28th April - 4th May is Real Nappy Week, a week to encourage parents to try washable cloth nappies, to raise positive awareness and the benefits with converting from disposable to washables.
Fill Your Pants/The Nappy Gurus guys sent us a pack of different washable cloth nappies to try out, spread our experience and to give our feedback. Once we received the pack we had a phone call from one of the lovely ladies at The Nappy Gurus, and she talked me through what was in the pack, how to use the different types of cloth nappies, how to wash them, and also some hints and tips - it was a great call that fully prepared me for my journey in using cloth washable nappies - this is a service they offer to anyone that would like to embark on using cloth nappies.
In the pack was: GroVia Hybrid- This is a shell system (one-size-fits-all so it will grow with your baby), which you do need to then purchase either the Organic Cotton Soaker Pads or Bio-Soaker Pads, and these simply click into the GroVia Hybrid nappy.
GroVia Coth- All in one system. The GroVia All in One will fit babies between approx 10-35lbs. This cloth nappy combines a sewn-in, super absorbent organic cotton inner with a soft layer of waterproof TPU outer - no inserts.
Charlie Banana- One size nappy that grows with your baby using a bra-strap type adjustment system. In addition a two-in-one nappy system, including both reusable inserts and disposable inserts option.
Little Lamb Cotton Nappy- Comes in 3 sizes. I was advised that this one is great for nighttime as this nappy is extra absorbent and great for heavy wetters.
Little Lamb One Size Nappy- They come with 2 super-absorbent bamboo boosters inserts for maximum absorbency and containment. The pocket on the inside of the nappy lets you slide in the absorbent bamboo boosters prior to fitting onto baby.
Tots Bots Easyfit V4 - One size nappy that grows with your baby. It comes with an all-new unique layered fabric, Binky: a super absorbent Bamboo & Cotton blend on the upper side. The supersoft, fast-drying Minky is tucked away on the lower side, and does a very good job of storing away all the wetness.
Bambino Mio Solo - All in one system. One size nappy that grows with your baby. It includes a unique pull-out tab system, with a tuck-in pocket to easily insert the absorbent core back into the nappy.
Smartipants- One size nappy that grows with your baby. You place the self-removing absorbent Smart Sleeve insert into either side of the sleeve, and it will stay snugly in place until you remove the nappy from your baby. Once the Smartipants nappy is removed, there's no need to take out the insert - it comes out in the wash!
It is never too late to change! After three boys and only ever using and considering disposable nappies, I finally took the opportunity to try cloth nappies with my step-granddaughter, and oh I have appreciated the experience so far - it has been a case of "I can't believe I didn't use washable nappies sooner"!
What pleasantly surprised me was the ease of use, once you get yourself organized, it really is simple - not at all like I remember when I was younger, my mum using the traditional terry cloth sheets, folding them in a specific way, and then securing them with a great big safety pin - Cloth nappies have come a long way since then, evolved so they are now designed as you would expect a nappy to look, with either Velcro or poppers to secure it on, and adjustable for a comfortable fit.
Benefits with cloth nappies:
- Environmental friendly - with 3 billion disposable nappies chucked away every year in the UK, creating mass waste.
- Cost effective - using washable nappies will save you money - lots of money!
- Reduction in nappy rash - washable nappies made with natural material will be softer and kinder on your babies skin, disposable nappies are made with chemicals and adhesives that can irritate sensitive skin.
- Style - Cloth nappies are available in loads of different colours, patterns and prints - some are so adorable.
- Secure - Have you had the tabs ripped off when trying to secure the disposable nappy on a wiggle baby - yep I have had that a few times over the years - you won't get that with a cloth nappy.