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Nappy reviews

12th September 2012

Just my thoughts on the reusables we’ve tried so far.

We’ve used the following:

Lollipop Bamboo

  • Type: fitted
  • Cost: 5/5
  • Absorbency: 5/5
  • Poosplosionproof-ness: 4/5
  • Fit: 4/5

I bought these on offer, £25 for 5 + accessories (wrap, wet bag, liners). Considering most nappies are around £10 (normal price for one of these, too), I think the price was reasonable. They fit very well at 5 days old (when we first started using them) and continued to fit until D was around 6 weeks old or so (about 12lbs). The nappies advertised being able to fit 7-16lb so I was slightly annoyed that they stopped fitting at 12lb – especially as we’d only really started using them fully since around 2-3 weeks. However, they managed nights (with booster) and daytime and we only had one leak the entire time we used them. They are rather bulky nappies, so be prepared to go up a size in vests. I did find they stained very easily and took a very long time to dry (3 dryer cycles…) but that just goes to show how absorbent they are, I guess.

Smartipants

  • Type: one-size pocket
  • Cost: 3/5
  • Absorbency: 2/5
  • Poosplosionproof-ness: 4/5
  • Fit: 3/5

The Smartipants came as part of a ‘complete kit’, courtesy of Fill Your Pants. I got the entire kit on offer, but normally these nappies cost around £12-15.

In all honesty, I’m not greatly impressed with Smartipants. They’re very wide around D’s legs, even on the smallest height setting. The “anti-leak technology” isn’t very good at preventing leaks and I find I have to change D after an hour because the nappy is full. I’m sure this could be improved with extra boosters but it is a bit annoying. However, they do keep D nice and dry and they are very easy to wash and stuff (the inserts). They are also very quick-drying, too. I think these nappies will improve as D gets bigger and with a different (or added) insert.

FuzziBuns One Size Elite

  • Type: one-size pocket
  • Cost: 4/5
  • Absorbency: 4/5
  • Poosplosionproof-ness: 4/5
  • Fit: 4/5

These nappies also came with my ‘complete kit’. Each one comes with two inserts (a small and large one) and spare elastic. The nappy is adjustable around the legs and waist, which makes it very useful for fat-tum-thin-leg babies like mine. Very absorbent – went 5 hours (half a night) with no problems. May even have done longer, never tried :P quick to dry and good fit with the adjustable elastics. Never had a leak from these! (Edited to add: as I wrote this post, we experienced our first one. Doh!)

One problem we do have is that the nappy doesn’t quite come high enough for my liking. I’m sure this is down to how I’ve adjusted for the legs, but it seems to only just cover D’s bum and sit quite low on the hips at the front. We’ve yet to have an epic poosplosion in these but I wonder if the height might be an issue at that point. I also think these are unlikely to last us very long, as D is already on the widest waist setting at 15lb (advertised duration 30+lb) and it is rather tight. One other (minor) issue with the FuzziBuns is that I find them a bit fiddly to stuff.

TotsBots Bamboozle Stretch

  • Type: fitted
  • Cost: 4/5
  • Absorbency: 5/5
  • Poosplosionproof-ness: 5/5
  • Fit: 4/5

These are D’s night nappies. They’re soft, highly absorbent and easily see us through 11-12 hour nights (boosted with included bamboo insert). The fit is a bit gappy round the legs but that is easily remedied by adding the wrap over the top. Only two leaks ever experienced, but that was down to a badly done-up wrap.

The only thing I don’t like about this nappy is that it doesn’t keep D very dry. This was true of the Lollipops as well and while I don’t mind this too much, D doesn’t like feeling wet. Not too much of a problem during the night (he doesn’t notice) but during the day he isn’t too happy. These nappies also take ages to dry – don’t bother if you don’t have a sunny day or a dryer.

However, overall I’d say these are definitely my favourite nappies. I just got a pack of multicoloured ones and think they’re so bright, soft and easy. I’d use them full time if it wasn’t for the wetness factor and how long they take to dry.