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Mothercare Smart Nappy
Member Name: Autarkis
Mothercare Smart Nappy
Date: 17/11/12, updated on 02/06/13 (117 review reads)
Advantages: Saves on waste and money
Disadvantages: Not as practical for out and about
Nappies are incredibly expensive and it is worrying to think how many end up in landfill. I wish I could say that I only use reusable nappies; however, it just isn't practical to use them all the time. It was quite by accident that I came across the Mothercare Smart Nappy starter pack, as I was just idly browsing around Mothercare with no intention of buying anything. I happened on the Smart Nappy starter pack and was delighted to see that it was on sale. The only pack that looked like the right fit for my son had one of the outer nappies missing. I asked the assistance if they had any other packs, which they didn't, so they reduced the pack with the missing nappy even further, making it a steal.
I was a little hesitant at first, as I was unsure if they would be a comfortable fit, and wondered how I would get along with them. After examining the contents of the bag I was confident that they would fit. I thought it wasn't much to lose if not, considering they were less than a quarter of their retail price. I was hopeful that they would fit, and wasted no time in washing them prior to use. Once washed, I worried about how difficult they would be to put together.
Thankfully reusable nappies have come a long way over the years and are quite practical. However, the downside is, disposables seem to dominate the market. Having a look at the instruction sheet that was provided in the bag I was pleased to see that there was only two parts to put together, and it seemed straight forward. The liner is to be folded and slipped into the nappy, and that is it! The nappy looks no different to a disposable, other than it is a soft material nappy that is plain white. It goes on in the same way as a disposable and fastens with Velcro tabs in the same manner as a disposable. That makes it incredibly simple to use and to adjust to.
The nappy seems a little bulkier, and when placed on my son I wondered how effective it would be, as the leg area doesn't have the ruffle that I am accustomed to with disposables, and it didn't seem to cover over as much as I would expect. Once on it actually looks more slim line and neater than expected. I hoped there would be no leaks. I was pleased with how neat it looked, and how quick and simple it was to place on my son. The nappy looks neat and tidy, and isn't as obvious as a normal nappy which generally protrudes above his trouser waist. It does feel different, and there isn't the same sagging once it becomes wet.
Once it comes to changing time, it is a simple wipe of the area and change of the liner, unless the outer cover has become messy. I have used these for quite some time and have never had any mess on the outer cover, so I only change this part periodically for washing. The liner is incredibly absorbent and keeps waste contained. For a soiled liner, I simply remove the waste and place the liner directly into the machine. I wash the nappies and liners together on a hot wash and they come up clean every time. The Velcro tabs are strong and have lost none of their power.
The nappies and liners fit neatly into the zipped bag provided, which is rather handy to store them in. I find that having three is enough with the four liners, as they are highly absorbent, and are quick to wash and dry. They are also effective for overnight use. I haven't used them whilst out, as I don't like the idea of having to carry them about with me once soiled. I suppose for younger children that are still in a pushchair this wouldn't be as much of a problem, as they could be placed in the basket.
Unfortunately my son isn't developmentally ready to be potty trained due to his Autism, so these have been a useful buy and have had much use. They are kinder to his skin, and are highly absorbent. I have had no leakages that tend to happen with disposables from time to time. The fit is perfect, and the nappy conforms to his body. The material is soft against his skin, and the nappy is tidier under his clothes, as it has no extra frilling around the top or legs. I am also happy to report that the difference in smell is no different.
This is a great starter pack that provides a sufficient amount of nappies and liners to get through the day. Reusable liners can be used if desired, however, I feel this defeats the object. The reusable liners stay soft and haven't lost any of their absorbency over time. I have nothing but praise for this nappy set and have found that they have helped save money whilst saving on waste.
Summary: A good eco-friendly nappy that saves the planet whilst saving the pennies