“ Brand: Kooshies / Type: Nappies „
Kooshies Basics were my first 'cloth nappy' purchase. Kooshies nappies are widely available in the high street and have unfortunately cornered the reusable nappy market. I feel that these nappies give first time cloth nappy users the wrong impression. I tried them first because they were easily available and seemed very very cheap. The price of one pack of 5 with a free wrap equaled my usual monthly disposable nappy expenditure so I thought I was getting a good bargain. I wish I had splashed out more on better quality (I could have got at least 3 of my favourite nappies Tots Bots, for the same price) but the Kooshies Basics were a great stepping stone for me and it encouraged me to investigate the cloth nappy market further. They do still get used occasionally as spares. Kooshies Basics only have 2 layers of 100% cotton flannel and they claim to have a "double-layer of soaker for absorbency" but I'm not so sure. It has no built in booster and generally performs very badly. The velcro fastening is okay with a thick strip of velcro for getting a good fit. They look very neat on and are quite slim fitting although this is undoubtadly because of the lack of asborbancy. This nappy is so ineffective, its not even worth boosting it and don't even think about using it at night, in the car, shopping or anywhere away from your home really! The wrap that came with the Basics was awful. It ripped around the velcro within a couple of weeks. The wrap was handwash only and although I followed the instructions, it still became damaged. Admittedly, the UK destributor for Kooshies were super quick to send me a new wrap when I returned the damaged one. The new wrap was much thicker and better quality but performance wise, not as effective as the Mother-ease for example. The Kooshies Basics become soaked within a matter of minutes and really are what their name describes 'basic'. They dont have any endearing qualities other than a pr
etty print. I still use them because I dont want to waste my money and they are not worth selling on. I use them as 'in-between' nappies, eg if all my nappies are in the wash and I'm waiting for them to dry. Kooshies Basics can be washed with your other nappies and dry quickly. I would not purchase any further Kooshies Basics and probably wouldn't buy Kooshies again at all.
I had decided to use re-usable nappies with my first born before she arrived. Kooshies Basics were the only ones I could track down in my area, so I went for those. I figured the environmental benefits and long term cost saving over disposable nappies were worthwhile. I bought the 5-pack for £20 from Tesco Direct (compared to Mothercare's £37 for the same product), plus the required pack of liners and some waterproof wraps. I decided to test one 5-pack before I bought the recommended amount (4 packs of 5). The nappies were attractively patterned, easy to put on with velcro fastenings, and came in a handy plastic carrying pouch. The first problem came when I read the washing instructions. The nappies needed to be soaked in a bicarbonate of soda solution after use and before washing in the machine. I couldn't get the required quantities of 'bicarb' anywhere - at half a cup per bucketful (to soak 5 nappies) I was going to need a large amount! Eventually a friendly chemist ordered some in for me, but at £11 per 1Kg tub I wasn't going to save much money on disposable nappies. But as it happened that didn't matter. The first time I put a Kooshie on my daughter (complete with liner and overpants) she was soaked within 10 minutes, and so was my lap, where she'd been sitting! Being generous I continued to use them, thinking I may have put them on wrong. I changed the position of the liner and adjusted the plastic overpants, but every time she was absolutely soaked within minutes. I was really looking forward to using these but just couldn't get along with them. Perhaps I would have been better off with the Classic or Ultra, but they weren't available when I was shopping. The body of the nappy is too easily soaked and the plastic pants don't prevent leaks as well as I'd hoped. Probably plenty of people get along with this product just fine, but unfortunately I w
as not one of them!
Light, simple and effective. Available in newborn and toddler sizes. Should be used with a waterproof wrap (includes 1 free wrap in each pack). These are not as robust as the Kooshies Classic or Ultra nappies, but using Diaper Basics is a great way to inc