This is what I learned using cloth nappies now for a year, I can definitely recommend it!
If you are feeling daunted by the thought of poonami nappies in cloth… The endless washing and folding than please, this post is for you especially. It really isn’t as bad as you might think.
Our baby is a toddler now, we have been using cloth nappies for almost a year and started at 6 weeks old. I wish we started earlier but I just needed a few weeks to adjust to motherhood and enjoy the time we had with Nza. Baby brain is real and I would have felt better if I was more prepared with my cloth nappy collection before the birth of my baby.
This is a really useful chart showing you what is in your nappy. Comparing costs, leaks and absorption.
We are based in the UK and have a mixture of:
I got a combination of these brands to start and figure out which nappies I liked best. Turns out I like them all for different reasons.
The TotsBots Bamboozle nappies I love. They are super soakers and great for night time nappies, even as they get older. I didn’t find these great for when small baby is in the carrier (especially travelling long distance) because Nza’s bum would get a little sore, she didn’t stay dry enough in them. They are also lovely for indoors, when you don’t necessarily need to use a outer waterproof cover. Their PUL (waterproof cover) is made from recycled water bottles, which is a massive plus. The nappies are made from 90% bamboo and 10% microfibre.
TotsBots also do great packs & kits, TeenyFit tiny baby nappies, EasyFit All-In-Ones, and Swim nappies (I recommend getting size 2).
Little Lamb have amazing soft bamboo nappies that soak up a lot as well. Remember that bamboo fabric, although soaks up a lot, also retains a lot of water after washing so it takes longer to dry. They also have cloth versions. We got 5 pocket nappies (that you can stuff with your desired material) and I love these because they are plain and colourful + quick drying.
I thought I would like these the most, as I got sold on all the cute patterns, but turns out I got bored of them very easily… They are velcro and are usually easy to use for newbies and might be good to use if baby is going to nursery.
The velcro can seem handy but the square tabs can sometimes catch on clothes, towels and other items. When your baby starts to explore, they might be successful in taking the nappy off, whereas with poppers that will be difficult/impossible.
These Miosolo All-In-One nappies are made with a microfibre insert, this will be okay for absorption of baby’s wees but not if you have a heavy wetter/toddler. By that time you’ll also need to purchase added inserts/boosters.
Bambino Mio also have Mioduo two-piece nappies and sets which will be a cheaper option.
Also widely available at Aldi and Sainsbury’s, which is a plus, as other cloth nappies can only be ordered online.
Little & Bloomz
Purchase these ‘China nappies’ as they are called in the cloth nappy community, for a fraction of the price of other brands, on Amazon or eBay. They come with a choice of inserts, make a note that their bamboo insert is mostly microfibre.
Remember you can sun out most baby poo stains in the sun, of course after washing them!
This is the result after just one hour of sun, not using any bleach.