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Sunday, January 25th 2009, 6:35pm

Thats what we thought Rivka,if the washing machine is on anyway!?!,we got a bargain for our nappies on Ebay,kit worth £380 and we got it for £150 !!! Worth a look if you are thinking about doing it :happy:
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Monday, January 26th 2009, 7:13am

I have little lambs too. I use them about 60-70% of the time with a disposable over night. They are so much less faff than I thought they would be. I also have some terry squares which are very easy too, in fact in some ways they are better, you can custom fold them to fit your child, they dry very quickly because they are flat, because there is no elastic in them you can use heat (radiators, hot tumble drier) without damaging them and they come in useful as towels, changing mats, sick cloths etc... I would recommend nappy nippas instead of pins though, much safer.

Mrs Smiff, theres a few threads on this subject in parenting and also in the mother earth section. Have a search and if you get stuck, let me know and I'll find them for you.





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Monday, January 26th 2009, 8:36am

I've merged a few of the nappy threads together for you and also there is a good discussion in this thread

Best Re-useable Nappies



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Monday, January 26th 2009, 9:30am

Mrs Smiff have you seen these? http://www.mothercare.com/b/58960031/ref…_1_0_42854041_1 not FZ endorsed link. I think these give the best of both worlds with a lot less going into landfill if you go for the disposable version. If I didn't already have all my little lambs, I would be getting these for this baby.





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Monday, April 27th 2009, 9:51pm

Can I just add that I am using Bumgenius pocket nappies which I really like - dead easy to use. Supposed to be suitable from birth but I started to use them from about 4 months - didn't have the energy before! Also mixing and matching with some terries which are actually easy now I have got the hang of them and are dirt cheap.

Cant write much more as I have a baby hanging off one arm making it difficult to write. Please contact if would like more detailed info.
However reason for post is to say that mothercare currently have 20% off bumgenius starter pack (5 nappies) which comes in at just over £11 per nappy which is better than the best deal I found when I was researching - rrp £14.75. Not a great choice of colours though. May be other deals around this week as it is real nappy week (w/b 26th April)

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Tuesday, May 24th 2011, 12:17pm

Reusable nappies

I've been looking into using reusables when LO arrives but there is so much choice of different typessoI wondered if anyone else is tinking of using them or has used in past and if anyone has any advice/recommendatons?

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Tuesday, May 24th 2011, 12:49pm

Hey Rocky

I'm also thinking of using the reusable nappies. I dont have any advice for you re the different types out there but i do know i've looked after children in nursery who have had them on and one little girl in particular smelt of yukky nappy all day. I wonder if her mum didn't wash them at a high enough temp because they smelt awful, even when they were clean on. I was thinking that they cant be all that more environmentally friendly cos they really must be washed at 60 degrees but apparently, even washing at 60 is still better for the environment than filling it with dirty disposables. Does that make sense? Maybe a mixture would be a good idea, disposables when you're out and about and reusables while you're spending time at home. Def interested in what others have to say.

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Tuesday, May 24th 2011, 7:26pm

Have a look at various websites - Google Cloth nappies - and you can get trial packs.

I'm in the process of moving over from disposables to cloth nappies and can recommend BumGenius nappies. I know quite a few ladies who use them full time and they come highly recommended. I'm starting on the birth to potty nappies - you can use them from 7lb up to 35lb with no need for new ones each time your baby grows as they are adjustable.

Yes, they need a 60 degree wash but RG is right, that is far better for the environment than landfill full of nappies!



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Tuesday, May 24th 2011, 8:27pm

I used a company called BabyKind (Real Nappies: BabyKind specialise in the most convenient reusables - link not endorsed by fz), you can get a trial where they give you a variety of nappies to trial for a few weeks to see which suits you best. They were really helpful and personally I would throughly recommend them.


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Tuesday, May 24th 2011, 8:40pm

Hi there - i've been looking into this too not only for the eco impact but the cost too - I think I am going to opt for some one size birth to potty too but am getting my knickers in a knot as I don't know whether I'll need newborn / tiny fit too. There was a real nappy campaign last week and some companies are doing promotions - bum genius newborn nappies are BOGOF at the moment and many nappies have a 20 % discount eg see Bumgenius Promotions. I'm rather in love with the tots bots easyfit with patterns- they're so cute!
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Wednesday, May 25th 2011, 8:18am

I used some called little lambs when my eldest was tiny. Loved them. Old fashioned square nappies are nice too. Just bear in mind that in the first few days your baby will pass meconium which is thick black pooey stuff and it WILL stain your nice nappies no matter what you wash them in, so you might prefer to use disposables for the first few days.

Also IMO, if you are really keen to protect the environment and your pocket, then breastfeeding is important, its free and there's no manufacture of formula, bottles or energy needed for sterilising etc... so you might find it easier to stick to disposables until you have established breastfeeding.

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Wednesday, May 25th 2011, 10:23am

I'm thinking of using reusable nappies too and am currently in the midst of much research into what is best. I got some fantastic advice from a great friend who sent me a million links to all sorts of different nappies with recommendations. Personally, I want it to be as easy as possible, so want an all in one nappy without the need for a wrap or extra layer. Loving some of the suggestions on here - the little lamb ones and totbots.

Itti Bitti Nappies: Change The Way You Think About Cloth Nappies - these are probably my favourites at the moment and I have tried and tested advice to go on!
Cheeks and Cherries Premium These were recommended to me as good use for a night nappy, but they are pricy.
Monkey Snuggles Nappies @ BabyBots.co.uk These were also recommended as great night nappies, again a little pricy and you need a wrap.
Fuzzi Bunz at BabyKind This website is excellent for general information on all kinds of different nappies.

Not planning on using them straight away, will use disposables to begin with. Also, planning to get Cheeks and Cherries Offers for when i'm out and about.

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Wednesday, May 25th 2011, 2:52pm

Well I'm still totally confused but have checked out some of the links. I quite like Bamboozle stretch (but says they ae slower drying and I'm sure one site said its best not to tumble dry), Tots bots (but only have a plain white wrap) and bumble. not sure if the bumble is a bit fiddly though. Think I want one with velcro but then the outer wrap with poppers so LO can't undo. I'll probably change my mind again but there are so many it makes my head spin thinking about them. I also lie the little lambs.

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Sunday, May 29th 2011, 7:41pm

Cloth Nappies

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Ok so i'm not preggers and not going to be trying until the January but i'm really keen to use reusable nappies with the next one. We use disposables with L so I don't know too much about cloth nappies. Just wondering if anyone has any recommendations. I know i'm looking into this super early but just thought i'd get some opinions as there are so so many of them out there (some good, some bad) and they're not cheap so wouldn't wanna get it wrong! May even buy the one size ones now and use them with L until she's potty trained
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Thursday, June 2nd 2011, 2:22pm

Hey Jen
What planning! Sounds like a good idea to try out some different cloth ones with L now and then you'll have a better idea of which ones you like and don't for your next LO. Some companies do trial kits of different nappies, liners etc... I just googled them and babykind has different offers like you can hire a trial kit or you can buy one with a moneyback deal if you don't get on with them... I've bought mine now and am waiting for them to be delivered (feel daft as I am quite excited!!)
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Thursday, June 2nd 2011, 3:16pm

If it is any help to anyone, I bought the Little Lambs bamboo nappy kit (20 nappies), first size and used these from M being 6 weeks old until almost 10 months. I got on really well with them but probably helped that March onwards last year was pretty warm and dry so I could dry them outside pretty quickly. I got the odd leak but nothing much and usually (dare I say it) when daddy had been on nappy change duty! As with most reusuables, they are bulkier so you'll need clothes that accommodate them. I'll try and dig out a photo of M in them as she did look cute. They are really soft, I liked the clean looking cream/white of the nappies and liked the fleece liners. I didn';t buy the next size up as I knew she would be off to nursery and I would be back at work so getting them laundered and dried (especially over winter) was going to be more effort. In retrospect although I wasn;t keen to go to disposables, it was definitely more practical. not least because, since she started walking a few months ago, changing her nappy can be almost impossible at times and with two parts to it would have been even worse! I have kept my little lambs though and, if we are lucky enough to have a number two I will use them again. In all honesty, with the disposable deals around, the tesco double exchange voucher things being available for pampers and the outlay required for reusables I really don't think I saved any money but I feel I did my bit for landfill albeit for a short period!


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Sunday, June 5th 2011, 9:13pm

This is going to seem like such a stupid question, but what do people do with their dirty nappies? Am I supposed to soak them in just water, not soak them at all before putting them in the washing machine? Feeling a bit clueless about several things at the moment! xxx

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Monday, June 6th 2011, 7:14am

Been watching this thread as i am interested in reusable nappies too. Amazing Grace - I think your question is completely sensible! I was wondering the same thing myself.
In fact, I could do with an idiots guide - I have ABSOLUTELY no idea how they work :mmmmmm





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Monday, June 6th 2011, 10:02am

Jensqui - Martha is soooo cute - what a gorgeous little girl you have there!
AG & Daisy - I just had some delivered and was hoping there'd be instructions but no luck - there are liners - you get both disposable (often biodegradable that you just chuck in the loo) that I think you're meant to use each time and also thicker liners for nights, trips out or very wet babies so I'm hoping I'll only need to soak the really gunky nappies before washing them?
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Monday, June 6th 2011, 11:04am

The ones I had came with fleece liners that you hold over the loo and stretch so that any 'solids' (nice) could be flushed away. Any that lingered I would hold the corner of the liner and flush the loo and that washed most of it away. You can also get flushable paper liners which you can just chuck down the toilet, although I never found them any eaiser to use and I always felt they would be uncomfortable on a tiny botty. Then you put the dirty nappy in the bucket and, when its full you just put them in the washing machine and wash them at 60C (yes, I know but its still greener than disposables and if they are just wet and not dirty, then you can wash at 40C). No need to soak or boil or anything like that. Modern washing machines and detergents do the job fine. You can get a bucket liner which is a big mesh bag, you open the top of the bag and put the whole thing straight in the machine and they come out during the wash. If mine were particularly dirty, I would run a pre wash without any detergent, or just a rinse cycle before the wash and they always came out lovely and clean. The instructions with mine were to use half the normal amount of detergent but you need to check with your manufacturer about that. And UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WHATSOEVER do you put fabric conditioner in with nappies, it coats the fabric and prevents them from absorbing liquid and means you get lots of leaks. Also when they are new, they need a wash (without detergent) before you use them, fabric manufacturers coat the fibres with something to make it easier to weave and it can prevent your nappies absorbing liquid so you need to wash it off.

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Monday, June 6th 2011, 5:51pm

Top tips here - I'm not sure I like the idea of holding the nappy under the flush in the toilet but I am sure it sounds worse than it actually is! I do like the idea of disposable liners, less messy!





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Monday, June 6th 2011, 5:55pm

Its no worse than wiping a pooey bottom in a disposable nappy, honest.

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Monday, June 6th 2011, 5:59pm

I agree - really great tips - thank you all so, so much. I am really excited about using these and really hope that they work out for us. Mrs Jasper - you are a real pro and your tips are fantastic!! I already have my nappy bucket and will just need to get ordering the nappies. Just out of interest - how many nappies do you need? I've been having a series of panics this week - the whole nappy thing being one of them, but even things like how to make up a moses basket! Gina Ford has helped me with that one! :snigger: xxx

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Monday, June 6th 2011, 7:43pm

Trying to remember, I think my kit had 20nappies and about half that many covers. I used to wash them about every 3 days. So roughly 6 a day, but thats an average, more in the first few months but less as they get older. The covers don't need changing every time unless they are dirty. Remember that there's no rule that says you have to only use reusables, you can use a mixture of cloth and disposable if that suits you. Even one cloth a day is one less disposable in landfill, and you have to do what works best for your family. So if you run out of cloth and need to use a disposable it doesn't matter.

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Monday, June 6th 2011, 7:48pm

Now - which ones to buy!! There are so many out there, but I am LOVING the designs on them :)





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Tuesday, June 7th 2011, 8:46am

honestly, you won't mind using the reusable liners.....poo will just be part of every day life. Like Mrs J I felt the fleece liners looked more comfy to the bottom than disposable ones. If I had a badly soiled nappy I did soak it in water until the next wash but this only happened occasionally. You probably don't need to do that but, as with any soiling on fabric, keeping it moist rather than letting it dry makes it less likely to permanently stain. I also use ecoballs rather than detergent and didn't have a problem getting my nappies clean (and I was washing at 40 rather than 60) . If I had nappies in the wash I would add a few drops of antibacterial tea tree oil. I also put a few drops of this in the nappy bin. I had 20 and was washing every 2 or 3 days (not just nappies!) and didn't have an issue, though when she was a little older I did use disposables at night. If I was out for the whole day I would also use disposables rather than carrying a whole load of heavy dirty nappies about with me in the hot sun, even in a wet bag! But if out when there was likely to be just one nappy change I would use reusables. That's probably another thing to point out - I was definitely changing M's nappy more frequently than my friends using disposable nappies. She never had nappy rash though. I also used reusable wipes (still do). There's a separate thread on that somewhere.


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Monday, July 4th 2011, 9:11am

Ok so I'm back on track looking at the reusables again.....but still can't decide which to go for. I'm going to use disposables at first for convenience but then hope to move to cloth. Anyone had chance to try them yet?

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Monday, July 4th 2011, 10:33am

Hi Rocky,

Am sure lots of people will be able to advise on nappies from experience whereas I can only really talk from the experience I've had trying to buy some in advance of baby coming along. I'm hoping to use them too and really wanted to avoid getting too much into disposables in the early days and then finding it hard to switch over (particularly as I'm planning to go back to work quite quickly). I've found it a bit of a minefield and almost as difficult/confusing as sorting a pushchair!

I bought some 'birth to potty' pocket nappies which are great fun (animal prints and things from Baba+Boo, well reviewed on the GoReal website) but was then told by the company that i might find them a bit big for a newborn and might want to try after a couple of months (so why do they call them birth to potty?!). So I went to a nappuccino evening run by Nappy Ever After down here last week where I could ask lots of questions and get advice about using them from an early stage e.g. after the first few weeks. I've ended up getting some Diddy Diapers from Ebay (but new) and some prefold ones called Bummis (cheap and cheerful in case we don't get on with them) with some little whisper wraps plus some muslin squares with nappy nippers. I'm hoping that they get us through the early stages before he can use the bigger pocket ones we've bought.

There are lots of information sites but also real nappy advisors. Goreal.org is a good place to start. There are also incentive schemes in some regions to get you to use real nappies. E.g. not sure where in Cheshire you are but I googled quickly and Cheshire West and Chester have an incentive scheme whereby they give you £25 cashback on reusables or a month's free laundering. Worth just googling something like your region and 'real nappies' and seeing what comes up. Nappy advisors everywhere too. See what advice others on here can give but also maybe worth seeing if there is a real nappy advisor in your area. Will let you know how we get on!

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Friday, July 27th 2012, 5:13pm

I thought I'd revisit this thread for anyone thinking of using reusables. I have been using reusables on DS for the past 4 weeks and love them!

I use bambino mio nappies which I find really easy to put on, take off and to wash. They consist of an inner nappy which can be folded in different ways depending on the gender of your baby and an outer wrap. I've had a couple of leaks from explosive BF poo but no more than when he was in disposables.

My friend uses bumgenius and swears by them too.

If you are thinking of using them then check out ebay as you can buy new reusable nappies from ladies who had good intentions but never got round to using them. I got a complete birth to potty pack for 40 pounds which was a massive saving (8 o)

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