I went into cloth nappying so naively. I bought a bundle of Little Lamb bamboo nappies from eBay and believed that was all that I needed. I knew nothing of waterproof wraps, drying times, the sheer amount of nappies needed, bulkiness under clothes, different material options or the addictiveness of buying nappies :D.
Now don’t get me wrong, there was nothing wrong with Little lamb nappies, in fact I’d say you can’t go far wrong if you had a kit that consisted solely of these. These are my husbands favourite nappies and the one he will always reach for first. It’s just that there are so many different options and it’s so much fun trying all the different types out. Disposable nappies generally all look identical, you may get a fun colourful pattern on the front but they’re all a uniform, bleached white. Cloth nappies are as different as clothing. They can be made from a variety of materials, all with their own advantages. This is something I hope to look at further in a later blog.
It can be very overwhelming wanting to cloth nappy your child. Like me you may not have a clue where to start and its quite tempting just to buy a load of nappies in one type. If you only take one piece of advice away from this blog, please take this: contact your local nappy library. They will be able to advise you, answer any questions and provide you with a kit you can hire for a month.
This is an example of a kit we hire out to families for a month. It has everything needed to try out cloth nappies including accessories.
I’m going to give a very basic overview of the different types of nappies. Within each of these categories there are many different brands, shapes and materials. Hopefully the following will help to make sense of some aspects of using cloth nappies.
All in one (AIO) nappies are the closest to disposables in terms of ease of use and style. They have the insert sewn in. The Bambino Mio nappies (shown below) also have a pocket so you can boost further should you need to.
Pocket nappies are very similiar to AIOs however the inserts are not sewn in. They are stuffed into the pocket. They are very versatile as can be used with any inserts. It’s very easy to add extras if needed.
Hybrid nappies are relatively new. They have a waterproof layer sewn into the fabric so can be used without a wrap during the day. For night use they would require a wrap.
Two part nappies are made up of a nappy and a wrap. The nappy absorbs all the moisture and captures the poo, the wrap provides the waterproof layer and keeps it all contained (hopefully!).
You could also use a flat nappy such as a Terries nappy (like your Grandma may have used) or a prefold. A prefold is exactly how it sounds, essentially material that has been prefolded for ease of use and maximum absorbency. These are possibly the most versatile nappies you can get and also the cheapest. They can be adapted for every body shape and folded in different ways according to need. These are also two part nappies so a waterproof wrap is required. A ‘nappy nippa’ is needed to keep flat nappies together, this is in place of the large safety pin you would have seen on ‘Call the midwife’!
I hope you’ve found some of this helpful. Do post any questions you may have in the comment section below or drop me an email. I will do my best to help. 😊