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I got a ones and twos nappy because the pretty picture on the fill your pants page kept catching my eye. Little T was between 4 and 5 months when we've tried using it. New, it certainly is a stunning nappy with a bold main colour and bright white velcro, though the velcro soon fades to grey after a couple of washes. The nappy is a bit of an oddity in that it is marketed as an all in one nappy and has a soaker pad sewn into it, but also comes with an 'optional' booster with the inside sewn so it has a pocket, though the optional booster doesn't fit into it. All in one nappies are supposed to be all inclusive often with boosters that flap out for quick drying, so this doesn't quite fit into any category.
Whether it fits into a category or not is neither here or there though. The only issue I can think of is that it doesn't come in just one part to make it easy to transport to childcare and for childcare to use. Once it was on, it still looked good, a slim fit, tailored by four sets of rise poppers to get it just right, and the sewn in pad doesn't extend to the front of the nappy so there are no bulky waistbands (though this isn't so great for boys who wee mostly at the front). However poppering it in and out I do wonder if 'one size fits most' would fit larger babies or older toddlers. Poppered down small it looks teeny, I'm sure it would provide a good fit on newborns, where often newborns end up in expensive short lived nappies maybe this nappy could provide an alternative. The velcro is incredibly sticky and has smooth rather than prickly velcro on the tabs. There are laundry tabs to stop the velcro snagging in the wash.
2 hours later and little T is sitting on my lap while we have dinner and my trousers start to feel damp. Not a TENA moment, but on quick inspection reveals a wet baby's bum, wet sleepsuit, bodysuit, an outside of the nappy. Inside it's sopping, and this was with the 'optional' booster (positioned at the front to make up for the lack of 'boy' padding)- I can't imagine what would have happened without.
OK, so I give it the benefit of the doubt, nappies often increase absorbency from more 'pre-washes', so I bundle it through the machine a couple of times, each time waiting the 2 days it takes for the main part of the nappy to dry over my rayburn or on the line before washing again (this is long relative to my other nappies but I can't compare it to other all in ones). Repeat use, same thing happens, at 2 hours we've got leaks. In the interests of reviewing I've battled on through another 5 attempts, but have never got more than 5 minutes past 2 hours before poor little T is sodden.
So, why does this disappoint me? Well, compared to my Tiny Nippers cheap nappies with a charcoal bamboo insert, my good old fashioned terries, my smartipants, my flips with stay dry inserts, all of which I can get through 4 hours between changes without being soaked or leaking, this is relatively poor. I can;t figure out if it's down to a narrow gusset and a fit issue, or whether the pads just aren't absorbent enough.
I so wanted to love this beautiful nappy, but can't change clothes every change. Maybe it would have been better when he was just born.