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      01.06.2008 14:32
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      Good quality disposable nappies, with a green conscience

      The Nature Boy and Girl nappies were the first ones that my daughter wore, just after she was born. I bought them as I was keen to be environmentally friendly, and also got the nappy bags and baby wipes too. The nappies are more biodegradable than normal disposables, and made from natural ingredients rather than using chemicals. As disposable nappies end up in landfill sites and take years to break down, I thought that these would be a good alternative.
      I found the nappies to be very good quality, and my daughter was comfortable wearing them, and didn't get any nappy rash. They also held the newborn poo very well. I continued to buy them wherever possible - they are mainly available in Waitrose and Boots in my area, as well as some smaller specialist shops. As time went on and my maternity pay stopped, I decided that the best thing for me to do was to stay at home with our daughter. This meant living on only one wage, so I have had to find cheaper nappies, and am thinking about potty training soon. I still try to buy the Nature Boy and Girl nappies if I see them on special offer, as they are very good, but the price for about 34 nappies is generally about £5.99, making them rather expensive.

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      29.04.2005 20:54
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      Before Scarlett was born we had noble ideas about using cloth nappies, good for the environment and good for our pockets.

      Like lots of things in life it didn’t work out quite as we had imagined. During the fog of Scarlett’s newborn days when the practical tasks of looking after her took so long in our inexperienced hands, not too mention the sleepless nights and complete lifestyle change, we used disposable nappies. It would be just until we were feeling a little bit more competent with the mammoth task of looking after our little one. However, disposables are so convenient and nearly eight months later the cloth nappy equipment is still in a draw.

      We used pampers for a couple of months and then came across nature boy and girl. Excellent we thought a nappy to ease our environmental conscience! Nappies literally stay on in this world forever, they don’t biodegrade which isn’t good for the environment. Nature boy and girl are made with material that is 70 percent biodegradable. I’m not sure how this is possible so I had a quick look at their website (www.naty.se) and apparently the outer layer is made with GM free maize starch and a decomposable and compostable biodegradable polyester. Also this leads to the nappy being able to ‘breathe’ making the nappy airier and drier for the baby.

      This is all the brainchild of a Swedish lawyer, Marlene Sandberg, who became disturbed by the amount of nonbiodegrdable nappies in landfill sights. The nappies feel cottony and have little green leaves on them, fitting in nicely with their environmental theme. We’ve used tescos own nappies a couple of weeks ago and really noticed the difference. The tescos nappies seemed to have a really strong, plasticy smell which wasn’t very nice. Nature boy and girl nappies smell inoffensive, before use anyway.

      They are easy to fasten on with Velcro stick down strips and in my opinion are just as absorbent as other nappies we have used. They don’t irritate Scarlett in anyway. They aren’t sold everywhere we buy them from Sainsburys and have seen them in boots and waitrose. According to the website they are available in six sizes ranging from newborn (2-5kg or 4-11lb), Mini 3-6kg or 6-13lb, Midi 4-9 kg 9-20lbs, Maxi 7-18kg 15-40lb, maxi plus 9-20kg or 20-44lb and junior 11-25 kg or 24-55 lbs. Unfortunately Sainsburys only sell 4 sizes, we buy the maxi size from Sainsburys, so I think they must sell midi through to junior. They cost £5.65 for a packet of 34.

      So they have all the convenience of disposables and make us feel better about being lazy! If we have any more kids we’ll definitely dig the cloth nappies out!




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        17.06.2003 19:10

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        Nature nappies: excellent! - Advantages: Environmanetally friendlier than all other disposables, Provide an excellent solution to night time dryness if you're using cotton nappies during the day., Great fit - Disadvantages: It becomes very easy to use these more often than the cotton nappies, especially if on the run.

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        24.10.2001 15:57
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        Finally a nappy you can trust,” says the packet. Nappies that are “good for your baby and environmentally friendly” claims the next piece of blurb. The nappies were recently on offer in Tesco’s so I thought I would try them out on my two year-old daughter, instead of using my usual brand of Pampers and I was pleasantly surprised. The size of nappies I used was the maxi-plus size, suitable for 9-20 kilograms. So, what is different about Nature boy and girl nappies? APPEARANCE They look like most other nappies. The nappy has a smooth surface, but not ‘cotton-feel’ like some of the more expensive nappies such as Pampers Premium. According to the packaging, the nappies are covered with a film based on GM free 100% natural maize, which lets your baby’s skin stay dry and breathe naturally. This is unlike most plastic covered nappies (such as Pampers Baby-Dry) which look the same but are not breathable. The fastening mechanism is tape which seems to work well – I had no problem with them not sticking and they would re-seal if done up incorrectly first time round. The nappies are quite thin which I was a bit concerned about to start with as I wondered if it would affect the absorbency. However, the slim design makes them easy to put on, they do not bunch up like some thicker nappies and look better under tight fitting trousers as there is not such a large bulge! ABSORBENCY I have had no problems with absorbency. The nappies seem capable of coping with plenty of urine. Even at night-time, when sometimes Pampers would start to disintegrate slightly, the gel would leak and my daughter’s bottom would feel damp, the Nature nappies did a great job. No disintegration of the lining and her bottom still felt dry. LEAKAGE I have not experienced any leakage with these nappies. PACKAGING White, plasticy packaging that is 100% biodegradable. PRICE Norm
        ally retailing at £5.65 per pack, I paid £4.65 under a special offer at Tesco’s. The pack size I purchased had 32 nappies, making a normal price per nappy of 17.6 pence and my special offer price per nappy of 14.5 pence. Compare this to Boots own brand nappies – the same nappy size (maxi-plus) costs £4.99 for 28 nappies making a price per nappy of 17.8 pence. I was quite surprised at this as I was expecting the Nature nappies to work out more expensive than others. SIZES Nature nappies are available in the same sizes as other nappies – newborn, mini, midi, maxi, maxi plus and junior. The number of nappies you get in a pack decreases as the size of the nappy increases. The only downside to the nappies is that they are not available in larger size, better value packs as most of the main brands are. AVAILABILITY This can be a problem. When they were first launched, the nappies were only available in Sainsburys. The are now available in Tescos as well, however I have yet to see them in Boots or other chemists. VERDICT Having used nappies in various forms for the last 5 years (for my daughters that is, not myself!) I was really pleased with these nappies. I have always felt guilty about the lack of biodegradability of normal nappies but haven’t yet had the courage (or energy) to tackle washable nappies. These nappies eased my conscience slightly, as they are more biodegradable than normal disposable nappies. I was concerned that they would be more expensive or not as effective as other nappies but having tried them out I have not found this to be the case. My daughter is happy in the nappies and we have not come across any problems. I think I’m converted!

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          01.10.2001 03:21
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          I was so glad to see these in my local supermarket because I have always felt really guilty using disposable nappies. I would have loved to use reusable nappies but my husband did not agree. WE now have a compromise. These nappies are priced at around the same as pampers and huggies and are better for the environment as they are biodegradable. The inovative design also means that they are slighlty slimmer than normal nappies so my little boy does not have to walk with such a profound 'john wayne-esque' swagger. They have never leaked and I have had no problems with nappy rash. The only slight problem I have is that it is very difficult to tell which is the front and which is the back when you're in a hurry (and I always am). An unexpected added bonus is that something to do with the design means that you can kind of see whats in there. Not to such a degree that anyone else would notice but you can tell whether you need a baby wipe, or a whole box full. Urine tends to show as a yellowish stain but I'll not go into too much detail about the other in case you've just eaten! Unfortunately, they're quite tricky to find in the shops but as they are new, I am sure they will become available more readily in the future.

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          12.07.2001 00:27
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          I'm usually a cloth nappy user but as soon as I first saw Nature boy and girl nappies in our local Tesco I bought some. Our town is a bit "behind the times" and, despite hearing about them, I hadn't found anywhere locally stocking them so, if I wanted to use a disp. nappy for holidays or suchlike, I usually picked a leading brand. I'd heard conflicting reports about them though so I was a little curious. At least I could use a disposable nappy and have a slightly clearer conscience about it! they are said to be upto 70% biodegradeable and, while not being perfect, that's a big improvement on leaving a standard one in the ground for hundreds of years! I was VERY impressed!! Our son can fill a swimming pool with wee during a day, I'm sure and these nappies coped admirably! Even overnight ( with about 18oz milk inside him) they managed to contain it ( albeit only just!) They are a pretty good fit on him ( he's quite skinny mind you) and they are no more expensive than the likes of Pampers and Huggies. I say, try them for yourself before writing them off.

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            24.06.2001 00:23
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            is writen all over these nappies. They are supposed to be 70% natural materials and 100% Biodegradable which I suppose is better than most disposable nappies. I normally use Huggies but have also used Pampers and these too brands both being £5.65 in Sainsburys at present I thought I might as well try Nature Boy/Girl Nappies as they are the same price for the same amount of Nappies. My friend has been using these for a while so I have been meaning to try them for ages now and I am so glad I did. They are such a slim fit that they just look better and even though they look like plastic they don't crunch and feel like plastic does. The main thing is that they do not leek and are soft and gentle round the legs and bum, and as my daughter (10 months) is now trying to walk and is crawling well she needs a nappy that will not restrict her movements and that will not leek and that is above all comfortable. My daughter seems very happy in these nappies and I will be buying them again and would reccommend them to anyone. **UPDATE** These nappies are not very good in containing more then average, ie diahorhea. my daughter has had a horrible nappy this morning and I won't go into full details but lets just say that it did go right down her leg YUCK!! Also I have put my son in these nappies too and he keeps taking them off once he's done a wee - not sure if this is a good thing as I was going to potty train him soon! ( Wish me luck!!) I would still recommend them, though not when child has severve diahorhea.

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              12.05.2001 03:21
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              I really wanted to like these nappies, but sadly I'm not sure I'll even finish using my first packet. Why? Because after a day or two of using them my daughters eczema flared up and appeared for the first time on her bottom. She has only recently been diagnosed with eczema, but has had it almost since birth (she's 19 months). Never in that time has she had these dry skin patches on her bottom. I can only assume that there is some ingredient in these nappies that she is sensitive to. I think the idea behind these nappies is great, giving a more eco-friendly option to parents while retaining the convenience of a disposable nappy. Although it isn't totally biodegradeable, the majority of the nappy is which is a big improvement on other leading brands. Unfortunately as I said, in our case it seems to exacerbate my daughters eczema and we haven't even used half the packet yet. It's taken me days of treatment using her creams and reverting to our previous brand to get the flare up back under control. We also had leaks from this nappy at night time - but I can't blame the brand as she has leaks in other brands at night as well. I wouldn't say "don't try it", but if your child has sensitive skin or eczema, I would recommend that you only buy the one packet and see how you get along, as it really disagreed with my daughter.

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              10.05.2001 22:20
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              I've been using Nature Boy and Girl nappies (nature boy in my case) since my son grew out of his re-useables and I couldn't afford to splash out for some new ones! I think I used one in Sainsbury's babychanging room and was so impressed I bought some myself. What attracted me to them is that they're made from 70% reusable materials and so don't damage the environment so much as other brands. They also feel less 'plastic' than other nappies. My son seems to have quite sensitive skin and these nappies don't aggravate the problem like some leading brands have done! For me this is the big advantage of using them. They absorb well and don't leak any more than any other disposables I've tried. They are not very expensive either- I've found them slightly cheaper than other brands. They are not bulky either and are easy enough to fasten. I don't really see any disadvantages of these nappies, apart from I haven't seen them anywhere else except Sainsburys! I'm not sure if they make them or not! To me these nappies are great and there should be more like them on the market- they really are guilt-free disposables! ****************UPDATE********************** Well, I'm still using Nature Boy nappies, and I'm still impressed. The only problems I've had is when I've run out of them and haven't been able to get to Sainsbury's to get some more. The nappies definately are kinder to my son's skin. Any time I use another brand, his skin flares up with a horrible nappy rash. However, after a few days of using Nature boy nappies, the rash is gone. I would definately recommend them to parents whose kids have sensitive skin. As I said before, the only real disadvantage is the limited availability. The nappies absorb well- in some cases better than leading brands. They look good under baby's clothes and allow freedom of movemen
              t. Treat your baby to some today and I'm sure neither of you will be sorry.

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                09.05.2001 06:36
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                When I had my first child the choice was between terry nappys or disposable nappys and I chose terry nappys. Now 4 children down and 11 years on I am still using these nappys. They are getting threadbare and I have had some new ones on the way. I did not choose to use disposable nappys because they would be on rubbish tips for generations to come. Most disposable Nappys are far from really disposable because although you can put them in the dustbin they do not rot down nor can they be recycled. In fact the nappys used today will still be on the tip when the babys grandchildren are born. That is a frightening thought. I was very pleased when I went into Sainsburys to find this new range of Disposable nappys which are fully disposable. They are apparently biodegradable. These Nappys are priced at the same price as Pampas and Huggies. Quite often they are on a 2 for 3 offer. Using these nappys does not give me the guilt trip that other disposable nappys always did. As disposable nappys go they are compact, they do not seem to leek and they fit nicely onto my baby. The design of the nappy is good and I have had no complaints from my baby. My babys bottom seems dry and comfortable when I change her bottom. They are covered with a green leaf design and "Mother Nature Says - Thank you" Printed on so you can always feel good about using them. I Still use Terry nappys most of the time but shopping trips and holidays I find that it is useful to have a disposable nappy available, I much prefer to think that the Nappys I use are biodegradable Nappys.

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                  15.03.2001 18:50

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                  I have been using Nature Boy Nature Girl nappies since Sainsbury first introduced them. My little boy is nearly 18 months old and we have worked our way through two sizes: maxi plus and junior. I have been delighted with them. It is such a relief to find a largely biodegradeable disposable nappy which is as effective as Huggies/Pampers etc. My son has not suffered any leaking or nappy rash with them and I have not had to change them any more frequently than I did with other nappy brands. I understand that the manufacturer is still working on ways of making the nappy 100% biodegradeable, which will make them even better. The nappies are no more expensive than ordinary disposables - so give them a go.

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                  12.01.2001 21:47

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                  I've always felt guilty that we have contributed to the general meltdown of the Earth's environment, so these nappies were a brilliant surprise. No idea how they work, but I feel much better about this kind of thing being permanently attached to my son than the kind of chemical-laden disaster zones like Huggies and Pampers. Despite initial cynicism, a case of "too good to be true", the nappies have done the job of disposables every bit as well as my son needs them to. He hasn't noticed any difference (he's two, so he can make certain opinions felt!), and we feel much better about him, ourselves and the rest of the world.

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                  02.12.2000 01:44
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                  The decision to use disposable or cloth nappies can cause big debates between parents. On the one hand the invention of disposable nappies were a huge godsend for many of use, due to the sheer convenience and time saved in washing cloth nappies. However, in recent years it has been brought to light that disposable nappies have a huge impact on the environment, and with an ever-increasing population the problem is getting worse. The trouble with disposable nappies is that they account for up to 8% of the UK’s household waste. The main concern is that the majority of waste disposed goes into landfill sites (holes in the ground). As more and more waste is produced, more and more disposal space is required. Suitable sites for landfill are rapidly being consumed. Nappies are a major contributor to this problem. In addition to this, they also contain raw sewage, which consists of bacteria, viruses and live vaccines, which in turn seeps into our groundwater, which pollutes it. Methane gas is also produced by the rotting sewage, which is a greenhouse gas and contributes to global warming. The longer-term issue, which needs to be addressed, is the environmental impact caused by the disposal of nappies into landfill sites. Nappies take hundreds of years to decompose, and consequently will become a problem inherited by our children and grandchildren. Most people like myself think of reusable nappies as a return to the dim and distant past with complicated folding methods and safety pins, and most of all tons and tons of washing, as if I don’t have enough already!! I am aware that the modern types of reusable nappies are designed like disposables with Velcro fastenings, and flushable liners. However, these nappies cost around £10 per nappy to buy, but will save money in the long term. I decided to use disposable nappies when my daughter was born, but wasn’t really aware of the environmental problem that d
                  isposable nappies caused. It is only recently that I have become aware of this ever-increasing problem, and I feel awfully guilty for contributing to it. However, I find that disposables are very convenient and as a working mother, I share the care of my child with my partner and her grandparents. I personally would find it difficult to use cloth nappies, and keep up with the washing and drying of them. Even considering the nappy laundry services available, this would cost more than using disposables. When shopping in Sainsbury’s a couple of weeks ago I noticed a special offer on some new disposable nappies called “Nature Boy and Girl”. These nappies claim to be biodegradable, thus environmentally friendly. They are a Swedish invention and instead of being made from plastic, they are made from compostable biological maize film that breathes and therefore is still good for babies skin. I decided to give them a try as they were the same price as Pampers (£5.65) and had the same amount of nappies per pack. They were on a “3 for 2” offer. On first impressions, they looked a lot smaller than Pampers, and appeared to have a plastic film on the outside of the nappy. I normally buy the Maxi size for my daughter, but found them to be too small, so I took the other two packs back, and swapped them for Maxi Plus, which were a better fit. I have been using the nappies for 2 weeks now and I am very pleased, as my daughter hasn’t developed any nappy rash, and they seem to work just as well as the leading brands, with no messy leaks. I decided to have a look on the Swedish website, which is also translated in English to find out more (www.naty.se). I have listed below some of the points highlighted on their website: - “70% of a Nature Boy & Girl nappy is biodegradable and of biological origin, compared to about approximately 30-40% for conventional disposable nappies.” “The biodegradable plastic in Nature Boy & Girl is not only watertight but also “breathes” resulting in a more airy, drier and comfortable nappy.” “The outer bio plastic is based on GM-free maize starch and a decomposable and compostable 100% biodegradable polyester – which is 100% biodegradable in the natural environment.” “Nobody is comparing Nature Boy & Girl to cotton nappies. Most people buy disposable nappies for convenience: there is finally a disposable which is more environmentally friendly than the others and has superior performance.” After reading the information, I am quite happy to carry on using the nappies. However, I do still feel that cotton nappies are far better for the environment as they can be washed and used over and over again. With the Nature Boy & Girl Nappy you are still adding to the amount of waste dumped into landfills, but at least they won’t take as long to de-compose like conventional nappies (approximately 6 years instead of 100 years). Apparently you can buy biodegradable nappy sacks made by the same company, but I haven’t seen these on sale in my local Sainsbury’s yet. The only places that sell the Nature Boy & Girl Nappy at present are Sainsbury’s. If you are concerned about the environment when using disposable nappies, and don’t fancy using cloth nappies, I would definitely recommend these nappies to you.

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                    14.10.2000 00:49
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                    In the last couple of weeks my local Sainsburys has started stocking a new range of nappies called Nature Boy & Girl, having read a couple of opinions I decided to give them a try so this week I bought a pack and I must say so far so good. I bought the maxi size, I think it was 34 for £4.65 so they are a little cheaper than most of the large names but my main interest was in the fact that they claim to be kind to the environment, ie much easier to biodegrade than conventional disposable nappies and also to be less bulky. I cant comment on the biodegrading bit but they certainly seem to be less bulky. My daughter has used nearly the whole pack and has had an upset tummy a couple of times and the nappies have contained all the relevant waste. They fit quite well and have a waist band which helps with the waist fit. The only thing that I have noticed so far is that when they get very wet they do not seem to keep my daughters skin as dry as our usual others, Sainsburys, and when very wet they seem to smell but I have noticed this from quite a few other makes. I will certainly be buying them again.

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                    13.10.2000 16:36
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                    I saw these during my weekly shop and decided to give them a go. I liked the idea that they where made from 70% natural stuff (I think most people who use disposables would like them to be made from more natural stuff) And they looked nice enough on packaging. Also on a special offer they where a couple of pounds cheaper than my usual brand (Pampers for young one and Huggies for older one). AS my oldest has super sensitive skin I didn't want to try these out on her. So I bought a packed of Maxi plus (what my 9 month old normally wear) and took them home. First thing I noticed when I took them out of the package was that they felt VERY plasticy (made up word I know but you catch my drift) on the outer wrapping. I did not like this as my 9 month old is crawling etc I felt this was not a great idea. Never mind I told myself. The nappy may be great so dont get hung up on it. Well next thing was sticking the nappy on. Not a easy task with a wriggling 9 month old with any nappy but this nappy made it extra difficult as it a LOT smaller than other brands. I finally got it on and it looked ok NO room for growth but still not to tight a fit but she can not grow any further in this size. (she is only 18 lb so NOT a chubby thing).. Well on went the day the nappy did great. No leaks no nothing. Didn't smell badly when full either. I was quite impressed. When I changed her getting the next nappy on was easier as I was getting the hang of it being that much smaller. This is ok I thought. So we used them for 1 day and 1 night. Next morning I took the nappy off and red bottom all over. Now in the 9 month I have used benneton/pampers and huggies on her and not once has she had a red bottom.. Ok I thought perhaps they are just not a night nappy. I stuck her back in a pampers and waited a few days for the redness to go and went back to the natural nappy. red bottom after 2 nappies (one day) and it has followed this way every time I tried using them. So while this is a great id
                    ea and a ok nappy (I wont say it is brilliant as I do feel Pampers and Huggies are far better) and also cheaper (at the moment at the least) I wont be buying it again. to many trouble with it for me. and the redness is just a no go for me I want a nappy to keep my baby's bottom dry and non-red.. And well this one for me doesn't deliver. All I can say is that I am pleased I did not try it on my oldest child as she has so sensitive skin and would have been a right mess from them.

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