Monday, 13 April 2015

Changing a Cloth Nappy

Putting on a cloth nappy is a little different to putting on a disposable nappy. Members of the chat group swear by this video -even those who have been using cloth nappies for a while have picked up some tips. Well worth a watch.

2 and 3 part systems

2 part systems (Eg. Flip, Gnappies, Best Bottoms, Grovia Hybrid) You reuse the outer shell or cover several times and only need to change the insert - as long as it's just wet.
  • with a flip you slide the insert into place
  • with Grovia & Best Bottoms there's a popper and you click them in
  • with Gnappies there is a pouch to keep the insert in place
There's less washing with these, less bulk to lug about in a changing bag and they tend to be a slimmer fit, though they may need changing more often and if you have a baby who poos a lot then the advantage of not having to change the outer shell may not actually happen! Hybrids can also be used with disposable inserts which are very popular and handy for holidays.Each of these systems differs so you cannot mix and match.

Fitted Nappy & Wrap

Fitted nappies and wraps - two part system which tends to be very absorbent, but takes longer to put on as you need to get first the nappy and then the wrap on. They also tend to be bulky so they're "going out of fashion" as a daytime option, however they're still very popular for night. They're also one of the cheaper options overall.

Prefold Nappy & Wrap

Prefold nappies can also be called flat nappies and are usually the most economical option. 8 wraps and 24 prefolds is usually sufficient for full time use. 

All-in-one Nappy

AIOs are as easy to use as disposables. They tend to be a favourite with husbands and creches / childminders as well as mums who are busy running after other kids. The disadvantages are that they tend to be more expensive, and many will take longer to dry as they're all one piece.

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Pocket Nappy

Pocket Nappies tend to be cheaper than AIOs and once they're stuffed they're also as easy to use as disposables. Other advantages include being able to add extra boosting for times you think you'll need it e.g. a long car journey, and that you can double up on inserts (which take longer to dry than the outer pocket parts) which is again cheaper than buying extra nappies. pocket nappies can be used as a swim nappy - just leave out the insert. The main disadvantage is that they need to be stuffed! For some mums that's not a disadvantage at all, it is one of those things that can be relaxing. Personally I quite like it, I never ever iron so for me it's like some mums say they enjoy ironing, we all have jobs we love and hate!