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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Baba and Boo
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.
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.
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.