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Which are the best real nappies?

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Sallie Tue 11-Jan-05 12:10:36

My sister is expecting in the summer and wants to use real nappies. She is cost conscious so what is the best value starter pack? And which are the best real nappies in everyone's opinion as I am tempted to use them next time.....

Chandra Tue 11-Jan-05 12:11:41

What is a real nappy? I wonder if I have been using virtual ones ???? [puzzled emoticon]

Sallie Tue 11-Jan-05 12:17:53

Mean cloth nappies. They were called real nappies by my health visitor. LOL!!!!

SamN Tue 11-Jan-05 12:40:20

Just popping in but would warn against starter packs. The 'best' cloth nappies depend a lot on your circumstances and your baby and so it's quite a lot of money to shell out if you then find they don't suit either of you.

'Circumstances' can include:
who is the main nappy changer and who else will be changing nappies, do they feel up to folding terries, or do they want something as close as possible to a disposable;
do you have a tumble drier or not;
how often do you want to do the washing;
do you want cloth because of the cost, the feel of the nappies or the lower environmental impact;
what shape is your baby?

You really don't know the answer to all these questions (especially the shape one) until the baby is born. Plus your baby grows, changes shape and gets wrigglier, so ime some mums who start out with terries (the cheapest and fastest drying option) find it's easier to use pocket nappies by the time the baby has turned into an 18 month old.

Having said all that, I would recommend the 'nappy lady ' website which has a free tailored advice section to help you go through the various options and find out what might be the best nappies for you. You don't have to buy your nappies from her if you don't want to.

hth

SamN Tue 11-Jan-05 12:42:40

If it helps at all, we don't have a tumble drier, so drying time was very important to me. (Some of the all-in-ones can take a while to dry.) I was very keen on pocket nappies when I first decided to put ds1 into cloth - but I tried Nature Babies stuffables and they really didn't fit him properly. So I used terries when at home. (I realised if my mum used them on us, how difficult could the folding really be?) And for nursery/out and about I used Tots Bots.

But as ds1 has grown up I'm using pocket nappies more often (Slinki Minkis mostly) and that's what I plan to use with ds2 when he goes to nursery.

Also, is there a dp/dh on the scene and what does he think? I really regret making my decision to use cloth a 'unilateral' one. Dp refuses to use the cloth nappies but happily changes a stinky disposable one. I was thinking of him when I chose the Tots (they don't require any folding). But in hindsight I realise I could have showed him the information and worked towards a joint decision, then he might have ended up far more supportive of whichever nappies we had both decided to use.

Anyway, that's just my experience, others might recommend totally different ones.

CarrieG Tue 11-Jan-05 13:00:46

Or try plushpants - they do a free trial of different kinds.

I like coloured totsbots - not as bulky as the white ones.

bensmum3 Tue 11-Jan-05 20:04:24

Hi,
I use "real nappies" I tend to use motherease one size and sandy's during the day with motherease airflow wrap and tots bots at night with tots fleece wrap, seems to work for us, I spent a fortune trying out different systems, there are so many nice looking nappies out there !

samwifewithkid Wed 12-Jan-05 20:55:32

I have used motherease one size with the wraps that go with them. Have used them from 8 weeks - 2 1/2 years. Have never had any leaks or problems. There are so many to choose from on the net it gets quite confusing. I just decided to use these and went for it. Am happy with my choice.

Tissy Wed 12-Jan-05 20:59:10

Definitely Totsbots for us- yes, the coloured ones are slimmer, but slimmer means less absorbent, so what you lose in absorbency you gain in cuteness. If you chose the nippa fastening style, they will fit ANY baby snugly. They are pretty much bomb-proof- I can't remember dd ever having a poo leak in a Totsbot.

MrsDoolittle Sat 15-Jan-05 11:41:04

Another vote for totsbots, I would swear by them. However I think you do need a tumble dryer because they take a while to dry.
Bumbles are probably the newest and are closest to the totsbots design. They are one size and very economical. I have a few and I like them too. The nappy lady says they can't keep up with demand at the moment. That should tell you something!!

tassis Sat 15-Jan-05 21:13:08

Another totsbots user here. Very pleased with them. I use them with motherease wraps.

miffy2 Sun 23-Jan-05 20:54:02

I have just started using cotton nappies on DS2. So far I have been using Fuzzi Bunz with inserts which I find great (tho probably an expensive option for every nappy), some Bambino Mio with muslins/FB inserts which I rate as OK (the wrap seems to leave a mark on his tummy).

I tried using the Tots Bots but I find them really bulky. I will keep them for nighttime use for the moment but I think I will have to bypass the age 3-6 months vests and sleepsuits and go straight to 6m+. Is this the general consensus, that they are good but bulky? Or is it just me? Also I am using a B Mio wrap at night but find it a bit of a squeeze on the Tots Bots.

CarrieG Sun 23-Jan-05 21:04:57

Hard to say really - ds is such a bruiser (98th percentile for height & weight) that he's always worn clothes for double his age (ie at nearly 6 months he's wearing trousers my mate's 18 month dd has just grown out of! ) So whilst I think the totsbots ARE fairly bulky, they don't make that much of a difference to ds - he lives in tracky bums anyway!

I've got various other kinds but just haven't found any that can really cope with ds's prodigious wee output (gosh, I'm making him sound a total monster! ), so I keep everything else for wearing with smart trousers (& resign myself then to changing him on a practically hourly basis...)

CarrieG Sun 23-Jan-05 21:07:49

Oh & Cotton Bottoms wraps seem to work quite well with Tots - I went straight for the larger size & they contain everything nicely, are quicker to dry than most & have a rather jolly frog & lilypad pattern!

Socci Sun 23-Jan-05 21:33:24

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lunavix Sun 23-Jan-05 21:37:13

What would people recommend for a chubby baby?

misdee Sun 23-Jan-05 21:39:17

lunavix, my dd2 was around 30lb at 1year old, and we used tots bots size 3 with ME XL wraps for her. (switched to cloth when disposables didnt fit anymore)

lunavix Sun 23-Jan-05 21:39:51

Oh dear.. think my plea for size 2 might have to go up to size 3

misdee Sun 23-Jan-05 21:40:55

i would offer you dd2 ones as we are potty training soon, but i need them for #3 (due march) and tbh they are well worn!!

lunavix Sun 23-Jan-05 21:41:37

It's okay, I think I'm just going to have to stop telling dp where our money is going...

jessicasmummy Sun 23-Jan-05 21:41:44

for me its kushies... no wraps no nothin - just velcro it together

misdee Sun 23-Jan-05 21:43:13

luna, i have loads of nappies being held for me 2nd hand for #3, and am so tempted to order some more as well. good job the card is in my name.............

lunavix Sun 23-Jan-05 21:54:19

Yeah ... I have 5 credit cards... I owe nothing!

Can always start...

misdee Sun 23-Jan-05 21:55:30

mines only debit card, but i am foever stuffing extra cash into that account

bensmum3 Mon 24-Jan-05 19:56:52

I think we are on the last stages of wearing nappies now,ds is showing an interest in the potty,but it's great to keep dh informed about how many nappies I'am selling and oops forgetting to tell about the bigger ones i'm buying !

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