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I have wanted to try out reusable nappies on my children since i found out that they now produce this much easier all in one rather than trying to fiddle around with pins etc and terry nappies. So when boots had their 3 for 2 offer on, going by a recommendation, i convinced the husband to let us get some of these for our toddler before our baby was born.
We picked the v3 easyfits in the brilliant bright storybook nursery tale designs. Took them home and prewashed them several times with no conditioner etc to hopefully get the maximum absorbancy. Tried them on him and they appear to fit pretty well with the elasticated legs and velcro adjustment around the waistband. Dont know how well the popper adjustment works as this was not needed with our son due to his size. One thing i will note here though is that if your child has chunky legs then the elastic may cause a slight digging in as they seemed pretty tight on my 18 month old. We used them with the liner provided and also got some of the disposible liners 'just in case' of poo accidents. I have to say though that they worked just fine without the disposibles, they dry fast and so far any stains that were on them wash out easily or bleach out with the sun. Also they appear to be softer on his bum if he has nappy rash and it does not aggrivate it more.
It is just a shame that they only seem to last half the amount of time as a disposible before needing changing (it could be because we need thicker liners?) so still having to combine disposible and reusable unfortunately. Great if you have the money to invest, but with the initial outlay, extra washing and extra liners you will inevitably have to buy (even if it is just because the liners wear out) im not sure it actually saves money..or the environment, just means slightly less in landfill.
I made the decision to try a variety of cloth nappies with my daughter having made the mistake of only getting one type with my son.
I love the tots bots Easy Fit V3, with poppers. it is the best of all those we have, so I am very happy that I also have the largest number of these in my cloth stash.
They are bombproof, never leaking, they dry very quickly (seriously, I was surprised. They are dry on the line in an hour or two on a good day), you can add bamboo inserts, which means they are even great overnight, and they come in loads of great prints. You also get a fleece liner with each one, which is a really good idea!
There are some out there that are easier to use, but only very slightly, and I would definitely not be put off in any way.
I went for the poppers, rather than Velcro (applix) as I had a bad experience with Velcro on another brand and think that not only will poppers definitely last from birth to potty (and maybe another child, if you were planning on using them for more than one) but they may well prove to be toddler proof too, when we get to that stage.
I definitely recommend these nappies!
I am a mum of three and a long term cloth nappy user so I have had a fair amount of experience in using cloth nappies and I am delighted with the new V3 Tots Bots Easyfits. Some improvements over the V2 are a choice of aplix (velcro) or popper fastenings, terry backed minkee rather than bamboo inner, softer lining and they are faster drying.
These nappies contain multiple layers of absorbent minkee and microfibre material in the form of a long soaker that folds back onto itself and is tucked inside the nappy, I find this really easy to use and is absorbent enough for my 5 month old although you can add bamboo boosters (available from Tots Bots directly costing £7.50 for a pack of 3), I expect I will need to add these as my daughter grows but we have had no leaks as yet.
The inner is held by a waterproof cover that stretches with the nappy, which is suitable for babies weighing 10-35lbs. The rise is adjustable with poppers and the leg holes and back are elasticated to give a snug fit. I find that the back elastic is perfect for containing a "pooplosion" that breast fed babies are expert at!
I definitely prefer to use the aplix fastening over the poppers as I feel I get a better, more snug fit. I think the aplix makes them more user friendly for a first time cloth user and my husband prefers it because he says he finds the poppers difficult to fasten with his less than nimble fingers!
Each nappy comes with a reusable fleece liner which is essential to use in my opinion as it protects your child's skin from direct contact with the absorbent part of the nappy. This will help prevent nappy rash and as most nappy rash creams are not compatible with cloth nappies (they hinder absorption) prevention is better than cure.
Tots Bots Easyfit V3 are priced from £14.99 to £16.99 depending on design so while they aren't the cheapest option I feel they are worth it because of ease of use and absorbency.
Some of mine came from the Tots Bots clearance section on their website, this provided a more affordable way to build up a stash so I wasn't washing them everyday. The condition of most of these nappies is perfect, I can't see why they were in the clearance! Others have a bit of fading, one had a small dirty mark that washed out and another has the care label missing, none of these "defects" affect the functionality of the nappy so it's well worth keeping an eye out for clearance offers.
I have 3 children, two who have been in cloth nappies since birth. I am now a nappy advisor so have had a lot of experience with the different types of cloth nappy and give honest advice to my customers.
Tots Bots was one of the first nappy companies I came across - I used their bamboo nappies as one of my son's first nappies, with a fleece wrap.
So when I found the Easyfit I thought I would have to give them a go!!
They look great - the different designs on the outer make them very pretty and easy on the eye. There are a great number of girly patters, with not so much range for boys but enough. My favourite is the flower power pattern!!
The nappy itself is an All In One, meaning the absorbent bit is attached to the nappy itself, which consists of a waterproof layer, and a pocket into which you stuff the long absorbent bamboo and microfibre bit.
When you are putting the nappy on the baby you do need a liner of some sort - I use a fleece liner to act as a stay dry layer between baby and the wet nappy.
The fit of the nappy is a birth to potty - this means it fits a newborn baby and goes right up to potty trainig. this is fairly true although I would say it wouldn't fit a chubby toddler.
As for the abosrbency of the nappy, it isn't the best. I do find that I have to "boost" with a hemp layer inside the pocket but this is what the pocket is for!
The nappies last well and at a year old mine still look newish and have lots of life left.
All in all I would say they are a bit pricey for what they are, but they are very pretty and are an ideal "show off" nappy, possibly not an all rounder though.
On a recent 'nappy browsing' trip online I stumbled upon these new nappies by Tots Bots. I had always fancied trying a Tots Bots due to the lovely bright colours, but had held off due to reliability - I could not find a 5 star review anywhere saying they were really *that* good. So when I heard they had revamped their all in one nappy with all these new materials with anti-wicking technology, stretchier fit...and so on, this just made it sound like it was sure to be a great nappy, and I just couldn't resist. The fact that the patterns were gorgeous didn't help in putting me off either!
The nappy, called the Tots Bots Easyfit V2, is an 'All In One' nappy (AIO), and has many features which make you think it's going to be great.
The outer is made from soft waterproof PUL which is stretchy and this gives the nappy flexibility and improved fit. There are also some poppers across the front of the cover which allows you to adjust the rise depending on the size of your child, to give you a snug fit. The nappy fastens with two Velcro tabs (like a disposable).
There is an anti-wicking fabric surrounding the core, and apparently this has been improved since the 'classic' easyfit - reducing the risk of leaks outside the nappy.
The main part of the nappy (the absorbent part) is made from bamboo and this is stitched into position down the centre of the nappy, but there is also a 'core' which extends out of the nappy (to aid drying time) so in essence you have a lovely nappy cover with a soft bamboo centre, and then a long flappy bit which is folded inside the nappy for when you need to use it. The only reason it can be pulled out is so that when you are drying the nappy it takes less time. This core is also backed with micro fibre terry, which supposedly makes it more absorbent and thus meaning you do not need to add any extra boosters.
One thing I noticed about the design of the nappy was that there was a good inch of non-absorbent material from the each side of the absorbent pad to the edge of the nappy. This was essentially a total of two inches of non-absorbent material in the most vital part of the nappy. I could not understand how they thought this would aid in preventing leaks! They state that this is anti-wicking material which will stop wetness getting to the outside of the nappy. I was not convinced.
The main selling point about this nappy is that it is one piece, so it is easy to use and you don't have to go hunting for boosters, wraps, liners....etc. You just pick it up and put it on.
It's also a 'birth to potty' nappy recommended for 10lb-35lbs meaning you don't have to keep upgrading as your child grows. But having said that, they do a 'teeny fit' which is designed for that tiny newborn stage.
When I received the nappy, to be honest I was very dubious about whether the nappy would function at all. It seemed very small and extremely slim. The absorbent part seemed really thin and I was very unsure about whether it would last even as long as an hour on my 20 month old! That coupled with the point I stated above about the 2 inches of non-absorbent material in the main nappy area did not bode well...
I thought it looked great, especially with the beautiful flowery pattern on the outer cover, but this did not stop me from thinking that I had wasted my money. The absorbent core just seemed far too thin and flimsy to be able to cope with anything my daughter could throw at it. But the proof would come with usage, so I washed it a few times before I gave it it's first use (nappies need to be washed and dried numerous times before reaching full absorbing capacity).
So onto my daughter it went.
**Looks and Fit**
It looked gorgeous on my daughter, the colours really suited her and I didn't want to put her trousers on to cover up the lovely pattern...So I didn't, it was a warm day and we weren't going anywhere, so I let her paddle about at home just wearing the nappy.
The fit was great, it was really snug around the legs, there was no bagginess or sagging around the bottom and obviously the nappy looked really slim on her. To be honest, it didn't look any bigger than a disposable, and actually it fits a lot snugger than a disposable because I have found that paper nappies tend to bulge once full of wee and have an unsightly lump between the legs. You don't get that with this nappy.
I was pleased with the way it looked and the way it fitted.
**Usage and Absorbency**
The first couple of uses were, to say the least, very disappointing. I found the nappy to leak almost immediately after she had done her first wee, and I would not class my daughter as a heavy wetter either, she does not drink a lot throughout the day, and her wees are generally 'average' size. So for the nappy to let liquid out straight away was a *major* disappointment for me. I'm not saying that the wee was leaking down her legs or anything like that, she was just noticeably wet on the outside of the nappy, particularly close to the legs (where the non-absorbent material is located).
This fact is made worse when she wears trousers over the top because the wetness is immediately drawn onto the trousers as well. So this not only means I have to change the nappy, but also the trousers. More washing for me.
However, despite this I have persevered with the nappy in the hope that it will become more absorbent over time, but my hopes have been dashed because every time she wears it, it leaks after an hour, sometimes longer if I'm lucky. I am in a position now where I just don't want the hassle of a leaking nappy. The only time I will let her wear it is when I know she's only going to have it on for a short period of time (for example just before bathtime or bedtime).
I wash my nappies every other day so she has worn it on quite a number of occasions already and not once has she been able to wear it for longer than 2 hours.
What is really disappointing is that I have many other cheaper nappies which my daughter can wear for 4 hours at least with no leaks.
**Washing and Drying**
The nappy washed really well and there is no noticeable deterioration so far, and no bobbling (yet). I was surprised at how quick the nappy dried; it can dry as quickly, if not quicker than some of my other two-piece/pocket nappies.
Despite the nappy's lovely appearance and slim fit, I would not recommend it to anyone. I love the fact that it is made of lovely soft material and has a really snug fit on my daughter, but this alone is not enough. It was a total waste of money for me and I won't be going near the Tots Bots brand again. Fancy packaging does not make up for constant leakages.
I think I am quite experienced when it comes to cloth nappies, so I think I know what I am talking about. I haven't just written this review on a whim because it leaked once, it leaks all the time and is just completely unreliable. The reason I have written the review is so other people can be more informed than I was before they take the plunge and buy one! It doesn't come close to other brands such as Bumgenius, Close Parent and Thirsties, who all provide cheaper, more reliable nappies. Try those instead.
But if you do want to try it for yourself, the Tots Bots Easyfit V2 can be found on various baby websites including:
Retails for around £17.50
I feel I must update this review with a plus point because today I tried the nappy but with an additional booster (not supplied by Tots Bots I hasten to add). The booster I added was as wide as the nappy so I essentially got full ground cover, and the non-absorbent parts of the nappy were covered thanks to the booster. And I was pleased to find the nappy performed 10 times better.
But despite this I am not changing the rating or any other part of my review, simply because the nappy is marketed as an All In One nappy, with no need for additional boosters/inserts, so it should function as stated, and it doesn't. It needs padding.