And this is how I ended up using cloth nappies….

And this is how I ended up using cloth nappies….

If you’ d have suggested to me, a year ago, would I be using cloth nappies for my new arrival my answer would have been a firm No. Not on your nelly. Are you kidding? The shear thought of grappling with a square of terry towelling while trying to perform origami in front of a wriggly baby was enough to keep me firmly in favour of disposables. It’s not that I don’t have respect for the environment or want to do my bit for my children’s future, it’s just that sometimes my sanity and wash pile has to take preference.

But then…..

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I was asked to test a selection of cloth nappies for a baby & toddler awards last year. Although hesitant, I agreed as my inquisitiveness got the better of me. I was sent 7 different brands to try, ranging from the all in ones to pocket style with inserts. Not a square of terry or a crunchy plastic cover insight, I was relieved to say the least.

My first impression was how funky the patterns were, the whole nappy thing has come on dramatically from the cloth nappy days I remembered from my younger siblings and straight away 2 brands stood out from the others, the Bambino Mio solo and Baba and Boo. The patterns I received were really bright and colourful, too good to be hidden under clothes. They’re both one size nappies that have poppers to adjust to your baby’s shape and at around £10 each, although it seems expensive at first, when you weigh up the cost to buying disposibles over 2 -3 years it doesn’t compare.

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One thing I was really surprised by were the stay dry liners both these nappies have. I always though using cloth nappies resulted in a higher chance of your baby suffering nappy rash due to the wet fabric being against their skin for too long. These both have an absorbent core and stay dry liner that keeps the fabric that is in contact with the skin dry and I can honestly say Baby R has never has a rash from using them. This wasn’t the case with all the nappies I tried and a couple resulted in redness after a short amount of time wearing them. I tend to change them every 2-3 hours, but with the boosters you can leave them a lot longer if you need to, although this does make them look very bulky on smaller babies so I’ve only recently started using the boosters. (This has worked in Baby R’s favour as he’s now cruising and falling down on his bottom making the impact a lot less painful with the added protection!) 

Washing them is a breeze. I keep them in a nappy pail then wash at 40 degrees using non bio, (no fabric conditioner) every couple of days. They’re quite quick to dry and I find the sun bleaches any stains out. I’ve got them drying on an airer by the log burner or radiator in the Winter and they tend to take up to 6 hours, They can go on a low tumble if needed. When Baby R was on a milk only diet, I didn’t find the disposable liners very useful but no he’s weaning, I use them to catch any solid poos and flush them away. When we’re out and about I put dirty ones in a nappy sack, it does mean my changing bag is always full and on the large side.

I’ll talk you through the differences and features of each one as they’re both quite different.

 

Bambino Miosolo

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This is a one piece pocket nappy, meaning the insert is joined to the outer cover. Here’s what the website state as the key features of the nappy.

  • The simplest nappy to put on baby – designed for busy parents.

  • The miosolo is one size and grows with baby from birth to potty training.*

  • The nappy has a super absorbent core and stay-dry inner layer that prevents moisture seeping back onto baby’s skin.

  • The absorbent core has a unique pull-out tab system for improved washing performance and fast drying.

  • Although the core pulls out, it stays attached and has a cleverly designed tuck-in pocket for easy insertion.

  • The nappy is made from a stay soft fabric which remains soft even after washing, providing a cool and comfortable nappy for baby.

Taken from www.bambinomio.com

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The nappy has velcro tabs to secure onto your baby which does make nappy changes much quicker that the popper type I tried and so they don’t end up getting tangled and ruined in the wash, they fold back on t

hem selves which is really clever design. I also found the pocket at the end of insert really handy for getting back inside the liner and cover. Others I tried sometimes twisted and I hand to fiddle around trying to get them flat and in the right position. My favourite design is the Woodland Fox print. I tested out a gorgeous Tommy & Lottie Fox print t-shirt last Autumn which complimented this style perfectly. It was almost like they were made for each other! The only down side was having to purchase separate boosters, which I haven’t got round to yet, as the other nappies I tested came with them.

http://muminanutshell.com Tommy & Lottie T-shirt, Bambino Miosolo nappy review

 

Baba and Boo

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These are a 2 piece nappy meaning the absorbent inserts are separate from the outer cover. They also have poppers instead of velcro but there are plenty of them so can accommodate many shapes and sizes. The advantage of popper fastening is that there’s no danger of wash time tangles if you forget to fold over the velcro tabs but it does mean it takes a little longer fitting them. I loved the designs of these nappies, the leopard print being my favourite due to the soft velvet feel of the cover. (They’re in the clearance sale on the website at the moment!) You can choose whether to put one or 2 inserts in, I just used one for the 1st 6 months meaning they weren’t too bulky but now I use 2 as Baby R’s food and drink intake has increased mean more comes out the other end. They come with 2 inserts which is really handy so unlike the Bambino nappies, you won’t need to buy any separately.

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here’s what the website says;

Baba+Boo cloth nappies are a one size and are designed to fit from your baby being 8/9lb right up to 35lb or your little one being potty trained. These weights are approximate as every little bundle of joy is a different size and shape. For more sizing information, see our Nappy Know-How page.

Our nappies are completely waterproof, no need for an extra wrap. Each nappy comes with:

  • Waterproof outer
  • 2 microfibre inserts
  • Popper system to adjust size of nappy
  • Handy guide to Baba+Boo nappies

You will be pleased to hear that we ensure our nappies are completely chemical free. Your baby’s skin is preciously soft and we want to help keep it that way.

They also offer a handy trial system. This is also available through my local council  (a free month’s trial of many different styles and brands) so it’s always worth a check with yours if your thinking of making the switch to real nappies but would like to test them out first.

So there you have it, long gone are the days of soaking stinky nappies for days, nappy rash and plastic covers. I’m saving a packet, my baby looks pretty damn funky and I’m doing my bit for the environment.

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Disclaimer

This is a completely independent review from all companies mentioned. I received no money and was under no obligation from Baba & Boo and Bambino Mio to write this review. These are my honest words and I sharing what I thoughts with you for the sole purpose of passing on information and my experience with them. 

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50 Comments

  1. Kelly Finn
    23rd January 2015 / 9:30 am

    Hello from a fellow cloth user and very much lover! I too love both of these brands, the additional boosters that you can buy for the bambinos are fabulous and I highly recommend them.
    The nappies that you wore and baby felt wet would have been bamboo, it’s highly absorbing buy stays wet to the touch and you need to use a fleece liner for those. You can buy them pretty cheaply or if you have an old thin fleece blanket at home no longer in use, cut it up and use that. It’s the same stuff!

    • 23rd January 2015 / 9:55 am

      Why hi there!
      Thanks Kelly, I didn’t want to name and shame as they might work out ok for others, but yes you’re right , it was the bamboo ones. Unfortunately my bubba is sensitive to the fleece lining so I’m down to just using these 2 brands for a while unless you can recommend any others?

  2. 23rd January 2015 / 5:40 pm

    This is a great post huni. I was thinking about changing over a while ago but the initial outlay was a concern. This will really help people trying to research it. Thanks for linking up to #TheList x

    • 23rd January 2015 / 7:42 pm

      Thank you, Check out with your local council to see if they do the free trial scheme if you’re undecided.

  3. 23rd January 2015 / 10:41 pm

    I’ve always been tempted to try these. They look so cute and there are so many funky patterns out there now. Thanks for the review #KidTested

    • 25th January 2015 / 7:35 am

      I think the idea of knowing I’ll never run out, or have to buy nappies each week is the appeal for me.

  4. Jenna
    24th January 2015 / 9:53 pm

    Great post. I keep toying with cloth nappies but I wonder if it’s a bit late in the day to start using them now (my daughter is 9 months old) – also the initial cost of the nappies puts me off. I wish they weren’t so expensive. Oh and the washing would probably drive me crazy, I struggle to keep on top of our laundry as it is!

    I adore all of the lovely designs though.

    Jenna at Tinyfootsteps xx

    • 25th January 2015 / 7:33 am

      I was worried about the washing but it’s not as bad as I was expecting. I just mentally add up how much I’m saving each week to keep me persisting!

      • Jenna
        26th January 2015 / 3:59 pm

        well, after reading this post and re-reading it. I bit the bullet and ordered a cloth nappy (The fox Bambino Mio one) just to try it out. Love it so far and already wishing I had more.

        You may have started something here! 🙂

        Jenna at Tinyfootsteps xx

        • 26th January 2015 / 7:55 pm

          Ooooo I’d love to know howvyou get on! Good luck. The fox print is my favourite.

  5. Tom
    25th January 2015 / 7:29 am

    A couple of years ago we dabbled with cloth nappies, it didn’t last long. We hated the thought of the long term effects of nappies on the environment but they just weren’t able to keep up with the mess being produced my my beautiful daughter’s bot bot! If we’re fortunate to have another baby it’s certainly something we’d look at using next time.

    • 25th January 2015 / 7:31 am

      My first experience 14 years ago lasted until I left the hospital!(back then you could only use the hospital provided ones) it’s definitely come along way since then.

  6. 25th January 2015 / 8:22 am

    I love reading #cloth posts. The really awesome thing about investing in a stash of nappies is they last. We’re about to transfer a load of frogs nappies to his baby sister so she will have completely free nappies.
    Plus they do look so much prettier!

    • 25th January 2015 / 9:52 am

      They are much prettier than disposables, I’ve just bought a few pairs of legs warmers so we can show them off when it’s warmer.

  7. 25th January 2015 / 10:31 am

    Great post. I’ve been using cloth for a few months now and love them! Enable some Baba + Boo which I think are great but really interested to try the Bambino Mio as heard so much about them!

    • 25th January 2015 / 12:28 pm

      I think i’ll pass on my others that I don’t get on with and invest in some more. Time to get me some mio boosters as well I think!

  8. 25th January 2015 / 7:17 pm

    Wow, this looks fab! I love the designs! How funky! I must admit that I don’t think I could have done this with my twins, as I can’t image how much work it would have taken…however I am so glad you’ve had such a positive experience. I feel awful at thinking how bad the environment is just from our huge amount that we have used. Thanks for linking up to #sundaystars – jess x

    • 25th January 2015 / 7:26 pm

      dont feel bad! Im sure you had your hands full enough with the twins.

  9. 25th January 2015 / 8:19 pm

    It’s something I wish I had started with No1 partic when the twins came along. I am scared about what we spent on nappies in those 3 years! Great review. #sundaystars

  10. EmmaH
    26th January 2015 / 11:09 am

    This would have been a great post for me when I was having mine. I really thought about using them but I have no idea how to use them! Very useful #maternitymondays

  11. 26th January 2015 / 1:32 pm

    We are going to use reuseable nappies with no 3 when her makes his appearance in a few weeks, I have a few baba and boo and some 2 parter bambino mios to try out, glad you liked them #maternitymondays

    • 27th January 2015 / 8:10 pm

      Good luck with the new arrival, sounds like you’ve got a great starter stash ready!

  12. 26th January 2015 / 2:16 pm

    Really interesting post and great to read about the cloth nappies in such detail as I admit I don’t know much about them and would be scared of trying them, this has made me rethink a bit. Thanks for linking with #MaternityMondays xx

    • 27th January 2015 / 8:07 pm

      Thank you! I’m so glad you’ve found it interesting. I don’t think there’s enough information readily available on them to be honest, I ended up using them through sheer fluke. I’m so glad though.

  13. 26th January 2015 / 3:31 pm

    Absoltely is ok! Thank you. I’ve tried the naty nappies as back ups, they’re great.

  14. 27th January 2015 / 11:57 am

    Cloth nappies were always an option for me, I always wanted to try them but just never got round to. I wish I had read this then I would definitely have taken the plunge.

  15. 27th January 2015 / 8:12 pm

    I’m so glad I managed to get the message across on how easy they are nowadays. Good luck with the potty training.

  16. 27th January 2015 / 9:58 pm

    I have never used cloth nappies before i always imaged they would be messy and time consuming . But they look and sound totally different to how i imagined , the designs are gorgeous x #TriedTested

    • 28th January 2015 / 9:27 pm

      It’s not as messy as I imagined and the best thing is not having a smelly bin in the summer as the liners I use are flushable.

  17. 27th January 2015 / 10:30 pm

    I’m new to cloth and a late comer as my son is 14 months old but we love it! Such a fan of baba and boo!

    Linking up with tried and tested

    Jen @chicgeekdiary

    • 28th January 2015 / 3:48 am

      They’re fab aren’t they. You’ll still save a fortune on nappies starting at 14 months though. Better late than never!

  18. 29th January 2015 / 9:19 am

    I’m a huge fan of Baba +Boo and cannot wait til Elsie can fit into Bella’s old ones. Nothing to it really, is there? x

  19. 29th January 2015 / 4:49 pm

    I would have liked to of used cloth nappies when mine were younger but at the time we were running a pub and living in a tiny flat above it, It just wouldn’t of been possible to wash nappies in the pub washing machine. These look fab though, I love the bright colours. Thank you for sharing on #ThriftyThursday

  20. 29th January 2015 / 7:54 pm

    Great post, I was really uneducated/unaware about cloth nappies until blogging and actually having Amelia. Definitely something I will serious consider when I have a second. I love all the colours and patterns you can get, I think they are fab! Thanks so much for sharing and linking up #MummyMonday (co-host) x

  21. 29th January 2015 / 9:33 pm

    I’ve tried cloth and love the idea of it but haven’t quite managed to make it fit into my life. I struggle to get the washing done for 5 of us already without adding nappies in the mix. I keep thinking I’ll try again though.
    Lovely to have you linking up with #TriedTested this week x

    • 29th January 2015 / 9:44 pm

      My poor washing machine’s always on the go so I haven’t really noticed an extra half load every few days!

  22. 30th January 2015 / 12:38 am

    I would have loved this diapers when the girls were little. We had the plastic covers then. So nice looking too.

    • 30th January 2015 / 9:08 am

      I remember the plastic covers on my siblings, they looked so u comfy

  23. 30th January 2015 / 10:33 am

    When my son is small I tried using cloth nappy and we bought about 3-4. But my son just pee so much that the inserts can handle the amount so we have to go back to disposable. #sharewithme

  24. Sam @ Life of Mum
    30th January 2015 / 1:33 pm

    Really interesting! I used disposables with my first child. Now I’m on my second, I’m considering being more eco-friendly! Thanks, food for thought!! xx

  25. Honest Mum
    31st January 2015 / 8:57 am

    If I have another, I’d like to try these, fab, informative post. Thanks for linking up to #brilliantblogposts x

  26. Jenny
    2nd February 2015 / 8:46 am

    Oh the patterns are great and they sound like they save you loads of money in the end. I don’t think I could have ever used cloth diapers but I know many many friend s that have and loved them so much. Thanks for linking up to Share With Me #sharewithme

  27. 2nd February 2015 / 10:40 am

    What a great comparison of these two nappies. We have a MioSolo too (and many other cloth nappies besides!) and I agree they’re fab.
    It’s great to hear you prefer them over disposables too – I’m a firm believer that cloth nappies are kinder to babies’ skin but it’s hard to convince people to try them out! Good for you for giving it a go.

    • 2nd February 2015 / 7:29 pm

      I agree they’re kinder to their skin, my son has never had a rash and my toddler nice prefers wearing them (at her request)

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