“ Type: Nappies „
I am completely aware that some mothers still see cloth nappies as old fashioned, expensive, unhygienic, a hippy trend, or something similar, but I think that it is 100% worth researching into cloth nappies if you have a baby or are expecting. There is so much information and advice available out there for free on the Internet and in magazine articles regarding non disposable modern cloth nappies, and I think that many parents (and even non-parents) would be horrified to learn exactly how many horrible chemicals are lurking in modern day disposable nappies.
For example, did you know that many disposable nappies contain a byproduct of CHLORINE?! This has been proven to cause a whole host of problems including hormonal imbalances and liver damage - oh, and it is a known carcinogenic. Other harmful materials and "ingredients" used to make disposable nappies include sodium polyacrylate which can cause skin irritation & staph infections. It has actually already being banned from women's tampons, so why the manufacturers think its alright to use in nappies I don't know! It really winds me up. BPA is also found in many disposable nappies. This is most probably the most recognisable chemical to most people because of the many warnings and headlines about it and all of the BPA-free marketing surrounding dummies and bottles.
BPA might just seem like 3 obscure letters, however it has been proven to cause a range of health problems. As well as containing harmful chemicals, which could potentially effect a baby's health, disposable nappies also effect the environment. According to an article that I read recently, over 5 millions tonnes of untreated waste including urine, feces, plastic and paper from disposable nappies is added to landfill each year. The information that I have mentioned above allowed me to become more conscious about the chemicals in regular nappies and the awful impact that they have on the environment. My son was only a few weeks old when I first began looking into cloth nappies, and at first I was completely lost. I had no idea what dioxins were and I did initially steer away from cloth nappies because they seemed so expensive. Because Kai had such a bad time with nappy rash though I eventually made the transition from disposable to cloth by the time he was around 2 months.
You're probably thinking how unhygienic and gross it is to put a baby in a cloth nappy. I used to think the same, but you'd be amazed how secure they are and we never had any leakages! When I first bought Kai his first set of 6, I was surprised to find that they literally are pieces of cloth. It took a lot of folding & fiddling around with to master the art of getting the nappy onto Kai properly, but once I was used to it, it didn't take long at all. Most cloth nappies are snap in one, but some are all in one. Snap in one basically means that the nappy will come with a shell & inserts, while an all in one cloth nappy means that it'll come with the absorbent pads inside already to you will not need to put the nappy together before using it. Over the period of Kai's baby hood, we used both. I personally prefer snap in ones but there are disadvantages & advantages to both. With the snap in ones there is that slight bit more effort needed to assemble it, with the advantage being the drying time being slightly quicker.
I used to just take out the insert and change them when Kai was wet while using the same shell, which made it possible to manage on just 6 nappies for the first few months. I wouldn't have been able to manage with any less personally and most people will need at least 10. Now with the all in one nappies, I'd of had to take off the entire nappy and washed it then left it to dry for 3 hours, which is why I prefer the snap in. Now for the sizing, there are several sizes available in this range of cloth nappies, and I decided to get the one size fits all which I am not sure is still available because I bought them over a year ago. The one size fits all is suitable for newborns to toddler age, so you get so much use out of them! Kai was a big baby and by time we got around to buying his cloth nappies he was 2 months. The one size fits all nappies didn't bulk him out too much, so there was no difficulty fitting his clothes over them.
However, some people tend to prefer the more accurate sized nappies and argue that they are less likely to leak, but as I said we never had any problems with the OSFA, so don't be put off by any negative things said about them. I do think that they are less bulky, but I think the bulky baby butt look was pretty adorable and the nappies didn't effect how his clothing fitted. Now, you're probably guessing what actually happens to the poop. Where does It go.. does it get stuck to the fabric and stain it? Well before Kai was on solids his poop was very runny and therefor impossible to transfer from the nappy and into the toilet to be flushed away. So, the simple answer was to buy some flushable liners and use those. I did find them to be fiddly, so after a few packs of flushable liners I decided the cheaper and less time consuming method would be to scrub the non flushable liner down and then wash it.
This stage really didn't last for too long, by time Kai was 6 months he was on solids & (thank goodness) had solid poop which I was able to plop into the toilet and flush away - much less gross! But, how do you actually wash the cloth nappies and liners? Going by my own experience (there are several different methods), I would scrub the poopy nappies then leave to soak to get the germs etc out. Wet nappies would be rinsed to avoid urine being transferred into the washing machine. I'd then fiddle around with the washing machine settings and do a pre wash to get rid of any gunk & then do a washing cycle which cleaned them thoroughly.
Now, onto the price. I paid about £10 for each nappy. I unfortunately didn't manage to get any of them on offer but I know that there are often discounts and promotions available on this brand of cloth nappies, and bundles can be found slightly cheaper. We got our money's worth and would probably have spent even more had we used disposables so it worked out as very good value.
This is not the best pocket nappy on the market, but i would say it is definately one of the best for a good, basic, no frill cloth nappy.
This is a pocket nappy that does not need a separate wrap. That means it is reall easy to use, and once stuffed is exactly like a disposabe nappy to put on, but you do it up with poppers instead of velcro. the ease of use makes this a really good option to give to others who look after your chils such as grand poarents or nursery, if you stuff it before hand.
The colours are great, with a large choice.
I love this nappy because they come in different sizes, which means it is easier to get a good fit, than with a one size nappy. You can also adjust the absorbancy to get it right for your child, i found there was plenty of room in the pocket to add extra stuffing (which you can buy especially or improvise by using household microfibre cloths!)
When your little one has grown out of the nappy they also have quite a good resale value, enabling you to make back some of the initial outlay.
I found siz medium to be an excellent all round fit, from about 7 months until 2 years - i mistakenly moved up to large but it wasn't as snug fitting as the mediums and we had a few leaks. My son is quite a skinny little thing (gets it from his Dad!), but with the small and medium Fuzzis i never had a leak - they are pretty much bomb proof in my experience, once you have got the fit and the stuffing right - i would recommend having more inserts than you need of different kinds so you can find the stuffing that works best for you (you can buy many types of insert separately).
I think these are a great nappy, well worth the money, and great for others to use.
I have a couple of fuzzi bunz nappies but they aren't my favourite pocket nappies. For a start they are sized nappies and I prefer to buy the one size pockets that you can use from birth to potty. However I wanted to try them because it's boring having all the same!
I can get a nice fit on my son with these nappies and there is enough flexibility with the poppers to make sure that there is a good fit around the legs. They are quite slim fitting too which is more important with boys I think because of the trouser situation. I can fit elasticated waist trousers over them no problem.
The colour range is lovely, which I think is important for reusable nappies because white is boring!! I have been dull and bought the periwinkle for my son though so I can't talk. I think the print version with daisies on it would be lush for a girl, and there are 4 other print designs: zoo, trains, under the sea and pink gingham. The colours are fab from bright orange to girly pink to a lovely turquoise.
I only bought one brand new the other one I have is pre-loved. The elastic on my pre-loved is still really tight so there are no leaks.
I would recommend using fuzzi's. I wish I had a one size version, but they are good work horse cloth nappies. If you are after a good pocket nappy then it would be worth trying these. I only docked it one star for the fact they are sized which is mean!!
I bought mine new from www.babykind.co.uk which is an excellent nappy stockist, and pre-loved from www.clothnappytree.co.uk in the classified section. New they cost about £12 it's worth a look at www.nappyzone.co.uk because orders over £35 have free postage at the moment.
To be honest I'm going to start on a downer and say that I am not really that impressed with this nappy.
I decided to start trying Pocket Nappies on my two year old because although she is potty trained during the day, she still wears nappies for her daytime nap and overnight. The terry squares I have do not stretch around her fat tum anymore, and I really didn't want to go down the disposable route.
So I thought I would try a few pocket nappies which can be stuffed with what ever I have to hand, such as a terry square, or with the inserts they are supplied with, and see how we get on.
I did a lot of research and decided on trying the Fuzzi Bunz first, the main reason being the price - I paid £10.99 for the nappy including one insert which is quite a bit cheaper than some of the other pocket nappies out there. But I've noticed the prices really vary depending on where you look.
The Fuzzi Bunz is a pocket style nappy (as already mentioned) and comes in different sizes (small medium and large), I chose large. It is made up of a soft waterproof outer layer (PUL) and has a layer of soft fleece inside. The fleece is lovely a soft next to babies skin and wicks away any moisture, thus keeping their bottoms dry.
Between the fleece and the PUL is a pocket where you stuff your absorbant material. You can put as much or as little into this pocket depending on the occasion (i.e. are they wearing it over night (stuff as much as you can in there) or are they wearing during the day, not much stuffing is needed for regular daytime changing). This particular nappy came with one microfibre insert which can last for about 2 hours before becoming saturated.
The legs of the nappy are gently elasticated to ensure a comfortable fit around your baby's legs, avoiding those tell tale red marks that some nappies tend to leave!!
The nappy is fastened by poppers on the two large tabs at the front, there a few settings which can be adjusted depending on how fat your baby's tummy is.
When I received this nappy, I was surprised at how small the Microfibre insert was and didn't think it would be suitable for my daughter to wear over night (it most definately wasn't), but it was just about sufficient for her daytime naps.
I was also surprised at how slimline the nappy looked on her as I am used to seeing her with a giant behind wrapped in a terry square. So this was an obvious plus point because now she doesn't wear nappies all the time, I always feel guilty putting her in a big one before bed as she always has a bit of a John Wayne swagger...
The first couple of times I used it, it seemed to work fine. Overnight I would stuff it with a terry square and a booster pad, and if she was wearing it for her daytime nap she would just have the microfibre insert. Which was fine.
But I have noticed that recently it just leaks and doesn't even hold a single wee. The last time she wore it was for her daytime nap and, as I said before, she just had the one insert in it. During her nap she either doesn't go to the toilet at all or only goes once. When she awoke the bed sheet was wet and the nappy was saturated.
It wasn't like she had been laid funny and the wetness had just leaked out the side because the entire nappy was wet, as if the moisture had just seeped straight through. This has occurred on more than one occasion and I am beginning to wonder if I have done something wrong in the care of the nappy to reduce the absorbancy or waterproofness of the nappy.
The care instructions just say wash at 40 or 60 degrees (as with most nappies) which I have always done, so I cannot see that I have damaged it in anyway. The nappy must just not perform very well after a few washes.
What I also noticed was that if my daughter has been wearing it for a while before she actually gets her backside into bed, the nappy starts to sag (with the weight of her wee) and then gapes around the leg - perhaps this is the reason for the leakages. There is no adjustment around the legs so maybe my daughter's leg are too skinny and her belly too fat to successfully fit into this style of nappy.
Having basically stated the whole purpose and function of the nappy does not work (for my daughter anyway), I feel daft carrying on writing about the good points, but the nappy obviously works for some people or they wouldn't still be selling them.
The good points are that it is slimline, and fits like a disposable.
It is also very easy to wash and dry. All I do is remove the insert and put both this and the nappy into a dry bucket and then wash with all other nappies at 40 or 60 degrees. I don't have a tumble dryer so everything is line dried and the nappy outer is dry really quickly, the insert takes more time (perhaps a day outside) but this doesn't bother me because if I need the nappy I always have a terry square to stuff it with.
The fleece is also really soft and really does keep my daughter's bum dry, even if everything else is soaked through, at least her precious botty is clean and dry.
Another great thing about these types of nappies is that if your child is in nursery, you can pre-stuff them beforehand so whoever is looking after your child can easily change their nappy because it is just like changing a disposable (except they don't go in the bin). They are also very easy to put on a wriggling toddler, rather than having a nappy AND a wrap to contend with.
These nappies also come in a range of bright colours (I chose hot pink).
I found out we were having twins at the 12 week scan and soon decided to go for washable nappies of some kind.
I needed something that would save us loads of money and as a bonus was better for the environment. I always wanted ones that were simple and easy to put on off considering how many I was going to have to change! I also wanted ones that dried fast too so that I didn't have to shell out on too many.
There are so many different types of nappy out there I used various sites to help me whittle down to a selection of ones to choose from.
Fuzzi Bunz turned out to be the best nappies fitting our requirements in my opinion, baring in mind I first bought them 5 years ago so I'm sure there's others equally good around now.
I absolutely loved everything about them other than how long they lasted before they leaked. I found with two of the Fuzzi made inserts in there they lasted about 2 1/2-3 hours. Not a great deal of time if you're used to disposables but ages if you compare these "modern things" to what people used to have to use!
The fleecey lining is beautifully soft - even after 2 years of hard wear! And they were still in such good condition I sold them on at £5 a piece having paid £11 brand new! :) And my twins didn't have nappy rash once :)
They estimate that it costs about £2K per child for nappies so even though I spent about £800 in total over 3 years ish (including washing poweder, electricity and a few packs of disposables) it was still far better than £4K (twins!). In fact it meant we had enough money to move a year later so I'm very pleased we didn't spend it!
~~~~What makes This Special?~~~~
FuzziBunz are not just another reusable nappy. They are more a two piece system, with the FuzziBunz itself acting as a fleece lined nappy wrap. You have the breatheable water resistant PUL cover with softly elasticated legs, and a microfleece inner liner, which acts to wick away the wet and keep baby's bottom nice and dry :) Poo shakes off fairly easily off fleece, but personally, I prefer to also use a flushable one way liner on top. It is more slim fitting than many All in Ones I have seen.
~~~~How Do You Use It?~~~
The fleece inner has an opening at the top creating a pocket in which you can stuff your favourite nappy. You can use a pad folded terry, a prefold folded into thirds, or even a few thirsty terry boosters to fill this up and soak up all the wet. They also make a pad to go inside, but I found these rather useless and not as absorbent as a prefold, and much more exspensive. It is a very good night nappy on our toddler who has a habit of weeing for England especially at night. These are seeing their second owner, as they were also our night (and day) nappy of choice for our eldest. She was quite chubby in the legs, and many peopole have said that it doesn't suit their chubby child, but I found it's reliability depends a lot on how you stuff it as that affects overall fit. If still no joy, go up to the next size, as its shape and not necessarily weight that can determine a needed nappy size! On little skinny guy currently using these, the double row of poppers have also ensured a perfect fit.
~~~But How Is It with Newborn Explosions?~~~
Explosive newborn poo is famous for leaking through the legs on these (and most nappies), so it was with hesitation I tried them on our breastfed newborn. During the day when he was active, I had one leak. That's it, one leak. I had more leaks than that with Pampers brand New Baby when I used them on our daughter 5 years ago (and those also leaked up the back), so, all I can say, is no nappy is perfect! This did, however, prompt me to try the Nature Babies stuffable nappy, which is simialiar but has leg gussets and is British made. However Fuzzis were generally fine as a nappy on our newborn and I use them in my changing bag as well when out.
~~~What Sizes Are Available?~~~
Fuzzibunz are made in five different sizes: small, medium, large, petite toddler (for those thin toddlers), and extra large. Our chunky 20 month old fit a large where as someone with a child the same age with slim legs would probably prefer petite toddler. This means once you find the right size for you, you will not have problems with builder's bum or leaky legs! The nappy is also poppered instead of velcro, which makes it harder for fiddling little fingers to take off the nappy.You can also purchase this nappy in white or in various colours to co-ordinate with baby's wardrobe. Very simple to use, and child minder friendly as you can prestuff several for the day and all your minder has to do is change like a disposable without fuss.
~~~Washing and Drying~~~
These nappies dry quickly on the line as you simply remove the stuffing for washing and drying, meaning all the convenience of an All in One nappy, but the drying time of terry squares :) Being PUL backed, you should not presoak these. Simply flush the poo if any, plop into your nappy bucket, and wash on 40 with your nappy stuffing and baby towels. These air dry in about an hour even in winter, and in summer, I have had them dry as quickly as 15 minutes, with the flat nappy I used for stuffing taking an hour in summer and about 2 on over the radiator airers. They are so simple to use, and quick to dry, that with the lack of bulk we actually took these on holiday when we went camping (there were washers on site lol).
~~~How Much and Where to Buy?~~~
They cost about £13 to purchase new and can be bought at various online shops. I prefer Plushpants.co.uk if buying new, as you can do a trial of different nappies for £1 a week including these. She also sells terrie snad prefolds quite cheaply to stuff these with.
You can also find them second hand on Ebay and at UK parents Buy and Sell nappy forum for varying prices. A bit pricey in the outlay initially, but still cheaper than disposables, more earth friendly, and they retain excellent resale value when you are done with them or high enough quality to pass on to more of your own.
I bought a few fuzzi bunz to try with my new baby, having used tots bots with my first. I was impressed by the idea of using something that would be as quick as a disposable. Fuzzi bunz are what are known as pocket nappies: they have a waterproof outside and a soft fleece inside with a gap at the top to be stuffed with something absorbant. The idea is that you stuff the nappy with a pre-made insert (made out of microfibre, cotton or hemp) and then the poppers on the waist and leg of the nappy allow you to put it on like a disposable, with no need for two layers of nappy and wrap. I thought they sounded perfect, plus they come in a huge variety of gorgeous colours (I bought red, turquoise and bright blue).
So when our baby was a few days old I thought I'd try the fuzzis on him. They were very easy to put on, looked comfortable and ever so cute, but really fell down on the absorbancy bit. I'd bought the Mother of Eden microfibre inserts, at the recommended one insert per nappy, but with one insert in, he was wet around the waist and legs after about an hour. He's quite a chunky monkey, so I thought I'd put two inserts in, but this only added about half an hour to the nappy. I was so disappointed!! You can also use terry nappies to stuff fuzzi bunz, so I gave that a go too (I was desperate to get on with these nappies!) but that just made the whole thing very bulky, and although I did get about two and a half hours out of them that way, I just think you cannot beat a tots bots for absorbancy and obviously that's what I was used to, and looking for.
So all in all, they didn't work for us. I didn't try a hemp insert and these are known for being super absorbant, so perhaps if you found the right absorbancy you might find that these are the nappies for you. Good luck in your nappy quest!!