Hi there I'm really keen to use washable nappies with my third baby due in a few weeks but I'm really struggling to choose, there are soo many on the market now! I succeeded with my first baby with a fantastic laundering service through Cotton Bottoms which doesn't seem to exist anymore and failed dismally with my second with some fleece nappies bought on ebay (very cute looking, rubbish at holding any liquids). This time I like the look of the Mothercare Smart Nappy as they sell different sizes (can't stand tiny babies in huge great nappies designed for toddlers) and they do a cheap starter pack. But I can't find any reviews of them anywhere other than the Mothercare site - which are fab by the way! Think they might be quite new, does anyone have any experience of these nappies? thanks for any help CH
I know of at least one preson on here who used them, but not sure what she thought; iirc there was a problem with the insert bit not staying in place. Aren't there any reviews on here, or threads about them already? Try doing a search.
I would recommend a shaped nappy with PUL wrap, something like totsbots/bimbles/diddy diapers at least initially as they are neater on a newborn bum. Once baby is older you can look at different types like pocket nappies like bumgenius(good for out and s.about and carers). You can sell the little ones to fund the next size up as there is always demand for size 1.
if youb click on advanced search, put smart nappy in the top box, then click choose topics and go down to nappies/potty training, loads and lodas come up about the samrt nappy and it seems mixed from the quick skim I had.
they do seem like a different sort of prefold imo.
I have heard mixed reviews of them - I too have a mountain of prefolds which have been given to me - you can have them for postage as they were donated. Email me on firstname.lastname@example.org - am off on hols weds so do before then or wait til 29th.
I have a couple BUT I don't use the insert that comes with it as it isn't absorbant enough for my 12 week old. But many nappies arn't and even disposables swell right up as she wees so much! I use the outters but stuff with a hemp insert and bamboo booster. This works well BUT if she poos (still on runny poo explosions!) then it usually goes all over the outter. We use it more like an all in one to be honest and wash the outter at most nappy changes.
Nice and slim though - not such a big bum.
I would definatly suggest buying one of them to try before you buy a few. Might be worth getting some 2 parters (shaped nappy with wrap over the top) to try as these are always going to be the most reliable IMO.
Look for reviews of gDiapers and Weenies; they're basically the same thing. They didn't work for me, but DS had outgrown his BumGenius AiO (too tall) and was too tall for these, too, pretty quick. I used them at night and he'd leak over the top. For a girl I don't think you can go wrong and they're much more breathable than a disposable/PUL lined nappy.
You need far fewer as you only need to change the cloth outer if there's a blow-out otherwise change them like clothes. The inner water=proof liners only need changing if poo gets onto them but even if you wanted to change them with every nappy, you can wash them and air dry them by the next nappy change.
That is really helpful, thanks all. I think I'll just get a couple to try to start with rather than buying the whole kit, although at least that is cheaper than most brands. And I'll have a look at reviews of similar makes, thanks Ches. And thanks for the offer of the Cotton Bottoms but I've sort of set my heart on the smaller shaped things and I have a whole army of nanny, grannies and dh to convince which I think will be easier if they look the part and don't look like a traditional terry nappy. thanks again CH
Please don't go for the smart nappy then - you will be very likely to be disappointed - go for some yummy nappies like bitti d'lish, bumgenius, blueberry, close parent - not the cheapest but far from the flat terry and reliable. CAT me if you would like more advice!
OMG I'm in love with the new Blueberry! thanks for the tips, I'll keep researching but wanting the Smart nappy for its price, I don't think this is going to match up to the other brands you mention. It's soo confusing though, can't believe how many more there are on the market than there were even a few years ago. I'll keep researching! Thanks for all your advice.
No worries, it sounds like a good buy but am I right in thinking that this is a birth to potty system? I had decided to go for a sized system as the one size fits all just always looks so enormous on a tiny baby - did you find that? Have you used yours all the way through to potty training?
If you like the blueberry minkyness take a look at greenkids Minkytimes - they have a new cheetah print out too . They are birth to potty also and a toot cheaper as i always found blueberry gorgeous but so expensive.