Using cloth nappies has honestly never occurred to me before. I never used them with Eva and I hadn't thought about using them with Ophelia. I have to admit the idea seemed very alien to me. I had been hearing a lot of good things about them and started to wonder what all the fuss was about.
TotsBots got in contact with me to see if Ophelia and I would like to try out their latest launch which is the Easyfit Star. I decided to give it a go to see why everyone I know who uses them raves about them.
We were sent 5 nappies and the first thing that caught my eye was how bright and bold they were. Gone are the days when they were just simple plain cloth with a nappy pin attached. These were modern and trendy. More of a fashion statement.
We've been using them for just over a month to make sure we could get a good feel for them.
One thing that really surprised both hubby and I was how easy they were to put on. They are exactly the same as a regular disposable nappy with velcro fastening. I got the impression that they would be a bit of a faff to use but it seems they have evolved. There are no liners to replace and nothing to tie, it is simply a nappy.
The material is strong and durable but is very soft against Ophelia's skin. The fabrics are all natural so they are very gentle.
The nappy has held absorbency for about 1.5 - 2 hours. As the material is nice and thick we haven't had any leakage problems onto her clothes. We've only been using them during the day as Ophelia has always been a very good sleeper and more often than not sleeps all the way through at night. I wouldn't want to wake her to be changing a nappy every couple of hours.
We didn't pick the best time to start using these as in the last month Ophelia has cut 2 more teeth and we have started weaning her so you know what's coming....atomic nappies. We only have 5, so with them needing to be changed every couple of hours for urine and then with all the pooping that's been going on, we simply haven't been able to keep up with the washing. We have had to use normal nappies as well as the cloth ones.
They wash very well and can be placed in a normal load with your other items. I found that if I washed them the same day they were soiled with poop the stains came out straight away. I was also given a tip of hanging them on a washing line in the sun to dry to help with any stains and I have to say this works.
They are a lot bulkier than a normal nappy so bare that in mind for when you are putting them in a change bag. Luckily for me I always have a Mary Poppins style huge bag so there was plenty of room for them.
I'll be honest and say I was gobsmacked at the price of these when I first saw them. They are either £15.99 for a plain style one or £16.99 for a pattern one. However, when you compare that to how many reusable nappies you would use it would be a massive saving. Yes the initial outlay is a lot but the benefits for your pocket and the environment are much better.
Overall, we have been really pleased with them. The only thing I will say is you do need a good stash as we haven't had enough for a day. I'm definitely going to buy some reusable swim nappies from them as I think they will be a definite money saver. We don't go swimming that often so they will be perfect for us. They will also be ideal for our upcoming summer holiday.