When Luisa was about 3 months old I had a spare minute to gather my thoughts and I started to investigate the world of cloth nappies. I was really keen to have Luisa ditch the disposables for a few reasons. Firstly I know that reusable nappies are much better for her skin being softer and pretty much chemical free in comparison to disposable nappies. Of course another draw is that the environmental impact of disposable nappies is pretty immense. In England & Wales alone 3 billion nappies are disposed of every year. Yikes.
As if that’s not reason enough to try out cloth nappies there are also potentially big savings to be made. I’ve calculated that if you spend £200 on a set of cloth nappies and run two full loads of washing twice a week for 2.5 years you’ll spend approximately £460. In contrast 2.5 years of disposable nappies will set you back around £800. If you go on to reuse all or some of the set of cloth nappies for subsequent children the savings will be even greater.
As I said I first tried to get into cloth nappies about 8 months ago by purchasing some Bambino Mio pre-fold nappies from the Aldi baby event. They were really good value and I was excited to try them out. Unfortunately our cloth bum experience was short lived as the nappies were so bulky they made Luisa’s back arch and she looked really uncomfortable. I basically decided that I wasn’t willing to spend a lot of money trying different brand to find something that worked for us and shelved the nappies, returning to our trust Mamia disposables. At the time I didn’t realise there is such thing as a nappy library where you can hire mixed kits of reusable nappies at a great price to see what suits you & your baby.
Fast forward to last week when TotsBots kindly gifted us a set of 5 of their new, award winning, EasyFit Star all in in one nappies. Now I’ll admit I still have a lot to learn but if you want a newbies perspective – here it is!
The EasyFit Star is TotsBots newest nappy that comes in some gorgeous designs. It features an absorbent bamboo core, stay dry buffer zones and stitch free seams. One size fits most from 8lbs – 35lbs, the nappies have velcro fastenings and poppers which can reduce the length/height for smaller babies.
TotsBots explain exactly what an ‘all in one’ is much more succinctly than I could:
An AIO is a one-piece nappy that is very similar to a disposable in design. It has as a waterproof exterior and an absorbent inside core. There is no need for a separate waterproof cover and you don’t have to assemble nappy before you put it on. This is a firm favourite with Dads. Just add a stay dry liner and baby. Job done! The Easyfit (our AIO) is great for use during the day and with childminders and nurseries. The Teenyfit is our AIO for early babies and twins.
Pros- Easy on, easy off, slim fitting & fast drying. Great for day-time!
Cons – Will need boosted for heavy wetters.
When the nappies arrived I had to temper my excitement as they need to be washed without detergent a few times to sort of wake the bamboo up and increase the absorbency. If you use the nappies straight away they won’t work effectively. I believe this is the case for all reusable nappies.
Over a few days I laundered the nappies 4 times. I could of had use of the nappies much sooner as I didn’t realise that it wasn’t necessary to let them fully dry in between each wash. Oops! One tip I’ve picked up it that when you wash the nappies don’t leave the velcro tabs flapping around or they’ll stick to everything.
The first nappy I put on Luisa was my favourite design Twinkle. With the benefit of hindsight I probably shouldn’t have used my favourite one as, predictably, I didn’t put it on tight enough and we had a big leak. The second attempt was much more successful with L comfortably wearing the nappy for 4 hours with no issues.
As we currently have 5 nappies whats been working for me is to put one on Luisa after her breakfast as she often needs a bath following a messy meal and the morning is prime time for a nappy explosion. I’ll leave her in her EasyFit Star for about 4 hours, so until after her morning nap when she’ll be onto nappy number 2. She only needs 1 more change until it’s bedtime when I put her in a disposable again as I need to order some more absorbent night time nappies.
Whilst Lu isn’t a full time cloth bum baby just yet we’re really enjoying using the EasyFit Star and have found them to be pretty much fool proof. Bar the first little mishap we’ve had no leaks, nappy rash or any other issues.
I think the EasyFit Star is a great way to get into cloth nappies either full or part-time as they’re really easy to use being an all-in-one system. The designs are gorgeous and the performance is great. If you’d like to try and ditch a few disposables these are a great way to start.
The Easyfit Star starts at 14.99 for a plain design and goes up to 16.99 for the more exciting patterns. Tots Bots have a special deal where you can get a selection pack of 3 different kinds of nappies for just £23.99 Also, as its #RealNappyWeek there are loads of giveaways on their Facebook page.