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Is it worth buying reusable now??(29 Posts)
I love the idea of reusesbles and hate the waste.
Dd is 4 months old and in size 4. When I return to work in July, she will be in nursery 2 days a week, where I'm assuming she will need disposables (?) then with my mum 2 days. I'm going to look around some of the other threads on here to learn a bit more but was wondering a) whether it is worth switching to reusable a at this point?
And b) how many/what size etc I would need. Have only spotted birth-potty packs so far in my (limited) look around.
Thank you off for a read and may be back with some questions!
Thanks, will try to change my order. Or just look for pre-loved. If dd ever stops feeding that is.........
An aplix Blueberry should do the trick. I have one and will be getting some more soon, I like them. Also look on eBay if you do want to try the Rikki, they come up a lot. I've been stocking up for DS2 on there and getting some real bargains.
Can I ask.... I ordered a motherease rikki wrap that is out of stock. What could I get instead? Blueberry? To go with the stretchies..... Thanks!
You can trial a pack of different nappy types for £10 here.
I didn't start using reusables until DD was 3 months old. I use pocket nappies and they're really easy for grandparents/nursery to use if you send them in ready-made up.
My friend in the US uses Alva nappies and loves them. She's onto DC2 now and they're wearing well.
I have a mix of Smartipants, FuzziBunz, Blueberry, Wonderoo, Babyland and DudeyBaba pockets. My favourite to use are the Smartipants, closely followed by the Blueberry microfleece aplix and the DudeyBaba minky ones. I'm not keen on the FuzziBunz as the waterproof lining catches on my hands when I stuff them, and the Babyland ones (cheapies off eBay) have quite weak snaps. The Wonderoos are alright but they seem huge.
Ooohh exciting newton! FYI, I have recently found that Fill Your Pants sell preloved stuff from their nappy trial scheme - including cute blueberry coveralls for I think £9ish which isn't bad, and you know they've hardly been used.
I have 2 Alvas from pixie pants, won't be getting more because I have the same leaking round the legs problem i've had with MioSolos, unless I stuff them so much she can hardly walk - yes rhihaf they are pockets - they are pretty though, and seem well made and have so far withstood my washing at 60. Really pleased with my wet bag from there though.
Always good to get preloved and try out a few different ones.
Anyone else tried those Alva nappies then? Any good? They are cute! Are they pocket ones that you have to stuff?
Pleased to say I have picked up some stretchies and some little lambs on fb.... Can't wait for them to arrive! Haven't spent too much and will be buying a few new bits tonight once the children are in bed
Wow those Alvas from Pixie Pants have gorgeous prints! Do you know if they are the 3.0 ones? I'm currently waiting for 2 Alvas from China to try out. I really hope they work for DS because I love the price and the prints.
It's true Rreeow we are nappy twins! I boost the stretches with a folded hemp booster from Easy Peasy Nappies for night time. Without it they'd be lovely and slim for under clothes.
Newton some people use prefolds to stuff pocket nappies (eg the cheap Alva nappies you can get on eBay or from Pixie Pants (on Facebook) - pop over to the general nappy chat thread and ask PurplePidjin, she's been using prefolds and pockets with her DS and I think is pretty pleased.
You are all so kind with your words of wisdom I have joined the fb group and am looking at making a few purchases. Pay day tomorrow so will be buying a few of the bamboozle stretchies, fleecey liners, mesh bag... I even know what the words mean now
I've spoken to my friend and they are the prefold, but I'll take them anyway and they may be of some use... I read up on the nappy lady website and they don't seem to be that great! I guess the thought was there though...
You can buy reusables on eBay second-hand - which makes them even better value.
If you're going the prefold route (Bambino Mio two part system), get some nappy nippas. Apparently just putting a prefold in a wrap will lead to poosplosions especially pre-weaning. The nappy lady has some good advice: http://www.thenappylady.co.uk/bambino_mio.asp?item=Prefold%20Nappies
I've not used them myself so can't comment, but I am using the Bambino Miosolo (their all in one). They're OK, but I don't love them. Occasional leaks around the legs and they need boosting to last 4 hours (can't be bothered with nappies that don't last at least 4 hours..). They are good for tall babies/toddlers though and nursery get on with them well, so that's good.
I love bamboozle stretchies. They recommend prewashing 10 times for full absorbency but even at about 4 or 5 washes they are already lasting over 4 hours. For overnight use I'd boost extra but for daytime use they're perfectly fine with just the snap in booster that comes with it. The only thing is they are expensive. Even second hand they're quite pricey, but that's a good thing because it means that their resale value will be quite good!
BiscuitCrumbsInBed we so totally have a similar nappy life
I've got a couple of bamboozle stretchies, only had them a few weeks. Using as night nappies, they are (so far) lovely and soft and very absorbent. Need a fleece liner inside, and a waterproof wrap over. I'd suggest getting some preloved maybe? Have a look on facebook groups - search for CBM Sales or Preloved cloth nappies, you have to join the group to see the posts.
Are the bambino mio prefolds? I've never tried those so no advice. There always seem to be lots for sale 2nd hand, not sure if that's a good sign?! I think there are various ways of folding them, have a look on the nappy lady website for instructions.
Oh, that was it! Washable wipes.... I've already made my own... They're not as fancy as the pre-done ones but I might pimp them up a bit now I've looked into it
I've checked and my council don't do this nappy trial thingy.... Might see if there is someone I can email about it though
Hoping to pick the bambino mio ones up over the weekend so will report back (probably with more questions)
I'm on my phone so can't name check... But thank you all.
Re nursery: I haven't mentioned to them, was just guessing. Now I've had a look, I can see that the all in ones would be easy enough for them. My ds goes there already and yes, has had nappy rash from not being changed quickly enough but he's my pfb and I have always changes him immediately, which I know nursery can't do. They do have a big black hole which packs of nappies disappear into though so reusables may help on that front
The nappy lady has recommended bamboozle stretchies.... Anybody any experience? I can't afford the initial outlay for what she has recommended (£160 iirc) but will get a trial pack and add to it next month.
A friend is giving/lending me some Bambino mio, which don't seem to get great reviews so am tentative in taking up her offer. I suppose a combination of these and the stretchies will give me a good idea of how things will go.
Errr (I'm on my phone so need to check what else I was going to respond to!)
I agree with rrreow and AmandaPayne - the AIOs are handy for being out and about or nursery or whatever, but I found they don't hold everything in as well and they are pretty bulky, esp to carry around when dirty (if ur away from home).
Whichever you choose, I'd recommend velcro fastening rather than poppers - but that's just my cack-handedness!
Little Lambs had an offer on via Fbk recently and I stocked up on tea tree oil (few drops in the nappy bucket stops any niffs), paper liners (if I know a big one's on its way! ), extra fleecy liners and a few extra wraps. They say not to use fabric softener (as it lessens water absorption apparently) but I use comfort pure and it keeps the nappies very soft and fluffy without any wee-containment issues!
Lots of councils also do a trial thingy, whereby you can get a trial pack of 2 or 3 different types of reusable for free, to try out. Defo worth ringing them/health visitor/doc up to ask
Keep us posted!
I had a look online last night, have requested some advice from the nappy lady which I am waiting to hear back on.
I am tempted by the look of the the little lambs so far, they look so soft!
DH thinks I'm mad by the way... But I'm choosing to ignore him as any "extra work" (his words) would fall to me anyway...
I am reading all this and going to have a proper look around later
(And then return with a million questions!)
I started when DS was 11mo so I second what other people said that it's never too late.
I've found two part systems (shaped nappy with a separate waterproof wrap) to be the most reliable and it's also cost effective. However, I also have All-in-Ones (AIOs) to give to nursery as they go on as easily and quickly as a disposable.
There are lots of options (brands) available and different nappies are suitable for different babies. Don't be afraid to try stuff out (there are some pre-loved nappy groups on Facebook) and sell it on if they don't work for you. Don't invest in a huge set of nappies until you've tried that particular kind at least 5-6 times.
Also once you're using them, if you have any problems or questions or want any advice, ask on here! I wish I had known about the lovely cloth mummies on here when I tried reusables on DS1 when he was about 2 months old. I didn't get on at all and gave up (until he was 11mo) thinking the nappies were at fault, but with some advice and support I think I would've figured it out.
Yes she sells nappies but her advice is fab, look here first.
If you are planning for nursery, it would be worth trying out some single part nappies, like Bumgenius (which we happen to use). Pocket nappies, particularly if they have velcro fastenings, are just like a disposable to use. It is the washing and assembling that are different, which obviously you would do. I've not heard of many nurseries that wouldn't happily use those types - and quite frankly if they did I would question their attitude generally to children's differing requirements.
Thanks this is all mega helpful!
Have got a super clingy ds today so will have a look at everything this evening.
Hi Newton I didn't start using cloth nappies til DD was 11mo so it's never too late! There are lots of different types out there these days, I'd recommend the 'Try Cloth for £10' from Fill Your Pants (sorry, can't link from phone) you get acselection of different nappies to try for 3 weeks which is great to get a feel for how they work. Also The Nappy Lady has loads of info on her site including short YouTube clips explaining each nappy, and a questionnaire you can fill in to get advice on what will work best for you.
I mainly use bumbles by easy Peasy nappies, they're a fitted nappy similar to little lamb but come in just one size (birth to potty) which I've been using on DD now for 9 months no problems. You need a waterproof wrap over the top - motherease airflow and blueberry coveralls are both great.
Your nursery may find it easier to use an all-in-one nappy ie with a built in waterproof cover (so it goes on all in one piece like a disposable) - Eg TotsBots Easyfits or MioSolos. I find these ones aren't as absorbent so they need an extra booster pad which you tuck in before putting the nappy on. You'll also need a wet bag to take to nursery for the dirty nappies - you can get double pocket bags which have a section for clean nappies and a separate one for dirty ones. You probably want to check with nursery that they are ok to use them, but really with all in ones (AIOs) it really is as easy as using a disposable.
I would also recommend washable wipes - they are fantastic and save lots of waste & money compared to using disposable wipes or cotton wool.
Hope that's helpful!
If you go for reusables you can keep track of how frequently your nursery changes bums... although I'm sure your nursery is very proficient and professional
It's just I've heard so many horror stories of nappy rash where they clearly weren't changing nappies often enough, filling out fake 'nappy change' logs or whatever they're called, so this would be a good way to keep track...
Little Lambs are a fab 2-part system (an absorbent cloth bit, and a waterproof outer bit), there are 3 sizes, you'd probably need size 2 (20-40lbs) or size 3 (35lbs upwards). If you like their page on FBk you get access to fab offers too.
They do bamboo, cotton or microfibre ones (diff absorbencies/drying times). You only need one waterproof wrap a day (unless you have poo explosions! ) and the nappies are shaped, with velcro so just like disposables. I didn't get on with AIOs (all in ones)
Have a gander: http://www.littlelambnappies.com/nappies
Good luck with it!
I think I found it easier possibly having a DD in resubables as it was easy to have tights and dresses or just dresses and pretty wraps round the nappies She potty trained early and then I was able to sell the nappies on which meant overall they didn't cost much at all.
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