The nappylady suggested nippa for nighttime (more absorbent) and aplix for the rest of the time (coz they're easier) so we started off with this. Now we just use whichever's to hand. Ds (23 months) calls the aplix ones "rascal pants" because he can undo the aplix (makes a lovley sound and is very funny). For this reason if using aplix we have to get the wrap on quickly.
nippas are a doddle and much easier to get a nappy to fit snugly. Nippa nappies aren't more absorbent...don't know where that idea came from! The unbleached are more absorbent than thw white or coloured ones though.
I think what your nappy lady meant was the 'original' unbleached nippa totbots at night because the unbleached are more absorbant. The unbleached do not come in aplix!!
I use nippa nappies at home because I like them - they are more adjustable and won't wear out like the alplix might. However I have aplix nappies for the nursery during the day because they are easier!! The rainbow bots are less absorbant but it's not a problem, they are still pretty 'hefty'!
Thanks everyone for your replies. So in general, aplix is probably ok for my lo as he's still only in, size 1's and so won't be able to undo them yet! And then nippas for when he gets bigger and more agile with those pesky little hands! Thanks again!
We got the nippas because of the "undoing them" thing -- admittedly not likely at the smaller sizes but this way we are practised when we get to that stage. Nippas nappies also (supposedly) last better than aplix ones so if you are planning to use nappies through several children that may be a consideration. I have also found other people (Especially men) fascinated by the nippas -- I think they appeal to the "gadget gene" -- so they are very good for spreading the word on cloth nappies.
I prefer nippas, as LeahE has said it looks gadgety! Even my dad commented on them and I feel LO is kept better in with nippas than aplix. And you can choose the colour of your nappy nippa to contrast with your tots!!!
Nippas for me. Haven't tried the aplix but when I was doing my research, I got the distinct feeling they weren't as popular - something about the fit not being as good and adding bulk, both of which were important to me.