After my two week trial of cloth nappies with the Nappy Library, I decided that yes I wanted to continue using cloth nappies but maybe not with all the brands that I’d trialled.
While I was trying to decide which brands to buy, an email popped up from Real Nappies, a cloth nappy company based in New Zealand. I encountered Real Nappies at the Melbourne Pregnancy, Babies & Children’s Expo and signed up for their newsletter (probably because they had a prize draw going) but hadn’t really paid much attention to their products before.
This time, they had a special deal through Spreadadeal, a group buying website which specialises in babies and kids products. A Top Up Nappy Pack, normally $46, was selling for a limited time for $27.60. At that price, I thought it was worth giving the nappies a go, especially considering reuseable nappies normally retail for around $20-$30 each.
I bought two packs (plus $8.50 postage) and they arrived surprisingly quickly via courier. As I opened the boxes, I was dismayed to discover that the nappies were not all-in-one reuseables like I was used to, but consisted of plastic-coated nappy covers with velcro tabs and thick cloth rectangles that I had to fold myself. It seemed like a lot more extra work.
As I’d already committed to the purchase, I decided to give them a go anyway. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that folding the nappies was not much work at all and took no more time than all the snapping you had to do with all-in-ones and their different inserts. Three folds and you’re done! I just folded them with NKOTB on the mat during her play time and popped them into her change table drawer ready to use.
It is also very easy during a change. I simply place the prefolded nappies into an insert, wrap the insert around the waist and legs and pressed the velcro down. Just like a disposable nappy.
The dirty nappy I put into a bucket in the laundry and when the bucket is full (every 2-3 days) I bundle them into a 6 minute rinse cycle followed by a normal quick wash with other clothes using Ecostore laundry powder (I don’t soak them or using the whitener).
What I really like about these nappies, compared the others I’ve tried, is how absorbent they are. It’s much easier to tell whether NKOTB has a wet nappy with a reuseable nappy and when I remove the insert the outer cover stays dry. The only time I have to change to cover is if she’s soiled the cover as well, but even then we’ve had very few leaks – I’d say no more than a disposable nappy.
I also like how soft the cotton is and I imagine it’s more comfortable for NKOTB’s skin than petroleum-based plastic (have you ever tried wearing plastic underpants?). Not to mention I think that reuseable nappies are better for the environment and more economical than disposables. Anecdotally parents say that kids using reuseable nappies toilet train faster as well because they can feel when their nappy is full.
At the moment I still use disposables when we go out for convenience and at night because I don’t change a nappy for a long period (can be up t0 12 hours). However, I like Real Nappies so much I’ve bought two packs of Night Time Booster Pads (four pads in total) for extra night-time absorbency. A twin pack of pads costs $9.25 ($5 flat rate shipping) and fit all sizes of nappies, so I think it’s a worthwhile investment now.