 nappies and you will save £1000 in the 2.5 years of using these.
The Bumgeniuse Nappy is a one size - this fits birth to toddler
it adjust in size via poppers on the font. it says it fits from 7lb but i had this nappy on my 10 week perm baby when he was 7 weeks old at 5lb and fitted great.
This is what they call a pocket nappies it has a pocket at the back of the nappies that runs all along the nappies this is were the insert in placed in to the nappy.
The nappy has a water proof layer in which means no nasty plastic wraps.
it comes with two microfiber inserts one is small one that you use for your new born days (mean baby will not have such a huge cloth nappy bum)
Larger one that you adjust again small med and large - you adjust these via the poppers on the insert. you use this insert in the nappy from about 9-10lb.
you adjust the nappy to the size you need and place the insert in to the nappy. and just place the nappy on to the baby.
The nappy is set up like a disposable - Velcro taps. you just adjust the Velcro to fit the child.
it comes to changing Nappie you take off like a disposable nappy and dispose of the waist down the toilet and place in a nappy bucket.
Comes to washing take your nappies
place in washing machine
add 1/4 of washing powder
tumble dry on low heat or line dry - quick drying
Easy as 1,2,3
I use these full time on 2 children, my husbands uses these
both grandmas and both great grandma's use these.
one you tried these you will not go back.
My two children will never been seen in any other nappy but a bumgenius nappy
If you think cloth nappies are still big terry towelling ones you fold and pin then struggle to put on the waterproof pants these make you think again. A bumgenius nappy exactly like a disposable and that includes trying to get a good fit on a wriggly baby. The nappy has a sewn on outer waterproof layer that comes in several colours or plain boring white. It's a birth to potty nappy that poppers up from a small, to a medium or large fit. This makes it a very economical choice compared to the sized nappies. You only need to wash it once before use compared to other nappy fabrics like hemp or bamboo that need several washes to increase absorbancy.
They come with 2 microfibre booster pads including a slim one for a newborn so the nappy isn't too bulky. A thicker booster pad is also included that's size adjustable to fit the nappy in all 3 sizes. You can also fold it to give extra absorbancy in front (for a boy) or the back (for a girl).
The velcro tabs make getting a tight fit round the tummy and legs easy to avoid leaks. I didn't have many problems with leaking bf explosive poo either (can't say the same for the disposables he was in first!) The fleece lining keeps my son's bum really dry too even overnight. The pocket is big enough for extra boosting if you have a heavy wetter.
Washing is easy pull the booster pad out, attach the velcro to the laundry tabs on the inside and dry pail in a laundry bag held in a bucket (chuck the lot in the machine without touching the nappies!)
The fleece lining does stain slightly from bf poo but this always comes out when hung in the sun for a couple of hours. And after a few washing cycles mine have always come out nice and white again. Also most nappy rash creams block the fleece lining and make leaks more likely, but using a disposable liner or extra fleece liner with them gets rid of this problem.
I love these nappies and the best part is you can either use them again on your next or sell them - they keep quite a high second hand value. You can get these nappies from lots of independent nappy shops but they are also stocked in argos and mothercare.
My son is now 13 months old after use every day they still look as good now as they did when I bought them. They have fitted him perfectly and still do. The only disaster is when he has no bodysuit on he can undo the velcro tabs and the only time he's done it made a really horrible mess. I have rarely had a leak even with smooshy teething poo. I really can't rate these enough.
We started using these when my daughter was 10wks old. We had tried a few different types of cloth nappy, and this was by far the best for us.
She was a very skinny 9lb when we started with them and at first the insert was too bulky on the 2.0 so we used hemp in the pocket instead.
The 3.0 solves this problem by providing a newborn insert, which we now use as an extra boosting layer as my daughter is 18months and needs more absorbency.
I love this nappy for it's ease of use- it's no different than putting on a disposable, and the poppers for adjusting the rise make it easy to find the right fit for your child. They dry overnight, much faster than any of my other cloth nappies, and they aren't too big and bulky under clothes. I have yet to buy a size bigger than needed to accommodate these nappies.
My only reservation is for newborn use. I tried them on my son when he was born and the legs weren't tight enough to hold his breastfed poo. He was a good 8lb 5oz size too. Perhaps they've stretched a bit from use with my daughter and a new one wouldn't be a problem? I'm still not sure I'd recommend them to new parents though.
My daughter's nursery has been happy to use them as they're so easy to work with, and even my father-in-law can work them out! A great option if you want others to use them for you.
I have used many reusable nappy brands and my husband and I agree that Bum Genius is by far the easiest, it's as easy to use as a disposable, but much better for the land fill sites.
These nappies retail around £15 each and can be used from newborn to when you little one is potty trained. The snap poppers at the front is a great system so you can adjust the waist height of the nappy for a newborn, and the Velcro sides are the same as disposables, so you can adjust the tummy size.
My son has skinny legs and we found disposables leaked, but with the great fir you get from a bum genius, we no longer have this problem.
We use nappy lines to ensure the solid waste is flushable, then just pop the nappy in the nappy bin (with a drop of eucalyptus oil to keep it smelling fresh) and wash when you have 7 or 8 used nappies.
I don't think you can beat the sight of a baby in a reusable nappy and I'd use Bum genius above other reusable's as they are so easy to use and when you're done you can sell them on. Win Win!
I spent many an hour researching reuseable nappies, and my first trial of them nearly put me off altogether. However, I was then recomended Bumgenius by a friend and am a complete convert.
Bumgenius V3 are a birth to potty nappy meaning they can be used from the moment your baby is born until they are potty trained, without the need to keep buying new sizes. The nappy can be 'poppered' into 3 different sizes using rows of press studs on the outer and inner parts.
They are a pocket style nappy, composing of the waterproof outer part which is stuffed with an absorbent inner. The nappy comes complete with a multi-size microfleece inner plus a smaller newborn insert which can also be used as a booster. You can in fact stuff the nappy with anything absorbent, friends have used muslins, hemp inserts and microfibre cleaning cloths to name a few.
The nappies are very easy to use. After washing, the inserts can be pre-stuffed into the outers so you have a supply ready. They then go on just like a disposable, with velcro fastening. They look very comfy on my baby, and don't leave nasty red marks on her legs and tummy like some nappies can.
I store used nappies in a bucket with a couple of drops of tea tree oil to keep them smelling fresh, and don't notice any nast smells. I have 16 nappies and tend to need to wash them about every 36 hours.
I wash the nappies with half the usual amount of detergent, on a 40 wash or sometimes a 60 wash if they are heavily soiled. I occasionally give them an extra rinse to avoid detergent build up which can reduce their absorbency.
They dry really quickly, which is a great bonus to me as we don't have a tumble dryer. The outer parts are almost dry when they come out of the machine, and the inners will dry overnight.
So far I haven't found any bad points about these nappies. Obviously there is the initial outlay (we paid under £200 for 15), but I have no worries about recouping this cost in time. Of the 8 of us in my antenatal group, 5 of us are now using these particular nappies, on girls and boys of varying shapes and sizes.
They really are wonderful, simple to use, not much bulkier than a disposable, much less smelly than disposables, very absorbent and last just as long as disposables (in fact I have more leaks with disposables when I occasionally use them) and look quite funky in their various colours too.
One size fits 7 to 35 pounds. Stretchy tabs and highly absorbent.