Cloth nappy myths – busted! (Part 3: cost and ease)

As Reusable Nappy Week draws to a close, here’s the final instalment of my cloth nappy myth busting series. I’ve already covered laundry and looks and comfort, Today I’m going to finish up with a few bits and bobs, mainly cost and ease of use. So here we go with some statements and why I think they are myths…

Nappy rainbow on sky blue

They’re expensive to buy

If you look online at the nappy retailer sites it may seem a bit pricy to pay say £15 for one nappy. It is true that the initial outlay for a set of cloth nappies is more expensive than a pack of disposables – you could buy a big pack of sposies for £15. But the difference is that that £15 will in effect and up in the bin – once the nappies are used once, that’s it. But cloth nappies can of course be used again and again, on several children, so that £15 stretches over a long period of time. We had a set of fitted nappies that had been used on 2 children before mine, then my 2 boys, then I passed them on to another mum for her new baby when Andrew potty trained, so that’s at least 5 children, and they are still going strong.

Purple nappies

Some nappies do cost £15 to buy, but not all have to cost that much. First of all there is the thriving pre-loved market, where you can find cheaper than new nappies in good condition – Facebook has several groups for buying, selling and trading nappies, eBay has lots of listings and you can get some real bidding bargains, and there are specialist nappy forums like Cloth Nappy Tree that have free-to-list classifieds sections. So if you don’t have the cash for the initial outlay by buying new, these are a great place to look, and if you do have the cash to buy brand new, you can usually get a fair bit of your money back once your kid(s) have finished with the nappies by selling them on via these sites, knowing that they will be going to another family rather than landfill.

There are certain types of nappy that aren’t so popular, and these can be found really cheap or even free on freecycle (for example). These tend to be flat nappies or pre-folds, and also some older brands of fitted nappy like Motherease and One-life. I’ve personally always got on very well with both of these for my boys, even though they aren’t the most popular, so it’s not like they are no good, just not the prettiest, but teamed with a funky wrap they work well.

Blue nappiesOne thing I would recommend before buying any whole sets of nappies that are more expensive than a real bargain, is trying a few different ones, either through your local nappy library or by buying a few cheap ones pre-loved. If you don’t get on with a particular style, at least you won’t have shelled out a couple of hundred pounds on a whole set of that style!

They’re too much of a faff – to put on / to take with you when you go out

Modern cloth nappies are nothing like the image that you might have of needing to be an origami master to get a square piece of towelling onto a baby’s bottom. There are so many different styles, and many are just like a disposable in terms of how you put it on the baby – an all in one piece with absorbency and waterproofing sewn together, and with velcro tabs that pull across the tummy to fasten, it really couldn’t be any easier. Some are slightly more complicated in that you have to popper or stuff the absorbency into the waterproof shell prior to use, but once it’s in, you just put it on like a disposable, and once you know what you’re doing, you can stuff nappies with a blindfold on. Poppers are an alternative to velcro, and especially handy if you have an older baby or toddler who likes to pull off nappies (including disposables) as poppers make it harder for them to do that!

Green nappies

It might seem a bit odd to be carrying around dirty nappies in your change bag, when you can just throw a disposable away where you changed your baby. If the nappy is just wet, you can easily pop it into a ‘wet bag’ – waterproof zipped or drawstring bags that are designed to hold nappies until you get home. If the nappy is dirty, then I just make sure that as much of the poo as possible is flushed down the toilet, and then pop it in the wet bag and sort it out properly when I get home. I make these bags myself, and I know that with a good zip closure and sealed seams these really do keep in smells, so there’s no need to worry about stinking out your bag. Or if space in your bag is an issue, then most wet bags for out and about (like mine 😉 ) come with a popper-fastening handle that can be fastened onto something else like a buggy handle or bar. Or if you’d rather not carry cloth nappies around with you, there’s no reason why you can’t just use them at home.

There’s no point me buying and using them, I’ll be going back to work in a few months and my childcare won’t use them

I think the first point to make here is that any amount of landfill that is spared by using cloth nappies is great – whether that’s one nappy, 10 nappies, 100 nappies or 1000 nappies. So even if you do end up switching back to disposables, it will not have been a waste (in fact quite the opposite!) to have used cloth nappies for a shorter period than the average 2.5 years from birth to potty.

Yellow nappies

The second point is that you may be surprised by your childcare provider’s policy on nappies. Our childminder was perfectly happy to change cloth nappies (after all, she’d used terry squares with her own older children), and I know a few other childminders who use still cloth nappies on their own children so are happy to do it for others in their care too. I have less personal experience of nurseries, but I know a few friends who send their child to a nursery where the staff are also happy to change cloth nappies. I’m not saying that every childcare provider will be OK with it, but of the people I know who use cloth nappies and whose child also goes to a nursery/childminder, most have managed to continue using cloth nappies once they returned to work.

It’s all or nothing – cloth nappies or disposables

To tie up this post on myths, here’s one that I’ve touched on a few times above. Although it’s nice to use any cloth nappies that you buy as much as possible, it really doesn’t have to be full time. If you only use them at home, that’s OK. If you only use them until you go back to work, that’s fine. If you don’t start using them until your baby is a few months old, that’s great. If you only use them in the daytime, that’s not a problem. If you get behind on the washing and there aren’t enough dry, don’t worry. If you just have a bad day and can’t face another cloth nappy, nobody will think anything less of you! As I said above, if you just save one or two disposable nappies from landfill, that’s a help, and as the saying goes, every little helps.

Orange nappies

We started using cloth nappies when Andrew was about 6 weeks old, once we’d got through all the disposables we’d got free and been bought, and once we felt stressful feeding issues has settled down to some extent. Joel was in cloth nappies from a few days old. Andrew was in disposables at night until he started soaking through them at about 18 months old and I had to do some research on night nappies that were absorbent enough for his super heavy wetting. Joel has always been in cloth nappies at night. Sometimes we use disposables – when we go away (about 3 weeks a year) is the main reason, or when Joel got a particularly sore bottom from teething wee (until I found out about charcoal boosters and these have been great for this), or if Andrew’s night nappies haven’t quite got dry in time depending on when I did the washing and whether I could get it outside. So even as someone who likes to promote cloth nappies, I’m not afraid to say that we occasionally use disposables, it’s by no means all or nothing. There’s also the eco-friendly disposable option, or cloth nappies that you can buy eco disposable inserts for that fit like a cloth insert into the cloth shell – another reason why it’s not black and white.

Red nappies

I hope that this series of myth busting posts has been useful for you. Please let me know if you have any further questions, I’m happy to chat nappies any time. There is still some time to join in all the fun of Reusable Nappy Week and try to win some nappy prizes. Check out the Reusable Nappy Association’s Facebook page. Happy nappying!

Cloth nappy myths – busted! (Part 2: looks & comfort)

Welcome back for another instalment of cloth nappy myth busting for Reusable Nappy Week. If you missed my last post, which was all about laundry, you can find it here. Today I’m concentrating on what modern cloth nappies look like and how comfortable they are for babies and toddlers to wear. So, like last time, here are some statements that I think are myths….

Nappy rainbow on sky blue

They look boring


Cloth nappies have come on a loooong way since the days of terry squares and plastic pants. Even since we started out with cloth nappies over 3 years ago there have been new designs coming onto the market giving even more choice. The photos I’ve included in this post are testament to the fact that cloth nappies come in a rainbow of colours and patterns. All the big brands as well as independent work at home mums offer funky and pretty prints as well as bright colours, many different designs to suit various tastes. Even if you stick with terry squares/pre-folds/or fitted nappies, there are some lovely wraps out there that can jazz up even the oldest of functional nappies underneath. In fact our staple nappies for Joel are ‘boring’ pre-folds with various wraps, most of which I have made from fabrics that are bright, funky and suit him.

In some ways though, when I first started using cloth nappies on Andrew, I didn’t mind what they looked like because they were always under his babygro or trousers anyway. But once it got to summer, it was lovely to let him run around at home or in the garden with just a nappy and a t-shirt on, so we could all see the cute nappy. It’s easier to include the nappy as part of a cute outfit for girls, because a lovely little pinafore dress is what you might dress her in anyway, and whatever kind of nappy she’s wearing inevitably gets flashed when she bends over when playing.

Red nappies

Fairly recently I came across baby leg warmers and bought some for Joel to try. These are a great way to see a lovely cloth nappy on a boy, and they are very practical too – no faffing to get trousers back on after a wriggly nappy change, and they’re easy for him to move about in, especially when he was crawling and learning to walk.

They’re too bulky

One of the great things about the variety of modern cloth nappies is that there are all sorts of shapes, sizes, styles and fabrics that suit different children. Some nappies are bulkier and some are trimmer. Bulkier ones may also be more absorbent than trimmer styles or have other attributes. All in one nappies tend to be less bulky than a fitted nappy plus wrap, and pocket nappies are as bulky as the amount of inserts that you stuff into them.

Orange nappies

So my first point here is that not all cloth nappies are bulky. But even with the bulkier styles, I don’t believe they are ‘too’ bulky. Some parents worry that cloth nappies are too bulky and so put their baby’s legs in a funny position. Quite on the contrary – cloth nappies are actually better for hip development because they support the legs in a better position – babies legs are supposed to be ‘froggy’, it’s not a bad thing, they’re not supposed to look like straight adult legs for quite a few years (this also applies to optimum baby wearing positions).

Another worry is that the nappies are so bulky that they make the baby slow to crawl/walk. As far as I know there is no national-scale evidence for this, and my own boys both walked before they were 1 year old, one crawled from 6 months, the other 9 months, so I know that cloth nappies didn’t hinder them in their movement. And when they did pull themselves up to standing and take their first steps, having a nice, soft, fluffy (some may call it bulky) bottom to fall back down on was much more appealing than a thin disposable nappy.

They’re uncomfortable for baby to wear

Yellow nappies

Following on from the bulkiness, I’ve heard it said that cloth nappies are uncomfortable. Now I’ve never actually asked a baby and got a comprehensible answer as to whether they are uncomfortable, but I guess if my boys had been really uncomfy in their nappies they would have screamed and screamed until I did something about it. I think it is possible to get a bad fit with certain styles of nappy, which may lead to discomfort, but this can be easily fixed by asking someone with a bit more experience. This is where finding a local nappy meet with other parents whose children wear them is great, or even asking in one of the many cloth nappy sales and advice groups on Facebook. A key area where many people slip up is putting nappies too far down the thigh – tucking it into the knicker line is best, to avoid any rubbing on the thigh. With some styles of nappy this isn’t an issue anyway.

As babies come in various shapes and sizes, different nappies suit different babies. For example, babies with very chubby thighs would probably find nappies with popper fastenings at the side more comfortable than nappies that fasten at the front. Short babies would probably find nappies with a low rise more comfortable than those with a high rise. It’s just a case of finding what works best for your baby, and a good way of doing this is borrowing various kinds from a nappy library, or buying a few different styles cheaply second hand, until you find the best ones and buy more of those. Many nappies are adjustable in size, both in width (like a disposable, where you do up the wings) and in height (unlike a disposable), so you can adjust to get a good fit as your baby grows and changes shape.

Green nappies

Some clothes brands aren’t cut very generously around the bottom area, so cloth nappies appear ‘too bulky’ for the clothes, but we generally haven’t found this to be a big issue and most of the boys’ clothes have fitted perfectly fine over their nappies, even if we needed to go up a size a bit sooner than we would if they were wearing disposables.

Baby gets more nappy rash with cloth nappies

One particular area of discomfort that I’ve heard said about cloth nappies is nappy rash. According to Go Real, the reusable nappy information service, an independent study showed that whether babies wear disposable or cloth nappies made no difference to the incidence of nappy rash. In my own experience, we have had very little nappy rash with both my boys in cloth nappies. Andrew I don’t remember ever suffering with it, and Joel has had a few small bouts which I put down to a combination of strong teething wee and ammonia build up in the nappies because I was washing with too little detergent for the hard water of Cambridge (see my previous post for details) – once I figured this out he hasn’t had any rash. He is also a much lighter wetter than Andrew so I sometimes forget to change him as often because there is less urgency, and he’s a second child after all 😉

Blue nappies

The great thing about cloth nappies is that you decide what goes next to your baby’s skin. Disposables are full of chemicals, and I personally prefer to have cloth nappy fabrics (which don’t have chemicals) next to my boys’ skin as much as possible. Some babies are actually highly sensitive to the chemicals in disposable nappies and come out in a rash when they are in disposables (this hasn’t happened to my boys, but I know of other children who have had this issue).

If you do come across rash in cloth nappies, there are some things you can check for. It’s important to not have the skin wet for prolonged periods of time, so changing cloth nappies every 3-4 hours at most is a good idea (though I have sometimes left Joel for longer as he’s a lighter wetter than Andrew was in nappies), and having a ‘stay-dry’ fabric such as fleece, minky or suedecloth next to the skin helps to wick the moisture away from the skin into the absorbent fabric of the nappy. Apart from prolonged exposure to moisture, nappy rash is also caused by irritants next to the skin (for example the ammonia build up that I mentioned above in our case) – this could be a sensitivity to a particular detergent, which some babies in disposables show with respect to their washed clothing, or to a particular fabric, for example some babies are sensitive to synthetic fibres so are best with natural ones such as cotton. Or it could be down to a change in diet, a food sensitivity or even teething.

Purple nappies

That’s it on myth busting for today. I’ll be back with one more of these posts at the end of Reusable Nappy Week.  Hope they are proving useful, and hope you’ll join me for the final instalment.

Cloth nappy myths – busted! (Part 1: laundry)

It’s that time of year again – Reusable Nappy Week! Well it used to be called Real Nappy Week, though I’ve always preferred to call it Cloth Nappy Week (as I don’t like the implication that disposables aren’t ‘real’), but Reusable means the acronym RNW still fits. I’ve blogged about cloth nappies quite a bit over the 3 years since we started using them, especially when I was running Nappyness (Cambridge Nappy Library and Meet-ups). This year I decided that a couple of posts about busting some cloth nappy myths would be a good idea. I know I had some preconceptions about what they were like before I looked into it some more — mainly from what I’d heard they were like when I was in nappies! And others who I’ve spoken to have had similar ideas about what they think cloth nappying involves. So here are some statements about cloth nappies that I have personally come across — of course there are no doubt more — and why, in my experience I think they are myths….

Nappy rainbow on sky blue

They’re hard/complicated to wash

Forget boil washing on massively long cycles! That’s the first thing to note when washing modern cloth nappies. In fact if you boil them, they won’t survive too long. Boil washing would be fine if you were using plain cotton terry squares, but not for newer designs that have PUL (polyurethane laminate — waterproof fabric) and/or elastic as part of the nappy itself, because these materials degrade quicker than you’d like at high temperatures. But there’s no need to wash at those high temperatures anyway.

40 degrees is generally fine for most of the times that you wash cloth nappies. The main exception when it’s advisable to wash at 60 degrees is if you know of or suspect a tummy bug or other contagious illness. Otherwise I wash at 60 about once a month or so or if I do a ‘strip wash’ (more on this soon). Washing at 40 rather than 60 (or 90) also reduces the amount of energy you use to clean the nappies.

Blue nappies

One issue that cloth nappy users sometimes run into if they don’t know about it (like I didn’t when we first started before I read up online about it) is using the right amount of detergent. Too much and it can clog the fabric making it less absorbent, too little and it won’t be effective in cleaning and may lead to ammonia build up. Other factors like water hardness and washing machine can also influence how much detergent is needed. For example we lived in Cambridge for 3 years of nappy washing and after realising that we were using way too much detergent leading to less absorbent nappies, I cut right down to the often cited 2 tablespoons of powder; only then we had ammonia build up (stinky nappies, sore bottoms), so I used a little more (about 4 tbsp, still less than a full dose) and we no longer had issues. Some modern washing machines are very ‘eco friendly’ in their minimal water usage, but this isn’t ideal for nappies that need plenty of water to rinse the detergent away so it doesn’t hang around in the fabric.

OK, this does sound complicated, you may be saying. It sounds like it, but once you do a bit of trial and error to figure out how much detergent if optimum in your machine, it’s very easy. And if you do use too much detergent for too many washes or if you get ammonia build up, it’s a simple procedure to correct: you do a ‘strip wash’. As the name suggests this means stripping the nappies of any built-up chemicals. If you goggle ‘strip wash nappies/diapers’, a few different methods come up. The one I’ve done is to use a full dose of detergent at 60 degrees and then do many rinses until I can no longer see bubbles in the washing machine.

Green nappies

Have you already got lots of washing, with a baby and maybe other children too? I know not everyone wants to have any extra loads of washing than they have to, but my take on this was that I’m doing piles of washing anyway, so what’s a few more loads a week going to do to me? I had two boys in full time cloth nappies for about 9 months until Andrew potty trained in the day (he still wears nappies at night), and I did (and still do) 6-7 loads of washing a week – total for clothes, bedding, nappies etc.

What about fabric softener? Some people worry about fabrics (that are next to sensitive baby skin) getting rough over time, and so would like to use softener to counteract this. The trouble is that softener clogs the fabric and leads to a decrease in absorbency. I’ve not had a problem with rough nappies, and there are several styles that don’t have rough terry fabrics next to the skin anyway, but rather a soft, stay-dry fabric like fleece, minky or velour. I’ve also heard that a quick blast in the tumble drier every now and then can help to soften up rough, dry nappies.

Which type of detergent is best? Non-bio is better than bio, because bio will degrade elastics and PUL over time. Powdered detergent is better than liquid, because liquid tends to coat fabrics leading to build up and decrease in absorbency. Some cloth nappy users swear by natural products like the Eco Egg for washing nappies, which have no chemicals so you can’t get a build up of them in the fabric. We tried an Eco Egg a while ago but didn’t think it cleaned particularly effectively in our machine. This is just our experience and I’ve heard that its performance can differ quite a bit depending on your machine.

Orange nappies

Here are my key points for washing cloth nappies…

  • start off using about 2 tablespoons of detergent (non-bio powder), adjusted up if your water is particularly hard
  • wash at 40 degrees on a normal (not quick wash) cycle, or 60 degrees in cases of illness or strip washing
  • do extra rinses if your machine is economical with water usage or if you still see bubbles at the end of your main wash cycle

They’re hard to get dry or take too long to dry

I think this very much depends on the time of year and what your home is like for size and ventilation. Of course it’’s easiest to dry nappies when you can get them out in the sun and wind and they dry naturally. The sun also helps to get rid of stains. I’d say I get nappies outside most days that I wash them from about April to September, though I’m aware that some fairly recent British summers have been very wet and this might not always be possible.

I think we were lucky that our flat where we lived for 3 years of nappying was very efficient at drying nappies hung on an airer — they would generally dry in a day, or two days for the very absorbent night nappies. It was only a small flat, but we never felt like nappies and washing were taking too much room, so I’d say it’s perfectly possible to get nappies for 2 dried in a flat without a tumble dryer. Since we moved to live in a (fairly modern) house, it’s been taking a bit longer for them to dry inside. I’ve found that the key is to have good air circulation and ventilation in the room where they are drying.

Pink nappies

Another key point is to think about what style of nappies dry quickest (and that are suitable for your baby’s/toddler’s needs). I find that it’s useful to have a variety of nappies, some that dry quicker and others that dry slower, so we can mix and match depending on what’s dry. Flat nappies like pre-folds dry very quickly, as do the waterproof wraps that go over the top, and some styles of nappy have insert sets that popper into the shell, meaning that you can have extra popper-in sets (which dry slower than the shell) to use with the quick-drying shell. Natural fabrics take longer to dry than man-made fabrics, so having some of each means you’ll always have some nappies dry and ready to use again sooner than others. And just having more nappies available in your wash and wear cycle in the winter than in the summer is a good idea.

What about tumble drying? Well it is possible to tumble dry some types of nappy, but if you regularly tumble dry, the energy you use to do it means that using cloth nappies is no longer as environmentally friendly as you might think. Of course not everyone uses cloth nappies for environmental reasons, but if that’s one of your reasons, tumble drying is best avoided. It’s also not a good idea to regularly tumble dry nappies with elastic or PUL (waterproof fabric) because they degrade more quickly with constant heating like this, and some fabrics, especially bamboo, are quite fragile and tumble drying would decrease the life of the nappy.

Purple nappies

What about drying on radiators? Similar points apply as to tumble drying. Direct heat like this is not good for elastic, PUL or fragile fibres like bamboo. From an energy consumption point of view – if you constantly have fabric items hung over your radiators, the central heating will have to work harder to heat your room to your desired temperature, and you’ll be using more energy for that. So again, it’s not ideal if you’re concerned about the environmental side of nappies.

You get poo on your hands when changing cloth nappies

You get poo on your hands when changing nappies — full stop! So I guess this one’s not actually a myth, but I don’t believe it’s true that you get more poo on your hands using cloth nappies than disposables. This kind of statement is usually flung at me by those who don’t yet have (born) children. Unless you’ve been a particularly well involved Aunt/Uncle/much older sibling/Godparent etc. and actually changed a baby’s nappy, then you may not be aware that being a parent means you’re going to come into contact with poo — fact. Of course there are steps you can take to minimise the amount of poo contact, by learning how to change a nappy most effectively, but it will still happen. And that’s before you even get to toilet training.

Red nappies

When it comes to cloth nappies, there are flushable liners that you can place in the nappy to catch any solids in the nappy, which you simply pick up and flush, meaning there is no more contact than sorting out a disposable nappy. This is probably also a good time to point out that technically we’re not supposed to get rid of any human poo in the bin, so even disposable users should flush as much poo as possible from the nappy — believe me, I’ve tried, and it’s a heck of a lot easier to flush poo from a cloth nappy than a disposable. Of course nobody actually does this and it’s clearly not an enforced rule, but still, interesting if you’re concerned about the environmental side of nappies.

I personally choose to use reusable fleece liners, which I pick up at a corner that isn’t covered in poo and sluice in the flush as I pull the lever on the toilet, holding on tight to the liner. I may get some dirty water splashing over my hands, but it’s no more yucky than muddy puddle water, which I frequently come into contact with when looking after my boys, and in the bathroom I can immediately wash my hands with anti bacterial hand wash (which I can’t in a muddy field).

I hope this has covered enough about poo… or maybe not quite….!

You have stinky buckets of water sitting in your bathroom

One image I had of cloth nappies before we used them is buckets full of pooey water hanging about in the bathroom until wash day. In fact I did this for a while until I learned that this isn’t how best to do it for modern cloth nappies (i was going on perfectly reasonable practice from old terry squares). These days the advice is to ‘dry pail’ instead of ‘wet pail’. When you take a wet nappy off your child, you simply put it in an empty bucket with lid or a ‘wet bag’ (waterproof bag that keeps in smells) as it is – no water involved. When you take off a dirty nappy, you get rid of any solid poo by using a flushable liner or by sluicing a reusable liner in the flush, and then put the nappy in the bucket/bag as it is.

Yellow nappies

When it comes to wash day, you do a cold rinse cycle before your main wash, which is the equivalent of the old soaking, except this means the nappies aren’t sitting around in the stinky water for a couple of days. It’s important to do a cold rinse, because if the water is body temperature or above, stains will be set in rather than washed out.

I hope this has been useful information about the laundry aspect of cloth nappies. In my next posts I will bust some more myths about other aspects of cloth nappies – hope you’ll come back and read them 🙂


Baby leg warmers & rocket nappy – Nappykind review

I’ve recently come across Nappykind, an online shop that specialises in baby leg warmers and leggings. When they were asking if there were any bloggers interested in doing a review of their products, I thought this would be great to do on the Nappyness blog. I was also interested from a personal perspective, because I’d seen pictures of babies and toddlers in leg warmers, showing off their funky cloth nappy, but I’d not actually bought any. So this was the perfect opportunity to give them a go.

After taking a long time to decide from the large selection on their website, I went for a rocket print (Blast Off!) pocket nappy and a pair of blue cloud baby leg warmers, as I thought these looked good together and I knew we had other nappies that would go with the leg warmers, which are sky blue with rainbow thin stripes. When they arrived I was very impressed with the look of the nappy and leg warmers, they were bold colours and funky in design, and the style of yarn and knit was more unusual than I had seen in leg warmers before. We tried them on straight away, and as usual with a brand new nappy, my littlest nappy tester tested its containment capability almost immediately! It fared well, and was a good fit around his slim legs.


I also noticed in those few minutes since putting them on that the leg warmers had a pull in the knit. I did wonder when I got them out of the packaging whether the more unusual knit with several smaller yarns in a looser knit rather than one chunky yarn in a tighter knit would last long on a crawling baby, and indeed they looked a bit messy already. So I got in touch with Nappykind and explained that although I loved the design to look at, in practice they didn’t suit my crawler and t wouldn’t pay £6.99 again. Sabrina was very helpful and apologised for this, saying that feedback was very important to them, especially for new products like this one. She also offered to send out a new pair in a different design and knit for free as a replacement. So these are the ones that I shall review in more detail.

leg warmers

Starting with the nappy (using my usual review template)….

Cost and value for money:

When I got it, all the nappies on the website were reduced from £14.99 to £6.99. It wasn’t clear that they aren’t Nappykind’s own brand but rather ‘Babyland’, or a so-called ‘cheapy’ pocket, similar to those you can buy on eBay and Amazon. So I would say £6.99 is the absolute maximum that I would pay for this kind of nappy, and only then for a funky print, which aren’t always easy to find on cheap pockets, rather than a plain block colour one. The website says suitable from 6-12 months, though I think it’s an average birth to potty nappy myself, which would fit a big newborn to small toddler, so you get a fair amount of wear out of it over time.


It comes with one insert, which according to the website is cotton, though it feels much like microfibre to me, and I’d say the absorbency is what I would expect for microfibre. This is fine for my younger boy who isn’t a heavy wetter any more, and we can get a few hours out of it in the afternoon (when he wets less than in the morning). Boosted with an extra bamboo and it’s good for a morning out. This is standard for this kind of pocket nappy with insert.


As I said above, it fared well on its first containment test. I wouldn’t put this kind of nappy on a breastfed newborn, as I would be worried about leaks, but obviously I can’t test that myself now! We did have one slight leak when the nappy was very full of wee and was being pulled down at the crotch and therefore the fit was less good around the legs.



It is a nice trim fit with a relatively slim insert, though of course it gets bigger with extra boostage, but still doesn’t look huge on him.

Drying speed:

Very fast. The pocket dries in no time, as you would expect for PUL and fleece, and the insert is fast too.

Change Speed:

Fast. As it’s a one parter nappy to put on (as long as you pre-stuff it), it’s quick and easy to put on in a hurry. The poppers aren’t too stiff like I find with some nappies.

Ease of Use:

Easy. The PUL is nice and smooth inside so it’s easy to stuff the inserts, though my husband struggles a bit more than me with bigger hands as it’s quite a slim nappy, just like some of our other pocket and all in one nappies. Once stuffed, it’s very easy to put on and very user-friendly for those not accustomed to changing cloth nappies.


Poppers only – these last longer than Velcro/aplix, but it’s not as easy to get a perfect fit every time (this is a general pro/con of poppers versus aplix)



Funky print, particularly for boys, as I don’t see many specifically boy themed nappies compared to the pretty prints that are generally available for girls across brands. My toddler loves rockets, so this jumped out at me! The design of the nappy itself is nothing special, it’s a staple pocket nappy that I’m sure many people like to have in their stash, including us.


If you like simple pocket nappies and want a funky or pretty design, then this nappy, or the other prints that Nappykind sell, would find a good home in your stash. Nice and slim, especially for light wetters who don’t need extra boosting, and with an extra insert it lasts a good few hours or so with average wetting. I wouldn’t pay any more for it, but it’s not bad value for a basic nappy.

Now moving on to the leg warmers…

My first impression was that I love the colour – a lovely bold green, perfect for my little boy without being blue or covered in vehicles or sports equipment, like many boy clothes are! The black stars work well with the main green colour, and these leg warmers go with the (predominantly red) rocket print nappy as well as other nappies in our stash. The knit is a classic one, and this makes them nicely thick and warm for winter. The knitted fabric is very soft, which is important because it goes right next to his skin. They have been crawled around in several times now and I can’t see any damage, so that is encouraging and shows they are more robust than the more fragile ones we have.


I like the idea of the fold over cuff at the top, as I think it makes them look more interesting than a plain ‘sock-like’ cuff at the top as well as at the bottom, and I thought it might help them stay up well on my rather skinny legged little one. However, this isn’t the case, and actually I think the style of the original blue ones means they stay up better (clearly I can’t have it all in leg warmers!) But I think chunkier thighs would be fine, and it’s not really a problem for us, I just need to pull them up every now and then, especially when he’s cruising around. We find this for other products that are worn on his legs, so it’s not a reflection of these leg warmers in particular.

So far it’s only my (long-legged) 11 month old who has been wearing these, but because they’re stretchy, they will fit for quite a while longer, which is great for children at this age who seem to grow out of clothes at a rate of knots, especially my boys and trousers. So I’d say these represent good value for money. I’ve also heard of adults using leg warmers like these for wrist warmers in winter, so it’s an item of clothing for all the family.

We’ve had quite a few comments about how good the leg warmers look on him, and also how well they show off whichever nappy he’s wearing. I don’t see many babies at groups wearing them, especially not boys, so I’ve been able to say where I got them from and how there is a big range of various designs to choose from. Overall I would recommend these as an excellent addition to a cloth nappy stash, allowing you to show off a fluffy bum whilst keeping those legs cosy in a lovely soft material.

Disclaimer: I was given a discount on these products but all views expressed are honest and entirely my own.


Sew, sew, sew your nappies

Just recently I’ve been finding a real enthusiasm for sewing. I used to do quite a bit as a teenager, both in school as part of textiles GCSE and out of school, making a few clothes and bags for myself. It’s my love of cloth nappies that’s really got me into it again. When I figured out that I could make my own washable wipes and good quality wet bags cheaper than I could buy from retailers or work at home mums (WAHMs) (that reminds me, I still have one large wet bag spare if anyone would like to buy it 😉 ), I was happy with my end products and enjoyed making them so much that I then decided to make some more nappy-related items – in fact nappies themselves.

wet bags

I started with some fleece soakers, i.e. waterproof nappy covers, instead of a PUL (laminated fabric) wrap with velcro/poppers. We’d started using them when I bought some reduced in Real Nappy Week back in April, and they work really well over night for the boys, but we needed some more as Andrew had already outgrown the XL ones that I’d bought (so they got passed on toe Joel). For the first one I made, I used an old fleece dressing gown that neither of them had worn much because our flat has a pretty consistent temperature all year round with efficient heating. For the next ones I made, I used some fleece jumpers that my parents were going to take to a charity shop when they sorted out their wardrobe. I’ve also bought some new fleece which was reduced online, and will be using that soon (see the zebra print nappy below, plus another frog print fleece).


My next creation was what I call a ‘nap’ nappy for Andrew – he uses the potty/toilet when awake, and often doesn’t wee at all during naps, but he still has the odd day with a wet patch so I’m keeping nappies on him for a bit longer when napping. It is an all-in-two design, similar to our itti bitti nappies that are a little tight on him and they don’t make an XL. I came up with my own pattern for this nappy, based on one I found on the internet and adapted to give it a higher rise and a slimmer crotch. The fabrics are again up cycled old clothes – a couple of colours of fleece jumper and a cotton jersey babrygro. The shell of the nappy of course needs to be waterproof, so I bought some new plain white PUL (the waterproof but breathable fabric used in nappies and wraps) for this.


Then I decided to concentrate on night nappies for Andrew, because we have to boost some of his so much that he really looks like a weeble and the fleece covers are hard to get on. I don’t mind night nappies being a bit bulky, as they’re in bed and it doesn’t bother them, but some of Andrew’s are a little ridiculous. I think being dry in the day means he still wets quite a lot at night, but hopefully not for too much longer. I wanted to try some ‘Zorb’ fabric, which is a blend of various fibres, natural and man-made, and is supposed to be very absorbent relative to its thickness. I found a small piece going cheap on a pre-loved site, so bought that as a trial. My first creation with it is a Zorb-lined pocket with PUL and fleece outer, for maximum waterproofing! I didn’t really know how it would turn out, but in the end i’m very pleased with it. We stuff the pocket with a couple of hemp boosters, and this easily lasts him the night and is much slimmer than his biggest bamboo night nappies. The Zorb catches the wetness first and spreads it away from the wet zone quickly (because that’s what Zorb does), and then the very thirsty hemp picks up all the wetness that goes through the Zorb, and the PUL and fleece outer of the pocket stops that wetness escaping. So far we’ve had no leaks, and the extra high rise and extra layer of Zorb that I sewed into the front of the nappy is great for a boy tummy sleeper.

zorb pocket

The next nappy I wanted to have a go at was a ‘hybrid fitted’. The idea of these (such as the ‘A Mama Knows’ brand which we have one of) is that it has a hidden layer of fleece in the core, which repels water back into the absorbent bit of the nappy, meaning that for light wetters in the day you don’t need a separate waterproof wrap and for heavy wetters and at night you still need a cover but you have an extra layer of water resistance to help stop leaks. Whoever knew that nappies could be so scientific?! The researcher in me loves reading about all this kind of stuff! So I made one of these using my pattern from the other nappies that I made, which has seen a few minor alterations with each new nappy, to try and optimise the design. The inner absorbent bit is cotton terry, with 2 layers of Zorb and one layer of fleece inside, then a burgundy corduroy outer with an appliqué monkey on – the cord was from an old pair of trousers and the monkey from a badly stained t-shirt. This works well too. Andrew has worn it over night and again it’s less bulky than some of his other night nappies, and I could probably use this for his nap without a cover though I haven’t had chance to try this yet.

hybrid fitted

My next nappy project is going to be a wrap, made with some lovely bicycle-print PUL that I got in the sale at one of the online fabric retailers. I haven’t used ‘fold over elastic’ before, which is the stuff that I need to sew around the outside as a binding to the raw fabric edges, so we’ll see how that goes. I need to have a day when I have plenty of time to experiment, so probably a weekend.

And finally, I’ve even been inspired to branch out into clothing for the boys. Andrew has recently grown out of his 2-3 years trousers, and his 3-4 years ones are a little big around the waist but he needs the length. As I have quite a few pairs of old trousers of mine that are worn through in some part or are just too small since having kids, I thought it would be great to use a pair to make him some trousers. I chose some jeans, plus an old red fleece to make the waistband, as well as a fire engine embroidery to appliqué on, which was on a baby vest that was stained elsewhere. This was very simple to do, and Andrew is very impressed with his new trousers! I made the length with plenty of growing room, but the waist and hips fit him well so they shouldn’t fall down!


I hope you’ve enjoyed looking at and reading about my projects. So far the feedback I’ve had on them has been very positive, which is lovely to hear. A bit like writing the blog, I sew because I enjoy it, but it’s also nice to know that other people are benefitting from the end result – blog post / wet bag / nappy / trousers.

Nappyness reviews… itti bitti d’lish (snap in one)


Description of nappy: 

This is an all-in-two (AI2) nappy with absorbent inserts that snap in to the outer waterproof shell (which can be used multiple times with several sets of inserts). The outer is made of soft minky lined with PUL (no wrap is needed) and fastens at the waist using poppers. There are two inserts – a trifold bamboo one and an hourglass bamboo one topped with suede cloth that goes next to the skin. You can also snap in an extra mini booster (either microfibre or bamboo). It is a sized nappy (small, medium, large).

Day or night use: 

Daytime for average to heavy wetters

Description of wearer(s):

Baby – tall and slim with slim thighs

Toddler – tall and generally slim with muscly thighs

Cost and value for money:

New: £13-14 for nappy (though offers may be on for around £10), £4.50-6 for extra set of inserts

Pre-loved: these have a high resale value, so in good condition you can pay not much less than new, or looking at it from a selling perspective, you can get back a lot of what you paid for them new.

As you need to buy different sizes, they are not the best value for money, but as you can sell them on for a decent price in good condition, this may not be an issue. If like us you get a good fit, they are well worth it.



Very good. For a one-part design (not separate nappy plus wrap) these are very absorbent. The bamboo is very thirsty and there are several layers of it without being bulky. They are not as absorbent as our fitted nappies with boostage, but that is to be expected, and these are very trim for the absorbency, great for daytime use.


Good. If you get a good fit, the containment is good for a one-part design. We found that newborn breastfed poo was contained most of the time, though we did have the odd leak if it was so big that the trim fit of the nappy meant there was nowhere for it to go but leak out! We’ve had no problems with containment once the boys are on solids. However, see below for my notes on fit….


Trim with low rise. Overall I love the fit of these on my boys. However, I have heard that these do not fit every baby/toddler well and are a bit of a ‘marmite’ nappy when it comes to getting a good fit – you either love them or hate them. I think it’s also true that a child can go through phases of them fitting better and worse as they grow outwards and upwards at different stages. At the moment the mediums fit my 9 month old perfectly, and the large are fitting my toddler again after we’d decided a couple of months ago that they didn’t fit him anymore, probably because he has slimmed a bit as he’s grown and he’s not wetting as heavily now that he’s in pants a lot of the time. The low rise makes them very ‘pant’ like, but can become an issue for taller wearers. There is no bulk and they easily fit under clothes that other cloth nappies we have struggle with.


Drying speed:

Outer – fast; inserts – slow. The outer feels almost dry when it comes out of the machine and doesn’t take long at all to dry on our airer (a couple of hours max). The inserts are quite slow (over 24 hours inside), which is understandable given that they are absorbent bamboo; it helps that there are two inserts that dry separately and the trifold can be opened up too. But as the outer dries quickly, it doesn’t matter so much that the inserts take longer because you can buy more inserts than outers to make the most economical use of the nappies.

Change Speed:

Fast, if you snap in the inserts straight after drying so the nappy is ready to go on in one piece – there is only one set of poppers to do up as no separate wrap is required. I use these a lot at the moment as my 9 month old just won’t stay still long enough for a two-part nappy change to be unstressful!

Ease of Use:

Simple. The snaps are colour coordinated so you know exactly where to snap in the inserts, and I think this makes them less daunting for a not-so-practised cloth nappy user than other snap-in (all-in-two) designs or two-part designs. Once the nappy is assembled, it’s very simple to whip it on an off a bottom, not much different from a disposable.


Poppers only. These are longer lasting than aplix (velcro) but may not provide as perfect a fit as if they were available in aplix too.


The fluffy minky outer is lovely and soft, and comes in a range of colours and prints, which I love. These really have the cute factor going for them, if you’re into flashing your child’s fluff! The trim design makes them look more similar to pants than other nappies. Another design feature that I like is the inserts have a soft suede cloth lining that goes next to baby’s skin instead of a fleece liner.


If you get a good fit, these are a gorgeous nappy, I think they are worth the extra money you pay if you have the cash for the initial outlay and can wait to get a fair amount of it back when you’ve finished with them. They are not everyone’s favourite, so be aware that you may not get on with them as much as we do.

We currently have a small red itti bitti d’lish in the library available to borrow. If your baby/toddler is older and you would love to borrow one, if you ask me nicely I might just let you borrow one of our medium/large ones 😉

Disclaimer: I have received no incentive for writing this, and all views expressed are entirely my own and honest, based on our experience of using the nappies.


Nappyness reviews… Little Lamb bamboo

Sizes 1 and 2 in the library, size 3 coming soon (about a week from 22/7/13)
LL plus soaker
Fleece soaker is pulled down deliberately to show the nappy underneath – this is a size 3 on my toddler

Description of nappy:

This is a fitted nappy made from bamboo terry. It comes with a bamboo booster (sewn in for sizes 2 and 3, separate for size 1) and a fluffy fleece liner. It requires a separate waterproof wrap – Little Lamb make these too, or you could use another make, or a wool or fleece soaker at night.

Day or night use:

Day as it is, or night with extra boosters (I use 2-3 extra boosters on my toddler)

Description of my testers:

Baby – tall and slim with slim thighs

Toddler – tall and generally slim with muscly thighs

Cost and value for money:

Around £9 for a single nappy. But also available as large kits (10 or 20) which work out at less per nappy, and often on offer in multiples (e.g. 5 for £25) at various retailer websites. I think that these are good value for money at their normal price, and excellent value for money if you get a good offer. They are long lasting and you can often get some money back by selling them pre-loved in good condition.


Excellent! Bamboo is thirsty and there are several layers of it in the nappy and booster. These make good nappies for heavy wetters in the daytime, and good night nappies for average wetters or heavy wetters if boosted with extra bamboo or hemp boosters.


Excellent! As they are a fitted nappy which requires a wrap or soaker cover, there are two barriers for containing poo, so it is unlikely that it will escape. The elastic around the leg holes is very stretchy, which means that it fits both slim thighs and chubbier thighs, and I have also easily mended one of these nappies in which the elastic had deteriorated with lots of use but the main fabric of the nappy was fine. We haven’t had a leak with either child wearing these nappies.


Bulky and fairly low rise. These are not trim as far as nappies go, but considering their absorbency, I think their bulk is not bad for a fitted nappy. When boosted for overnight use they are pretty huge, but I don’t mind big nappies at night if they hold my toddlers’ heavy wetting. They are also quite short with a low rise, so I have found that a size 3 is essential on my tall toddler, even though many children would probably get away with just sizes 1 and 2 before potty training (unless you’re using them at night as it may take longer for them to be dry at night).

Drying speed:

Slow. On a nice sunny and breezy day these are dry in a day outside, but inside on an airer they can take unto 2 days to dry. They are usually the last to dry out of all the nappies in our personal stash. It is possible to tumble dry them, but this can negate the environmental benefit of using cloth nappies over disposables and shortens the life of the nappy if done regularly.

Change Speed:

Average. As it’s a fitted nappy that needs a separate wrap, change time is always going to be longer than a one-part nappy, but for a fitted, I think these are pretty fast because they have aplix fastening.

Ease of Use:

Average. As it’s a two-parter so needs a wrap, you may need to explain that to anyone else doing the nappy change and it’s not necessarily as easy as a one-parter, but for a two-parter I think these are easy to use.


Aplix (Velcro/ hook and loop) only – more finely adjustable but less durable than poppers


As it goes under a wrap, it’s not surprising that there is no colour or print on the nappy itself. I love how soft the fabric is next to the skin – the bamboo is silky smooth (though I noticed the difference between ours washed in Cambridge hard water and a few that were donated to the library by a friend living in a soft water area), and the fluffy fleece liner that comes with it is gorgeously soft compared to other fleece liners we have.


I would recommend this as a durable, good value for money nappy that is perfect for heavy wetters in the daytime and any wetters at night (boosted for heavy wetters). It is also good for containment on newborns with a good wrap. It is an essential in my stash, along with other quicker drying nappies.

Disclaimer: I have received no incentive for writing this, and all views expressed are entirely my own and honest, based on our experience of using the nappies.

Nappy-related sewing projects: wet/dry bag and fleece soakers

Just recently I’ve rediscovered just how much I love sewing. I did quite a lot as a teenager, but since having kids I haven’t had the sewing machine out much. There were a couple of nappy-related items that I thought would be very practical to have, and these became fun sewing projects to get my teeth into it again.

I realised when Andrew started wanting to wear pants when out and about that I really needed to invest in a good wet bag because we have quite a few accidents still, and I have two children with wet nappies/pants/trousers to take home when we go out. I also wanted one with a ‘dry’ area, as I always had loose spare clothes in my change bag and thought it would be easier to keep them in a bag together. But when I looked online, all the wet/dry bags that looked good quality were a bit too expensive, so I decided to buy some fabric myself and make two wet/dry bags.

Wetbags Collage

The outside is cotton, in Bob the Builder and Animal Alphabet prints, and the lining is a thick and durable sandwich PUL (the laminate layer is sandwiched between two polyester layers – makes it very easy to sew with and is extra thick for wetness protection) in bright orange (Bob) or blue (animals). The front pocket is for dry clothes/nappies, and there is a poppered handle that can attach to a buggy (for example) which is triple stitched for durability. I bought enough fabric for four bags, and I have swapped one with a friend for a night nappy that I wanted to try and a daytime wrap for the Nappyness library, and I sold one on a cloth nappy forum. As far as I know, both recipients like them.

During Real Nappy Week, I bought a couple of fleece soakers for Andrew because I’d read that they were good at night and I was also buying some bigger night nappies for him at the same time as he’d grown out of some of his others. The soakers worked brilliantly, and having seen one in real life as opposed to a picture on a website, I realised that my sewing skills were up to making them. So I set about making some more, using fleece from old clothes and blankets, so they are completely upcycled. In fact for one of them, I accidentally cut the fabric to include the ‘The North Face’ logo on the jumper I was cutting up, but then I decided that it actually looked rather cool with the logo, to show that it was an upcycled item of clothing. The next one I made, I deliberately cut the leg cuff fabric to include the ‘Regatta’ logo.

Soakers Collage

Andrew is now getting a bit big for the XL ones I bought, so I’ve made a few more XXL and Joel is just about fitting into the XL (he has a well boosted night nappy and needs it for the rise height, though it’s looser around the thighs and waist on him than on Andrew). I’m also making one of each size for the Nappyness library, and the medium and large are already available for loan – I originally made the medium thinking it would be for Joel but forgot that it needed to fit over a night nappy rather than day nappy (baby brain moment!) The patterns that I’m using are those I found on Katrina’s Sew Quick Soaker Pattern blog. I’ve also sewn some more washable wipes (as I explained in this previous post) from upcycled nappies and clothes, and these are also available to borrow from the library.

Wipes n bags Collage

As I’ve been sewing, I’ve been dreaming about having a better place to do this other than our kitchen table in quite a small flat. I have a little picture in my head of a cafe with a toy corner (like Livng Stones, the one we go to for meet-ups) which is also a shop that sells cloth nappies (new and preloved) and accessories, and there is also space for me to sew wet bags, soakers, wipes etc. All the mums I meet up with in Living Stones agree that  there should be more cafes like that in Cambridge, and I think the city is the kind of place that parents would welcome a shop where you can actually buy cloth nappies having seen them for real, not just online. Of course they could try them from the library first too.

But then I usually hear a noise from one of my boys, or both, and I come quickly back to reality 😉


Creative Challenge

When Buster Bear came to a Nappyness meet-up

On Wednesday we had another Nappyness meet-up, this time in town at Livingstones Cafe with the lovely toy corner which keeps toddlers amused for hours! It was a busy morning in the cafe with another big group of mums with babies, probably an NCT group as is often the case there. Our group was smaller, but just the right number to have a good chat about nappies and discuss a few things.

One question that came up as we get into holiday season was whether we use disposables or cloth nappies when on holiday. My answer was disposables, because we rarely go away, maybe for about 3 weeks a year in total with a week in the summer, a week at Christmas and weekends here and there added up, so I’ve not felt too bad about using disposables for that length of time given that we use cloth day and night the rest of the year. We always go somewhere with a washing machine, usually our parents’ houses (handy that we have one in Devon and one in the Lake District), but even so I like to have a break from doing washing for a short time. Other mums there have experience of using hybrid nappies when on holiday. These are nappies for which you can buy both cloth and disposable inserts, such as Bumgenius Flip or Charlie Banana pockets. So on holiday you can use the disposable inserts, which are similar to the ‘eco’ disposable nappies which biodegrade quicker than normal disposable nappies, and at home you can use the cloth inserts. This is a good tip if you’re thinking of using cloth nappies when away.

Another tip that came up was what to do with old nappies that have gone very coarse, if you don’t have a tumble dryer to fluff them up – instead you can use a hair dryer to gently blow warm air around the nappy when wet (placing it on a wire cooling rack that you use for baking will help to circulate air around the nappy). I’d not heard this tip myself before, although I do use a hair dryer (as I don’t have a tumble dryer) to seal the seams of the PUL in the wet bags that I make, and it’s the same principle of blowing warm air.


Whilst all of this chat was happening, our special guest Buster Bear was happily sitting on our table in his Bambooty cloth nappy. Buster is travelling the length and breadth of the country, going to events such as nappy meet-ups, baby/toddler groups, even a Girl Guide group recently, raising awareness of the Children’s Heart Federation’s “Pulse Oximetry” and “Think Heart” campaign, raising money for HeartLine and spreading fluffy cloth nappy love. He brought his petition with him, which, with 10,000 signatures, he’s hoping will persuade the Government to roll out Pulse Oximetry screening for all newborn babies in the UK. The test is simple, quick, painless and cheap, taking just a few minutes alongside other existing newborn checks. Research shows that the test will significantly improve the detection of congenital heart conditions in babies, which are the most common birth defect, picking up three quarters of heart conditions, preventing further physical damage to children and helping save lives.

Buster has certainly raised my awareness of this as I had no idea about it! I hope that he raised awareness amongst the other mums in our group too, and with his big red balloons in the cafe, it is quite possible that the other group of mums there couldn’t help but notice him and his cloth nappy. His lovely suitcase that he’s travelling around in also caught a few people’s attention.


So there we go, another meet-up to spread Nappyness is Cambridge. The next one will be in 2 weeks time, and I’m currently deciding which day is best. Please let me know if you have a particular preference for time, day and place and I’ll try to go with the majority. Next week I’ll be at the NCT Cambridge Bumps and Babies group with the library, Friday 19th July, 10.30-12.30, Unitarian Church Hall, Emmanuel Road, Cambridge. Hope to see you soon!


Nappyness meet-up number 2

For this meet-up I decided that a day, time and venue different from the first meet-up would be good, so that hopefully it would suit some people who couldn’t make the last one. Monday 10th June 11am-1pm at Living Stones Cafe in central Cambridge was what I went for. There is a play area for older babies and toddlers which Andrew loves, so we often go there when in town and in need of a refreshment stop.

I knew a few people had said they were planning on coming, though unfortunately one family couldn’t make it on the day as the toddler was poorly, so I was looking forward to seeing them and any others who might turn up. When we arrived, Andrew soon settled himself in to the play area, and I ordered some drinks. We were soon joined by two mums, one with a toddler and one with a baby, and it was especially nice to meet one of them for the first time – she’d seen Nappyness ‘like’ something on another Facebook page, so clicked on our page and was pleasantly surprised to see that it was based in Cambridge where she lives! Social networking at its best 🙂 A little later, another mum turned up with her baby, so there were four of us in total.

We got talking about our various different nappies. One type of nappy that I don’t personally have any experience of using (yet) is the hybrid system, a compromise between the convenience of an all-in-one and the faster drying time of a two-part system, and some of which include a disposable insert option that many parents use on holiday or when cloth nappies are less practical for whatever reason. One mum had brought her Close Parent Pop-ins along, and another had brought her Bumgenius Flips as well as some Mothercare smart nappies, all of which are this kind of nappy (gNappies are also another popular make). They comprise a waterproof outer and a pre-fold-like absorbent insert (in various fabrics or disposable) which fits into the wrap which is designed specifically to hold it in place. The other three mums are finding that this type of system was working well for them, as well as other types of nappy.

One of the mums is also quite a fan of pockets, which I have more experience of than hybrids, though I don’t tend to use them as much as our two-parters and all-in-twos. Three of us are also keen on Little Lamb fitteds, which I use at night time for Andrew as they come in a size three which fits him well unlike many birth-to-potty nappies that he’s outgrown at less than 2 and a half, and we all find that the fitted style is good for times of heavier wetting when pockets, hybrids and all-in-ones just don’t last long enough.

Posters and flyers ready to be taken out and about
Posters and flyers ready to be taken out and about

We discussed a few other things such as vest extenders and whether we use flushable or fleece liners. We also talked about how the idea of Nappyness was a good one and that there must be more people who would like to come to the meet-ups, including those who are just thinking about cloth nappies or just starting out with them. The other mums were happy to take some posters and flyers to put up at places they go like groups, libraries and children’s centres. So we’re hoping to spread the word through these. I also have a list of places I go to, and other places to make a special visit to, where I can leave a poster and some flyers. I have also been in touch with the ladies who organise our local NCT bumps and babies group, and they are happy for me to go once a month with the nappies to show anyone there who would like a look.

In other news… The library is coming along nicely. I am in the process of applying for a bank account for it, which is one step on the way to applying for some funding from Cambridge City Council. I’ve recently received some nappy donations, and I am expecting some more in the next week or so. The photos and descriptions of the nappies in the library so far are almost ready to go on the Facebook page and website, so that people can see in advance of meet-ups what they might like to borrow. It’s all very exciting! It’s definitely worth watching this space 🙂